What the Heck is the Vancouver Web Fest?

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Words: Suzette Laqua – Executive Director, Vancouver Web Fest

Canada’s first International web series festival will celebrate their inaugural event from May 2nd to 4th, 2014 at the historical Imperial Vancouver. The Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) celebrates the progressive evolution of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. This uniquely diverse festival is the first of its kind in Canada. VWF will bring together International and Canadian web series creators, producers and viewers through an engaged and responsive forum that acknowledges the cultural significance of this revolutionary genre.

The three-day festival will host a pre-launch party, screenings of web series, pitch sessions, facilitate panels featuring industry experts and conclude with an awards ceremony and celebration. This unique festival will create an experience that brings people together to discover extraordinary web series and content from around the world. VWF will form a welcoming environment that encourages an exploration into new formats of storytelling and act as a forerunner in the web series industry.

Vancouver Web Fest has gathered top, local professionals in the entertainment industry to judge Canada’s premier international web series festival.

Adding to our panel of judges, VWF welcomes Walter Daroshin (President of Troika Productions Inc. and the Leo Awards), Paul Armstrong (Executive Director of Crazy 8s and award winning film, television and theatre producer) and Marina Darling (Actress/Singer/Agent). Together this esteemed panel will carefully review festival submissions and select the best web series in each category.

We are also honoured to have MCing the screening blocks as well as moderating panels, local celebrities including Dan Payne, Alex Zahara, Paul Lazenby, Siobhan McCarthy & Mackenzie Gray.

Additionally, VWF is pleased announce Dailymotion has come on board as a sponsor. As one of the leading sites for sharing videos, Dailymotion attracts over 112 million unique monthly visitors and 2,5 billion videos views worldwide (source: ComScore, January 2013) offering the best content from users, independent content creators and premium partners.

The Vancouver Web Fest will be showcasing local as well as international independent web series for this inaugural event. The three-day festival will host a pre-launch party, screenings of web series, pitch sessions, facilitate panels featuring industry experts and conclude with an awards ceremony and celebration.

Late submission deadline is January 15th, 2014.

For more information and submission guidelines please visit www.vancouverwebfest.com