The fourth annual Melbourne WebFest (MWF) concluded this past Sunday with a Gala Awards Night hosted by Melbourne comedic duo, Dash and D'Bree.
The weekend was filled with excitement as web series lovers and creators gathered together to attend panels, watch series and share their love for the industry. Check out the list of winners below and more highlights from the fest!
The first ever live pitching competition, Pitch Perfect @ MWF with ABC iview, had a total of 20 participants who had two minutes to pitch an ideal for an original web series based on the theme 'Anytime, Anywhere.' Jenny Wynter won the competition for her pitch Viking Mama. She received a cash prize of $5,000 towards professional development, covering travel and accommodation to Marseille WebFest to attend their screen writing residency, to develop the idea and pitch it back to ABC in the future.
Melbourne WebFest 2016 Winners
Best Australian Comedy: The Katering Show Season 2 (AUS)
Best International Comedy: Der Lack ist ab (The Glory is gone) (GER)
Best Australian Drama: Greenfield (AUS)
Best International Drama: Osmosis - The Series (FRA)
Best Australian Non-Fiction: Everything Is Connected (AUS)
Best International Non-Fiction: Listen Up: Making It at Berklee College of Music (USA)
Best Australian Animation: The Shapes (AUS)
Best International Animation: Shorts about Giants (ARG)
Best Cinematography: Arthur (CH)
Best Director: The Justice Lease, Season 2: Dorm of Justice (AUS)
Best Editing: The Graceland Happiness Project (AUS)
Best Leading Actor or Ensemble: Aunty Donna: 1999 (AUS)
Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble: The Wizards of Aus (AUS)
Best Score: Arthur (CH)
Best Screenplay: Osmosis - The Series (FRA)
Best Sound Design: The Wizards of Aus (AUS)
Best Visual/Special Effects: The Wizards of Aus (AUS)
Best of Spotlight: Movement (AUS)
Crowd Favourite: The Justice Lease, Season 2: Dorm of Justice (AUS)
Outstanding Diversity: Her Story (USA)
People’s Choice: Mute - The Series (BRA)
Pitch Perfect Award: Viking Mama - Jenny Wynter
Grand Jury Award: Ren: The Girl with the Mark (UK)
MWF's Jury President and keynote speaker John Cabrera said of his time at the festival, "I'm not sure what I've been more inspired by at this year's Melbourne WebFest, the quality of the content, or the vibrant community that has converged around it."
Check out more from MWF via their social media pages and check out some of the award-winning series!