Raindance Web Fest announces British Independent Series Awards winners
James R | On 29, Sep 2014
Raindance Web Fest, the UK’s only dedicated web series festival, ended last night with the announcement of its prize winners. Dubbed the British Independent Series Awards (BISA) – to go with the BIFAs – the ceremony, which was hosted by Raindance Web Fest Founder Elisar Cabrera and previous Web Fest winner Phillip Whiteman, dished out awards for Best British Series, Best International Series, Best Leading Actor and, for upcoming talent, the Raindance Discovery Award.
The winner of Raindance Web Fest’s Web Series Pilot Competition, in association with DailyMotion, was also announced on the night. The prize was £2,500 towards developing the pilot into a full web series.
The victors were selected by a jury of movers and shakers in the industry, including Jake Avnet C.O.O. of WIGS, recently named as one of Hollywood’s new leaders by Variety, Mark Melling, director of AOL Video – Europe, Vanessa Bakewell, head of entertainment at Facebook, and Leslie Morgan, Executive Director of Vertical Network and Programming at Endemol Beyond.
Leslie Morgan comments: “Judging this year’s nominations was tough. These series really were well done and each creator should be so proud of what they accomplished.”
Elisar Cabrera adds: “We had an exciting line up at Web Fest this year, with six world premieres and a host of industry events. The BISAs are a great way to close the festival and recognise the brilliant filmmaking talent of the digital world.”
Here’s the full list of winners:
BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES
“Destroy The Alpha Gammas”
Created by Leah McKendrick
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION FOR A SERIES
For Achievement in Production Design
BEST LEAD ACTOR IN A SERIES
BEST BRITISH SERIES
“S.O.S.: Save Our Skins”
Created by Chris Hayward and Nat Saunders
BEST ENSEMBLE IN A SERIES
JJ Fong, Perlina Lau, Ally Xue
Writers, Hannah Cheesman & Julian De Zotti
RAINDANCE WEB FEST DAILYMOTION WEB SERIES PILOT COMPETITION
created by Rebecca Graham
The Raindance Web Fest also included a range of panels offering advice and tips for creators. Here are 14 things we learned from “The New Studios”.