Raindance Web Fest announces programme and awards nominees
James R | On 24, Aug 2015
Raindance Web Fest has unveiled its programme for the 2015 festival, along with its awards nominees.
The UK’s only dedicated web series festival, the even is part of Raindance Film Festival and fills up a whole weekend with screenings, awards and seminars. The event returns to London’s Vue Piccadilly from Friday 25th September to Sunday 27th September, with no less than five world premieres.
Career Boy, created by Izzy Tennyson & Scott Hurran, follows two old school acquaintances who are forced back together on their commute to work.
Lost & Found II, created by Brett Register, sees a strange deck of cards lead to a series of compounding mysteries for two roommates and their neighbours.
Muzzled the Musical, created by Zach Grafton, Jason Charles Miller and Matthew Mercer, takes place in a Royal Kingdom, where singing is power, able to bring peace to the downtrodden, bake a delicious cake… and even kill.
The Paradox Series, by James O’Shea and Jonathan Moyies, is a feature length online film series that explores the creation of time-travel technology in the modern age.
Created by Crims actor Ed Kear, Blowing the Budget series follows his journey of being approached by a comedy channel to produce a web series and given free reign with finances.
The festival’s panels will feature guest speakers such as ITV’s Director of Drama , Steve November, BBC Comedy’s Producer, Jon Aird, Endemol Beyond’s Executive Producer, Hass Mosa and popular UK YouTubers such as Thomas ‘Tomska’ Ridgewell.
Web Fest will also host the second ever Raindance Independent Series Awards, with a jury that includes Conde Nast’s Director of Video Content, Danielle Bennison-Brown, Head of YouTube’s Next Lab EMEA at Google, David Ripert and Channel 4’s Head of All 4 and Digital Content, Richard Davidson- Houston.
Categories in this year’s festival include Best British Series, Best International Series, Best Leading Actor and two new awards, Best Writing and Best Directing, as well as a Critic’s Choice Award and a Special Festival Award.
“We’re proud to be able to highlight the brilliant filmmaking talent of the digital world and recognise their hard work and creativity as well as continue the Raindance Independent Series Awards into its second year,” comments Elisar Cabrera, Web Fest Founder. “This year will also celebrate our largest ever selection of British and Irish made web series screenings that we’ve ever had.”
Planning to attend? Raindance Web Fest Passes are available now and offer access to all Web Fest screenings and panels (excluding Web Fest Awards) for £100 (adults), with concessions available at £85. For more information, head this way.
Here’s a round-up of the awards nominees:
BEST BRITISH SERIES supported by Vodzilla.co
1000 Londoners (UK: Mark Currie, Rachel Wang – producers)
Blowing the Budget (UK: Ed Kear – creator)
History Bombs (UK: Chris Hobbs – creator)
Nikola Tesla and the End of the World (UK: Ian Strang – creator)
Til Death (UK: Hayley Smith, Rob Jones, Glen Kirby – creators)
Turn Me Online (UK: Hannah Megan Lane, Suzie Preece – creators)
BEST INTERNATIONAL SERIES supported by MCM Comic Con
The Banks (Canada: Adam Kosh – creator)
The Impossibilities (USA: Anna Kerrigan, Kati Rediger, Ash Springer – creators)
The Katering Show (Australia: Kate McLennan, Kate McCartney – creators)
Life’s Work (Canada: Ben Proudfoot, Andrea Batista – producers)
Phoenix Run (USA: TJ Walker, creator)
Wildcats (USA: Rachel Puchkoff, creator)
Amy Hartman & Melissa Martin for Dog Bytes (USA)
Roseanne Liang & Simon Ward for Flat3 (New Zealand)
M. Elizabeth Eller for Manic Pixie Dream Wife (USA)
John Luc for mychonny moves in (Australia)
Ric Forster & Louna Maroun for Neighbours vs Zombies (Australia)
Daniel Quirke for Quirkology (UK)
Jay Ferguson for Guidestones; Sunflower Noir (Canada)
Ben Proudfoot for Life’s Work (Canada)
Eron Carruth for Stricken (Canada)
Eric Piccoli for Project-M (Canada)
Kieron J. Walsh for Rapt (Ireland)
Rachel Puchkoff for Wildcats (USA)
BEST LEAD ACTOR
Aljin Abella for Hunter n Hornet (Australia)
Mickey Blaine for I’m Harry Clark (USA)
Kati Rediger for The Impossibilities (USA)
Cody Smith for Manic Pixie Dream Wife (USA)
Suzie Preece for Turn Me Online (UK)
Linnea Sage for Wildcats (USA)
BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
The Banks (Canada)
Dog Bytes (USA)
The Katering Show (Australia)
Neighbours vs Zombies (Australia)
BEST ACHIEVEMENT IN PRODUCTION supported by tellofilms.com
Perfect Girl (Singapore) nominated for editing
History Bombs (UK) nominated for cinematography
Life’s Work (Canada) nominated for music score
Project-M (Canada) nominated for cinematography
The First Musketeer (UK) nominated for production and costume design
Wildcats (USA) nominated for sound design
RAINDANCE DISCOVERY supported by Maker Studios
John Michael Howard – writer/producer, 8 Acre (UK)
Adam Kosh & Ariane Bessette – writers, The Banks (Canada)
Harriet Sams – director, The First Musketeer (UK)
Julianne Donelle – writer/director No Pillowfights (USA)
Elisabeth Ness – writer, Redheads Anonymous (USA)
Rachel Puchkoff – writer/director, Wildcats (USA)