Web Series Creators: You Need Award Noms & Series Reviews Says Kellie Ann Benz

Aug 8, 2011 | Corporate Member News

Kellie Ann Benz

Try as we might, it often feels like life never really progresses beyond what we learned in high school.

Take, for example, popularity.

Yes, the geeks were smarter, the theatre nerds were more entertaining, the jocks better to look at and the goths freakishly insightful but everyone knew the popular kids’ names. Everyone.

So it goes that if we want people to know our names – and say the names of web series we’re creating – we have to be popular.

One of the most respectful ways to get there is by winning some awards or receiving accolades from the experts.

If you’re creating a web series in this day and age, there are some people you ought to be introducing yourself to. First we’ll start with the awards you should seriously consider.

In Canada, the Banff Media Festival offers categories for web series creators. Internationally, there’s the better known Webby Awards, the renewed International Television Festival (ITVFest) and brand new Indie Intertube Awards and International Academy of Web Television (IAWTV).

Then there’s the new NEXT Web Series/Short Film Competition with a significant panel of judges and still some time to submit.

Banff seems to be the veteran in the group, while the Webby Awards appear to be growing wiser with age. After the well documented meltdown of other awards associated with web series it appears that IAWTV and ITVFest are trying hard to be legitimate players in the award world.

As you work your way towards those awards nominations, it will help if you have some recognition from web series reviewers.

Talking to my posse of web series specialists, there doesn’t seem to be a clear front runner here. So in no particular order, here are the people you should be sending a t-shirt to;

Popularity’s a bitch. But someone’s got to do it. Now get out there and sell yourself!

– Kellie Ann Benz is a columnist who writes about short film and web series on the NSI website. Read Kellie’s own blog The Shorts Report

About the National Screen Institute – Canada:

The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Winnipeg. We are Canada’s national film, television and digital media training school for writers, directors and producers. Training is anchored in the philosophy that the best way to learn is by doing.

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Our market-driven training programs have led to employment and successful careers for graduates by giving them a competitive edge. According to the 2008 NSI alumni survey, 96% of respondents are working in the film and TV industry.

  • Training programs are led by experts in film, television and digital media – they deliver workshops and seminars and mentor participants. 
  • Participants do not pay tuition fees or relocate.
  • Training is intensive. Participants train in one centre for a short period and then return home to work with local mentors on their projects under the leadership of the program manager.

Find out about all the training programs provided by the National Screen Institute.

After more than 24 years of training and with over 620 alumni, NSI continues to develop and deliver training to meet the industry’s needs. We produce works that:

  • appeal to Canadians
  • help advance careers that will grow the Canadian industry and contribute to the regional and national economies stimulating employment for the long term.

NSI leads in the design and delivery of programs that provide training to Canada’s visible minority and Aboriginal screen professionals.

NSI also commits to showcasing Canadian short films and providing professional development resources online.

Visit the NSI site here.

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