Festivals and Award Ceremonies for Canadian Webseries

Given the perpetually increasing offer of quality productions, ‘discoverability’ remains one of the main challenges that webseries creators face. What can creators do to make sure their projects stand out from the competition? Among the options that are available to them, they may enter their work in national and international competitions.

To help creators see clear through all of this, here’s a directory of competitions for which Canadian webseries are eligible.

Note: Several sites online enable users to search for festivals (webseries, film, television, etc.) throughout the world and to directly submit their productions. This market is dominated by two sites:

  • Withoutabox was founded in 2000 and acquired by IMDb, an Amazon subsidiary, in 2008. The site provides filmmakers with a platform to conduct searches among more than 3,000 festivals on all five continents and enables them to submit their films to more than 850 film festivals throughout the world.
  • FilmFreeway exists since 2013 and is based in Vancouver. It states that its database contains more than 6,000 festivals. The site positions itself as a free and user-friendly alternative to Withoutabox.

Note: Contact us to inform us of any other festival or award ceremony for which Canadian webseries are eligible and that is not listed here.

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Baltimore Next Media Web FestBaltimore, MarylandVisit SiteUnited StatesNovemberUsually in May

A festival that celebrates the best in new media content. All of the webseries, the VR content, the YouTube channels and the video clips are showcased on the official website and in social media.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, documentary and non-fiction, soap opera). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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BAWEBFESTBuenos Aires, ArgentinaVisit SiteLatin AmericaMarchUsually in January

The BAWEBFEST is South America’s first festival devoted to both local and international webseries.

Awards presented in the following categories: best webseries, best production, best script, best male performance, and best female performance. Productions that are not in Spanish must be dubbed or subtitled in English or Spanish.

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Bilbao International Digital Festival – Series LandBilbao, SpainVisit SiteEuropeOctoberUsually in May

The first international digital series festival held in the Basque country during the Bilbao Web Market.

All webseries are eligible. All productions must be subtitled in English and/or Spanish. Series that are not in English must be subtitled in English and English series must be subtitled in Spanish.

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Canadian Screen AwardsToronto, OntarioVisit SiteCanadaMarchUsually in September

The Canadian Screen Awards recognize excellence in film, television and digital media production.

Limited to original English-language versions of Canadian productions that are considered as ‘Canadian content’ as defined in the guidelines of the CRTC and the CAVCO. Fiction and non-fiction. Interactive and linear projects in distinctive categories.

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CANNESERIES DigitalCannes, FranceVisit SiteEuropeAprilUsually in January

A competition devoted to short formats and held during CANNESERIES, the Cannes International Series Festival. Its first edition was held in April 2018 during the MIPTV. Open to the public, where the foremost creators in the world of TV series come together, where tomorrow’s talents are showcased, and where a prestigious international competition is created for short-form series.

Among the participant conditions: series counting at least 5 episodes, each of a duration of less than 20 minutes (including credits); no episode has been broadcast in full during a festival or event, except in exceptional cases to be confirmed with the Festival; series produced and distributed for OTT platforms. Foreign digital series must be subtitled in French and English.

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Cross Video DaysParis, FranceVisit SiteEuropeOctoberUsually in May

Cross Video Days is a unique market in Europe, the only one that is entirely devoted to the digital audiovisual industry. Its goal is to organize a meeting between creators and funders to give form to these new universes.

Category for linear web projects designed specifically for digital distribution. No restriction as to genre (documentary, fiction, animation, educational, etc.) or distribution channel.

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DC Web FestWashington, D.C.Visit SiteUnited StatesAprilUsually in January

The DC Web & Digital Media Festival showcases the best of the web by rewarding the best webseries and digital projects. The festival’s goal is to entertain, educate and promote innovative forms and diverse voices in the new media landscape.

Two awards presented for webseries: Best Webseries, Best Script.

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Geneva International Film FestivalGeneva, SwitzerlandVisit SiteEuropeNovemberUsually in April

A one-of-a-kind festival in Europe, the Festival explores the links between cinema, television and digital art, while defending the author’s place in the artistic process, regardless of audiovisual format. It also pays homage to the web through an international webseries competition and boldly combines works of fiction and documentary projects. The name change is intended as a way for organizers to boldly state that ‘film’ today applies equally to television and digital.

Fiction and non-fiction. Projects may be submitted, but an international selection committees proceeds mainly by recruitment.

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HollyWeb FestivalHollywood, CaliforniaVisit SiteUnited StatesMarchUsually in January

The HollyWeb Festival honours webseries creators for all of their hard work. It gives creators an opportunity to see their work projected on a big screen in a professional theater, as well as to be rewarded during an awards ceremony.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action/adventure, science fiction, fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, documentary and non-fiction, soap opera). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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IAWTV AwardsLos Angeles, CaliforniaVisit SiteUnited StatesAprilUsually in May

The IAWTV Awards celebrate the best in digital entertainment. Established for digital content creators by digital content creators.

Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, factual, animation, documentary, educational, variety and information shows). Awards are voted on by the digital entertainment professionals who comprise the IAWTV membership.

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Indie Series AwardsLos Angeles, CaliforniaVisit SiteUnited StatesAprilUsually in December

The Indie Series Awards celebrate the best in independently produced and scripted entertainment created for the web.

Awards presented for webseries in the drama and comedy genres only.

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International Emmy Kids AwardsCannes, FranceVisit SiteEuropeAprilUsually in February

The International Digital Emmy® Award is an American award presented yearly by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in recognition of excellence in programming and added-value content.

Projects submitted must have been created and designed outside of the United States to encourage audience interaction or digital distribution (e.g., mobile phone, Internet, interactive television, etc.). An award is presented for digital projects.

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International Online Web FestLondon, United KingdomVisit SiteEuropeDecemberUsually in April

An online seasonal event (winter, spring, summer) that aims to help independent filmmakers increase their visibility on the web. The main goal is to create a context in which short films and webseries can rival one another and be voted on by members of the public and film experts (bloggers, journalists, producers) without the necessity of live screenings.

Awards presented by continent (best European, American, African, Asian and Oceanian webseries). All productions must be submitted in their original language and foreign-language productions must be subtitled in English.

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ITV FestManchester, VermontVisit SiteUnited StatesOctoberUsually in June

The ITV Fest is a venue for a community of creators, producers and actors working in the industry of television and webseries. The festival discovers the best new television programs created on independent (aka, non-network) budgets.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, documentary, reality).

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Just For Laughs ComedyPRO – Beyond The Box: Playing It ShortMontreal, QuebecVisit SiteCanadaJulyUsually in May

The professional component of the Just For Laughs Festival offers the possibility to pitch humoristic webseries to a panel of industry experts.

Must first present an application including a bible, a pilot, and a budget. The application and pitch must be presented in English. Episode length limited to a maximum of 15 minutes. The members of the selected teams receive INDUSTRY passes for Just for Laughs ComedyPRO and the Just for Laughs Festival (maximum of 2 members).

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LAWEBFESTLos Angeles, CaliforniaVisit SiteUnited StatesAprilUsually in January

LAWEBFEST was created to celebrate, showcase and reward the shows of talented independent webseries producers. Its goal is to expose and educate the webseries community and audiences.

The festival rewards the best webseries in the following categories: student projects, non-fiction, drama and comedy. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Leo AwardsVancouver, British ColumbiaVisit SiteCanadaJuneUsually in February

The Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation of British Columbia is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to celebrate and promote the achievements of the British Columbia film and television industry through the presentation of an annual awards program, the Leo Awards.

Open to British Columbia productions only. A single award is presented, i.e., Best Webseries.

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Les NumixMontreal, QuebecVisit SiteCanadaMayUsually in February

The Numix competition rewards digital media excellence in Québec.

Limited to the productions of Québec-based companies. Awards presented in five main categories (communication and marketing, game production, game production, weblinear production, interactive production, and cultural production).

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Les OlivierMontreal, QuebecVisit SiteCanadaDecemberUsually in February

Les Olivier publicly reward artists and craftspeople who work in the field of comedy.

‘Humoristic web capsule, column or sketch of the year’ and ‘Humoristic webseries of the year’ categories. Producers must be members in good standing of the APIH (Association des professionnels de l’industrie de l’humour) to be entitled to enumerate a qualified humorist or product for nomination in either category.

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Liège Web FestLiège, BelgiumVisit SiteEurope

The Liège Web Fest is Belgium’s first transmedia, webseries, virtual reality and digital artworks festival. It pursues two goals: to present these works to the general public and to foster and generate reflection on these new creations.

Two competitions are proposed: Belgian and International.

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London Short SeriesLondon, United KingdomVisit SiteEuropeNovemberUsually in September

A celebration of the power of fiction on the Internet. Uniting digital media and tech worlds, the festival provides a platform for original webseries and short-form digital content.

Fiction and non-fiction in all genres. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, horror, science fiction, etc.). All entries, including international submissions, are eligible for prize awards in each category. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Marseille Web FestMarseille, FranceVisit SiteEuropeOctoberUsually in April

The Marseille Web Fest is the international festival of fictional webseries. This festival aims to organize a competition between an official selection of international digital series decided by a jury of international professionals as well as to facilitate encounters between creators, producers and broadcasters in the new content market.

Fiction only. All digital series submitted must be subtitled in French (for the general public) and/or in English (for international jury members).

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Melbourne WebFestMelbourne, AustraliaVisit SiteAsia and OceaniaJuneUsually in March

The Melbourne WebFest is working to acknowledge digital screen producers and is creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne. It is also an opportunity for the public to experience the best in digital series entertainment from around the globe. The festival includes screenings, keynotes, discussion panels, and a live pitching competition.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, animation, documentary). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Miami WebFestMiami, FloridaVisit SiteUnited StatesSeptemberUsually in April

The Miami WebFest is an international webseries festival that is intended as a ‘window on the future’ of new media.

Only webseries and video clips are eligible. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action, documentary, video clip, etc.).

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Minnesota WebFestEdina, MinnesotaVisit SiteUnited StatesSeptemberUsually in June

The first and only film festival in the Upper Midwest devoted to online webseries. The goal is to bring the best webseries in the world to Minnesota and to showcase the best talent that Minnesota has to offer.

All genres and all viewpoints: comedy, drama, documentary, horror, thriller, etc. The content must include English subtitles to accompany any important dialogue or visual reference that is not spoken or written in English.

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New Media Film FestivalLos Angeles, CaliforniaVisit SiteUnited StatesJuneUsually in April

The New Media Film Festival is a celebration of the intersection of new technology and storytelling that aims to bring together cutting-edge technology, innovative storytelling, and world-renown talent to Los Angeles.

One webseries category. All genres are eligible.

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New York Festival’s TV & Film AwardsNew York, New YorkVisit SiteUnited StatesAprilUsually in October

The New York Festival’s World’s Best TV & Films competition honours programming in all lengths and forms from over 50 countries. Dedicated to both the television and film industries, categories mirror today’s global trends and encourage the next generation of storytellers and talent.

The television and film categories are divided into two main groups: there is a group for submissions which are distributed/transmitted and a group for submissions which are exhibited/screened. The festival rewards digital productions in the following categories: comedy, drama, educational, entertainment, music, news, special events, and sports. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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New York Television Festival – Independent Pilot CompetitionNew York, New YorkVisit SiteUnited StatesOctoberUsually in May

The Independent Pilot Competition (IPC) is the NYTVF’s annual flagship initiative, accepting independently-produced, original television pilots and series, short films, and short-form webseries from around the globe. If a project is episodic in nature and is meant to be consumed in multiple chapters over time, then it’s TV.

All pilots must have a total running time of between 4 and 60 minutes. Two types of pilots: Scripted/Narrative (comedy, drama, etc.) or Unscripted/Nonfiction (reality, episodic docu-series, educational, documentary, etc.). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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New Zealand Web FestAuckland, New ZealandVisit SiteAsia and OceaniaNovemberUsually in August

The NZ Web Fest is New Zealand’s festival for online content, webseries, shows, YouTube channels, fiction, factual, and anything in between. If it was made for online, it’s probably eligible for consideration.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (animation, youth, drama, etc.). Award for the best international webseries. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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NYC Web FestNew York, New YorkVisit SiteUnited StatesNovemberUsually in May

The NYC Web Fest brings together digital producers from around the world and creates an organic space where they can showcase their talent, network with other artists, and learn from industry professionals.

Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre. Awards for the best international project and the best foreign-language project.

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Prix GémeauxMontreal, QuebecVisit SiteCanadaSeptemberUsually in February

The Prix Gémeaux celebrate excellence in French-language television in Canada.

Limited to original French-language versions of Canadian productions. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (fiction, humour, variety, public affairs, magazine, sports, documentary, youth and performance). Interactive and linear projects in distinctive categories.

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Raindance Web FestLondon, United KingdomVisit SiteEuropeSeptemberUsually in June

The Raindance Web Fest is held during the Raindance Film Festival, the largest independent film festival in Europe. Raindance aims to support and promote independent films and filmmakers in the UK and throughout the world.

Fiction and non-fiction. Interactive and linear projects in the same categories. All series presented in a language other than English must be subtitled in English.

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Rio WebFestRio de Janeiro, BrazilVisit SiteLatin AmericaNovemberUsually in July

The Rio WebFest is Brazil’s largest international festival devoted to web creations.

Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, drama, action, documentary, video clip, etc.). All webseries genres are accepted (vlogs, trailers, advertising, video clips, etc.). Cash prizes.

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Rockie AwardsBanff, AlbertaVisit SiteCanadaJuneUsually in March

The Rockie Awards are the flagship program of the Banff World Media Program (BANFF), celebrating excellence in television and digital content from around the world. Hundreds of television and digital programs compete for a coveted Rockie Award, presented at a ceremony each year at BANFF.

Fiction and non-fiction. Open to Canadian and international productions. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Roma Web FestRome, ItalyVisit SiteEuropeSeptemberUsually in August

The Roma Web Fest seeks to promote a new model of interaction between the traditional and new film productions, which use the Internet to create and upload their contents.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (comedy, comedy sketch, drama, science fiction/fantasy/horror, documentary/reality). Foreign work may be included only in the ‘Foreign Web Series’ category; webseries that are not in English must be subtitled in English or Italian.

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Seattle Web FestSeattle, WashingtonVisit SiteUnited StatesApril, OctoberUsually in December

The Seattle Web Fest celebrates independent television by curating a selection of incredible webseries from the Seattle area and around the world. The festival also hosts panels and workshops facilitated by industry professionals.

Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, factual, science fiction/fantasy, horror/thriller, action/adventure). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Seoul WebfestSeoul, South KoreaVisit SiteAsia and OceaniaAugustUsually in May

The very first webseries festival in Korea and North-East Asia and the only web festival in Asia. Its goal is to serve as a hub for digital culture.

Fiction and non-fiction. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (action, animation, comedy, drama, thriller, horror, science fiction). Entries that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English. Once selected, an English script (Dialogue list) must be subtitled in Korean.

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Series Mania FestivalLille, FranceVisit SiteEuropeAprilUsually in February

Devoted exclusively to series, SERIES MANIA is a unique launching ramp for the latest creations from around the world. Since a few years now, Series Mania is a venue for web-based creations.

Fictions only. One competition is reserved for webseries: the Short Format Competition for new series (season 1) in world premiere, i.e., that have therefore not yet been broadcast in their country of origin. A second section, Short Format Panorama, showcases series that have been broadcast during the year preceding the festival. In the case of English-language productions, subtitled (in English or French) are preferable but not mandatory.

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Swiss Web FestivalLausanne, SwitzerlandVisit SiteEuropeOctoberUsually in September

A gathering place for audiovisual, new media and communication industry representatives, the Swiss Web Festival seeks to support and showcase international audiovisual works created for the web.

The competition includes 7 categories (documentary, fiction, humour, news, tourism, culture and entertainment, advertising). All programs entered must be produced, dubbed or subtitled in French.

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T.O. WebfestToronto, OntarioVisit SiteCanadaMayUsually in March

The IWCC (Independent Web Creators of Canada) holds the T.O. WebFest to support, connect, promote and celebrate independent content creators from Canada and around the world. The T.O. WebFest is a three-day festival that includes panels, workshops, networking, screenings, installations, awards and special events.

Open to Canadian and international productions. The festival awards the best webseries in the following categories: comedy, drama, documentary and factual, science fiction and fantasy, action and thriller, interactive experiences. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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UK Web FestLondon, United KingdomVisit SiteEuropeOctoberUsually in September

The UK Web Fest is the largest regional festival in the United Kingdom and the country’s second largest digital festival.

Fiction and non-fiction. Short films are not eligible. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, thriller, horror, science fiction, documentary). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Vancouver Web FestVancouver, British ColumbiaVisit SiteCanadaMarchUsually in October

The Vancouver Web Fest (VWF) celebrates the progressive evolution of entertainment and programming created exclusively for the Internet. The festival hosts workshops, keynote speeches, a launch party, screenings, pitch sessions, panels featuring industry experts, and networking opportunities. It concludes with an awards ceremony and gala.

Fiction and non-fiction. Canadian and international productions. Interactive and linear projects in the same categories. The festival awards the best webseries in the following categories: action/adventure, animation, comedy, drama, family, fantasy, horror, mystery/thriller, and science fiction. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Video Share FestivalParis, FranceVisit SiteEuropeMayUsually in April

The festival of reference that unites the video universe with all forms of entertainment, information, communication, and marketing.

Several categories, spanning from immersive content to trailers and branded content. The webseries category counts three subcategories: webisode, fiction and humour. French-language productions or productions dubbed or subtitled in French.

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Webby AwardsNew York, New YorkVisit SiteUnited StatesMayUsually in January

The Webby Awards honor excellence on the Internet and are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), a 1,000+ member judging body.

Fiction and non-fiction. The Webby Awards honour excellence in six major media types: Websites, Film & Video, Advertising, Media & PR, Social, Mobile Sites & Apps, and Podcasts & Digital Audio. The Webby Awards present two honors in each category: the Webby Award and the Webby People’s Voice Award. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Webfest BerlinBerlin, GermanyVisit SiteEuropeSeptemberUsually in June

Webfest Berlin is the first international festival in Germany dedicated to presenting, recognizing and advancing short-form digital series from around the world.

Fiction and non-fiction. Jury and people’s awards. Awards presented in multiple categories according to genre (drama, comedy, animation, science fiction, fantasy, horror, action/thriller, suspense, and branded webseries). Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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Wendie WebFest HamburgHamburg, GermanyVisit SiteEuropeSeptemberUsually in April

The Wendie WebFest celebrates creators’ DIY culture and ethics.

Fiction only. Three cash awards (gold, silver, bronze). Awards also presented for the best cliffhanger, the best concept and the best understanding of the web. Productions that are not in English must be dubbed or subtitled in English.

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YMA Awards of ExcellenceMontreal and Toronto (in alternation)Visit SiteCanadaMayUsually in February

The YMA Awards of Excellence ceremony is the sole celebration of the excellence, talent and creativity of the people who produce digital content for young English- and French-speaking Canadians.

Limited to youth productions. The productions must be considered as ‘Canadian content’ as defined in the guidelines of the CRTC and the CAVCO. ‘Award of Excellence: Best TV Series or Webseries’ category. In the case of webseries, applicant companies must be recognized Canadian companies, i.e., taxable companies under the Income Tax Act (Canada), owned by Canadians and having their head office in Canada.

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Yorkton Film FestYorkton, SaskatchewanVisit SiteCanadaMayUsually in December

Yorkton is Canada’s oldest film festival, accepting submissions from Canadian filmmakers, producers, and distributors. In its current form, the festival is dedicated to the promotion of the best screen-based media content, through the annual film festival and Golden Sheaf Awards competition. 

In 2017, the festival added a new category for digital media projects. This category includes original productions, in any genre, created for digital platforms such as mobile, virtual reality, web and other portable or interactive devices. Examples of such entries include but are not limited to: web series, non-linear web video projects, 360-degree videos, and virtual reality projects. The project must be submitted to the festival in the form of a video walkthrough.

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