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On March 14th, Seattle will be getting its own web series festival, with your help!
On March 14th, Seattle will be getting its own web series festival, with your help!
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Seattle's first web series festival will be a free, 10 hour event at Northwest Film Forum on March 14th, 2015. From noon to 8pm, we'll be screening up to 12 minutes of each series in the larger of their theaters and panels and talkbacks in their smaller theater. From 8pm to 10pm, we'll be gathering in the lobby for drinks and networking. (And, if we hit our first stretch goal, the presentation of our awards!) 

Who We Are

Matt Longmire, Liz Ellis & Darlene Sellers are three Seattle filmmakers with three very different web series and a shared desire to grow the world of independent television.

Matt Longmire is the Technical Director for Seattle Web Fest and the writer and director of the show The River which involves an ensemble cast struggling to survive in a deadly underground game of poker.

Communications Director Darlene Sellers is the co-creator of the beloved Kung-Fu spoof series, Chop Socky Boom. She is also the host of the Seattle Web Series Meetup and a regular and welcome face at web series events around the country.

Programming Director Liz Ellis is the creator of WRECKED, a very Seattle, very dirty web sitcom. She is a co-founder of the Bainbridge Island-based little-media-company-that-could, Honey Toad Studio.

Northwest Film Forum

Our screening venue is right in the heart of Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the busiest arts neighborhood in the city. With two screens, a beautiful lobby, and a concession stand with wine and beer, NWFF was the perfect place to set up Seattle Web Fest.

Submitting A Series

Please read our Rules & Regulations regarding submissions PRIOR to backing us on Kickstarter.

Once you have contributed to the campaign and selected a reward, you can visit our website to submit your series. (There will be a line on the form where we ask for the email address you used to contribute.) The festival is Seattle-based, but we're excited to take submissions from anywhere in the world.

When the Kickstarter campaign ends on December 22nd, the regular submission period and fees will begin and we will start taking submissions through our website. Late submission prices start January 12th and the final submissions will be taken February 2nd. A panel of five judges will rate each show on a pre-determined rubric. The festival schedule will be announced to the public on February 16th, but showrunners will be notified at least a day in advance.

Goals

We've decided to use Kickstarter as a launch platform in stead of looking for sponsors or investors because it was important to us to keep the festival free to the public. 

$2500: Due to the scale of the festival, the financial needs are minimal. If we hit our baseline goal, we'll be able to rent the space and with all the volunteer labor we've been offered, we'd be able to have a great festival. 

$3500: We have a more fully realized vision of the festival that would include additional press present at the event, more marketing to bring in a larger audience and a presentation of juried awards at the after party. 

$5000: If we're able to reach this goal, we'll create an organization to support this event annually, as well as some of the year-round programs for the local web series community at large.

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Risks and challenges

There are two big risks associated with throwing a festival, as we see it.

The first is that you won't get enough submissions. We've talked about this extensively, and while we feel that the location of the festival, our connections to the community, and the low cost of submission will ensure us enough great material, we're committed to quality over quantity and are prepared to adjust the schedule if we don't have enough great stuff to fill up the day with twelve minute time slots.

The second possible hurdle would be low attendance. Here, we're relying again on our connections to the community, but also on the location of Northwest Film Forum. We'll also be doing as much press and marketing as we can afford between now and the time the festival takes place.

We think a free, interesting event in the heart of Capitol Hill, one of Seattle's most vibrant neighborhoods, will get us the audience we need to have a great festival. And, in the end, this year's fest is a test to see whether we think an event like this could be sustainable, which means we're going to learn a lot one way or the other.

As for the basic challenges presented to every event of this nature, (the technical and political, mostly,) we have made sure that we are ready to go forward with the festival prior to launch of this campaign. Northwest Film Forum is more than equipped to deal with our technical needs, and our Technical Director, Matt Longmire has worked in a support capacity on festivals before. When it comes to the nitty gritty, we're all set!

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    THANK YOU POSTCARD
    Everyone who supports at or above this level will get a personal gratitude postcard from the festival creators and have their names on the thanks page of our website.

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    SWF LANYARD & PROGRAM
    We will send you a SWF lanyard as worn by the filmmakers and a program from the festival.

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    SUBMIT YOUR SERIES!
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    VIDEO ON DEMAND
    Digital Download of the full series of filmed panels and Q&As with filmmakers and industry professionals. (This reward does not include festival submission, lanyard or program.)

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    SERIES SUBMISSION + PANELS
    This level includes BOTH the submission fee AND the downloadable panels and Q&As. Please review the submission guidelines PRIOR to choosing this level, as this is NOT a guarantee of screening, just entry for consideration. (This level does not include the lanyard or program.)

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    SUPPORT A FILMMAKER
    This level is perfect for friends and family of Liz, Darlene and Matt. We'll consider it your gift to us for the holidays and in your name, we will waive the submission fee for one series.

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    THE FAN PACKAGE
    This level is perfect for web series fans and people looking to start up a habit. You'll tell us your favorite films and series and we will curate a list of six web series we think you should be watching. You will also have a seat reserved for you in the big theater on the day of the festival! (This does not include other rewards and is exclusive to this level.)

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    GET OUR NOTES ON YOUR SERIES
    We will provide you a 1-2 page document with narrative feedback on your series from the selection committee. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival and the digital download of panels and Q&As. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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    FRIENDS OF SWF
    Your name or greyscale logo will appear on our homepage, in the "Friends of the Festival" section. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival and the digital download of panels and Q&As. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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    SIGNED POSTER
    You will receive a full-size festival poster, signed by all attending series creators. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival, the digital download of panels and Q&As, the lanyard and the program. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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    SCREEN TIME
    Your name or logo will appear on the screen between screenings and panels and if you are able to attend, you will get VIP treatment, with a seat reserved for you in the big theater all day. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival, the digital download of panels and Q&As, the lanyard and the program. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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    THE "YOUR NAME" AWARD
    An award in your name will be presented to a filmmaker based on criteria you select and if you are able to attend, you will get VIP treatment, with a seat reserved for you in the big theater all day. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival, the digital download of panels and Q&As, the lanyard and the program. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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    AWARDS CEREMONY SPONSOR
    You will be considered the sponsor of the awards ceremony, and your name or logo--and yours alone--will be printed on the certificates and swag bags that accompany the awards. If you are able to attend, we will give you VIP treatment, with a seat reserved for you in the big theater all day. (This level includes the option to submit to the festival, the digital download of panels and Q&As, the lanyard and the program. This reward is exclusive to this level.)

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