The largest celebration in short form series in the southern hemisphere, Melbourne WebFest is a three-day event with screenings, panels, workshops, keynotes and a live pitching comp in conjunction with ABC iview

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Melbourne WebFest ventured online in 2020, and our web series community showed their full support.
We extend the largest of congratulations to all of our Award Winners and Ruby Tickets recipients! 🏆

Thank you to all those who were a part of the festival this year - our selection, our sponsors and partners, our panellists, our keynote speakers, our workshop holders, and our pitchers.

Most of all, a big thank you to the incredible community that surrounds the wonderful world of web series and digital content. Your resilience, hard work & passion continues to inspire us all year round and have shaped our festival to be what it is today.

Check out the full list of award recipients here:
What’s like 'The Matrix' film, only better? Networking at Melbourne WebFest on our festival platform Hopin! 💁‍♀️
We have an array of networking events scheduled across the three days, including speed-networking and guided breakout rooms.
Connect with fellow creatives from around the globe to discuss the day’s events, socialise with others in the industry, or simply unwind.

Who knows who you’ll meet? Grab your festival ticket directly on Hopin:
Announcing the shortlisted pitches for the 2020 Pitch iview competition! 🌟

The 20 selected pitches and their creatives will have just two minutes during the festival on Sunday 6 September to convey their original web series idea.

Tune in to learn who has what it takes to dazzle the panel of judges and our online audience!

Check out the shortlist here:

Leon Cheo is a writer/director whose web series People Like Us won ‘Best Short TV Drama’ at the 2016 ITVFest, ‘Best Web Drama Series’ at the Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards, and ‘Best Supporting Actor – Drama’ at the 2017 Indie Series Awards.  The series also garnered multiple nominations internationally and is distributed on HereTV, Gagaoolala and Dekkoo. 

Leon’s short films have screened at festivals in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Seoul, Bangkok, Tokyo, Tehran, Germany, Italy, Canada and more.

The festival event is next weekend! Grab your ticket at 🎟️

Pennie Brown is a Producer of How to Stay Married (S2), KINNE (Pilot & S2) and has worked as an Associate Producer on some of Australia’s leading dramas such as Wentworth, Winners & Losers, and City Homicide, as well as producing animated content for Sesame Street. 

Pennie has worked at Seven Studios as a Scripted Development Producer and consulted to Disney/ABC Network’s International Scripted Department, scouting for Australian formats and talent to be produced in the US market. She now works as an in-house Producer across a slate of narrative and comedy projects at Princess Pictures.

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Philip Hayden is the Director of the Howard Fine Acting Studio Australia and has led the organisation since it began in 2011. Amongst many television, film and theatre appearances, he has performed leading roles on London’s West End, in classic HBO drama Band of Brothers, in the hit Stan show Romper Stomper, been a semi regular on children’s television for the BBC and for award-winning Australian theatre company Red Stitch. 

Philip has also co-founded several theatre companies, the latest of which (Key Conspirators) is presently focused on developing new Australian writing and produced the hit, sell-out show Quite Drunk, Very Jesus-y in 2019.

The countdown to the festival is on with just 8 days until the celebration!  Secure your ticket at 🎟️
Submissions for Pitch iview 2020 are now CLOSED! 

Thank you to everyone who has entered this year’s pitching competition.

You will be notified via email September 1st if you are a finalist. Watch those inboxes and best of luck! 🤞
So, you know Melbourne WebFest is online September 4 - 6, but are you still pondering those program session times?

Look no further! This handy program guide will provide the answers you're after. 💫

Simply log in to your account on the Hopin platform (created upon ticket registration) and join the celebration!

Full program details and tickets available at

Dr Kim Munro is a lecturer in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, as well as the 2020 programmer of the Australian International Documentary Conference (AIDC). 

Kim is a documentary maker and has exhibited and screened works in festivals, galleries and television both in Australia and internationally. She has published broadly on interactive and immersive documentary, web series, transmedia and collaborative and participatory practices.  

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Annie Louey is a comedian, broadcaster and actor. She can be heard on the airwaves as a regular guest on ABC Breakfast and as a presenter on JOY94.9.

Recently, she took to the web to perform her solo show, Annie Louey’s Big Break, after the Comedy Festival and gigs everywhere were cancelled due to COVID-19. 

Annie’s most recent acting gig saw her playing a lead pirate, in an educational series for Victorian high schools. Plus, if you love Aunty Donna, you might recognise her as an undercover ticket inspector from their Glennridge Secondary College web series. 

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Melanie Brunt is a producer of thoughtful, character-driven short films across fiction, animation and documentary categories through her company, Feather Films. 

Her films, including The Orchestra, Dugong and Lessons From The Night have won over 50 awards, screened at 150+ festivals; including Sundance, Tribeca, Karlovy Vary, Edinburgh, Palm Springs International ShortFest, and Aspen Shortsfest. Her films have been nominated for 4 AFI/AACTA Awards. 

Melanie was also a producer on Princess Pictures’ multi-award winning, short form series Wrong Kind Of Black, which in 2019 won the Grand Jury Award at Melbourne WebFest, and was nominated for an International Emmy. 

We're two weeks away from the festival! Grab your ticket available at 🎟️

Tony Briggs is a Yorta Yorta/Wurundjeri (Woiwurrung) and the creator and writer of feature film The Sapphires which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival 2012. He received two AWGIE awards and the film won 11 of 12 categories at AACTA 2013. 

Tony is co-originator, executive producer and writer of the eight part TV series The Warriors, and recently directed the short film Elders. As an actor of over 20 years he holds many credits to his name including feature roles in Cleverman (2015), Broken Shore (2013), Redfern Now (2012) and The Slap (2010). Tony is the Artistic Director of Birrarangga Film Festival, showcasing Indigenous Films from across the globe to Melbourne Audiences biennially at ACMI. 

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