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Bilbao Web Fest 2016 - We're the beating heart of the digital series world

Tuesday, November 1st 2016

Someone is still trying to get back home because of a killer fog (in a John Carpenter's way), but for the rest of us it's all done: the second edition of the Bilbao Web Fest is over and we have to deal with what it  bequeathed.


Premise: I'm living of web series for more than a year. Since the first edition of the Sicily Web Fest, where I went as media partner and finalist in the script contest, 'till now, I didn't spend a single day without having the word "web series" into my mind. I write for a blog about web series, I coordinate a web series festival and I produce web series. But until a few days ago, I didn't fully understand what it meant to be part of this new digital world; not before attending the second edition of the Bilbao Web Fest.

That's because the one of the Basque city was the first foreigner webfest I ever attended and I couldn't ask for more. First of all because the city is wonderful, a European gem that we were able to discover thanks to a tour, organized during the second evening: a unique opportunity for learning something about "el milagro de Bilbao", the story of a city that twenty years ago was completely different and it has been renewed. The Bizkaia's capital city has a soul that can be metaphorically compared with the shapes of its Guggenheim Museum, designed by Frank Gehry: wavy, sinuous and reflecting light in a different way, depending on the daytime. Bilbao is a modern city, small but lengthy as we could find out during the boat tour along the Nerviòn river, to the Mar Cantabrico. First point for the BWF: web series together with urban culture, that's how you do a quality tourism. 

However, we weren't there just for tourism. The Bilbao Web Fest, this year, has embraced the cause of web series creators and authors, trying to understand their needs; so they've settled down for us the first world digital series fair, the Bilbao Web Market, offering meetings with producers and distributors, together with round-tables and panels dedicated to our digital products. Second point for the BWF: all the panels were functional to something, created for the benefits of the users and for all this we have to thank and praise Rose of Dolls, Oliver Mend and the whole staff of the Bilbao Web Fest. I'm well aware the hard work behind a web fest and I know for sure that all of them, running and sweating around the city, were wondering the same thing: "Are they having a good time? Will they love our festival?".  You wanted to do your best and you did it, no doubts about that.

The city worked, the festival organization worked and now you are all waiting for the chapter "What did not go well or could have been better?". Even if I commit myself very hard, using all my grumpy essence (and believe me: I have some special grumbling powers), I couldn't write something censorious or negative about the Bilbao Web Fest. Am I being too positive and not much critical? On my returning flight (one of the few able to leave Bilbao, it seems!) I thought about that and I found an answer (Rose and Oliver please don't be upset for that, you did a marvellous job): if Bilbao was able to be the Capital of the Digital Series for a few days, the credit is also ours

Web festivals are like a family reunion of one of those family in which everyone loves everybody and no one tries to avoid the aunt who gives pinches all the time. We share something beyond the simple passion for the web series, something more like a philosophy, a way of life: travelling, attending festivals, finding each other every time in a different country have a immeasurable value. All of us (creators, authors, media partners, organizers, visitors, curious people, friends and relatives as well), we are the beating heart of the digital series world. I fully understand this only now that I've met abroad the same people who animated Ustica and the Sicily Web Fest in the last two years. Seeing them in Bilbao made me aware of how big is our group and how small is the world.
In the Ethika Nikomacheia, Aristotle wrote: "For friendship is essentially a partnership. And a man stands in the same relation to a friend as to himself". The Bilbao Web Fest made me realize how intense is this relation and how shared is this feeling: now I understand even more the value of spending my days writing about web series, producing them and organizing a web series festival. And heck, I love this job!

Muchas gracias Bilbao: see you next year, for sure!

Cristiano Bolla,

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I've been a little too romantic, I know, but I didn't forget that a webfest is also made of awards and winners, which deserve to be praised for their excellent work: the competition is getting more and more difficult, the quality level has increased very fast and those who still see digital series as a YouTube's cat video, should definitely look at the series of this list: they'll be amazed!


THE OFFICIAL BILBAO WEB FEST 2016 AWARD WINNERS:


- Official Selection 2016 -


MEJOR DIRECTOR - Myroslav Latyk, 5BAKSIV.NET
MEJOR SERIE - Ren: The Girl with the Mark
MEJOR FOTOGRAFIA - Il Sonnambulo
MEJOR ACTRIZ PRINCIPAL - Victorie Belezy, Osmosis
MEJOR ACTOR PRINCIPAL - Ettore Nicoletti, Arthur 
MEJOR ACTRIZ SECUNDARIO - Vernetta Lòpez, Run Rachel Run
MEJOR ACTOR SECUNDARIO - Julian Kartùn, Aventuras de Corazòn Roto
MEJOR REPARTO - Dring
MEJOR SERIE DE DRAMA - This New World
MEJOR SERIE DE THRILLER - Arthur
MEJOR SERIE DE CIENCIA FICCIÓN - Osmosis
MEJOR SERIE DE ACCIÓN O AVENTURA - Discocalypse
MEJOR SERIE DE DOCUMENTAL - Vie Saissonière
MEJOR SERIE DE COMEDIA - The Wizard of Aus
MEJOR GUIÓN - 1Life
MEJOR EDICIÓN - Onyros
MEJOR BANDA SONORA ORIGINAL - MEM
MEJOR EFECTOS ESPECIALES - The Wizard of Aus
MEJOR DIRECCION ARTISTICA - Ren: The Girl With the Mark
MEJOR SONIDO - Horizon

- Premio Bilbao Historiko -

PREMIO A LA MEJOR SERIE GRABADA EN UN CASCO HISTÓRICO - Ex-Model

- Amets Selection 2016 -

FILMMAKER AMETS - Menelik Simpson, Darren has a Breakdown
TOP AMETS - L’Écrivan Public
FRIENDS AMETS - Piso
QUILL AMETS - The Pantsless Detective
STAR AMETS - Seungbae Moon, Onlyboy
STARLET AMETS - Caris Vujcec, The Pepper Project & Maria Broniewska, Talking to Grandma
ORIGINAL AMETS - Hai visto Tom Collins?
EPIC AMETS - Like Me, Like a Joker
UNSTOPPABLE AMETS - Escuela de Canotaje
SKETCH AMETS - Claire et Michel: Le Documentaire

- Trailer Category 2016 - 

MEJOR TRAILER - New Era
TRAILER IMPARABLE - Redland

- Festival Partner Selection -

DIE SERIALE - Biziklautak Arraund the World
RIO WEB FEST - Biziklautak Arraund the World
MONTREAL WEB FEST - Betray
DUB WEB FEST - Space Men
KWEB FEST - This New World 
BAWF - This New World 
MIAMI WEB FEST - Mucha Mierda
SICILY WEB FEST - WEb serie
PREMIO DISTRIBUCION POR ROCKZELINE - Redland


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