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Sicily Web Fest 2017 - the 3rd edition brought web series to the people: "You made me discover a new world"

Friday, July 28th, 2017


The third edition of the Sicily Web Fest took place from July 21st to 23rd and it's time to tell you everything about the most international among the Italian web festivals and the one that brought web series to the people.



Warning: what you are going to read, it's written wholeheartedly. The following article won't be just a recap, an "I'm going to tell you how went the third edition of the Sicily Web Fest". This is going to be a story, a kind of a love story. The love story between the Sicily Web Fest and the web series community. Why? Because, at the end, it's all about love: the love and the deep passion we all have for what we do: telling stories. Creators tell stories with web series, web docs and so on, web fests show and spread these stories to the world and we tell you all about this love.
Everything started in August 2015 and took place in Ustica where, a younger Riccardo Cannella, decided to bring in his native land the web series community, in order to help creators in promoting and growing their projects. After three years, this love story is still going on and we are all in love even more than the beginning. Every year it's like landing on an enchanted place, where people share the same passion and interest: the web series.

It was my third time at Sicily Web Fest, I was there since the beginning and still after three editions, I came back home thrilled, happy, rich of new knowledges, friends and creativity. 

"Oh, well, it's easy to offer a great experience in a place like Ustica", I heard. No, it's not. Actually, it's really dangerous. First of all, on such a small island like that one, you can't forget anything and everything must be perfectly organized and well planned. Secondly, you stack a huge group of people on a "stone" in the middle of the sea with just 3 or 4 boats in a day to reach Palermo... So, you must organize an amazing web fest if you care about your life... And apparently they did.
Ustica is wonderful, its's unquestionably true and it is one of those places that you have to see at least once in your life, but what made the Sicily Web Fest so amazing, apart from the marvellous location, is the atmosphere that the staff is always able to create. They are absolutely incredible, they put all them selves in this web fest and you can feel it; in those guys you can see that they are doing what they love and, above all, they love what they're doing, giving all theme selves to it.
Once again they showed the capability of creating an offline world, where what we usually do online with web series meets the offline reality, reaching people who would have maybe never found out our community. Yes, this time I can it say for sure...They made it. They definitely made it. The Sicily Web Fest, with its 3rd edition, reached one of the main purpose of our community: bringing web series to the people. The web fest has always had the aim to promote and support web series, helping them to find "the right way" and the right contacts, but it also has always tried hardly to explain people how amazing our community is, how great and not low quality web series are.

Monday morning, when everything was already over, I arrived at the bar for breakfast and a group of middle age women asked me: "Who won?". At first I was confused, I had to admitted and they surely got it 'cause they explained: "we were at the web series presentation on Saturday night and we voted for WEb Serie, but we are curious to know which series won the festival". These women, who can have my mum's age, started asking me questions about web series, about the winners and so on. One of them told me that she would watched all the series, 'cause she had only her tablet with a 3G connection and no TV, there in Ustica. Another one told me that, when she went back home on Saturday night, she watched all the episodes of Getalive and she loved it. But the older one, said the most important thing: "I didn't know anything about this", she said, "you made me discover a new world"



She moved me, I swear. And I am really glad that it happened at the Sicily Web Fest. Those few words mean that we are on the right way, folks.
This Sicily Web Fest reached the people, bringing them the web series and the passion of our community. So, that's why I said "they made it". They created a not self-centered festival, but a open and really well organized space for web series, where creators had the possibility to connect to each other and to promote their projects, bringing also people to discover a new type of content, "a new world". The Sicily Web Fest, as some others amazing web fests all around the world, gave us an experience in which it's never all about the web fest itself, but it's all about the creators and their web series. 

Those three days had also some really interesting panels with some authors, with experts and with some partner festivals: the WebFest Berlin, the Wendie Webfest Hamburg, the Seoul Web Fest, the Cinema Jove – Festival Internacional de Cine de Valencia and the Bilbao Series Land.
During these meetings, we had a lot of food for thought; where are we with web series? Where is the web series phenomenon going? What's next for web series?
Well, once again, what's next is up to us. We are on the right way, we are doing an amazing job, but it's not enough yet. We have to work even harder to create a market for web series, to reach everyone, to convince the traditional television and cinema that web series, or digital series as you wish, aren't low quality products, aren't something created just for fun. Web series deserve attention, production, money, audience. Web series aren't just a new way of telling stories. Web series are one of the results of the technologies development. And they are going to change again and they will amaze always more. They are like "a malleable canvas, not square nor rectangular, that eludes classifications" (quote by Michele Boreggi - Shotgun Boogie) and "making web series means making cinema at your smartphone" (quote by Simone Albano - One Shot). So, we have to realize that we are doing something amazing, something new and constantly evolving and, thanks to events like the Sicily Web Fest, we have the opportunity to tell what we are doing to the world. And grow up together.


Now, after this speech written wholeheartedly, it's time for some useful numbers; this edition had 83 web series selected from all over the world, 20 award winning projects (below and also here the complete list), 8 series selected from 8 partner festivals (more info below) and two projects obtained distribution contracts; one with Rockzeline and the other one with Bigop Tv. Moreover, for the first time, the winner of the Best Series award (the French web series Bertrand), won a 500$, provided by the partner Netfall.



This is really something, isn't it? It's not only about winning an award; the creators have also the opportunity of being selected by web fests from all over the world, 'cause the Sicily Web Fest is part of a strong international network of festivals, and there's also the opportunity of receiving a distribution contract and a cash prize. The SWF grew up a lot and really well. I have the sensation that this love story is going to never end and I'm quite sure that we are going to live happily ever after... So, thank you so much for this third amazing edition. See you next year, Sicily Web Fest. Or... SICILY WEST, as kept saying a woman at the port (true story).



Chiara Bressa,

World Wide Webserie / About Me
@Chiara Bressa




Here below, the complete list of the winners

Best Make up - LA STIRPE DI ORAZIO
Best Original Score Music - SUBWAY THE SERIES
Best Visual Effects - THE WIZARD OF AUS
Best Editing - HOOKED

Best Idea - GETALIVE
Premio della Giuria Popolare - WEb SERIE

Best Comedy - SUPA SUPA
Best Drama - JEZABEL
Best No Fiction/ Documentary / Reality - SHOTGUN BOOGIE
Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy - DUAM
Best Horror / Thriller - DISCOCALYPSE
Best War / Action / Adventures - THE PEPPER PROJECT

Best Screenplay - HIGH LIFE
Best Cinematography - SHAKESPEARE REPUBLIC
Best Directing - CONFESS

Best Actor - Marteen Swan, THIS NEW WORLD
Best Actress -  Alexis Salinas, HOLLYWOOD

Best Italian Series - CARONTE
Best International Series - CHRONICLES OF A PARANOIAC

Best Series - BERTRAND
Winner of a cash award offered by NETFALL

BigopTV distribution contract winner - SURVIVAL THE SERIES
Rockzeline distribution contract winner - AUCKWARD LOVE

BILBAO SERIESLAND Selection - Caronte
DIE SERIALE Selection - Shotgun Boogie
LA WEB FEST Selection - Bruciare Violini
MELBOURNE WEB FEST Selection - Hooked
MIAMI WEB FEST Selection - 3U La Notte dell'Uomo
RIO WEB FEST Selection - Euh! S2
SEOUL WEB FEST Selection - Survival The Series

WENDIE WEBFEST HAMBURG Selection - Project M



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