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2015 Raindance Web Fest Announces This Year’s Slate, Along With Raindance Independent Series Awards Nominees

2015 Raindance Web Fest Announces This Year's Slate, Along With Raindance Independent Series Awards Nominees

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The Raindance Web Fest, the UK’s only dedicated web series festival and streaming video industry networking event, is set to return for its third year, premiering five never-before-seen series as part of its 2015 lineup: “Career Boy,” “Lost & Found II,” Muzzled the Musical,” “Blowing the Budget” and “The Paradox Series.” The fest will take place from September 25 -27, during Raindance Film Festival, and will feature a packed schedule of screenings and panel discussions with industry experts, covering topics from digital storytelling, to creating the social TV experience. A series of panels will include speakers like ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November; BBC Comedy’s Producer, Jon Aird; Endemol Beyond’s Executive Producer, Hass Mosa and UK YouTubers celebrities like Thomas “Tomska” Ridgewell.

The Web Fest will be broken down into a total of seven award categories: Best British Series, Best International Series, Best Leading Actor and two new awards, Best Writing and Best Directing. New to the lot will be the Critic’s Choice Award and the Special Festival Award. 

The Raindance Independent Series Awards (RISA), awarded during Web Fest, will also include the aforementioned categories for its second year. The jury includes Conde Nast’s Director of Video Content, Danielle Bennison-Brown; Head of YouTube’s Next Lab EMEA at Google; David Ripert and Channel 4’s Head of All 4 and Digital Content, Richard Davidson-Houstonrit.

The current Raindaince Web Fest lineup includes:

World Premieres
“Blowing the Budget,” (UK), Created by: Ed Kear / Quipstar / Videojug Networks / Directed by: Ed Kear. 

“Career Boy,” (UK), Created by: Izzy Tennyson & Scott Hurran / Directed by: Scott Hurran. 

“Lost & Found II,” (USA), Created by: Brett Register / Directed by: Brett Register.

“Muzzled the Musical (USA),” Created by: Zach Grafton, Jason Charles Miller, Matthew Mercer / Directed by: Sean Becker

“The Paradox Series,” (UK), Created by: James O’Shea, Jonathan Moyies / Directed by: James O’Shea. Cast: Canice Bannon, Steve Watts, Georgina Blackledge.

World Premiere Episodes
“EastSiders,” (USA), Created by: Kit Williamson / Directed by: Kit Williamson.

“Jezabel,” (France), Created by: Julien Capron, Julien Bittner, Eric Pellegrin, Rémy Reboullet / Directed by: Julien Bittner. 

Festival Premieres 

“#SketchPack” (UK)

“8 Acre ” (UK)

“Ashbeclee ” (Australia)

“The Collection of F*cked Up Stories from Around the World ” (USA)

“CTRL” (Ireland)

“The First Musketeer” (UK)

“I’m Harry Clark” (USA)

“JustBoobs Sketch” (USA)

“Life’s Work” (Canada)

“Morganville” (USA)

“My Wife is a Pastor” (Switzerland)

“Nikola Tesla and the End of the World” (UK)

“No Pillowfights” (USA)

“(R)onanism” (Ireland)

“Rapt” (Ireland)

“Redheads Anonymous” (USA)

“Turn Me Online” (UK)
“Til Death” (UK)
“Vageniuses” (USA)

“Wildcats” (USA)

“Wireless” (UK)
“Year of Spies” (UK)

The British Independent Series Awards 2015 nominees include the following:

Best British Series: supported by Vodzilla.co

“1000 Londoners” (UK: Mark Currie, Rachel Wang – producers)

“Blowing the Budget” (UK: Ed Kear – creator)

“History Bombs” (UK: Chris Hobbs – creator)

“Nikola Tesla and the End of the World” (UK: Ian Strang – creator)

“Til Death” (UK: Hayley Smith, Rob Jones, Glen Kirby – creators)

“Turn Me Online” (UK: Hannah Megan Lane, Suzie Preece – creators)

Best International Series: supported by MCM Comic Con

“The Banks” (Canada: Adam Kosh – creator)

“The Impossibilities” (USA: Anna Kerrigan, Kati Rediger, Ash Springer – creators)

“The Katering Show” (Australia: Kate McLennan, Kate McCartney – creators)

“Life’s Work” (Canada: Ben Proudfoot, Andrea Batista – producers)

“Phoenix Run” (USA: TJ Walker, creator)
“Wildcats” (USA: Rachel Puchkoff, creator)

Best Writing:

Amy Hartman & Melissa Martin for “Dog Bytes” (USA)
Roseanne Liang & Simon Ward for “Flat3” (New Zealand)

M. Elizabeth Eller for “Manic Pixie Dream Wife” (USA)
John Luc for “mychonny moves in” (Australia)

Ric Forster & Louna Maroun for “Neighbours vs Zombies” (Australia)

Daniel Quirke for “Quirkology” (UK)

Best Directing:

Jay Ferguson for “Guidestones; Sunflower Noir” (Canada)

Ben Proudfoot for “Life’s Work” (Canada)

Eron Carruth for “Stricken” (Canada)

Eric Piccoli for “Project-M” (Canada)
Kieron J. Walsh for “Rapt” (Ireland)

Rachel Puchkoff for “Wildcats” (USA)

Best Lead Actor:

Aljin Abella for “Hunter n Hornet” (Australia)

Mickey Blaine for “I’m Harry Clark” (USA)

Kati Rediger for “The Impossibilities” (USA)

Cody Smith for “Manic Pixie Dream Wife” (USA)

Suzie Preece for “Turn Me Online” (UK)

Linnea Sage for “Wildcats” (USA)

Best Ensemble Cast:

“The Banks” (Canada)

“Dog Bytes” (USA)

“Dring” (France)

“The Katering Show” (Australia)

“Neighbours vs Zombies” (Australia)

“(R)onanism” (Ireland)

Best Achievement in Production: supported by tellofilms.com

“Perfect Girl” (Singapore) nominated for editing
“History Bombs” (UK) nominated for cinematography

“Life’s Work” (Canada) nominated for music score
“Project-M” (Canada) nominated for cinematography
“The First Musketeer” (UK) nominated for production and costume design
“Wildcats” (USA) nominated for sound design

Raindance Discovery: supported by Maker Studios

John Michael Howard – writer/producer, “8 Acre” (UK)

Adam Kosh & Ariane Bessette – writers, “The Banks” (Canada)

Harriet Sams – director, “The First Musketeer” (UK)

Julianne Donelle – writer/director “No Pillowfights” (USA)

Elisabeth Ness – writer, “Redheads Anonymous” (USA)

Rachel Puchkoff – writer/director, “Wildcats” (USA)

Click here to learn more about the Raindance Web Fest.

The Raindance Film Festival is famous for hosting films such as “Memento,” “Old Boy,” “The Blair Witch Project,” “Pusher,” “Ghost World” and “Love Exposure” since its creation in 1992.  The festival is attended by about 6,000 viewers that include industry executives, filammkers, and public audiences. 

In keeping up with the ever-changing trends of film viewership, Raindance launched its VOD platform, Raindance Releasing, in 2013. The platform provides a unique opportunity for filmmakers as they offer online distribution for all of its films.

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