The third annual Melbourne WebFest (MWF) has concluded with a gala awards night hosted by Melbourne comedians Aunty Donna.
The Grand Jury Award went to Canadian series Feminin/Feminin, which gets an all-expenses paid trips to LA WebFest and Marseille WebFest with automatic entry into both festivals.
In addition, Feminin/Feminin receives automatic entry into Rome WebFest, K WebFest and WebFest Montreal.
The 2nd annual iview Award was presented to Dayne’s World by iview manager Sally O’Donoghue, securing the creators an acquisition deal to the ABC’s iview platform.
O’Donoghue said, “ABC iview is thrilled to have been a supporter of Melbourne Web Fest since 2014. I've been really mind-blown by the passion and resourcefulness of the creators, and the quality of their work. This year, Dayne's World was one of the stand-outs – it's so original, so funny, so clever. We can't wait to have it on iview. It's just one of those shows you want to share with your friends.”
Other wins for Australian series included The Katering Show for Best Comedy; Airlock for Best Sci Fi; The Record for Best Ensemble/Actor and Lost in LA for the Peddle Thorp People’s Choice Award.
Michael Ajakwe Jr., Founder and Director of LA WebFest said: “The third Melbourne Webfest was a great success. A lot of good shows, lots of participation and a great venue (Deakin Edge) for the screenings and panels. I was also impressed by some of the Australian series that such as Starting From Now, The Katering Show, Bedhead, and How To Talk Australians.
"Overall it was a wonderful thee-day experience. I can't wait to get back to L.A. and spread the world that Melbourne WebFest has gone from a good to great festival."