Celebrate The Web has an impressive pedigree. It was set up by Kim Evey and Jenni Powell in the wake of the 2010 Streamy Awards as a way to honour the community. Since then it has grown in every iteration and CTW6 is no exception. Teams have 7 days to create a webseries pilot that incorporate 3 elements that will be revealed live online on May 10th. And this time the all the pilots produced and submitted will be screened at VIDCON, with the winners being screened on Industry Day:
We are happy to announce that Celebrate The Web is partnering up with VidCon to provide our Judge’s and Audience Choice prizes a fantastic opportunity: To be screened on Industry Day at VidCon in the Anaheim Convention Center! When in the past one would receive access to a single sponsoring production company, this time around we will bring your pilots to many industry professionals all at once!
In addition to screening, each winning team will receive:
- Two passes to VidCon
- One hotel room near the Anaheim Convention Center
- $250 toward travel costs
All completed pilots will get a chance to be seen in a special IAWTV Screening Room being hosted during the Community Days of the conference. Times to be determined.
The list of partners is impressive:
- Audiosocket are offering free access to their library of music AND will pay the artists, too.
- SAG-AFTRA NewMedia have an Expedited Signatory process (more information here about how to use the SAG agreement)
- Machinima are going to on the judging panel and will be offering a pitch meeting to two winners.
The judging panel also includes:
- Sean Becker (The Guild, Jeff Lewis 5-minute Comedy Half Hour)
- Jane Espenson (Husbands, Buffy)
- Jenn Miller (AudioSocket, WWSRA)
- Ian Moffit (Machinima, Tiger Aspect)
I have always loved the idea of CTW. In fact, I created the first CTW website because I believed in it so much. I’ve never entered it before – but this time, it’s personal! Yes, we will be fielding a team for CTW6 and I would encourage EVERYONE who has thought about trying to do web video to have a go. This is a great way to dip your toes into the wonderful world of web video for many reasons, but this are what I think make it the ideal opportunity:
- Everyone has to produce their webseries pilot in only 7 days, so everyone is in the same boat
- You will get to connect with other teams during the exciting and painful week of creating – and friendships forged during adversity usually last
- If you complete and submit in time your pilot will be screened at VidCon, a bone fide video festival that has a huge following
- You don’t have enough time to worry about whether you should be doing it, so all the doubts that have stopped you creating so far will be silenced
- You will hopefully get feedback from people about your pilot. This is a huge thing for budding creators. It might be a scary proposition (anyone who has read the comments in YouTube knows how horrible commenters can be) but there is no reason to be afraid. The feedback you get is likely to be constructive and thoughtful. People in this community want to bring new talent on, and that includes you!
- The only way you will really know if you want to create videos is to make them. When I interviewed Sean Becker he said he learned at least as much by creating his own videos as he did in film school – you only really learn how by actually doing it.
Have I convinced you yet? If so, submit your entry now and follow the instructions. You have until MAY 9TH TO GET YOUR ENTRIES IN, so hurry! I can’t wait to see what happens next week.
Let me know if you are taking part and what your team name is!