Minnesota WebFest Creator Portal
Congratulations on being an Official Selection for the 2020 Minnesota WebFest. You've put a lot of work into producing a great web series and now we want to put a lot of work into promoting your series. To that end, we need some information and assets from you.
To fill out this form, you will need your tracking number from FilmFreeway and the email address associated with your submission. You can fill out partial information and return to this form at any time as many times as you need, up to the deadline. HOVER OVER LABELS TO GET HELP ON EACH FIELD.
Imaginary Captions Download Code:
As an Official Selection of Minnesota WebFest 2020, you receive a free copy of Imaginary Captions from festival sponsor Imaginary Productions. Imaginary Captions is captioning software for the Mac. Use the code listed above to visit the App Store for Mac. Do not visit the Imaginary Captions page in the store. Instead, visit the App Store home page and, at the bottom, find the link to enter your promo code. Click it and enter the code above.
If there are any issues with your submission, they are noted below:
Minnesota WebFest announces nominations in three stages. The first is our genre nominations followed a few weeks later by skill and community nominations. Finally, we announce several other nominations at the awards ceremony.
Track your nominations and awards here.
Marketing Pitch Contest
For the first time in Minnesota WebFest history, we are offering a cash prize. As the questions in this form illustrate, we are committed to the often ignored aspect of web series creation: promoting your series and building an audience. We thus decided to take some of the money we weren't spending on a physical venue this year and channel it back to you to reward the creator who is able to serve as an example to other creators on what a good promotional plan looks like.
- Deliverable: 3-page (A4 or 8 1/2" x 11") PDF presentation
- Topic: A pitch for $1,000 to spend marketing your web series
- You must be a Minnesota WebFest 2020 Official Selection
- Your creator questionnaire must say "Complete" for its Completion Status by September 5
- Only marketing spend is a valid use for the $1,000
- Submissions must be no longer than 3 pages in length
- Deadline: September 15, 2020—No extensions, no exceptions
- Delivery method: Upload to Creator Questionnaire form—email submissions will NOT be accepted
- Winner announced during the Minnesota WebFest 2020 Awards Ceremony
The deadline for entry into this competition has passed. Thank you to all who submitted!
Due to COVID-19, the Minnesota WebFest will have online screenings as part of our 2020 festival. We have gone to great lengths to make sure we won't cause you to violate any contractual obligations by having your series screen online. Our screening model should avoid triggering any deferred payments for SAG/AFTRA signatories and prevent other common online screening conflicts. In particular:
- All viewers must register and sign in to watch our online screenings.
- The screening period starts on September 24, 2020 and ends September 27, 2020, except for judges who get earlier access to judge for awards.
- We can optionally geo-block certain regions for you, if necessary.
- We DO NOT charge any money for the screening or the festival in general.
You are responsible for reviewing and understanding all your contractual obligations. If you have a contractual obligation that would preclude you from screening under this conditions, please let us know. You will still have a show "home page" on the screening site, but people will not be able to watch the series. You will also still be eligible for all nominations and awards.
The following is the core information we need for every series. Please be careful and check the spelling and punctuation.
This section asks for the key image assets we need to promote your series. Hover over the label for for the field to get information on exact specifications.
Series Meta Data
This section asks for all the extra information about your show like genres and content warnings.
We will be working hard to drive viewers to watch your full series if it is currently available. This section asks about your distribution information.
The fields in this section are NOT required and judges do not see the answers. We work to make sure that content in the Minnesota WebFest represents diversity across multiple dimensions and these questions help us understand how well we have done in achieving those objectives. They have no bearing on whether or not your are nominated for or win any awards.
These questions relate to the people who have provided the vision behind the series. These are the people who have had the most significant creative impact on the series. The series creator, the director, and writers are obvious candidates. For some series, other individuals (e.g. producers) may also have impacted the series vision and should count. We are specifically NOT talking about people who simply provided financial support or services. That means this section does not include general crew or cast.
Even if you have opted out of screening, we'd like to have your trailer.