Hennepin Theatre Trust

Minneapolis, Minnesota - September 26-29, 2019

It's our third year and we're adding more events to support our growth. In addition to a Thursday night event, we're adding a number of panels and talks to our already full schedule of screenings.

Bent Brewstillery

Sept 26

Bent Brewstillery

The festival gets started with an informal networking event aimed at the Minnesota film and television industry. Whether you are local to Minnesota or just want to meet the people from the Minnesota film and TV community, come out to Minnesota WebFest sponsor Bent Brewstillery and have a great evening!

Schedule

Brief Notes from Philip Gi;pin

Rock Bottom Brewery

Sept 27

Rock Bottom Brewery

As we did last year, we'll have our formal kickoff at Rock Bottom Brewery. Festival founder George Reese will talk about the state of the web series followed by a panel and finally the screenings of our pilot selections. Stay afterwards for drinks and network with the global web series community.

Hennepin Theatre Trust

Sept 28

Hennepin Theatre Trust

Saturday is the big day! We'll have parallel screening and talk tracks. We screen all Official Selections in the screening blocks during the day. New this year are the panels and talks by industry experts.

The day ends with our annual awards ceremony. But we will head on over to Rock Bottom for some more informal networking afterwards!

Lake Minnetonka Cruise

Sept 29

Lake Minnetonka

We'll wind down with a leisurely cruise on Lake Minnetonka. This cruise is a chance for visiting filmmakers to get a taste of the Land of 10,000 Lakes and mingle with Minnesota filmmakers and our sponsors. We'll get everyone back to dry land in plenty of time to make late afternoon flights.

Submissions for the 2019 Minnesota WebFest closed May 31. We will begin accepting submissions to the 2020 Minnesota WebFest on January 1, 2020 via FilmFreeway.

We look for diversity in every sense of the term: diversity in genre, diversity in themes, diversity in filmmaker perspectives, and, of course, diversity in representation. Our ultimate goal is to present the strongest lineup of web series possible to the Minnesota community.

We encourage submissions from all around the world, in any language. Non-English web series must contain embedded English subtitles.

Submit your web series to one of the following genre categories:

  • Action
  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • Documentary
  • Horror
  • Mockumentary
  • Narrative Vlog
  • Sci-fi/Fantasy
  • Thriller

We also have a "Best Pilot" competition for those who have developed a pilot, but not a complete series. Do not submit a short film and call it a pilot. We can tell the difference.

We reserve the right to add or subtract genre categories based on submissions.

In addition, you should indicate whether your film fits into one or more of the following scenarios:

  • Made in Minnesota - Web series made in Minnesota or by Minnesota residents
  • Iron Range - Web series made in the Iron Range or about the Iron Range

Minnesota WebFest proudly accepts entries via FilmFreeway.com, the world's best online submission platform. FilmFreeway offers free HD online screeners, unlimited video storage, digital press kits, and more. Click to submit with FilmFreeway.

The Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport (MSP) is a direct flight from almost anywhere in the United States and Canada as well as Amsterdam, Dublin, Frankfurt, London, Paris, Reykjavik, Seoul, Tokyo, and a handful of other air travel hubs.

Airlines with Direct International Flights

  • Air Canada
  • Aer Lingus
  • Air France
  • Condor
  • Delta
  • Icelandair
  • KLM
  • Korean Air
  • Sun Country
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • Westjet

Getting Around

The core venue is 900 Hennepin Ave in the theater district of Minneapolis.

Downtown Minneapolis is a 30-minute ride on light-rail from the MSP airport or a 15 minute car/Lyft/Uber/taxi ride. Both Lyft and Uber operate in the Twin Cities.

The light rail line will get you between downtown Minneapolis and downtown St. Paul as well as from downtown Minneapolis to the suburb of Bloomington. That means the Mall of America, the University of Minnesota, Twins games, Vikings games, and both downtowns are rail-accessible. Renting a car is probably a waste of money.

Where to Stay

For the second year in a row, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Downtown Minneapolis is providing attendees of the Minnesota WebFest with special rates. To take advantage of our special rates, you MUST reserve your room online using this link.

Hampton Inn and Suites Minneapolis/Downtown Location:
Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis Downtown
19 North 8th St
Minneapolis, MN 55403

What to See and Do

Of course, you're here to watch web series!

But if you'd like to get out and about in the Twin Cities, here are some things to do:

  • A ton of riding and running trails. You can get anywhere in the Twin Cities on bike trails alone without having to fight cars.
  • Paisley Park (the former home and workplace of Prince, now a museum)
  • Theater (Minneapolis is one of the largest theater scenes in the country with the second-most capacity per capita)
  • The Mall of America, the largest mall in the United States
  • Nickelodeon Universe, an amusement park inside the Mall of America
  • The Walker Art Center
  • Minneapolis Sculpture Garden with the big ass spoon (next to Walker Art Center)
  • Strolling the Lakes (Lake Calhoun and Lake Harriet)
  • Minnehaha Park
  • And the legendary First Avenue
  • Minnesota United FC at Allianz Field (Sept 25 vs Sporting KC and Sept 29 vs Los Angeles FC)
  • The Twins and Vikings are away during this year's Minnesota WebFest
  • If you are willing to make a drive of it, the city of Duluth and Lake Superior are 2 1/2 hours north of the Twin Cities.
2019 Official Selections

Early Selections

Note: Underlined series are series made in Minnesota or by Minnesota creators.

Alumni Award
Black on Both Sides | Fallin' Off | Love Language | Or So the Story Goes | The Spell Tutor
Best Pilot
Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Black on Both Sides | The Boogeys | F++k | Fallin' Off | Here's Ginger | Nouveau Monde (New World) | The Sunny Side | Swiped to Death | Vol69 (Flight69)
Best Comedy
Freelancers | A Gay Victorian Affair | Inside the Extras Studio | Killa Kafe | Life in the Dead Zone | Tokens | Wind Bell
Best Documentary/Reality
Click on This Show | Eating with Soula | Farm Crime | Seen & Heard | TASTE with Kevin Longa
Best Drama
.After | Chateau Laurier | Long Island South Shore | Neurinome (Neuroma) | Oh Jordan! An Austism Web Series | Puntu Koma | Sui Generis | Vieux Jeu
Best Dramedy
Dreaming Whilst Black | Gut Feeling | The Holiest One | My Death Co. | Rational Creatures | Running with Violet | 오늘도 형제는 평화롭다 (We Are Peaceful Brothers)
Best Fantasy
Detention Adventure | Liga da Mata (Forest League) | SCRiBBLES | The Spell Tutor
Best Science-Fiction
Anomalie (Anomaly) | The Grade | La Supercafetera | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Nerdvana | Otsoen Lurraldean (In the Land of Wolves) | Rebelión (Rebellion) | The Well
Best Sitcom
Extra/Ordinary | Fem 101 | Geoff and the Ninja | Growing Nowhere | Ma Femme Est Pasteure (My Wife Is a Pastor) | Marias | Šeptej Nahá Stín (Whisper Naked Shadow) | Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Sketch Comedy
Bip | Neem's Themes | The Watercooler
Best Student
Gut Feeling | Love Language | Puntu Koma
Best Thriller
A-Live | Bennington Gothique | Demon X | Herrings | M | Rebecca
Best Youth
Detention Adventure | Life of Jess | Liga da Mata (Forest League) | NC-16 | Or So the Story Goes | The Spell Tutor | Spike and Dadda
Best Representation of Communities of Color
Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Black on Both Sides | Dreaming Whilst Black | Fallin' Off | NC-16 | Tokens
Best Representation of LGBTQ+ Communities
Eating with Soula | A Gay Victorian Affair | Love Language | Rational Creatures | Sui Generis
Best Representation of Women
Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Fem 101 | Growing Nowhere | La Supercafetera | NC-16 | Rational Creatures
Best Original Music
.After | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Liga da Mata (Forest League) | SCRiBBLES
Best Original Score
.After | A-Life | Demon X | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | M | Otsoen Lurraldean (In the Land of Wolves) | Vieux Jeu | The Well
Best Production Design
Chateau Laurier | A Gay Victorian Affair | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Neurinome (Neuroma) | SCRiBBLES | Vieux Jeu | The Well
Best Effects
Demon X | Life in the Dead Zone | Nerdvana | Otsoen Lurraldean (In the Land of Wolves) | Rebelión (Rebellion) | The Spell Tutor | The Well
Best Animation
Geoff and the Ninja | Liga da Mata (Forest League) | Spike and Dadda
Best Cinematography
A-Live | Anomalie (Anomaly) | Bip | M | SCRiBBLES | Vieux Jeu | The Well | Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Host
Johnny Alonso (Click on This Show) | Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula) | Barry Bostwick (Inside the Extras Studio) | Kevin Longa (TASTE with Kevin Longa)
Best Comedic Ensemble
Detention Adventure | Extra/Ordinary | Fem 101 | Freelancers | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Nerdvana | Šeptej Nahá Stín (Whisper Naked Shadow) | 오늘도 형제는 평화롭다 (We Are Peaceful Brothers)
Best Dramatic Ensemble
Bennington Gothique | Herrings | Or So the Story Goes | Rational Creatures | Running with Violet
Best Comedic Performance
Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black) | Bridie Connell (Gut Feeling) | Tara Jay (Killa Kafe) | Inés Dominguez del Corral (Marias) | Spike Liberman (Spike and Dadda) | Karen O'Leary (The Watercooler) | Anna Lucie Schollerová (Whisper Naked Shadow) | Krista Hovsepian (Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Dramatic Performance
Joshua Schubart (.After) | Chelsey Mart (Long Island South Shore) | Nicolas Desfossés (Neuroma) | Mariana Lewis (Rebecca) | Sarah Nicolazzo (The Holiest One) | Jacques Godin (Vieux Jeu) | Jin Young Jung (Wind Bell)
Best Director
Rosalie Tenseth (.After) | Christian Stadach (Anomaly) | Keith Chamberlain (Herrings) | Javier Devitt (M) | Marie Claud Dicaire & Jean-François Dubé (Neuroma) | Maureen Marovitch (Seen & Heard) | Quentin Fabiani (Vieux Jeu) | Nora K (Whisper Naked Shadow)
Best of Minnesota
Fallin' Off | Fem 101 | NC-16 | Rational Creatures | The Well
Best Overall
Nominees to be announced at the awards ceremony on Sept 28.

Note: Purple+caps series are series made in Minnesota or by Minnesota creators.

Best Series Pilot
Black Girls Guide to Fertility
Nominees: Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Black on Both Sides | The Boogeys | F++K | Fallin' Off | Here's Ginger | Nouveau Monde | The Sunnny Side | Swiped to Death | Vol 69
Best Comedy Series
Tokens
Nominees: Freelancers | A Gay Victorian Affair | Inside the Extras Studio | Killa Kafe | Life in the Dead Zone | Tokens | Wind Bell
Best Documentary/Reality Series
Seen & Heard
Nominees: Click on This | Eating with Soula | Farm Crime | Seen & Heard | TASTE with Kevin Longa
Best Dramatic Series
Vieux Jeu
Nominees: .After | Chateau Laurier | Long Island South Shore | Neurinome | Oh Jordan! - an autism web series | Puntu Koma | Sui Generis | Vieux Jeu
Best Dramedy Series
Dreaming Whilst Black
Nominees: Dreaming Whilst Black | Gut Feeling | The Holiest One | My Death Co | Rational Creatures | Running with Violet | We Are Peaceful Brothers
Best Fantasy Series
Liga da Mata (Forest League)
Nominees: Detention Adventure | Liga da Mata | SCRiBBLES | The Spell Tutor
Best Science-Fiction Series
The Well
Nominees: Anomalie | The Grade | La Supercafetera | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Nerdvana | Otsoen Lurraldean | Rebelión | The Well
Best Sitcom Series
Growing Nowhere
Nominees: Extra/Ordinary | Fem 101 | Geoff and the Ninja | Growing Nowhere | Ma femme est pasteure | Marias | Whisper Naked Shadow | Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Sketch Comedy Series
Bip
Nominees: Bip | Neem's Themes | The Watercooler
Best Student Series
Puntu Koma
Nominees: Gut Feeling | Love Language | Puntu Koma
Best Thriller Series
M
Nominees: A-Live | Bennington Gothique | Demon X | Herrings | M | Rebecca
Best Youth Series
Spike and Dadda
Nominees: Detention Adventure | Liga da Mata | Life of Jess | NC-16 | Or So the Story Goes | The Spell Tutor | Spike and Dadda
Alumni Award
The Spell Tutor
Nominees: Black on Both Sides | Fallin' Off | Love Language | Or So the Story Goes | The Spell Tutor
Best Representation of Communities of Color
Tokens
Nominees: Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Black on Both Sides | Dreaming Whilst Black | Fallin' Off | NC-16 | Tokens
Best Representation of LGBTQ+ Communities
Sui Generis
Nominees: Eating with Soula | A Gay Victorian Affair | Love Language | Rational Creatures | Sui Generis
Best Representation of Women
Growing Nowhere
Nominees: Black Girls Guide to Fertility | Fem 101 | Growing Nowhere | La Supercafetera | NC-16 | Rational Creatures
Excellence in Web Series Promotion
Or So the Story Goes
Nominees: Black on Both Sides | Eating with Soula | Liga da Mata | My Death Co | Or So the Story Goes | TASTE with Kevin Longa | Tokens | Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Original Music
.After
Nominees: .After | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Liga da Mata | SCRiBBLES
Best Original Score
The Well
Nominees: .After | A-Live | Demon X | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | M | Otsoen Lurraldean | Vieux Jeu | The Well
Best Production Design
SCRiBBLES
Nominees: Chateau Laurier | A Gay Victorian Affair | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Neurinome | SCRiBBLES | Vieux Jeu | The Well
Best Effects
Otsoen Lurraldean (In the Land of the Wolves)
Nominees: Demon X | Life in the Dead Zone | Nerdvana | Otsoen Lurraldean | Rebelión | The Spell Tutor | The Well
Best Animation
Spike and Dadda
Nominees: Geoff and the Ninja | Liga da Mata | Spike and Dadda
Best Cinematography
M
Nominees: A-Live | Anomalie | Bip | M | SCRiBBLES | Vieux Jeu | The Well | Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?
Best Host
Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula)
Nominees: Johnny Alonso (Click on This) | Gary Daniels (Eating with Soula) | Barry Bostwick (Inside the Extras Studio) | Kevin Longa (TASTE with Kevin Longa)
Best Comedic Ensemble
The League of S.T.E.A.M.
Nominees: Detention Adventure | Extra/Ordinary | Fem 101 | Freelancers | The League of S.T.E.A.M. | Nerdvana | We Are Peaceful Brothers | Whisper Naked Shadow
Best Dramatic Ensemble
Running with Violet
Nominees: Bennington Gothique | Herrings | Or So the Story Goes | Rational Creatures | Running with Violet
Best Comedic Performance
Bridie Connell (Gut Feeling)
Nominees: Adjani Salmon (Dreaming Whilst Black) | Bridie Connell (Gut Feeling) | Tara Jay (Killa Kafe) | Inés Dominguez del Corral (Marias) | Spike Lieberman (Spike and Dadda) | Karen O'Leary (The Watercooler) | Anna Lucie Schollerova (Whisper Naked Shadow) | Krista Hovsepian (Wholesome Foods I Love You... Is That OK?)
Best Dramatic Performance
Jin Young Jung (Wind Bell)
Nominees: Joshua Schubart (.After) | Sarah Nicolazzo (The Holiest One) | Chelsey Mart (Long Island South Shore) | Nicolas Desfossés (Neuronime) | Mariana Lewis (Rebecca) | Jacques Godin (Vieux Jeu) | Jin Young Jung (Wind Bell)
Best Director
Quentin Fabiani (Vieux Jeu)
Nominees: Rosalie Tenseth (.After) | Christian Stadach (Anomalie) | Keith Chamberlain (Herrings) | Javier Devitt (M) | Marie Claude Dicaire & Jean-François Dubé (Neuronime) | Maureen Marovitch (Seen & Heard) | Quentin Fabiani (Vieux Jeu) | Nora K (Whisper Naked Shadow)
Audience Choice (non-Minnesota)
Gut Feeling
Audience Choice (Minnesota)
Fem 101
Best of Minnesota
Rational Creatures
Nominees: Fallin' Off | Fem 101 | NC-16 | Rational Creatures | The Well
Best Overall Series
Anomalie
Nominees: .After | Anomalie | Geoff and the Ninja | M | Rebelión | SCRiBBLES | Vieux Jeu

Special Awards

Best Contribution to the Promotion of the Web Series Format
Rose of Dolls & Oliver Mend