LONDON – Continuing this year’s mission statement to push the boundaries of new technology and explore alternative platforms, the Raindance Film Festival has revealed the results of its Web Fest competition. The winning web series were selected from 10 categories by a panel of festival jury members.
Best British Series went to Sol Rikweda’s “Blood, Sweat & Choke,” which follows three young fighters as they hustle to reach the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Best International Series and the Raindance Discovery Award were given to Dirk Rosenloecher’s “Discocalypse.” Written, directed and produced by Rosenloecher, the series follows a young, hung-over man whose memories of the previous night reveal that his adventures were infested with monsters.
Critics Choice Award and the Best Writing Award went to Anthony Wilcox’s “Adam Dewar,” which follows a man determined to prove his innocence when he is arrested for his involvement in a diamond heist.
The Special Festival Award, selected by the Web Series program team, went to Ben Rock’s horror-comedy “20 Seconds to Live.” Web Fest’s head programmer Lydia Schoenberger commented, “It epitomizes all the qualities of a good web series: the writing is economical, it manages to surprise in every episode, and the cast is both sharp and witty.”
The award for Best Director went to Christin Baker for “Maybelle,” which looks at a 35-year-old Southern Virginian lesbian who has to come to terms with the fact that she is still in love with her childhood best friend.
Best Lead Actor went to Tiphaine Haas for her role in Shannon Renaudeau and Florent Sabatier’s “Young Graduate,” in which she plays a 24-year-old graduate looking for her dream job and a purpose in life.
Best Ensemble Cast was awarded to Kacie Anning, Sarah Amanious and Madeleine Jones for “Fragments of Friday.” The series, which is also directed and written by Anning, is a comedy about a group of hedonistic 20-somethings.
Finally, Best Achievement in Production went to Tony E. Valenzuela’s “The Fourth Door,” a story of a woman’s journey as she navigates the strange and dangerous world of Limbo.