Rio Webfest is the final round of the Web Series World Cup, an international web fest contest created by Joël Bassaget, web series blogger of the french newspaper Libération. The first round starts in Buenos Aires, followed by Washington, Vancouver, Miami, Palermo, Toronto, Giessen, Melbourne, Valencia, Seoul, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Minneapolis, Marseille, Bilbao, Auckland and finally Rio! Give your web series a chance to be crowned 2018 World Champion in Brazil!


Best Comedy Series Batalha das Bandas - RS
Best Writing (Comedy) AtuRando Delação Premiada - RJ
Best Directing (Comedy) Batalha das Bandas - RS
Best Actress (Comedy) Belinda McClory (Little Acorns) Australia
Best Actor (Comedy) Bryan Ruffo - B&N - SP
Best Ensemble Cast (Comedy)  Love Rock & Blues - RJ
Best Dramatic Series Red - RJ
Best Writing (Drama) #Brecha - SP
Best Directing (Drama) Red - RJ
Best Actress (Drama) Luciana Bollina - Red - RJ
Best Actor (Drama) Andrei Böhler - #Brecha
Best Ensemble Cast (Drama) Septo - RN
Best Action/Sci-fi/Horror Series Petul - France
Best Writing (Action/Sci-fi/Horror) Terrorama - RJ
Best Directing (Action/Sci-fi/Horror) Petul - France
Best Actress (Action/Sci-fi/Horror) Megan henry - In Absentia - United States
Best Actor (Action/Sci-fi/Horror) Stephen Carracher - Restoration - Australia
Best Ensemble Cast (Action/Sci-fi/Horror) Hells - RJ
Best Animated Series This is Desmondo Ray! - Australia
Best Diversity Series Vai uma Mãozinha Aí? - SC
Best Original Ideal Shakespeare Republic: #LoveTheBard (Season Two) - Australia
Best Music Video Home - Italy
Best Dance Video Leo Justi - " Passinho" - RJ
Best Performance Series/Video Canal 34 # - RJ
Best Vlogger Hey Feministo - RJ
RWF International Circuit Euh S2 - Belgium
Incentive to Brazilian Productions Chuck Nozes - RJ
Best Documentary Series Xploit - Internet sob Ataque - SP
Best Variety Series Magnólia Vai! - RJ
Best Educacional Series Canal da História - SP
Best Directing (Non-fiction) Canal da História - SP
Best Writing (Non-fiction) Uma página por dia - DF
Best Performance (Non-fiction) / Vlogger Fernanda Honorato - Geração 21 - RJ
Best Lifestyle Descomplica Ian - RJ
Best Infantile-Juvenile Performance Guilherme Seta - Galera do Condomínio (primeira temporada) - SP
Best Infantile-Juvenile Series World of Wolfram - Germany

Best Cinematography Around the World in 80 Music Videos - Brasil
Best Editing Around the World in 80 Music Videos - Brasil
Best Costume Design Orazio's Clan - Switzerland
Best Production Design Canal da História - SP
Best Makeup Bruce - Australia
Best Soundtrack Shotgun Boogie - United States
Best Visual Effects Supa Supa - France
Best Sound Petul - France
Best Production Bruce - Australia
Best Videographics (Intro and End Credits) - This is Desmondo Ray! - Australia

Silver Tickets
Direct Official Selection to Melbourne Web Fest 2018 Arena DF
Direct Official Selection to Webfest Berlin 2018 #BRECHA - SP
Direct Official Selection to Buenos Aires Web Fest 2018 #BRECHA - SP
Direct Official Selection to Seoul Web Fest 2018 Nomade 7 - RJ
Direct Official Selection to Bilbao Web Fest 2018 Nomade 7 - RJ
Direct Official Selection to Sicily Web Fest 2018 Sintropia - RJ
Direct Official Selection to Wendie Web Fest 2018 SEPTO - RN
Direct Official Selection to LA Web Fest 2018 Cidade Invisível - MT
Direct Official Selection to Miami Web Fest 2018 Love Rock & Blues - RJ
Direct Official Selection to Die Seriale 2018 Septo - RN
Direct Official Selection to Streamy Awards 2018 Septo - RN
Direct Official Selection to Tuscany Web Fest 2018 Midnight Miracle - United Kingdom, Alice in Paris - France, End Unsung - Finland.

Golden Tickets
Direct Official Selection to Marseille Web Fest 2018 Cidade Invisível - MT
Direct Official Selection to Roma Web Fest 2018 Nomade 7 - RJ
Direct Official Selection to Out Web Fest 2018 Septo - RN

Web Piloto O Guia Bacana do Rio - RJ
Voto Popular Tinsel's Town - United States
Melhor Série Brasileira RED - RJ
Melhor Série Internacional BRUCE - Australia

Super Project FRANCE Pé de Lírio (DF)
Super Projeto BRASIL Principiantes - RJ

Vencedor da Web Series World Cup 2017 High Life (AUS)


Our fourth edition will take place in November 16-19, 2017 in the wonderful city of Rio de Janeiro. We have festival partners from all around the globe, including Los Angeles, Copenhagen, Marseille, Bilbao, Buenos Aires, Sicily, Rome, Melbourne, Berlin, Seoul!

Join the webfest celebration in Rio de Janeiro and get together for some caipirinhas and coconut water on our beautiful beaches!

Some of our main attractions:

- SUPER PROJECT: pitching sessions for co-productions with international producers.
- SILVER TICKETS: Direct official selection to other web fest partners of the Web Fest International Circuit.
- GOLDEN TICKET: Direct official selection to other web fest partners (including plane ticket and accommodation paid).
- BUSINESS ROUNDS with representatives of Brazil's TV Channel such as Canal Curta!.
- KEYNOTES from university professors about the web video in Brazil and abroad.
- PANELS with creators from Brazil and abroad.
- SCREENING SESSIONS of web series.
- CLOSED PARTIES and special events for festival participants only.
- RED CARPET and AWARDS SHOW broadcasted online.

Let us help you share your work with the world!

Best Brazilian Series: R$ 2.500,00
Best International Series: R$ 2.500,00
Web Pilot: R$ 1.000,00
People's Choice Award: R$ 1.000,00

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How much is the submission fee?
USD 30.00 for webseries or vlogs produced outside Brazil (until March 31).
USD 50.00 for webseries or vlogs produced outside Brazil (until July 31).
USD 65.00 for webseries or vlogs produced outside Brazil (until September 15).


USD 20.00 for music or dance videos produced outside Brazil (until March 31).
USD 25.00 for music or dance videos produced outside Brazil (until July 31).
USD 30.00 for music or dance videos produced outside Brazil (until September 15).

How can I submit my work?
Just click on the links on the end of this section for submiting your web series, vlog, dance or music videos.
If you are brazilian and did your work in Brazil, please head out for the brazilian version of this site to pay in Reais.

Why is there a submission fee?
Main cinema, television and web series festivals around the world are paid (including Sundance and Emmy). It is the way we have to produce the event. But don't worry: if your web series, vlog, dance video, music video or project is selected, you get a passport to attend all   lectures, masterclasses and workshops at the festival for free.

If my work is not selected, will you return my submission fee?
Unfortunately, there are no refunds.

My webseries has only one chapter or has not been filmed yet. Can I participate?
The minimum number for a product to be considered a web series is two episodes. They have to be ready at the time of registration. If you have a project, you can't participate as a web series, but you can submit for the SUPER PROJECT.

Is there a duration limit on the episodes submitted?
No, there are no duration limit for your submitted show. However, if it gets in the official selection and you want it to be screened at the festival, you need to send us a video with the maximum duration of 12 minutes.

What is the SUPER PROJECT?
More than an awards ceremony, our festival gives creators the opportunity to pitch projects that are still on paper for national and internacional co-producers of the video industry. Please note that the completed submission form and the payment of the submission fee alone won’t guarantee a place in the pitching sessions. The festival organization will preselect which projects will be eligible to participate in the pitching sessions.

My web series already participated in last year's festival. Can I join again?
Yes, because every year we will have a different jury.

How does the official selection process and awards of the festival works?
The festival staff reviews the submissions, watch the uploaded videos and selects the nominees for each category. The official selection list will be posted on our website and social media. During the event, our national and international jury will select the winners for each award. You can submit on our website your webseries, music or dance video or via Film Freeway.

I read in the regulations that English subtitles are mandatory, even for English speaking shows. How does it work?
As the festival staff is bilingual, there is no need to subtitle the submitted episodes in English to participate in the official selection. However, if your web series is nominated for an award, you must send copies with English subtitles so the international jury can evaluate your work, even if it is spoken in the English language.

I do not have a webseries. Can I come to the festival to watch the screenings and make contacts?
Of course you can! Our festival will be held in the brand new City of Arts, a giant complex near the beautiful beaches of Barra da Tijuca, in the West Zone of Rio de Janeiro. The festival attractions will be sold at popular prices so everyone can participate. The venue is safe, it has a paid parking lot and is right next to the Alvorada bus terminal, with easy access via bus or BRT.

What is the minimum age to participate?
The event has a minimum rating of 14 years age to participate. Minors can go with their parents.

Rules & Terms

We are looking for all kinds of web series, vlogs, dance and music videos.

To be able to compete, a web series must have at least two episodes released or ready to be viewed by festival selectors by the time of the submission deadline. There is no duration limit for each episode in the submission and web series that participated in our inaugural edition can also participate this year, since we have a different jury every year.

Creators are welcome to submit as many web series as they want, but each one requires one submission fee. If you are willing to submit more than one, please contact us at contact@riowebfest.net.

Any non-English or non-Brazilian Portuguese language web series must have subtitles in English and/or in Brazilian Portuguese available by the time of the submission. If your series is officially selected, YOU MUST PROVIDE English subtitles for the screening copies.

Although there is no duration limit for submitting, the screening time limit for each selected web series is 12 minutes (including credits). You are allowed to either send an shorter episode with a total running time of no more than 12 minutes or and edited reel of two or three episodes, if your chapters are really short.

Music Videos and Dance Videos are also welcome in our festival.

Selected entries are required to provide a high resolution copy of the screening episode(s) encoded in .mp4 or .mov files in 1080p, h264, max 20mbps bitrate, NTSC or PAL. Please double check your screening files before sending.

Regulations and Procedures

  1. Rio Web Fest 2019 will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in November.
  2. Submission Deadlines: Submissions are open from February 15th until no later than September 15th. Official selection will be announced in October 2nd.
  3. Submission Format: For Web Series, a minimum of 2 episodes must be submitted online. For Music and Dance Videos, just the link for the video will be enough. You can submit on our website your webseries, music or dance video or via Film Freeway.
  4. Submission Eligibility: All web series produced anytime and anywhere in the world with a two episodes minimum is eligible for submission. Web series that participated in our inaugural edition are still eligible, since we have different jury every year.
  5. Submission Fee: All FilmFreeway submissions for Rio Web Fest must be paid by credit card. The submission fee is non-refundable.
  6. Selection of Web Series: Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria: quality of narrative and production, acting, originality, cinematography, sound and other technical categories. Official selections will be announced on October 2 and the results will be informed by email. Nominees should send digital files for screening encoded in .mp4 or .mov files in 1080p, h264, max 20mbps bitrate, NTSC or PAL.
  7. Official selections MUST PROVIDE English subtitles for the screening copies, regardless of the original language of your show.
  8. Screenings are scheduled during the festival under the criterion of Rio Webfest. Whilst every effort will be made to fulfill the published schedule, we reserve the right to make changes at any time for any reason and we'll not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling.
  9. Filmmakers can submit as many web series as they want. If you are willing to submit more than one web series, please contact us at contact@riowebfest.net.
  10. The festival is sovereign in its decisions regarding the distribution of prizes, trophies and laurels and is free to modify them if necessary, for reasons of "force majeure", keeping that resolution always as a last resort, to be used only if all the alternatives are exhausted.
  11. All submitters declare themselves as responsible for the rights of all contents of their episodes in the act of submission. For example, soundtrack, logo and images. In case of the true rights holder inquires about the unauthorized use of his creation, the festival will not be responsible for it.
  12. During the awards show, the winner trophies will be given to anyone representing the series, all exceptions must be specifically asked in writing before the festival starts. If you are not present at the awards show, we can still send your trophy by mail afterwards, as long as you can cover the shipping costs.
  13. Payment of the submission fee and filling out the submission form does not mean that your web series will be automatically nominated for an award or that you'll be eligible for the pitching sessions. The festival will preselect the series for the awards nominations and preselect projects to participate in the pitching sessions.
  14. All CASH PRIZES will be paid only via Paypal account transfer up till one month after the awards show is over. Paypal taxes and fees are also responsibility of the prize winner.
  15. You agree to the use your image and excerpts of your submitted work to promote the festival in trailers, teasers and live coverage of the festival on live streaming and social media such as Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and regular television.

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