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Support the Web Series Winners at awesome FREE Launch 2017
Television is certainly evolving in a way that the average person would never have predicted from the early 1900s when the first black and white television went live. According to the Grolier Encyclopedia, "The electronic television was successfully displayed for the first time on Sept. 7, 1927 in San Francisco."
Black and White Television hits Australia air waves
Here in Australia, the first broadcast of television took place on 30 September 1929, right here in Melbourne, at the Menzies Hotel. The Menzies Hotel was the first of Melbourne's Grand Hotels and still takes pride of place in Melbourne CBD. To everyone's amazement, our TV world then went rainbow and the first Colour Broadcasts started in the 1960s. And the evolution struck again and the World Wide Web or Internet was invented by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, a British computer scientist.
Believe it or not, the first Internet video hosting site was shareyourworld.com; sorry it wasn't YouTube. But YouTube has certainly changed the "visual viewing" game and let everyone in the world be able to share their filming skills with everyone else in the world. This new emerging technology could be titled "The good, the bad, or the ugly". Or it could be the new "Broadway Stage" for up and coming hopefuls to get their content seen and acclaimed by the wider world.
Then television went digital in Australia; this commenced on 1 January 2001 in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth. And then magic presto, we have two worlds collide; the old way of watching TV and the new way of viewing TV. How do we choose which way to watch? Do we watch good old FREE TO AIR shows on a big screen television, with over 300 channels to select from, or a wealth of web content across every part of the world on the internet, with any device we want to connected to it? It's no longer, as an old song laments, "me and my shadow", but me and my electronic phone or laptop. Even better, I can sit down at my big screen TV and link into the internet and watch any movie or mini-series I want. I might have to subscribe to a movie channel, but this is like having every ice cream in every shop from all over the world in the biggest ice cream truck on the roads and it just arrived at my door with its bell ringing. "ICE CREAM". Nirvana!!
And this has been going along swimmingly; except for the Turnbull government taking away Australia's only FREE TO AIR Community Television Broadcast License Channel 31/Digital 44 in June of 2017. I mean it has only been airing quality TV for over 20 years in the industry and giving 10,000's of aspiring filmmakers a chance to be seen and grow. Apparently, 300 channels is not enough and the government need this one. Although, there seems to be quite a few TV channels with nothing on them. Why can't they use one of those?
Yes, Channel 31/44 will go black this year. Perth is already gone, Sydney is gone, Brisbane is gone. Please do write to every MP you know, if you want Channel 31/Digital 44 to survive on FREE TO AIR.
But I regress to fight for the underdog of the television world. For me personally, in terms of using all these smart devices to view shows on the internet, I for one, can't see a thing on my phone, much less the rich cinematography of Directors and Cinematographers from all over the world. I need a big screen to get the depth and facial expression and to feel the show. But I do enjoy linking the internet to my big screen TV and surfing for the perfect content for the evening. The choice is astounding. And there is more choice planned for the future beyond just the movie world moving to the internet via movie suppliers. And these are called 'Web Series". People are investing around the world in this new diverse field. And locally, there is someone exploring this future, and helping us visualise it.
There is a group that is celebrating and supporting this leap into the futuristic world of "WEB SERIES" running on the Internet; the Melbourne Web Festival Group (MWF). And they are celebrating their 5th Anniversary of the "Australia's International Web Series Festival 2017."
This festival gives you a chance to rub shoulders with the up and coming talent producing new web series content that is streaming all over the world via the internet.
MWF have had a lot of work narrowing the field of all the possible shows that have been submitted to the Festival to be showcased. This Festival has had to narrow their selection to only 50 of the best web series from Australia and around the world. But they have done it and are ready to launch it once again into the public forum. This is a web festival feast where you get a sneak peak and the newest, the boldest, and the best web series currently streaming.
And we are the lucky country, because, it is starting here in Melbourne coming in May 2017. Even though the event is FREE, it is strictly RSVP, as there are limited tickets available. And you will enjoy a complimentary drink on arrival with light catering.
But don't worry if you miss out on the launch, the festival itself will continue from 29 June to the 2 July 2017.
The Festival will also showcase New Student Shows and highlight many talented emerging screen producers, as well as Melbourne based Web Series. At this event and throughout the festival, you may end up having a beer with the actors or crew.
What a treat to meet the talent and ask them all those behind the scene questions.
The Premier Launch is Fri. 12 May 2017 from
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm AEST
Now dress to impress, as you will be shoulder to shoulder with the big wigs at the Jasper Hotel
489 Elizabeth Street
Melbourne, VIC 3000
And based on their Award Winners, shown below, there are some greats being showcased throughout the Festival. I adore "The Katering Show". I think this is Australian comedy at its best.
MWF 2016 AWARD WINNERS
Best International Comedy: Der Lack ist ab (The Glory is gone)
Best Australian Comedy: The Katering Show Season 2
Best International Drama: OSMOSIS – The Series
Best Australian Drama: Greenfield
Best International Non-Fiction: Listen Up: Making It at Berklee College of Music
Best Australian Non-Fiction: Everything Is Connected
Best International Animation: Shorts about Giants
Best Australian Animation: The Shapes
Best Cinematography: Arthur
Best Director: The Justice Lease, Season 2: Dorm of Justice
Best Editing: The Graceland Happiness Project
Best Leading Actor or Ensemble: Aunty Donna: 1999
Best Score: Arthur
Best Screenplay: OSMOSIS – The Series
Best Sound Design: The Wizards of Aus
Best Supporting Actor or Ensemble: The Wizards of Aus
Best Visual/Special Effects: The Wizards of Aus
Grand Jury Award: Ren: The Girl With the Mark
Outstanding Diversity: Her Story
People's Choice: MUTE
Crowd Favourite: The Justice Lease, Season 2: Dorm of Justice
Best of Spotlight: Movement
Pitch Perfect: Viking Mama
So jump online quick and RSVP at www.melbournewebfest.com.
There is also more information and history to be explored. Happy Viewing.