Miami Web Fest is the Film Festival for Web Series; a 4-day festival showcasing the hottest new web series content from around the world. The event is designed to create a work-play environment, attracting Miami’s vast and multicultural community of arts enthusiasts. For attendees, Miami Web Fest is a “window into the future” of new media, allowing the general public to see independently produced shows before they are discovered by big television networks and media entities such as Netﬂix. It’s also a chance to party and mingle with the stars of the New Digital Age at some of the most exclusive hotspots in Miami!
Miami Web Fest was founded by Award-winning Filmmaker and US Army veteran Bryan G. Thompson. In 2014, Thompson was a veteran who returned from Iraq with chronic recurring pneumonia resulting from an unexplained life-threatening lung tumor. The resulting surgery left him unable to continue military service, so he knew it was time to focus on what his civilian life would be. Thompson, who had used his limited free time to write, produce and direct award-winning short films, noticed the evolution of the independent film industry away from the creation of short films and in favor of the online-based “web-series” or digital episodes designed to entice audiences to follow the body of work. Creating web series allows independent filmmakers to have more control over their own ability to gain followers and worldwide recognition. Miami Web Fest allows these unconventional filmmakers to experience the conventional benefits of an international film festival, including theater screenings, exclusive parties, and an elaborate Awards Ceremony.
Several of our winners have experienced success beyond the festival. This has increased our relative credibility and solidified our position as a market leader.
One example is the show GRINGOLANDIA, which won Best Spanish Language Series at the 2014 Miami Web Fest and, by 2015, got a deal with Netflix.
Another example is WHATEVER LINDA, which won Best in Festival 2014 and is now being adapted for TV by the co-creator of the hit show Orphan Black
This year, our judging panel includes executives HBO, AMC, NBC and other networks, poised to create tangible opportunities for independent filmmakers to move to the next level!