NEW YORK, NY (Monday, October 19, 2020) – Stareable Fest 2020, the premier web series and indie TV festival, closed its third annual edition and announces its 2020 Official Winners. Talented web series and digital creators from around the world submitted their works, with Official Selections reviewed by an esteemed panel of judges. Attendees enjoyed a virtual Screening Room of festival submissions as well as participation in LIVE panels with entertainment industry icons addressing real issues and trends that today’s creators face.
The Festival took a virtual approach to programming, enabling even more direct opportunities for talented creators to meet and engage with top industry executives while TV enthusiasts had a chance to watch soon to be discovered shows and talent. Attendees also enjoyed screenings, workshops, panels, an Industry Marketplace, a live pitch competition, and tonight’s awards ceremony honoring the best creators and talent in the business.
*Although the Festival has wrapped, there’s still time to watch what you missed. Official selections will remain available to view through Sunday, October, 25, 2020 at Stareablefest.com/ScreeningRoom. Festival event panels, ceremonies, talkbacks, and other recorded videos will be released on Monday, October 26th at http://bit.ly/stareableyoutube.
“We had an incredibly talented pool of creators submit impressive works this year from around the world. Even though we took a new virtual approach to this year’s festival, we received more submissions than years past and had numerous big-name industry legends join us,” said Ajay Kishore, founder of Stareable, the platform hosting Stareable Fest. “This year’s winners were selected by an esteemed panel of judges, and we know they had a tough time choosing from so many creative and inspiring works that we can’t wait to see get picked up by networks and streaming services.”
The festival showcased 42 Official Selections embodying a new generation of web series and television talent from around the world. This year, AMC Networks sponsored a competition to recognize the best female creators and awarded those finalists meetings with AMC executives for consideration to be acquired by the major network. Winners and festival submissions represented those who are often not given the chance to share their voice, including women, people of color, and the LGBT+ community.
The Stareable Fest 2020 category winners are:
Short Form Comedy (under 10-minute episodes)
● Hospital Show (Canada)
Hospital Show is a workplace comedy (10 x 5-7 min. eps) about the loveable, deluded, "wounded" actors who play TVs most respected doctors. In the centre of this petri-dish of dysfunction is Charlie (Sara Canning), a med-school dropout who could have been a real doctor, but instead, now plays one on TV.
Long Form Comedy (10 minutes+)
● An Introduction to Thribing: Snapshots of Kiren (U.S.)
Synopsis: Snapshots into the life of South African international student, Kiren, as he attempts to get his life together in New York, by confronting his body image issues and strained friendships. All while fighting off the dark influence of an anarchist manifestation of his dead childhood dog, Mr. Dapper.
Short Form Drama (under 10-minute episodes)
● W. (Luxembourg)
A woman has been found in the middle of the forest by the Luxembourgish police. She doesn’t know who she is, where she comes from or what she was doing there... but, strangely, she knows everything, just like a walking Wikipedia. Who is this woman, main suspect in an ongoing investigation about the disappearance of three children in Luxembourg?
Long Form Drama (10 minutes+)
● Haus Kummerveldt (Germany)
The end of the nineteenth century in the German Empire. Luise von Kummerveldt (Milena Straube) and her father (Michael Goldberg), a baron, live together with a housekeeper and their butler at a moated castle in the Münsterland region. Since Luise’s passion is literature she’s determined to go down in history as a famous writer. Luise’s father dies just as she is about to send her manuscript to a publisher, effectively making her younger brother, Veit (Marcel Becker-Neu), her guardian. In order to demonstrate his power over his maverick sister, he tries to force her into marrying bovine Count von Mogge (Manuel Talarico) and giving up writing. Instead, these measures drive Luise to throw herself out a window into the moat of the castle. The young and attractive physician Dr. Büchner (Wolf Danny Homann), who instantly falls for the young woman, is called upon to treat Luise’s wounds caused by the plunge. Meanwhile the quarrel between Luise and Veit escalates - catastrophe inevitably occurs.
● Racist Trees (U.S.)
Racial tensions are reignited as a historically Black neighborhood in Palm Springs continues the decades-long fight for the removal of a wall of trees that many believe were originally planted as a totem of segregation.
Each year Stareable Fest also recognizes creators and Official Selections with awards for Writing, Acting, Editing, Cinematography, Directing, and Innovation in storytelling (i.e. new media interactive/transmedia elements) and the 2020 winners are:
● Carpark Clubbing (Australia)
Synopsis: A four-episode web series about three young women individually trying to escape their responsibilities by hanging out in the carpark of a doughnut shop, only to fall into a surprising friendship triangle and a series of adventures.
● Milena Straube from Haus Kummerveldt (Germany)
* See description above
● An Introduction to Thribing: Snapshots of Kiren (U.S.)
* See description above
● Peter Pan (U.S.)
With a dark, whimsical twist, we retell the story of Peter Pan, the boy who wouldn’t grow up. In this live-action modern version, San Francisco stands in as Neverland and we introduce Peter before his conflict with Hooke and take you on a wild ride around the gritty city of Neverland. You will meet the Lost Boys, Peter's Street Gang, and many of your favorite Neverland characters, including a totally reimagined Tinker Bell. She still has wings and an attitude but is way more fabulous.
● The Square Root (U.S.)
The Square Root is a short form episodic series that explores memory and the small moments that make us who we are. Each chapter focuses on a different character, and each episode takes place during that split second before a character makes the decision that will change their lives forever.
AMC Networks’ overall winner recognizing female creators is:
• STORMCHASER (U.S.) from the Drama category
All Bonnie Blue ever wanted was to chase tornadoes with her Dad. But dreams die with time. Now, she’s become a different kind of storm chaser — hawking storm-doors “door-to-door” for her charismatic boss, Flip Smyth: a cult-like father figure to Bonnie and his tribe of young sales bucks. In the guise of “tough love,” Flip relishes publicly shaming Bonnie and his token minority assistant, Don Stuckey, her sole ally. After hours, Bonnie and Don find comfort in each other’s arms, inspiring Bonnie to rekindle her childhood dream and close her first deal. But when Flip pulls a bait-and-switch to avoid paying her commission, she finally challenges him, sending him into a rage as fierce as the funnel cloud that hovers on the horizon. As she realizes Flip’s doctrine of “Flip the Switch!” is just a way to exploit customers, a different kind of switch flips inside Bonnie — unleashing an inner and outer storm of violence.
The Festival would also like to recognize its 2020 sponsors and partners for their generous support including DELL Technologies, Shutterstock, AMC Networks, Adorama, WriterDuet, and Yes Plz Coffee.
ABOUT STAREABLE FEST
Stareable Fest 2020 takes place October 14-18 virtually. The festival will include creator networking events, screenings, workshops, panels, an industry marketplace, a live pitch competition, and an awards ceremony honoring the best creators and talent in the business. Stareable Fest creates face-to-face connections between independent filmmakers and decision makers at major networks and platforms. Stareable Fest is created by Stareable, the largest community for web series creators, giving thousands of gifted artists the tools to engage, grow, and monetize their audiences. Stareable Fest 2020 is proud to be sponsored by DELL Technologies, Shutterstock, AMC Networks, Adorama, WriterDuet, and Yes Plz Coffee. To learn more, visit festival.stareable.com.
Stareable is the largest community of web series creators and fans building the future of television through collaboration and discovery. The organization aims to educate and support members as they participate in community forums, listen to educational podcasts offering advice and direction and attend events including meetups, webinars and workshops. Through the platform, members can submit their show and get discovered. They can also embed episodes directly from YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook. It allows members to credit their team, update their fans, and monetize their web series. To learn more, visit www.stareable.com.
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