Talking pandas, sexy pickpockets, emo dads and more at the inaugural Vancouver Web Festival

True Heroines with Jovanna Huguet, Lindsay Moore, Paula Giroday and Fiona Vroom

True Heroines with Jovanna Huguet, Lindsay Moore, Paula Giroday and Fiona Vroom. Image courtesy Moon Rocket Media.

The True Heroines is an original episodic sci-fi dramedy that explores the lives of three seemingly normal housewives – with superpowers. As the heroines evade the evil corporation that brought them to be, the show flashes back to their former lives as cabaret dancers.

You won’t see the shot-in-Vancouver series (which is also a live cabaret show) on TV, however. It’s one of hundreds if not thousands of original series created for the Internet, and is one of the shows featured in this year’s Vancouver Web Fest. The inaugural event – the first in Canada to celebrate international web series – showcases entertainment and programming from around the world that you’ll find only on YouTube or other web-based video platforms.

Some of the series featured at the fest include Clutch, a Toronto-filmed series about a sexy pick-pocket (and which, for the third year in a row, won for Outstanding Writing at the 2013 LA WebFest); Wastelander Panda, an Australian post-apocalyptic adventure about a seven-year-old and a man-size, talking (with an Aussie accent) panda; Emo Dad, an American animated comedy; inSayshable, another Toronto series, this one a comedy from Amy Matysio, who won for Best Actress-Comedy for the show at the 2013 LA Webfest; and many more.

Wastelander Panda

A scene from Wastelander Panda, an Australian web series that will be featured at the inaugural Vancouver Web Festival.

The VWF kicks off with a networking event. The second day (May 3) offers a diverse lineup of screenings, including comedy, drama, documentaries and animation. There will also be panels (with insider-y topics such Distribution and Financing Beyond YouTube, Business and Legal, and Navigating Your Way Through Social Media & Building an Audience), as well as Q&A sessions with web series creators, producers and directors.  The night ends with a live performance of The True Heroines, and a karaoke party.

The festival continues May 4 with more screenings while two of the people behind a series called Shoot the Sh*t will film an episode about the fest. The whole event ends with an awards ceremony Sunday night, with live music (“dressy, high fashion” dress code encouraged. Just ‘cos it’s the web doesn’t mean you can slum it, people!).

Fools for Hire features actor Barbara Kozicki as "Rochelle" with director, Neil Every on set of episode The Hungry Games. Photo: Scott Prince.

Fools for Hire features actor Barbara Kozicki as “Rochelle” with director, Neil Every on set of episode The Hungry Games. Photo: Scott Prince.

The full schedule has been released and features viewing blocks, panels and entertainment details. The Vancouver Web Fest takes place May 2 – May 4 at Imperial Vancouver, 319 Main St. 19+ venue, no minors allowed.

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  1. Thanks for a fantastic article on Vancouver Web Fest – hope to see you at the festival!