There are several festivals in Spain showcasing web series but Bilbao is the only one solely dedicated to digital series. And it’s a big one! I was there last year and found that it is the largest gathering of web creators in Europe. They are coming to Bilbao Seriesland (this is the new name of the festival taking place this year October 24-27) not only to enjoy the multiple charms of the Basque capital and benefit from the high level panels and lectures offered by the festival, but also to attend the Market. The Basque event is the only one in the World so far to offer this feature and for the second year Bilbao will be the place to try and sell your show with access to exhibition stands, networking zone, meetings, a pitch session and screenings. And of course Bilbao Seriesland is also a competition and this year more than 80 web series will be screened and compete for one “Otsoa” trophy (Otsoa means Wolf in Basque). Here’s the trailer for this year edition:
The festival is recognized internationally (it was represented this year at Cannes MIPTV) but also acts as a powerful tool and stepping stone for local creators who gets there special support, exclusive opportunities and even a special pilot competition. As partner of the festival since its first year, Web Series Mag will once again give a special award to one production team, it consists in a one year support, advice and representation. The entire Bilbao Seriesland program can be found here.