Melbourne WebFest partnership

Students drive coverage of web series festival

La Trobe University has supported Australia's international web series festival Melbourne WebFest since the start. In 2015 we continue to strengthen our ties as exclusive Learning Partner. 

A keystone in the partnership is the innovative internship that MWF offers exclusively to La Trobe students. Last year, under the supervision of the MWF board La Trobe interns produced a 30-minute program that was screened during the opening night event and via Fed TV at Federation Square, created video packages for the web and for the awards show, and ran a three-camera production of the Awards ceremony. Our student interns contributed written profiles of all the selected series and their creators for MWF's web site, upstart magazine, and the festival program; they managed the festival's social media — and got the #melbwebfest hashtag trending on Twitter; they assisted in developing marketing strategies; and, they had hosting roles during the festival.

Professor Amalia Di Iorio, Associate Pro Vice-Chancellor (Academic Partnerships) in the College of Arts, Sciences and Commerce, says La Trobe is delighted to continue the relationship as Melbourne WebFest's Learning Partner.

"La Trobe delivers high quality and relevant teaching programs by ensuring exceptional student learning and engagement through innovative teaching practices."

"Our internship with Melbourne WebFest has delivered a range of successful co-created content, enhanced student experience and directly resulted in employment for our graduates in digital and media roles. We look forward to growing our success with Melbourne WebFest as our partnership continues."

Steinar Ellingsen, Director of Melbourne WebFest and lecturer in Media and Communications at La Trobe University, says the number of submissions this year was overwhelming — they received more than 200 submissions from 20 countries. Ellingsen commented "our festival keeps on growing steadily, every year it's a giant leap forward".

In 2015, Melbourne WebFest received more than 200 entries from 20 countries and the 2015 Official Selection consists of 51 series, including 23 Australian series.

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