Creating exclusive industry learning opportunities that give our students career advantages is clever. It's all part of La Trobe University's goal to deliver outstanding student experiences and why we support Australia's leading international web series festival – Melbourne WebFest.
Since the first festival in 2013, La Trobe's students have helped grow WebFest to be the largest celebration of web series films in the Southern Hemisphere. In six years more than 100 La Trobe students have worked with the festival across areas such as video production, live streaming, marketing and communications strategy, social media production, and events management. And each year, one lucky La Trobe intern gets the coveted role as the festival's red carpet host. In 2018, third-year Media and Communication student Jacob will be on the carpet interviewing dozens of filmmakers, celebrities and industry professionals during the June long weekend's festival opening.
"Our internship is a main feature of the festival operation, and an incredible opportunity for students to take their education and training beyond the classroom," says festival director Steinar Ellingsen.
"The students make significant additions to their portfolios, get full access to the festival events, which includes a substantial professional development program as well as important networking opportunities."
Digital short-form series have grown exponentially over the past years. The filmmakers in this space make up a new generation that are leading a storytelling revolution that reverberates across the globe, connecting stories and audiences worldwide in new and innovative ways.
Melbourne WebFest works to nurture this sector of the screen industry by creating a hub for networking and professional development in the heart of Melbourne. It's also an opportunity for the public to experience the best in digital series entertainment from around the globe. The festival includes screenings, keynotes, conference panels, workshops and masterclasses, awards, and, a live pitching competition sponsored by the ABC.