Realist Web Festival


Years running: 5 (since 2018)

Realist Web Festival

International web series festival.


Realist web fest — first Russian international web series festival with a competition of digital short series from Russia and other countries. 

The festival shows to participants and guests the best examples of the web series. The content completely new for Russia but very well known in the world, created especially for internet and limited only by ideas, desires and the courage of the creator. The main goal of the Realist web fest is to create the first place in Russia to show, watch and discuss this new but booming format, to give it a push and to become the center of its development in Russia — as a part of global industry.

To be a part of the professional society means to develop and promote the whole industry. Festival invites not only web series creators form Russia and other countries, but also digital-professionals from all over world — creators of international web festivals and online-platforms, producers, buyers and distributors, web-experts, directors, actors, writers — everyone who is interested in production and promotions of the web series.

Realist web fest starts the dialogue and cooperation with foreign creators and platforms, by showing the level of development and serious approach to the industry’s progress. 

Festival should become an annual event, uniting young, open-minded people and industry professionals.


Competition Prizes:

  • The Best Web Series: a statue, a diploma.
  • The Best Direction: a statue, a diploma.
  • The Best Script: a statue, diploma.
  • The Originality of the Idea: a statue, a diploma.
  • The Standout Web Series Character: a statue, a diploma.

Special Prizes: 

  • Special Mention: a Jury diploma 
  • An Audience Award: a statue, a diploma;
  • A Special Prize from the organizers of the Festival: a certificate, a diploma;
  • A Special Prize from the Jury of Russian online streaming services and digital platforms: a certificate, a diploma.


  • Web series produced in 2019-2021

The accompanying documents and materials for the official participant of the main Competition Program of the Festival include:

  • Agreement that transfers the rights to public screening as part of the Festival’s events;
  • Materials for the Festival’s catalog (a synopsis in English and/or Russian; a biography and a filmography of the director in English and/or Russian; a photo of the director; photographs or stills from the web series);
  • A teaser and/or trailer for the purposes of promotion, advertising, and presentation;
  • The submitted web series with English subtitles.

Selection format: web link 
Screening format: link on file-sharing service
Subtitle language: English. 

Premiere Requirements

No premiere requirement

Jury and Organizers

Organizers: the Digital Reporter Russia project 



Nizhny Novgorod

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Dates & Deadlines
  • Opening Date
    March 16, 2021
  • Earlybird Deadline
    April 05, 2021
  • Regular Deadline
    April 25, 2021
  • Late Deadline
    May 30, 2021
  • Notifications
    July 01, 2021
  • Event Dates
    29 July — 1 August 2021
Categories & Fees
  • Earlybird Deadline — free
  • Regular Deadline — free
  • Late Deadline — free
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