The world of online video doesn’t have to be restricted to the world of “online”. Sometimes it’s nice to step away from your computer screen and get out in nature to talk about your passions and meet the faces of web video out in the real world. We’ve put together a list of ten upcoming conferences, events, and general happenings in the world of web video that everyone will be talking about this year.
Celebrate The Web
March 3 – 9, 2011 (Team submissions open now)
Celebrate The Web is the perfect event for web series producers or simply filmmakers and video creators looking to get into the world of web series. Basically, Celebrate the Web is a “Web Pilot Festival”. Teams will have a single week to write, shoot, edit and deliver a web series pilot. According to the Celebrate The Web site, “The theme and guidelines for the web series pilot will be revealed at the beginning of the festival via livestream,” so no cheating by working on your series in advance!
If you want to take part, the submission for teams is open now, through February 19. The actual festival begins on March 3 and participants will have one week before they deliver their pilots on March 9. The screening will take place on March 10 at the ACME Comedy Theatre in Hollywood. Celebrate the Web is sponsored by Blip.tv.
Tubefilter Hollywood Web Television Meetup: You’re a YouTube Partner – Now What?
February 16, 2011
Later this month, Tubefilter is hosting a Hollywood Web Television Meetup to take an advanced look at the strategies behind YouTube’s top channels. The event should be the perfect follow up to Tubefilter’s CES panel on Secrets of the YouTube Superstars. According to the event’s EventBrite page, where you can purchase tickets, “At this February’s Hollywood Web Television Meetup, we’ll learn from these successful producers about how they have evolved and grown their audiences to rake in six-figure incomes, and we’ll explore what makes some channels rise to the top – and what doesn’t.”
March 11-20, 2011
South By Southwest is one of the most exciting annual conferences around, with a focus on original music, independent films and emerging technologies. Although web video isn’t a primary focus at SXSW, there are going to be some interesting web video panels that you should definitely check out if you are already planning to attend.
The web video panels are a part of the Future15 Lineup for 2011, a series of fast-paced sessions on a variety of topics. The Video session, on March 15, includes speakers such as web video expert Steve Garfield, a talk on using online video to build your company’s audience, making video social, and more. Brad Murphy from Revision3 will talk about monetizing online video, Guy Gal from TheBizMedia will talk about the future of online video, and we’ll also hear from Qlipso, Dropcam, Howcast Media, and This Week In.
March 26-27, 2011
Playlist Live is a two-day convention that will be held in Orlando, FL and bring together YouTubers and their fans. According to the event website’s info page, “At Playlist Live, you can meet your favorite YouTubers, learn more about them by participating in interactive talks and even watch performances by popular musicians who got their start on the Internet. In addition to hanging with the biggest stars on YouTube, you can meet other people who love online video as much as you do.”
Playlist Live is likely to be a teens and tweens-fest, like VidCon, but if you are in the Orlando area or are crazy about any of the YouTubers in the Playlist Live lineup, then this just may be the event for you. Some of the bigger YouTube stars that will be making appearances include Mystery Guitar Man, Wheezy Waiter, Meekakitty, Charles Trippy, and The Fine Bros.
Kicking off in April 2011
If Playlist Live sounds like it’s right up your alley then you’ll also want to check out The Digitour. The Digitour is the first ever, large-scale national tour of YouTube musicians. The tour, which features YouTube megastars MysteryGuitarMan, DeStorm, Dave Days and Ricky Ficarelli and will be hitting at least 27 cities, including LA, San Francisco, Dallas, Houston, Charlotte, Atlanta, Miami, DC, Philidelphia, NYC, Detroit, Boston and Chicago. Find out more on the Digitour Website.
Streaming Media East 2011
May 10-11, 2011
Streaming Media will be holding their annual Streaming Media East conference in May to bring you innovative content from speakers, as well as major industry players in the world of streaming media. This conference is great for anyone who is interested in the technical side of web video and streaming media and will feature sessions on HTML5 Video, cross-platform technology, video publishing platforms, improving video quality, content syndication, and bridging television and broadband.
The Webby Awards
The Webby awards are one of the biggest symbols of success on the Internet. They are awarded for excellence on the Internet and awards are given in a variety of categories including Websites, Interactive Advertising, Mobile and, of course, Online Video and Film. The Webby Award winners often represent some of the best in online video, so you won’t want to miss it if you want to check out some of the best and upcoming faces in the online video industry (and the rest of the web).
The 15th annual Webby Award and People’s Voice winners will be announced on May 3, 2011 and there will be cocktails and the 15th Annual Webby Gala on June 12 and 13. Find out more quick Webby facts on the Webby Awards website.
July 29-30, 2011
VidCon is the third of our more fan-related web video events (in addition to the Digitour and Playlist Live). The first annual VidCon took place last summer in Los Angeles and it was such a success that they’re doing it again, and are likely to continue doing it for years to come.
VidCon is a celebration of web video, created and organized by Vlogbrothers Hank and John Green. If last year’s VidCon was any indicator, this year is sure to be three days of fun, jam-packed with YouTube celebs, fans and some exciting announcements.
VidCon 2011 already has a great lineup of speakers including Shane Dawson, The Gregory Brothers, Joe Penna (aka MysteryGuitarMan), Ryan Higa, iJustine, Improv Everywhere’s Charlie Todd and more. Find out more at VidCon2011.com and book your tickets here.
Socialize: Monetizing Social Media – WEST
October 20-21, 2011
Mediabistro, SocialTimes and AllFacebook join teams to bring you the Socialize conference in San Francisco this Fall. The aim of the conference is for attendees to learn how to make money with social media, including social games, virtual goods, social mobile and, yes, web video.
We’ve got our first Socialize conference planned for March 31 – April 1, 2011 and you can check out the lineup for that right here. We’ll let you in on the lineup for Socialize WEST later this year.
Okay, so ROFLCon 3 is over a year away, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t looking forward to it already! ROFLCon is a convention of Internet memes at MIT. And of course, as you know, a lot of Internet memes made their debut in web video. The conference takes place every two years. The first was in April 2008, the second was in April 2010, so it’s only natural for the third to take place in April 2012.
According to the ROFLCon website, even though the next ROFLCon is quite a ways off, “we’re still planning some smaller events, meetups, and all the rest in the interim, so keep your eyes peeled for announcements on that.”
Which of these events are you planning to attend? Will you be attending any web videos or conferences this year that we aren’t on this list?
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