2021 IOWF closes Awards season with European crème de la crème

By IOWF Staff

Jan. 22, 2022 5 PM GMT


After the many delays of this pandemic year, the IOWF nominations are finally here.

Competing for best web series are “Bastards” (Switzerland), “Resistance” (France), “Russian Cyberpunk Farm” (Russian Federation), “Miliz!” (Germany), “YouTube Policeman” (Russian Federation).


German “Miliz!” scored a leading 7 nominations, including nods for best directing (Wouter Wirth and Moritz Adlon), best actor (Miguel Abrantes Ostrowski) and best newcomer actress (Falka Klare), in addition to best web series.


Following behind with six nominations apiece are “Bastards”, “Russian Cyberpunk Farm” and “YouTube Policeman". Emerald Fennell’s “Promising Young Woman” received four nods.




But there are still missing nominations for best editing and best sound design because these 2 awards will be a hot topic in the next weeks and a couple of panels will be scheduled on the last days of the Festival. 


It is worth mentioning that after 2 years in a row (2019-2020) in which the best web series category had no European projects, this year for the first time ever European series are the most nominated, leaving the Americans disappointed.


Exception made for Short Film category, where Hayden Livesay scored yet another nomination (after the one gained the last year as best actor) for his "Combattre" film about a post-traumatic discussion between two brothers, including nods for best director (Hayden Livesay), and best actor (Tony Vinci).

Here is the full list of 2021 IOWF nominations

The 2021 IOWF Awards have been postponed

The 2021 IOWF® Awards have been postponed due to the current surge in Covid-19 cases.

By IOWF Staff

Dec. 10, 2021 5 PM GMT

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MILAN - Organizers of the IOWF Awards, scheduled for this month, have postponed the event for the second year in a row, citing the current Covid-19 surge.

"After careful consideration and analysis with city and state officials, health and safety experts, the artist community, and our many partners, the organizers of International Online Web Fest have postponed the 7th Annual IOWF Awards night" the Bigtower Pictures Company announced in a recent press release. "The health and safety of those in our web & film community, the live audience, and people who work tirelessly to produce our web festival remain our top priority."

The show was scheduled to take place in Milan with a newcomer Italian artist as host.

"Given the uncertainty surrounding the Omicron variant, holding the show on December 18 simply contains too many risks. We look forward to celebrating IOWF Awards® on a future date, which will be announced soon," the companies added.

Last year's IOWF Awards were postponed from January to July, also due to the pandemic and a surge in Covid-19 cases. The show ultimately took place, online only with a smaller in-person audience in London.