Web Host Industry Review Sponsoring Mississauga Independent Film Fest

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Leading web technology publication sponsoring web series award category

It's really exciting to have the WHIR on-board to sponsor the Best Web Series award because they've had their finger on the pulse of the Internet for a decade now, and no one knows web trends better than they do

The Web Host Industry Review (http://www.thewhir.com), the leading resource for information on the web hosting industry, is pleased to announce that it will be participating as a top-level sponsor of the Mississauga Independent Film Festival (http://www.miff.ca) in July 2010.

The WHIR is one of five Close-Up Sponsors for the event, which began in 2007 with an effort to create the most filmmaker-friendly festival there is by being approachable and accessible to independent filmmakers. Along with screenings, the festival includes workshops designed to help indie filmmakers improve their craft

As a leading publication in the web technology world, the Web Host Industry Review will be sponsoring the Web Series award category, which rewards an independent filmmaker who made their name on the web. The Web Series award will be presented by the WHIR along with MIFF celebrity Judge and host of Webnation on CP24, commandN.tv, and author of Power Friending, Amber MacArthur, who will be one of the judges for the award for the first time.

"It's exciting to see the Web Series category added to a film festival like MIFF that celebrates originality and the independent spirit in Canada." says MacArthur. "And to have the WHIR on board as the presenting sponsor of the award for Best Web Series helps cement the art and science of web video as one that's worthy of notice and reward."

A Toronto business that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, the WHIR is a big supporter of the local technology community, and is eager to lend its support to the local indie film community.

“In covering the web technology industry, we’re a participant in a really global business,” says WHIR publisher Stephen Mayhew. “But we’re also strong believers in the strength of local communities within that business, and we work to foster those with projects like the local networking events we’ve been hosting since 2009. We’re thrilled to be able to support a local community like Canadian independent filmmakers through sponsoring MIFF.”

The WHIR’s networking events are sponsor-supported free networking evenings, and as a result the organization is very aware of how helpful sponsorship can be in putting together a fantastic event.

"It's really exciting to have the WHIR onboard to sponsor the Best Web Series award because they've had their finger on the pulse of the Internet for a decade now, and no one knows web trends better than they do,” says MIFF founding director Matt Campagna. “So if they're getting behind this new category in MIFF's programming it's really the best vote of confidence we could hope to get for the industry of web video and the hard work of Canadian independent producers."

MIFF runs from July 7 to 11. One episode of each web series will play in each of the festival’s short programs. The awards, including the WHIR-sponsored Web Series award, will be presented on Sunday, July 11.

Schedule and ticket information for the Mississauga Independent Film Fest is available at the MIFF website, http://www.miff.ca.

Since 2000, The Web Host Industry Review (http://www.thewhir.com) has made a name for itself as the foremost authority of the Web host industry providing reliable, insightful and comprehensive news, reviews and resources to the hosting community. TheWHIR Blogs (http://www.thewhir.com/blogs) provides a community of expert industry perspectives. The Web Host Industry Review Magazine (http://www.thewhir.com/magazine) also offers a business-minded, issue-driven perspective of interest to executives and decision-makers. WHIR TV (http://www.thewhir.com/tv) offers on demand web hosting video interviews and web hosting video features of the key persons and events of the web hosting industry. WHIR Events (http://www.whirevents.com) brings together like-minded hosting industry professionals and decision-makers in local communities.

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