Raindance’s Web Fest launches event to connect online filmmakers with distribution platforms.

London’s Raindance Festival has announced the launch of a new event as part of its Web Fest sidebar.

The inaugural StreaMART will be held on Sept 25 and 27 at London’s Mayfair Hotel, providing networking opportunities for talent, producers and platforms operating in the online video content space.

The event will aim to bring together content creators and filmmakers with the distribution and production side of the web content industry.

Companies set to attend the event include YouTube, Film4 Digital, BBC Comedy, Dailymotion and Endemol Beyond.

“The majority of UK creators working online have to date, been isolated from the mainstream of media production,” said Web Fest founder Elisar Cabrera.

“StreaMART will plug the gap in the UK for an event where creators meet, inspire and ultimately will go on to produce great content for the web by learning from our experts.”

Raindance launched Web Fest during its 2013 festival. The sidebar’s program typically includes panel discussions, screenings and an awards show for online video content. The full WebFest 2015 line-up will be announced Aug 25.

Access to StreaMART will be restricted to UK residents in active development on online video projects. Applications for the event will be accepted through the WebFest site until Sept 4.