Besides being known as the city that never sleeps, New York City is also home to several festivals for films including the Tribeca Film Festival & the New York City International Film Festival. For web series, the go-to festival is known as the New York City Web Series Festival, which is currently in its third year. According to IndieWire, the 3rd Annual NYC Web Fest(NYCWF) will “take place at The PIT Loft on West 29th Street” and the festival begins November 10th & ends the 12th.
Founded by Lauren Atkins in 2014, NYCWF brings “together a multifaceted diverse group of people from around the world to showcase the best of the web.” The festival strives to become “the premier home for digital producers on an international level.” In her traditional message before every festival, Cape Town born & Toronto raised Atkins praises her “inclusive festival” as serving “a community as diverse as the city that hosts it.”
Recently, the official selections for the 2016 NYCWF were announced and among the chosen web series are some of my favorites: Situationships, Tough Love, & Q’s One Night Stands. Created and directed by Cylla Senii, Situationships “highlights eight young people in New York City who find themselves ‘talking’ to people, dating people, having relations with people, but ultimately having no title with their partners” while the Caleb Davis directed & Roni Simpson written Tough Love follows the lives of “six millennials living in New York City, all have differing ideals and desires when it comes to life and love.” Last but not least, Q’s One Night Stands is created by Terrence L. Moore and follows Quinton as he is “fed up with dating” and “commits to only one night stands.” Check out the rest of the amazing 96 official selections for this year’s NYCWF via Indiewire by clicking HERE.
As a true New Yorker, I distinctively remember the times I’ve strolled the NYC sidewalks and had to detour my route due to a project being filmed. New York is full of talented individuals who have made the concrete jungle a back drop to some amazing web series. The NYC Web Fest is another avenue for the digital artists in the big apple, among other cities and states, to showcase their talent. NYCWF is another venue for these talented individuals to be recognized and I salute Lauren Atkins for this incredible endeavor. To find out more information about NYCWF and this year’s judges, check out the official site by clicking HERE.