NEW YORK, Nov. 15, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Digital film enthusiasts, creators and actors from New York and around the world gathered at the NYC Web Fest this week to share their work at the country's premier web series and digital entertainment event. The weekend culminated in a stylish award ceremony and party on Saturday night where the best of the web was recognized.
According to founder and festival director Lauren Atkins, this year saw record numbers of submissions and attendees at NYC's premier web series event. "I am incredibly proud that we had such high-quality productions from around the world participate in our fourth annual Web Fest. Our theater was packed every day because audiences are becoming more discerning about their entertainment. Audiences of web series are growing rapidly because people want to see stories that really matter to them. This year we held panel discussions highlighting both Female and International Creators."
"The quality of productions this year was very high and it speaks to a maturing of the web series industry. Writers, producers, actors and the entire value chain are producing work which rivals content on the major networks."
The highly respected jury panel was committed to a robust adjudication process and was uncompromising about high standards. This year's jury panel included Natasha S. Alford, Ashley C. Forde, Austen Jaye, Neil Mossberg, Arda Ocal, Drew Phillips, Sherrod Small, Liz Spaulding and Sasha Stone.
On Saturday night, the following productions, actors and creators were awarded for outstanding work:
Outstanding Achievement Editing
Angelos Angelidis for Jezabel
Outstanding Achievement Sound
Jay Rothman for The Feels Season 2
Outstanding Achievement Music
Kimberly Persona & Meiro Stamm for Princess Sparkly Butt and The Hot Dog Kid
Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Hugh Turral for Restoration
Trudy Hellier, Maria Theodorakis for Little Acorns
Paul LaNave in Theater People
Maggie Blinco in Bent101
Best Ensemble Cast
Victoria Cheri Bennett, Brandon Scott Hughes and Brendan Sokler, for ADULTish Vol. 3
Eating with Soula, Kym Vaitiekus, Gary Daniels, Producer
We all wanted to Kill the President, Miguel Cañizares, Producer
RED, Fernando Belo & Germana Belo, Producers
Thirty the Series, Tricia-Lyn Morosin, Sarah de Possesse, Madeline Beukers, Beshara Sharbean, Producers
Save Me, Lisa Baylin, Producer
Best Family Series
Explora, Alex Pereira & Jose Luis Martinez, Producers
Special Guest Star
Adepero Oduye, for The Feels Season Two
Carl Foreman Jr., Anthony Gaskins in Frank and Lamar
Lara Lipschitz in Chin Up!
Facundo Aquinos in CHE PERUANO
Best Foreign Language
Jezabel, Eric Pellegrin, Producer
Restoration, Toby Gibson, Producer
I Love NY
Royally: An Original Series, Rachel B. Joyce
Holly Chadwick, Sounds of Freedom
Cyrus the Good, Lily Hayes Kaufman & Nickon C. Hemati, Producers
Best Web Series
The Feels Season 2, Bonnie Blue Edwards, Producer
About NYC Web Fest
Recently named one of the 6 Great New Media Festivals by Backstage, NYC Web Fest has brought together a multifaceted diverse group of people from around the world to showcase the best of the web. Born in Cape Town and raised in Toronto, Lauren Atkins founded NYCWF in 2014, after recognizing there were several festivals showcasing digital series on the West Coast, but nothing in New York. "Our goal is to make this festival the premier home for digital producers on an international level; an organic space where creators can showcase their talent, network with other artists and learn from industry insiders," said Atkins.
Lauren Atkins and Sherrod Small
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