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Sep 10, 2015 12:54 EST

NYC WebFest is an awards ceremony and celebration of web based series, films, etc… We aim to celebrate the independent filmmakers of today!

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Personal Story

I’ve always had a natural curiosity about the world and the people in it. I was born in Cape Town and grew up in Toronto, before I headed to the Big Apple. As a child I was ever the creative type…dancing, acting, writing – even penning a (unpublished) children’s book when I was 12. As a teen, I continued acting in plays, modeling, and sang in the choir. I always knew that “someday” I would have my own production company.

It was the advancement of social media and digital platforms that really sparked my entrepreneurial spirit. In 2006, I began hosting a popular online music show ‘Black Cat Baby Presents.’ I wrote and produced each episode along with my friend April Day. Artists from around the world began submitting music. What began as a small hip-hop podcast quickly became a format for musicians of all styles to showcase their talent. Once I got to New York, I start writing a weekly blog about life, love and NYC, as a response to a “dare” from a friend of mine – it’s since been read over 10,000 times. I just love being creative. After the success of our award winning web series “My Friends Think I’m Funny,” which I wrote, directed and starred in – I had an idea; why not create a festival celebrating the best of the web in New York City?

Business Description

I began doing “market research” for a web series festival in 2013, after our series “My Friends Think I’m Funny” won some awards at the LA Web Fest. Everyone I spoke to wondered why an event like this didn’t already exist in New York. A year later, NYC Web Fest was born. With the guidance of the Hollyweb festival in LA, I decided to put on a one-day affair of screenings with an awards/after-party in November 2014. Once again I called upon my friend April Day to help, and it was a great success.

We screened the world premiere of “Small Miracles” starring Judd Hirsch and Kathryn Kates from “Orange is the New Black.” They were awarded with Outstanding Achievement in Editing & Directing, and C3 Entertainment has since picked up the series for distribution.

When I began planning for this year’s NYC Web Fest, I asked myself; ‘what is the vision for this company moving forward?’ I kept coming back to the idea of “celebrating the independent filmmaker.” Much like Robert Redford did when he began the Sundance Film Festival over 30 years ago, I want to provide a venue, vehicle, and sense of community among artists alike. With so much of show business relying on “luck,” there’s no better place than New York City to showcase the freedom of expression happening online. We’ve recently finished our submission period for 2015, and are BLOWN AWAY by the shows we’ve received. A plethora of indie filmmakers, major studios & celebrities have entered. I’m a year ahead of where I thought we’d be as a company, and therefore, we need to throw a stellar celebration for the 2nd Annual NYC Web Fest. This is why I’m seeking funding at Kiva Zip.

What is the purpose of this loan?

We’re so excited about the 2nd Annual NYC Web Fest! We’ve already received some coverage in the press and expect more media attention as we get closer to this year’s event!

Costs:
Awards/After Party Venue Rental: $4000
DJ/Passes/Host-MC $1750
Theater Rental: $1500
Public Relations: $1250
Awards Statues: $1000
Step & Repeat/Red Carpet $500
TOTAL $10,000

Contact Information:

Lauren

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