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.