New York’s 18 Grand: A Personal Space Odyssey won for Best Web Series while Adaptive Studios’ Stellar People lead the way with three awards. Other Big Winners include F-cking Adelaide and Dreaming Whilst Black.
New York, NY (November 14, 2018) Digital film enthusiasts, creators and actors from 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 and short film 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 Fifth annual event.
“With content creators taking control of their own narrative, it was very fitting to have jury members Justin R. Ching & #oscarssowhite creator April Reign speak at the festival. They have been so instrumental in ensuring that underrepresented groups have their stories told. We were also thrilled to host Natasha Negovanlis – she is the perfect example of the power of this medium, and she was so gracious to her fans. Audiences of web series are growing rapidly because people want to see stories that matter to them”
This year’s jury panel included actress, writer, Joanna Pickering (who co-hosted the Awards Gala with filmmaker Jeff Ayars) and director C. Fitz. The winner of Best Web Series, won an automatic entry into Partner Miami Web Fest, and a pitch meeting with sponsor Endavo Media Footprint Network.
“Sponsorship is about putting your name and reputation on something that someone else controls. This was our first year partnering with NYC Web Fest and we were proud and satisfied to have been a part of this 3-day creator event produced by Lauren and her great team. We saw inspiring content, met many incredible creators and thoroughly enjoyed the overall NYC Web Fest 2018 experience.” Said Paul Hamm, Endavo Media CEO.
Joanna Pickering added, “The content was amazing. It was a joy to watch. It came from all over the world — female writers and directors and from all ages and diversity. It was the toughest decisions to make but it made me proud to watch. Big congratulations to the winners and all finalists and the festival – keep creating.”
About NYC Web Festival
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.
The 2018 NYC Web Fest Award Winners
- Outstanding Achievement in Editing
Bryan Mason — Fucking Adelaide
- Outstanding Achievement in Sound
Gregory Para — Nemausus
- Outstanding Achievement in Music
Nathan Iskandar — MUTE – Rhythm Through Silence
- Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography
Sean Meehan — 18 Grand: A Personal Space Odyssey
- Outstanding Achievement in Writing
Adjani Salmon, Ali Hughes — Dreaming Whilst Black
- Best Supporting Actress
Tilda Cobham-Hervey — Fucking Adelaide
- Best Supporting Actor
Rory Albanese — Stellar People
- Dynamic Duo
Natasha Negovanlis, Annie Briggs — CLAIREvoyant
- Best Documentary/Reality
A User’s Guide to Love — Ricardo Castro, Daniel Vidaurri, Diego Bolaños, Cultura Colectiva
- Best Mystery/Thriller
After Nightfall — Wayne Tunks, Nicholas Price
- Best Drama
RED — Germana Belo, Viv Schiller, Fernando Belo
- Best Dramedy
HOMESICK — Pat Giguere, Benjamin Dujardin, Mathilde Waignier
- Best Comedy
Stellar People — William J. Stribling, Russ Nickel, Brent Madison
- Special Guest Star
Lauren Lopez — Stellar People
- Best Actress
Sachi Parker — The So-So You Don’t Know
- Best Actor
Adjani Salmon — Dreaming Whilst Black
- Best Foreign Language
Public Writer — Eric Piccoli, Marco Frascarelli
- Best International Web Series
Sucking Diesel — Maurice O’Carroll, Sinead O’ Riordan
- I Love NY
Anya Marina: Indie-pendent Woman — Jon Sosis, Anya Marina, Bethany Watson
- Best Short Film
TONES — Tanair Gaines, Danielle Howe
- Best Pilot
Constance Cooks — Marc Stuart Weitz, Constance Zaytoun, Richard Kim
- Best Director
Marlene Rhein — The So-So You Don’t Know
- Best Web Series
18 Grand: A Personal Space Odyssey — Jen Browne, Steven Conroy, Amanda Dieli, Sean Meehan
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