Mayor’s Office of Entertainment to Welcome Southeast’s First Web Series Festival

Mayor’s Office of Entertainment to Welcome Southeast’s First Web Series Festival

Over 30 Web Series to be Screened at Georgia Tech with Keynotes from Executives at Campus MovieFest, The Weather Company, and Turner Studios

ATLANTA, Georgia (Tuesday, October 22, 2013) — Over the course of three days, filmmakers and producers will participate in networking events, followed by a day of workshops, speakers, screenings and keynote addresses from David Roemer of Campus MovieFest and Neil Katz, Editor-in-Charge and Vice President of Digital Strategy at The Weather Company, and Michael Thomas, Executive-in-Charge of Production, Turner Studios. The “Best of the Web” awards show takes place on Saturday night.

“Atlanta is just bubbling with a great amount of creative energy around media and technology. The community is thriving and engaged, and as the media capital of the South, perfectly positioned to host an event such as ATL WEBFEST.” said Chidi Afulezi, Managing Principal of redKola digital labs, ATL WEBFEST Board member and festival speaker. “There is nowhere else to do it.”

Opening night will kickoff at Ogilvy & Mather in Atlantic Station on Friday, October 25th as a meet and greet for attendees and speakers. Ms. LaRonda Sutton, Director of the Mayor’s Office of Entertainment for the City of Atlanta, will welcome festival attendees. Then, Marshall Chiles, the man behind Laughing Skull Lounge, one of Atlanta’s top comedy clubs, will moderate a fireside chat with YouTube sensation, Rome Green Jr. of Dormaintainment about their rapid success in the online comedy space. Participants will enjoy beverages sponsored by SweetWater Brewing Company.

Recognized as one of an estimated 16 web series festivals in the world, with cities like New York, NY and Austin, TX launching their versions in 2014, the ATL WEBFEST has established an international partnership with the TO Webfest and will send up to 10 web series from this weekend to Toronto, Canada next year.

“We have accomplished so much in a short period of time, thanks to the growing spirit of collaboration between businesses like Ogilvy & Mather, movements like Southern Fried Supernova, and support from the Georgia Department of Economic Development and the City of Atlanta,” said Liberty White, Partnership Liaison for the ATL WEBFEST.

“We now have one of the largest webfest pages on Facebook and this weekend we will screen over 30 films hailing from Canada, Italy, Australia, Ireland, UK and across the United States,” continued Ms. White. “To be able to establish this type of platform in the City of Atlanta is due in part to the overwhelming support we’ve received from Georgia Tech’s School of Literature, Communications, and Media.”

Saturday, October 26 the GTRI Conference Center will be packed with workshops, and panels discussing the latest trends in production, storytelling, business, crowdfunding, and technology.

“I’m looking forward to sharing tips from some of today’s most successful web series producers, stories of exceptional branded content, and opportunities for local creatives to get involved, tell their stories, and earn money,” said David Roemer, co-founder and CEO of Ideas United, the creators of the world’s largest student film festival, Campus MovieFest. “We feel proud to be a part of this community, having helped inspire the next generation of creators with Campus MovieFest, we knew we had to be a part of ATL WEBFEST and the opportunities it’s providing for Atlanta creatives.”

The climax of the weekend events will take place at the Microsoft Store inside Lenox Mall for the AWF Awards hosted by the GT Entertainment Network. Award categories include Best Web Series, Best Animation, Best Sketch Comedy/Variety, Best Zombie, the Viewer’s Choice Award, and more. For the complete list of official selections, click here.

You can save your seat for a chance to connect with industry professionals and fellow creatives by registering by Friday, October 25th, 2013 at: http://atlwebfestweekend.eventbrite.com.

ATL WEBFEST EVENT SITES
Friday, October 25—Opening Night is at Ogilvy & Mather inside Atlantic Station in the BB&T Building, 271 17th Street NW, Suite 2100, Atlanta, GA 30363. Networking begins at 7 pm.

Saturday, October 26 – 27 — The panels, workshops and screenings take place at the GTRI Conference Center, 250 14th Street, NW Atlanta, Georgia 30318. Registration begins at 8:30 am on Saturday and 10 am on Sunday.

Saturday Night — The AWF Awards hosted by Georgia Tech Entertainment Network begins at 7 pm inside the Microsoft Store at Lenox Mall, 3393 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, Mall Level – J.

Discounts are available for students and groups of 8 or more. Contact us at info@atlwebfest.com or call: 567.246.9361.

About ATL WEBFEST
ATL WEBFEST is an interactive conference + festival designed to connect the film, business, and technology communities in a way that will spark new ideas and showcase the talent and innovation that the southeast has to offer. More information about ATLWebFEST can be found at http://atlwebfest.com or https://www.facebook.com/atlwebfest. Fans can also follow @ATLWebFest on Twitter.

About Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media and Communication
The Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication is a unit of the Ivan Allen College, Georgia Tech’s liberal arts college, working at the intersection of literary, communications, and media studies. The School is a center for innovative teaching and research in cultural studies, new media studies, and the humanities. Building on the reputation and resources of Georgia Tech, the School is especially concerned with cultural studies of science and technology, with designing and creating digital artifacts, and with communication in a variety of media contexts. Visit: lmc.gatech.edu.