Web series festivals are becoming a significant outlet for publicizing and distributing online content. A lot of web series show at feature-film and short film festivals, but events focused on web series are particularly fruitful, I think, since the form has a different pace and culture than film.
Someday, I’m going to have to compile a list of all the festivals out there (I’ll admit it and be unpopular: I like lists. Once a journalist, always a journalist). If you’re in New York tomorrow, check out this LGBT web series festival, which looks pretty amazing, and, according to the press release sent to me by Drama Queenz creator Dane Joseph, is free.
I’m quite happy to see that the line-up for the festival includes many of the shows listed on my LGBT web series list (still, by the way, the most popular page on this blog). The highly rated and critically acclaimed Anyone But Me is sure to please; Drama Queenz is a pioneer; Gay’s Anatomy, In the Loop and Brooklyn is for Lovers are quite hilarious and smart; The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else is a fresh take on the Sex and the City formula. It’s a great line-up and I’m glad to see a number of series I’ve been fortunate to spotlight will be showing up — and at least some of the creators will be in attendance! I wish I was in NYC (still traveling in Asia, now in Singapore)!
Here’s the press release:
Festival features LGBTQ web series to be proud of
June 15, 2010 (New York, NY)—On Saturday, June 26, 2010, stellar lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, and queer web series will be honored at Out of the Box 2010: LGBTQ Web Series Festival. Festivities are free and open to the public, and will be held at New World Stages in New York City (340 W. 50th St.) starting at 7pm, featuring talkbacks with show creators, drink specials, and delicious appetizers to enliven the occasion.
This first annual event during New York City’s Heritage of Pride festivities is intended to celebrate and give honor to the Internet innovators who are filling a void in traditional media by offering a dizzying array of award-winning, niche programming for the web, and will be hosted by the boys of the breakout blog The Future Forward (www.thefutureforward.net)
In total, 14+ critically acclaimed, eclectic series will be screened during the festival, including:
· AfterEllen Visibility Award winner Anyone But Me (anyonebutmeseries.com)
· The Broadway-studded musical comedy The Battery’s Down (thebatterysdown.com)
· Streamy Award nominee Brooklyn is for Lovers (bi4l.tv)
· SheWired.com lesbian talk show Cherry Bomb TV (cherrybombtv.com)
· Celebrity blogger Dwight O’Neal’s Christopher Street TV (christopherstreettv.com)
· Film festival favorite Drama Queenz (www.dramaqueenztheseries.com)
· The hilarious spoof Gay Top Gun (youtube.com/whiplashpictures)
· Critical darling Gay’s Anatomy (gays-anatomy.com)
· Ha! The Series featuring Bruce Vilanch and Broadway-vet Perry Ojeda (hatheseries.com)
· Deliciously campy Homewrecker Houseboy (boysrboys.com)
· Gay reality show In The Loop (youtube.com/intheloopseries)
· LA Web Fest winner The Real Girl’s Guide to Everything Else (therealgirlsguide.wordpress.com)
· Indie Soap Award Winner Seeking Simone (www.seekingsimone.com)
· Theatre-crowd favorite Weiner & Weiner (weinerandweiner.com)
Out of the Box 2010 is an official Heritage of Pride event and is endorsed by the Writers Guild of America-East. The event is produced by Novo Novus Productions, a company committed to defying the traditional hindrances that restrain creativity; thinking outside the box in order to fully realize quality.
For a complete schedule and more information, visit www.otbfest.com.
Dane Joseph, Executive Producer