NYC Web Fest is approaching quickly, and it promises a great look at new web series and digital content. The 2nd annual event, which celebrates digital series and creators from around the globe, will host the world premiere of comedian Lewis Black’s The Mentors series, among other notable online video projects.
Taking place from November 13-14 at the Pit Loft at 154 West 29th Street, NYC Web Fest will be where The Mentors makes its worldwide debut. The six-part The Mentors is described in a release as a “dark and comical portrayal of mentorships in the entertainment business,” which are loosely based on real-life experiences. A panel involving some of the series’ cast and crew will follow the series’ screening.
In an email to Tubefilter, NYC Web Fest founder Lauren Atkins explained how she had previously only dreamed of debuting such a top-level web series at such a young event. “I said to my partner April over the summer ‘maybe next year we can approach producers about hosting a premiere…’ and we got one THIS year – with Lewis Black!” Atkins said. “Needless to say, we’re thrilled.”
In addition to The Mentors, NYC Web Fest will host a Q&A session with crew members of actor Colin Quinn’s Cop Show, which debuted online in February. The digital-centric event also plans to screen series including The Graceland Happiness Project and local New York production Free Therapy from comedian and filmmaker Julian Klepper.
This year’s NYC Web Fest has grown significantly since its inception in the fall of 2014. The two-day event boasts four judges who will award digital creators with 20 different awards. That’s double the amount of prizes the NYC Web Fest handed out last year. Atkins also notes on the event’s website her team is expecting triple the amount of attendees and web series submissions compared to last year. Individuals from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and Italy are reportedly traveling to the U.S. for the Web Fest.
“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,” explained Atkins on the event’s website. “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.”
You can learn more about the NYC Web Fest and how to get tickets by visiting the event’s official website.