ATL WEBFEST @ Georgia Tech is an awards show and conference dedicated to web series and digital video producers. It's the first event of its kind in the South and only the second web fest in the U.S.
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ATLANTA, Georgia (Tuesday, July 23, 2013) — The Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication will host ATL WEBFEST at Georgia Tech, the premier web series awards and festival in the Southeast, October 25 – 27, 2013.
“Georgia Tech relentlessly seeks to establish world-class initiatives that serve the institute, the state, and other strategic national and international partners,” explained John Thornton, Video Production Coordinator at the Georgia Tech School of Literature, Media, and Communication. “Among those initiatives is a sincere desire to extend instruction beyond the classroom, and foster a culture of innovation that encourages student creativity. As the host site for the first annual ATL WEBFEST, Georgia Tech embraces its unique ability to merge art and technology, and offers students an exciting place for showcasing their ideas.”
There is a growing demand for web series and online video content resulting in a shift in how programs are consumed by viewers. During YouTube’s Brandcast event in May of this year, Nielsen revealed that the online platform reaches more US adults 18-34 than any cable network. While the Sandvine Global Internet Phenomena Report states that Netflix holds the leading position (32.3 %) for downstreaming video during peak periods. These changes in digital entertainment and media consumption continue to create opportunities for independent content creators and emerging companies.
“Our goal is to establish and cultivate a community for web producers that will lead to higher production value and more opportunities to monetize,” said Jasmin M. Goodman, Creative Director for ATL WEBFEST Georgia Tech. “Web series creators have become masters at not only creating great work, but also engaging their audience in a way that could rival some film and television productions– all with little-to-no budget.”
The three-day conference will be packed with screenings, workshops, panels, and keynote sessions featuring industry professionals who will discuss the latest trends in production, storytelling, business, and technology.
The web fest phenomenon began with Michael Ajakwe, Jr. in Los Angeles with the LAWEBFEST in 2010, and it has rapidly gained in popularity, taking it to the international stage and expanding to cities like Melbourne (Australia), Hong Kong (China), and now heads east to Atlanta.
“LAWEBFEST is proud to throw its support behind the state of Georgia’s first web series festival,” announced Ajakwe, via Facebook last week. “The Southeast would benefit from a web series festival because so many web series are being produced from the region,” said Ajakwe in a later interview. “I would say roughly 20-25% of the American web series that we receive here in L.A. are being made in that region. So the material and talent are already there. They just need a platform to showcase some of the outstanding work that’s being done.”
Remaining true to the heart of the conference, work submitted to the festival will be celebrated at the inaugural awards reception, and a production grant will be presented to the winner of the Best Web series, to further assist in the development of their project.
“Our goal is to position ATL WEBFEST as a resource for the established and budding filmmakers creating for the web,” shared Goodman.
Registration and submissions are now open. For more information on how to submit your work, plus speaker and volunteer applications, visit www.atlwebfest.com. The deadline for submissions is Sunday, September 1, 2013.
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 ATL WEBFEST 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. Learn more about LMC, visit:lmc.gatech.edu
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