The Fifth Annual DC Web Fest will take place Saturday, April 1, 2017 at the Navy Memorial Museum, located at 701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW in Washington, DC. Founded in 2013 by DC filmmaker and author Otessa Ghadar, the DC Web Fest kicks off at 6 p.m. on April 1, and highlights the intersection of entertainment and technology, featuring the best in online content, video games, digital media, short films and apps.
Presented by 20/20 Productions, the mission of the one-day festival is to entertain, educate and promote these new and innovative forms of modern art.
“We have positioned DC as the flashpoint for New Media, exposing the District to new and ever expanding web platforms. By introducing Washingtonians to this web content, some of it produced in their own backyard, they will hopefully be inspired to become more engaged in this inventive art form which bolsters the local creative economy,” says Ghadar.
This year’s festival has broadened its scope to include all forms of digital storytelling and technology, from gaming to AI, to online publishing and more. It will also include a gathering of special guests and presenters who represent thought leaders in the industry.
The event is ideal for media specialists and technology enthusiasts, artists, filmmakers, bloggers, story tellers, and entrepreneurs who are interested in this transforming the world of entertainment, says Ghadar.
As the event founder, Ghadar literally wrote the book on the topic. In 2016, she authored the digital media industry’s first textbook, The Wild West of Film, a guide for creative professionals and teaches novices and experts alike how to create, market and manage in the digital age.
As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Ghadar is a true forerunner of digital media. She launched the webshow, Orange Juice in the Bishops Garden (OJBG), which became the longest continually running show online. With an international audience in over 145 countries, OJBG has been recognized not only by a loyal global following, but also by industry heavy hitters. OJBG is a six-time Telly Awards Winner, a four-time LA Web Fest Winner, a three-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, among others.