Posted by WebVee on January 30, 2017 in Web Fest News


In 2017, Hollyweb Festival moves its screenings to the newly remodeled AMC theatres at the world famous Universal Citywalk

“Our festival keeps growing every year,” explains festival co-founder Jennifer Doherty, “and we needed a theater to expand into. What better time and place than AMC Citywalk right after their state-of-the art remodel?”

Hollyweb Festival is entering the second half of its first decade and the founders have decided it’s time to try something new. “Change is important for festivals,” Jennifer Doherty says, “it keeps us on our toes and keeps the festival from becoming stale.” Her husband and co- founder Daniel Doherty adds, “It also excites the creators. Re-energizes them with new possibilities.”

“Don’t forget the new cocktail bar,” jokes Ed Robinson, the festival coordinator, “Although, seriously, that’s one of the things I’m most happy about. There are so many great places in Citywalk for creators, producers, and studio execs to meet for a drink or a meal that are now, as the name of the place suggests, walking distance from where we’ll be screening.”

Last year, Hollyweb Festival was featured on TLC, and they plan to keep that momentum going. They have partnered with Raindance this year to offer a Grand Prize trip to London as a Raindance Official Selection. They have also added an ‘Industry Day’ on the first day of the festival. “While having your show screened in a Hollywood theater is obviously very important,” says Robinson, “creators also come out to festivals to learn, attend classes and panels and meet one another. Networking is how they take their career to the next level.”

One thing will not change for Hollyweb this year. “The awards show at the Avalon is our crown jewel,” Daniel Doherty mentions, “and they’ve been great to us over the years.” On the last night, Hollyweb Festival has traditionally culminated in a ‘blue carpet’ event and gala at the historic Avalon Club in the heart of Hollywood. There is a brief awards show to honor the best of the festival, but the gala is intended to celebrate all the creators, casts and crews. “We get so many submissions and we can only accept a small handful of winners,” admits Daniel Doherty, “that’s why it’s important to us to put together a reel of all of our selections which are played along the screens lining the walls of the Avalon Club throughout the night.”

“The beauty of the web is that content creators come from all around the country and the world. Florida, Ohio, Toronto, Brazil, and even Australia,” Robinson relates, “we want to give folks the Hollywood experience.”

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