When and where is it on?
The Generator, Smithfield Sq, Dublin from 24th-26th November
How many years has it been going?
This year is the 3rd edition of the festival
What is it about specifically about the format of the web series that inspired you to do this?
In 2013 Mikael Theirry co-produced and directed the comedy web series titled “Ash Airways”. After it was selected to screen at the LA Web Fest in 2014, Thierry and his Dub Web Fest founder Erol Mustafov realised that what Dublin was missing was a web series festival.
Erol Mustafov: The way we consume media now happens pretty quick, using various electronic devices, apart from the TV set. The web series format is ideal for the ‘time poor’ society today. The format is short, snappy and dynamic in most cases, which makes it ideal for web viewing. Many filmmakers today, who were predominantly doing films, have jumped on the idea and format of web series, which gives them quite a lot of benefits, with the main one being, quick and instant exposure of their work online.
Mikael: As Erol mentioned the way people watch TV changed for ever. A quick question – How many videos do you watch on a daily basis on your smart phone? maybe 5 ? 10? How many times do you go to the Cinema? once or twice a week? Dont get me wrong, I love Cinema and Cinema will remain the greatest art form ever created. In the US, producers and filmmakers have been working on the web series format for years. The reason? The Audience spend more time on their tablet rather than watching the old fashion TV! The age of Smart TV has arrived.
What exciting things can people look forward to for the 2017 version?
This year short film, web series and music videos from around the world plus the best of home grown talent will be showcased at Dub Web Fest and here are some of the exciting highlights
“ Eighty Sixed” is a web series which gives an insightful look into millennials and their digital-era neuroses .It is written, directed and starring Cazzie David, daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David; it’s clear from her talent that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Film and tech enthusiasts can delight in a Virtual Reality experience,watching a short films via their mobile phones with VR goggles
World Festival Premiere Screening of “Stand Down” a silent short film starring Billy Bob Thornton set to a searing Rock n Roll song of the same name
The Closing Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday 26th November, MC’d by Lisa Casey award-winning Irish comedian Lisa Casey , regular at Electric Picnic and the Laughter Lounge and described by David McSavage as “so weird she makes me feel normal. Very Funny”
What opportunities are on offer for those attending?
The Dub Web Fest is the best way to keep in the loop as to who are the up and coming filmmakers creating online content and the online world gives filmmakers a great new opportunity to distribute their work. Filmmakers and other industry professionals travel from all over the world to the Dub Web Fest so it is a great opportunity to network and team up with new collaberators.
Who will be speaking?
Comedy Panel on Friday 24th from 7pm including speakers….
Phaldut Sharma,(The Office, Eastenders and Gavin & Stacey, Gravity and Children of Men) Phaldut comes to Dublin to present his series “I Gotta be Me”, a comedy / documentary series about a present day Rat Pack impersonator group
Misha Calvert creater of web series “Tinder is the Night”
Tony Kelly, comedian and writer of award-winner series The Hurler
Also speaking at the event (Saturday at 4.30pm) is Irish editor Tony Kearns whose repertoire includes music videos for artists such as The Prodigy and the Chemical Brothers , tv series including Black Mirror and films such as Cardboard Gangsters and the latest film The Lodgers
What tips would you give to people attending to get the most out of it?
Go to all the events that interest you but more importantly hang around in the evenings and talk to the film makers and producers. Dub Web Fest is a great opportunity to network in a friendly casual environment. Each year new friendships and sometimes even working relationships are formed:
How can people book tickets / when does it usually sell out?
Tickets are on sale here
Some events will sell out especially the free ones so best to book as soon as possible
The official Dub Web Fest launch is on November 9th at the Generator in Smithfield Square, Dublin 7.
Launch starts from 7.30pm. RSVP’s by Friday 3rd Nov.
Full festival schedule and tickets can be found at www.dublinwebfest.com