Dub Web Fest, Ireland’s only web series and short content festival lands again with a diverse schedule for its third edition (24th -26th November) in the Generator in Dublin’s vibrant Smithfield district.
The exciting programme of events includes web series, short film, music videos and virtual reality from South America, Australia, Japan, UK, USA, France, Belgium plus the best of home-grown Irish talent, encompassing genres such a comedy, horror, sci fi ,drama and LGBT.
This year the festival introduces short film to their schedule and among the work screening is Terminal by Natasha Waugh, winner of Best Short at Cork Indie Film Festival 2016. Terminal is also nominated for Best Short at the Dub Web Fest this year. Actor Billy Bob Thornton takes the lead role in Stand Down, a silent short film by L.A. directors Kario Salem and Dana Tynan. During the festival, attendees will have an opportunity to experience virtual reality by watching a selection of short films via their mobile phones using special VR goggles. There will also be animation shorts from Iran, USA and Australia including Flutter directed by Vladimir Todorov, a talented animator who has worked on many Sony productions such as Stuart Little, Stuart Little 2, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone, as well as the Academy Award winning animated short, The Chubb Chubbs. He was also worked as the character design supervisor on Robert Zemeckis’ Polar Express.
With its young outlook and accessible opportunities for networking with filmmakers and industry professionals from around the world, Dub Web Fest is always a big draw for students of media and film. This year, thanks to support from Dublin City Council, the festival are offering 20 free weekend passes for students. Colleges and students are encouraged to follow and engage with the Dub Web Fest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages for a chance to win the passes. All students can avail of half price tickets by contacting the festival for the promotional code.
Among some of the workshops lined up , there will be a music video editing workshop with Irish editor Tony Kearns. Tony has an impressive resume of productions under his belt from his recent work on The Lodgers, Black Mirror and Cardboard Gangsters to acclaimed work on music videos for artists such as the Prodigy, Radio Head and the Chemical Brothers.
Eighty Sixed is a web series which gives an insightful look into millennials and their digital-era neuroses .It is written by and stars Cazzie David, daughter of Curb Your Enthusiasm’s Larry David; its clear from her talent that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
Dragon Race, which has its World Premiere at the festival, is a thrilling French made series about a group of people who wake up together in a prison in South Korea not knowing how they got there or why. Soon they discover that to save their lives they must take part in a new kind of race, the Dragon Race, broadcast exclusively on an online illegal gambling site.
Sponsored by the French Embassy in Ireland, the French Touch screening block will showcase a number of French language web series. Le Myriapod is a comedy web series by Matthieu di Paolo about a group of thirty-somethings and their struggles with friendship, love and sex. Woke, by Maxime Potherat is an LGBT drama about Hicham who runs away from his home and comes to Lyon, looking for Thibaut, a young man who tried to kiss him a few years before.
Manchester set web series Early Days , directed by Harry Sherriff and written by Sherriff & Jim Harkness will have its festival world premiere at Dub Web Fest. It follows the day to day musings of two struggling creatives as they daydream about their future careers whilst worrying if they have what it takes. .In 2016 Harry made twelve short films in twelve months. His work regularly screens at short film nights around the North West and his films have been selected two years running for the prestigious Liverpool Film Night at FACT Cinema. He is a vehement proponent of using the power internet to find new and creative ways of making and distributing film.
I’ve always had a love for filmmakers that do things differently in the production or the distribution of their work. Proper trailblazers like John Cassavetes and Steven Soderbergh
Harry will participate in the Comedy Panel on Saturday 25th at 3.15pm, joining Karen Healy from Pondering Media (winner of last years Best Comedy Sketch in 2016 for her series Listen to the Experts), Misha Calvert ( Tinder is the Night) and actor/writer/director 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, which takes a comic look at the entertainment industry.
The Comedy Panel is a must for aspiring comedy writers or actors or anyone in the comedy scene in Ireland.It is free to attend but pre-booking is advised.
Opening Night will take place on Friday 24th November with a drinks reception, music and special guests in the funky surroundings of the Generator followed by World Premiere Festival screenings of a selection of web series and then a party till late with DJ in the Generator Bar.
The Closing Awards Ceremony will be held on Sunday 26th November, MC’d by Lisa Casey award-winning Irish comedian. Lisa is a regular at Electric Picnic and the Laughter Lounge and described by David McSavage as “So weird she makes me feel normal. Very Funny”