This article originally appears on my Medium page.
One week ago we were inside the Claridge Theater in Montclair New Jersey celebrating incredible indie web series, films, and fiction podcasts. The New Jersey Web Festival had kicked off, and a collection of inspiring and passionate creators had assembled to start a weekend of positive affirmation and the celebration of talent and creativity. As reactions rippled through the crowd caused by whatever we were watching at that moment on the big screen, I couldn’t help but marvel at the path that led me here, as an Executive Board Member and the founder of the Fiction Podcast/Actual Play wing of the festival.
Getting Started with the NJWF
I first heard about the New Jersey Web Festival too late to submit. It was 2018 and the second season of my web series The Hunted: Encore was making its way through the WebFest circuit. Our show had been to festivals all over the world but somehow I missed the submissions for a festival just across the Hudson River from me. Creators I respected from all over the world started posting about this festival in Montclair New Jersey, and what they were writing blew me away.
Here are some excerpts from 2018 FilmFreeway reviews:
An unforgettable Jersey experience! From the moment we were selected, through the detailed planning and promotion, to our very first group photo op in front of the theater, we felt like all-stars.
Photo by Danny Bristoll
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