What We Do

Mission + History

Founded in 2013 by DC filmmaker, author, professor, and technologist Otessa Ghadar, the DC Web Fest highlights the intersection of entertainment and technology, featuring the best of the indie spirit in digital content, (Series, Games, VR/AR, Apps, Podcasts, etc.) We are a fun bunch, at the forefront of emerging art and technology, with a focus on policy and IP implications, both local & international.

The mission of the festival is to entertain, educate, and promote these new and innovative forms of modern art. At The DC Web Fest, we strongly believe in STEAM, along with STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math. We have positioned DC as the flashpoint for New Media, exposing the District to ever expanding platforms. By introducing Washingtonians to original content, some of it produced in their own backyard, we aim to inspire engagement with and support for the creative economy.


We are dedicated to helping & promoting innovative independent media in any way we can. This year we have teamed up with several organizations to offer content creators a chance to receive a $45,000 USD value in a mix of services, meetings with HBO, Marvel reps, & Arpix Media, as well as some cash prizes.

Best of Category Award Winners receive:

• A customized hand painted wood slate board.
• An opportunity for a distribution deal.
• Top 3 in student category get $100 cash each in competition for grand prize.
• Top 3 in script category get $1,000 in writing industry perks each & in competition for Grand Prize.
• The best script gets an interview in The Script Lab Magazine.

Grand Prize Award:

• A customized hand painted wood slate board.
• An opportunity for a distribution deal.
• Studio time in Los Angeles CA.
• Meeting with HBO.
• Meeting with Marvel.
• Post production services from Mongo Media.
• Music supervisor services from Arpix Media Inc. owner, Ron Proulx.
• Casting services for your project provided by Select Services Films Inc.
• Resources and production consulting provided by Susan Johnston Casting.

The Grand Prize Award Package and category winner awards are valued at over $45,000.00 and are non transferable. These are in kind services only and cannot be redeemed for cash. Good for one year from date of festival won at. All scheduling subject to availability.

If you are not present when we announce your name at the Awards Ceremony, we will ship your personalized award upon receipt of a pre paid shipping label or the cost to ship.