Who We Are
Otessa Marie Ghadar
FoundeR & DIRECTOR
Through insight gained from both Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden and 20/20 Productions, Otessa Ghadar recently wrote and published the digital media industry’s first textbook, The Wild West of Film. This DIY-guide for creative professionals teaches novices and experts alike how to create, market and manage in the digital age.
As one of the web series medium’s earliest adopters, Otessa Ghadar is a true forerunner of digital media. OJBG started as her MFA thesis at Columbia University’s film school and is now the longest continually running show online. With an international audience in over 145 countries, OJBG has been recognized not only by a loyal global following, but also by industry heavy hitters. OJBG is a six-time Telly Awards Winner, a four-time LA Web Fest Winner, a three-time Webby Awards Official Honoree, among others.
Otessa is also the founder and president of DC-based digital media company 20/20 Productions. With its content, the company has become the destination for non-geoblocked, globally available programming. The company is currently planning its 5th Annual DC Web and Digital Media Festival (DC Web Fest). This year’s festival has broadened its scope to include all forms of digital storytelling and technology, from gaming, to AI, to online publishing and more. A summit, gathering thought leaders, innovators and experts to discuss the industry’s future landscape, has been added, as well.
Analyst & Web Developer
Romeo has worked for the DC Web Fest since 2014 as event support, designer, and VR coordinator, just to name a few of his various roles. When he's not collecting social analytics or maintaining our web site, he enjoys playing music and enjoying everything DC has to offer. A DC native and student at The University of Utah, he has a strong interests in film, technology and supporting the future of new media.
Cam Williams is a student at the Field School, and a DC native. He's
a freelance photographer and graphic designer who runs the company CamGW Studios where he designs logos/graphics and photographs events. He aspires to use his skills in art and business to create new companies and flourish in the business world.
SOCIAL MEDIA, Event Coordinator, & Photographer
Diana is a third-year MFA candidate in the Film & Electronic Media program at American University. Diana aspires to thrive as an independent filmmaker, using her creativity, deep thoughts, personal experiences, and encounters to create powerful stories that audiences can relate to and benefit from. She also seeks to produce documentaries that will address societal issues and amplify the voices of the unheard, overlooked, and ignored.
Program Manager & Events coordinator
Amy Young is a Cleveland transplant who brings a passion for storytelling and performance to the DC Web Fest. An award winning actor and recent graduate from Kenyon College with a B.A. in Art History and Drama, she has worked at a variety of D.C. institutions, including the Newseum, Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and The Kennedy Center. Amy takes care of festival programming, site scouting, and program management.