SA ACTRESS WINS BEST ACTRESS AT THE WEB SERIES FESTIVAL AWARDS IN NEW YORK CITY
South African actress and producer, Lara Lipschitz won Best Actress for her role in web series, Chin Up at at New York’s premier web series festival held on 12 November.
Digital film enthusiasts, creators and actors from New York and around the world gathered at the NYC Web Fest on 12 November to share their work in the rapidly growing digital entertainment industry. The weekend culminated in a stylish award ceremony and party in New York where the best of the web was recognized. Lipschitz and co-producer Devin Toselli who are both originally from Joburg and now based in Tamboerskloof in Cape Town, are the first South African finalists at NYC Web Fest, now in its fourth year. Festival audiences loved Chin Up, a fresh and funny mockumentary style web series following the life of a struggling actress living and working in the Mother City.
According to NYC Web Fest founder and festival director, Lauren Atkins, this year saw record numbers of submissions and attendees at NYC’s premier web event. “I am incredibly proud that we had such high quality productions from around the world participate in our fourth annual WebFest. Our auditorium was packed every day because audiences are becoming more discerning about their entertainment. Audiences of web series are growing rapidly because people want to see stories that really matter to them”. She added that the quality of productions this year was very high and it speaks to a maturing of the web series industry – writers, producers, actors and the entire value chain are producing work which rivals content on the major networks.
After landing back in Cape Town from New York this week, Lipschitz, who can next be seen as Gabi in Tali’s Wedding Diary premiering on Showmax on 14 December, said, “I am over the moon. As a creator and an artist, it means so much that the creativity and hard work which goes into Chin Up is being noticed. As a South African this is one more reason to believe that our standards and our work excels and can compete with the best in the world.” https://www.youtube.com/user/LaraBowTV .