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Kiwi Comedy 101 Dates Wins Big At La Web Series Festival


Kiwi Comedy 101 Dates Wins Big At La Web Series Festival 2011
Indie online dating comedy scoops five major awards in Los Angeles

WELLINGTON (March 29 2011)

After screening alongside 121 other web series from around the world during the 2nd Annual LA Web Series Festival 2011 (March 25-27), New Zealand’s “101 Dates” won five outstanding achievement awards at the closing night awards ceremony held in Los Angeles on Sunday night.

“101 Dates” follows the exploits of Alice Chapman, a single twenty-something from Wellington, New Zealand who takes her quest to find “the one” global by video dating online. The series also brings to life Alice’s outrageous best friend Mary with a fashion style inspired by Lady Gaga and Luke; the shy and unassuming guy next door. Outstanding achievement awards were won in the following categories:

Outstanding Comedy Series
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series
Outstanding Lead Actress, Comedy Series - Sarah Harpur (Alice)
Outstanding Guest Actor, Comedy Series - Nick Gordon (Alejandro - Episode 8)

Creator Chaz Harris, who also wrote, directed and produced on the project, was in attendance at the festival. Harris, who is from the UK but has lived in New Zealand since 2006, said he tailor-made the project for the web because, “I like how the immediacy and global reach of the internet and social media means audiences anywhere are able to instantly watch and enjoy whatever you create for them, the only limit is your imagination”. The series was independently made and self-funded but many New Zealand businesses supported the project including coffee chain Mojo, Quest Atrium apartments and website who Harris blogs for. Theme music was provided by Wellington rock act Supermodel. Watch it online at:

Created in 2010 by veteran Emmy-winning TV producer and NAACP Award-winning playwright Michael Ajakwe, Jr., the Los Angeles Web Series Festival is the industry (and world's) first all-web series festival honoring serialized shows created specifically for the Internet. This year, there was a dramatic rise in entries and the number of screenings doubled. “We will screen as many quality web series as we can. We don't care where they're from or who made them as long as we think they're good,” Ajakwe said, adding that the number of international entries jumped from one in 2010 to eight this year, from countries like Canada, Australia, Italy, France, England, New Zealand and India. For more about LAWEBFEST, visit


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