“The Sundance of web series festivals” – Los Angeles Magazine
LAWEBFEST is the oldest, largest, most popular and influential web series festival in the world. Established in 2010 by Emmy-winning TV producer & 4-time NAACP Image Award-winning producer & playwright Michael Ajakwe Jr., LAWEBFEST was created to celebrate, showcase and reward amazing shows by talented (and often overlooked) independent producers. [Indie productions account for over 95% of all web series being made around the world.] Since the city of Los Angeles is the No. 1 producer of film, television and web series worldwide, LAWEBFEST provides a rich unique networking platform for online creative talents and technicians to share, learn, grow and become even better filmmakers.
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Since 2010, nearly 1400 web series have screened at LAWEBFEST from 47 states and 38 countries [Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bosnia, Brazil, Canada, China, Columbia, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Korea, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Peru, Poland, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tunisia, Turkey, USA]. Just 50 web series screened in 2010; 123 screened in 2011; 178 screened in 2012; 262 screened in 2013; 320 screened in 2014; 195 screened in 2015; and 135 screened in 2016, and 120 will screen in 2017.
The goal of LAWEBFEST is to not only expose outstanding shows being made in this new medium, but also to educate the web series community and audience. To that end, we’ve presented nearly 200 panels and workshops dealing with all aspects of web series creation, production, distribution, and marketing– domestically and internationally. We have partnerships with other web-specific festivals around the globe– Florida (SoFloWebfest), France (Marseille Webfest). South Korea (KWebfest), Australia (Melbourne Webfest), Italy (Rome Webfest, Sicily Webfest), Germany (Webfest Berlin), Brazil (Rio Webfest), Canada (Webfest Montreal)– and friendly affiliations with even more. Though we strongly believe in putting the spotlight on independently produced shows, we also showcase established, traditional media brands working in the online storytelling space like the Screen Actors Guild, Writers Guild of America, Warner Bros. Digital and 21st Century Fox Digital.
Held its first two years at the now-defunct 140-seat Stage 52 Theater in South Los Angeles, the fest moved to the Radisson Hotel LAX (now Hyatt Concourse LAX) from 2012-14. In 2015, LAWEBFEST took place at the 5-star Hilton Los Angeles/ Universal City—located across the street from the famed Universal Studios. LAWEBFEST 2016 made history by being the first web series festival ever held at a major Hollywood studio (Warner Brothers). In 2017, history repeated itself when LAWEBFEST had a playdate at Sony Pictures Entertainment.
LAWEBFEST is in partnership with The Sheila Yusef Foundation, a 501(c)3 corporation , which supports tutoring, mentoring and after-school programs for troubled and at-risk inner-city youths. So advertising and sponsorship buys, donations and gifts are all tax deductible.