Los Angeles Web Series Festival

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Los Angeles Web Series Festival
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Country United States
First awarded 2010
Website http://www.lawebfest.com/

The Los Angeles Web Series Festival, more commonly known as the LA Web Fest, is a web series festival based in Los Angeles, California. It was founded in 2009 and was one of the first web series-based events; Filmmaker Magazine called it "the granddaddy of all webfests."[1] The event has attracted controversy for its policies.[2][3]

Background[edit]

The festival had its first official event in 2010.[4][5] The venue has changed several times since its inception, with the 2015 festival being held at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Universal City.[6]

When asked about the importance of web series as a creative medium by Carolyn Handler Miller for her book Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment, founder Michael Ajakwe, Jr. said:

Before, filmmaking was a rich man's game. And if you couldn't afford to make a film, a great voice might be lost ... Web series offer freedom.

Since the festival's inaugural presentation in 2010, it has helped produce web series-based festivals in several major cities around the world, including in Marseille[7] (Marseille Web Fest), Melbourne[8] (Melbourne Web Fest), Rio[9] (Rio Web Fest) and Seoul[10] (KO Web Fest).

Controversy[edit]

In 2015, after other LA-based web series festivals scheduled their events around the same time (including the HollyWeb Festival and Indie Series Awards), Ajakwe came under fire for enforcing an 'exclusivity clause' stating that all entrants "must withdraw their shows from HollyWeb Fest and their award consideration at the ISAs, or be disqualified from LA WebFest."[3]

The clause has since been the subject of controversy and derision in the web series community, with many calling it "anticompetitive" and "unreasonable."[11] Ajakwe spoke to Snobby Robot about the issue, claiming it stems from earlier conflicts in 2012 when the Hollywood Web Series Festival planned their festival on the same weekend as the LA Web Fest.[2]

The Daily Dot also published a story about the controversy, writing: "The battle lines are drawn in the emerging web fest world, as the venerable LA Web Fest has drawn an exclusivity line in the sand for its 2015 entrants."[3]

Award categories[edit]

  • Outstanding Comedy Series
  • Outstanding Writing (Comedy)
  • Outstanding Directing (Comedy)
  • Outstanding Female Performance (Comedy)
  • Outstanding Male Performance (Comedy)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Comedy)
  • Outstanding Drama Series
  • Outstanding Writing (Drama)
  • Outstanding Directing (Drama)
  • Outstanding Female Performance (Drama)
  • Outstanding Male Performance (Drama)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Drama)
  • Outstanding Action Series
  • Outstanding Writing (Action)
  • Outstanding Directing (Action)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance (Action)
  • Outstanding Animated Series
  • Outstanding Music Video
  • Outstanding Documentary Series
  • Outstanding Variety Series
  • Outstanding Educational Series
  • Outstanding Directing (Non Fiction)
  • Outstanding Writing (Non Fiction)
  • Outstanding Cinematography
  • Outstanding Editing
  • Outstanding Costume Design
  • Outstanding Production Design
  • Outstanding Makeup
  • Outstanding Soundtrack
  • Outstanding Special FX
  • Outstanding Sound Editing

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Essential Guide to Webfests | Filmmaker Magazine". Filmmaker Magazine. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  2. ^ a b "LA WebFest Strikes Back Against Competition. Creators Caught In Crossfire". Snobby Robot. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  3. ^ a b c "LA Webfest flexes its muscle to beat down the competition". The Daily Dot. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  4. ^ "Marco Sparmberg". Haexagon Concepts. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  5. ^ Miller, Carolyn Handler (2014-06-27). Digital Storytelling: A Creator's Guide to Interactive Entertainment. CRC Press. ISBN 9781135044459. 
  6. ^ "Web Series Festival & Awards Guide". Snobby Robot. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  7. ^ "Partners". Marseille Web Fest. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  8. ^ "PARTNERS". Melbourne WebFest. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  9. ^ "Rio WebFest". www.riowebfest.net. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  10. ^ "KWebfest: KO WEBFEST 2015 OFFICIAL SELECTIONS". kowebfest.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 2015-12-20. 
  11. ^ "LA WebFest Strikes Back Against Competition. Creators Caught In Crossfire". Snobby Robot. Retrieved 2015-12-21. 

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