Our goal is to be the Sundance for web series.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) November 03, 2011
The third annual Los Angeles Web Series Festival—the first and premiere web series festival in the world-- is currently accepting submissions for 2012.
In its two year existence, LAWEBFEST has screened nearly 200 web series from 20 states and eight different countries. “No one sees more web series than we do,” says festival founder and executive director Michael Ajakwe Jr. “We look at every episode of everything that comes in, so we see a lot.”
Over the recently expanded four-day event, web series are showcased on a big screen in front of live audiences. LAWEBFEST also holds low-cost workshops and panels covering every aspect of web series production, marketing and distribution. There are nightly tributes, parties and an elaborate awards ceremony. Last year, 104 awards were handed out in 13 categories. Thirteen web series makers won automatic entry into the Marseille Webfest and were flown to the south of France for four days. In Marseille, 22 web series from around the world were screened with LAWEBFEST Selection “The Big Dick Mike Show”, created by Los Angeles residents Paul Jerome and Jermaine Jevon, taking the Grand Jury Prize.
“It was a magical, remarkable surreal experience,” says Ajakwe, an Emmy-winning TV producer who received a Special Honor from the festival and a Medal to the City from Marseille Mayor Jean-Claude Gaudin for his role in helping to launch Europe’s first web series festival. In 2012, in addition to LAWEBFEST Awards, the Grand Prize will once again be a free trip to Marseille, France for a handful of show creators. “Marseille Webfest founder Jean-Michel Albert was so pleased with how things turned out this year, he’s coming back in 2012 to personally select more LAWEBFEST entries to screen at his unblieveable festival later in the year in the south of France.."
In 2012, LAWEBFEST moves from the Stage 52 Playhouse in Los Angeles to the Four Points By Sheraton in Culver City. Ajakwe, a web series creator/producer himself whose show "Who..." airs on his web channel ajakwetv.com, promises that LAWEBFEST III will be an affair to remember. “LAWEBFEST ’12 is going to be incredible,” the award-winning playwright and filmmaker said. “If you’re into web series or curious about this amazing new medium, you want to be here," Ajakwe added. "We don’t just meet to hand out awards, we actually watch, discuss and celebrate these micro-shows for four days. Most web series makers have never seen their web series projected on a big screen with a group of people. It also gives the public an opportunity to discover these gems and learn about this new genre of entertainment that is happening all over the globe. Our goal is to be the Sundance of web series in America.”
LAWEBFEST officially began taking submissions October 21 and will continue through March 15, 2012. For more information or to register your web series, visit http://www.lawebfest.com. Join their Facebook page at http://www.Facebook.com/lawebfest or follow the festival on twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/lawebfest.