The Los Angeles Web Series Festival (a.k.a. LAWEBFEST) is the oldest and largest web series festival in the world. Established in 2010 by Emmy-winning producer & 4-time NAACP Image Award-winning producer & playwright Michael Ajakwe Jr., LAWEBFEST was originally set up to showcase web series on a big screen among west coast and east coast web series makers. It has since grown to become an international destination spot for the web series industry as several thousand enthusiasts flock to Los Angeles each year from all over the United States and the world to screen study and celebrate this new form of entertainment that seems to have infected the planet. Over the last five years, nearly 1100 web series have been shown at LAWEBFEST from 46 different states and 36 different 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, Scotland, Serbia, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tasmania (Yes, Tasmania!), Turkey, United Kingdom, USA]. Just 50 web series screened in 2010; 123 screened in 2011; 178 screened in 2012; 262 screened in 2013, and 320 screened in 2014. Since the goal of LAWEBFEST is to expose and educate the web series community and audience, since 2010 we have also presented nearly 200 panels and educational workshops dealing with all aspects of web series production, distribution and marketing. Though we primarily cater to those who are making outstanding shows via independent financing, we also showcase established traditional media brands that are working in the online storytelling space like the Screen Actors Guild, the Writers Guild of America, Warner Bros. Digital and 21st Century Fox Digital.
In 2013, LAWEBFEST expanded from a three to four day event. Held its first two years at the Stage 52 Theater—a small 100-seat playhouse with a converted storage room that accommodated an additional 40 seats for panels and workshops—the fest moved to the 600-room Radisson Hotel LAX (now Hyatt Concourse LAX) from 2012-14 where entries and guests experienced screenings, workshops, networking, and the most elaborate awards show in the industry all under one roof without ever having to leave the hotel. In 2015, LAWEBFEST moved to the 5-star Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City—located directly across the street from the famed Universal Studios (http://www.citysearch.com/profile/video/327357/los_angeles_ca/hilton_los...) .
The goal of LAWEBFEST is to welcome, showcase, study, promote, and reward as many deserving web series as possible in our efforts to legitimize and provide a unique networking platform for web series and those who are making them throughout the world.
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.