Congratulations to Party Girl Plus One for being accepted for the second year in a row into the LAWebFest Web Series Festival 2011.
The internet has forever changed the way we live. Programming designed for the Internet is poised to do the same thing.
Even though over 70% of all Americans are online, that doesn’t mean they are all hip to web shows. In fact, studies show that while more people than ever are tuning into “webvision,” most Americans are not. How we get people to realize that they have more options than broadcast tv and cable? By inviting them out for the day or night to a beautiful theater to watch multiple episodes of a web series on the big screen. Most web series creators have never seen their shows up on the big screen.
The result is three days of web series and workshops called the Los Angeles Web Series Festival– a first of it’s kind in LA, the United States and, quite possibly, the world.
“We don’t care if you’re studio-financed, an industry veteran who’s just experimenting, an independent producer, or a Regular Joe or Josephine who doesn’t work or live in Hollywood but made something you’re proud of— we welcome you to submit,” says LAWEBFEST Founder and Executive Director Michael Ajakwe, Jr. A former public relations copywriter and sportswriter.
Ajakwe has spent the last 20 years writing and producing for a myriad of showbiz news and variety shows, sitcoms and dramas like Entertainment Tonight, Talk Soup, Martin, Eve, Sister Sister, The Brothers Garcia, Soul Food, Steve Harvey’s Big Time and currently cabler TV One’s Love That Girl. He’s also a web series creator.
“The web series is the most exciting form of visual entertainment since television. It is truly a people’s medium and some people are making some really cool shows on the web. LAWEBFEST wants to showcase some of these gems and hear from the resourceful people who are making them and starring in them and programming them and trying to successfully adapt them into other mediums like film, tv and theater,” added the published playwright and award-winning filmmaker.
The inaugural 2010 LAWEBFEST drew 2500 web series fans to Stage 52 over three days. Fifty different web series were screened followed by Q & A sessions with each creative team. Special tributes honored TV and film star Robert Townsend’s Diary Of A Single Mom, NBC.com’s CTRL and Sony’s The Bannen Way. Several web series experts, studio and production company executives, independent producers, actors, and SAG and WGA reps participated in workshops and panel discussions. At the end of the fest, awards were bestowed on 28 shows spanning 22 different categories. But Ajakwe maintains LAWEBFEST is not about the awards.
“LAWEBFEST is about celebrating the magic and power of the web series. Most of the people who make web shows have never seen them projected on a big screen or watched them with a large audience,” the NAACP Award-winning playwright, theater producer and Emmy-winning TV producer stressed.
“They’ve never heard feedback from a live audience. A lot of the people who came last year had never even seen a web series. When they left the theater, they began following these shows at home, on their laptops and cell phones,” Ajakwe pointed out.
Good luck to all the submissions!