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The 15th Annual LA WEBFEST 2024 Nominees

Honoree Nominations Posters

The 15th Annual LA WEBFEST 2024 Nominees:

The LA WEBFEST is gearing up for its 15th annual event, which will be held at the Barnsdall Gallery Theatre in Los Angeles on May 2-3, 2023.

This year's festival promises to be an international showcase of some of the best long-form series, short-form web series, short films, pilots, and podcasts from around the world.

In 2023, the LA WebFest expanded its focus to acknowledge long-form content that embodies a similar entrepreneurial spirit to web series. This shift aimed to illuminate the captivating journeys these projects undertake before gracing the screen. The standout honoree in 2023 was the Starz crime drama "BMF" and its series creator, Randy Huggins.

This year's festival will honor long-form storytelling from major players such as HBO Max, Apple+, Amazon, BET+, Angel Studios, TruTV, and South Korea Studio V+. The 2024 honorees include the BET dramedy "Diarra From Detroit," the Oscar-winning short turned HBO animated series "Young Love," Amazon's trans docuseries "Always Jane," the podcast-inspired Apple TV+ drama "WeCrashed," the CollegeHumor adaptation "Adam Ruins Everything,” and the independent film phenom "Sound of Freedom."

Directors, writers, actresses, and actors up for top prizes in the long-form category include Jared Leto, Anne Hathaway, Kid Cudi, Alejandro Monteverde, Jim Caviezel, WGA strike hero Adam Conover, and international K-Pop star Jinyoung, just to name a few.

The 15th Annual LA WEBFEST 2024 Nominees Posters

The LA WEBFEST has a long history of discovering new talent and fostering creativity in the web series format. Issa Rae, star and creator of "Insecure," originally screened her show "Awkward Black Girl" at the festival, and her co-star Yvonne Orgi was discovered by LA WEBFEST founder Michale Ajakwe, Jr.

Ajakwe founded the LA WEBFEST in 2009, making it the first international festival dedicated specifically to web series. Since then, the festival has grown and inspired the creation of webfests all over the world, with more than 50 webfests forming a worldwide network.

Tragically, Ajakwe passed away in 2018, but his legacy lives on through the festival and its new director, Young Man Kang. Honorary President Jean-Michel Albert, founder of the Marseille Webfest in France, remarked that "with the rapid growth of YouTube, OTT platforms, and social media, web series festivals are constantly growing in number."

Overall, the LA WEBFEST promises to be a celebration of creativity and innovation in the web series format, honoring established talent and discovering new voices from around the world.

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