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The third annual Los Angeles Web Series Festival (LAWEBFEST 2012) went down almost entirely as expected, so pretty much the only thing left to talk about was how the festival itself was.
What did you think of the festival? Be the first to comment below.
Just on awards not meaning much I'm staying home next year's awards/presentation ceremony. I wanna be a part of something that means something.
I understand what you're saying. I guess I would lean more toward you don't need them at all, but If you are going to give them make them mean something. There's also the fact that as web series producers we don't have a ton of stuff to make us look "real", and awards kind of make people think you're special. It's a hard thing to decide on and I'm glad I don't have to make the call.
Thanks for seeing my point of view Gabriel. There were a few recipients making a mockery of it because it seems everyone and their dog were up on stage. That's one stage I wanted no part of. What was special, however, were the 10 shows going to France. Now that moment was the best part of the evening for me to see 10 out of 178 being selected for an all expense paid trip to Europe to screen at the Marseille Webfest (which I was invited to and will serve on the jury) in October.
Yes, I believe that the selection of ten shows to go to France is a fantastic thing and more important than all else, not just for the ten shows, but for all of us as series producers.
There's something ground-breaking the Marseille Webfest is doing with these shows, including pitching them to some of Europe's top ad agencies and advertisers for partnerships. This is huge for these creators! LAWEBFEST can't afford to lose focus and be a mockery. Everything it does should be serious and focused. Letting something that means nothing [awards/presentation ceremony] ruin a brand is silly to me. Stay focused and keep it serious and not too loose. If you wanna have fun and not give a sh*t bring back the Streamys.
Totally agree Rich. In my opinion, the fact that they were selected to the festival is their "outstanding achievement". Any actual awards they win at the festival should mean something more than 20 people receiving the same thing. In my mind it totally devalues it.
By no means is my stuff good enough for awards or even festivals right now for that matter, but I'd rather wait a while and make something so good that it's worthy of an actual award than receive an award with another 30 people on stage with the same certificate.
I thought it was great great fun!I loved meeting people from all over the world ! I was very inspired by many !And people were so cool!So many awesome ideas!I think we are all pioneers and will reap the benefits like the industrialists at the turn of the 19th century!!!!
I was slightly offended by the mini sermon from the kid in the yellow pants.I thought we came there so we didn't have to go to church!He is young and naive so I'll let it pass.
The brie cheese was delicious and the red carpet very cool!
I have to agree with Rich on the awards. What's the point if everyone wins? Saying every show is special is the same as saying none of them are. Personally if I'd paid the submission fee and then found out practically everyone won, I'd be a little put out. I do understand wanting to just get together and watch everyone's stuff, which is why you attend the fest, but I also like having a standard of excellence to measure against, which is what a winner would bring.
I also love wearing a suit, or even black tie, but that's just me : )
Also why not have the photographer just take candid shots instead of posed pictures? So the winner goes up and gets his award, shakes hands with whomever, then walks off the stage. Meanwhile the photographer captures some great shots of them getting the award and shaking hands. No need to have a shot looking at the camera smiling.
I think I'm bummed I didn't get to meetcha mate!! It was great. Only thing I would suggest is trying to get the players to the fests to see the series they might wanna pick up. Other than that, loved meeting all the great folks! Woot to all the new friends!!
Haha... probably wouldn't have recognized you anyway since I don't know what you look like. :)
You said: "Only thing I would suggest is trying to get the players to the fests to see the series they might wanna pick up."
The players were there. JMA and SR flew in from France to choose 10 shows for Marseille Webfest and will fly the creators + all expense paid trip to France in October. That's huge and only the beginning. The festival is only in its third year and getting this sort of attention is major in my eyes. :)