Welcome to the 15th Annual LA WEBFEST 2024!!!

LAWEBFEST, The Los Angeles Web Series Festival, more commonly known as the LA Web Series Festival, is a web series festival based in Los Angeles, California.
It was founded in 2009 by Michael Ajakwe Jr, an Emmy Award Winning writer, and was one of the first web series-based events; Filmmaker Magazine called it "the granddaddy of all webfests."
The 1st LAWEBFEST took place in March 2010 at a 99 seat theatre, Stage 52. Since then the venue has been at the Hilton Universal City Hotel in Universal City, Warner Brothers Studios and Sony Studios.

Our goals for 2024 are to expand the festival so it can become a viable provider of quality content on an international scale. Our intention is to create a place that nurtures and cultivates upcoming creators. We invite you to a new paradigm of festival where you can take part in screenings, network parties, a redcarpet, an award show and gain access to distributors, branded companies, filmmakers, writers, producers, funding etc.

- - Michael Ajakwe Pioneer Award

- - Best Web Series of all genres (Long Form & Short Form)

- - Best Action
- - Best Animation
- - Best Comedy
- - Best Sketch Comedy
- - Best Dramedy
- - Best Drama
- - Best Thriller
- - Best Horror
- - Best Reality
- - Best Documentary
- - Best Science Fiction
- - Best Pilot


- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress
- Best Supporting Actor
- Best Supporting Actress
- Best Ensemble Cast
- Best Creator
- Best Director
- Best Screenplay
- Best Editor
- Best Cinematographer
- Best Sound Design
- Best Production Design
- Best Costume Design
- Best Special/Visual Effect


- LONG FORM SERIES - Categories are same as above



- Best Shorts
- Best Director
- Best Actor
- Best Actress


- Best Comedy
- Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy
- Best Drama
- Best Family
- Best Actual Play

- Best Story
- Best Writing
- Best Director
- Best Sound Design


Each submission form must only be completed on the filmfreeway.com

1. Registration fees are not refundable.
2. Payment can only be taken through the filmfreeway.com
Registration fees are in US dollars.

GUIDELINES (Web Series, Pilot and Shorts)

-Web Series Submission must have at least TWO (2) produced online episodes available to view at the time of entry. (Except Pilot & Shorts)

-SHORT FORM: Each episode cannot exceed 30 minutes in length. Series with individual episode exceeding 30 minutes in length are welcome to submit shortened version(s) of an episode(s) for the purpose of festival admission. Preferred 5~10 min.

-LONG FORM: Each episode exceeds 30 minutes in length. You are welcome to submit any big series that has already released through TV or online.

- Please choose the genre that best represents your series even if your series can be classified under more than one category. Duplicate submissions can be taken under a different category.

-Entries that are not in English must be dubbed in English or have English subtitles.
-Judging will be done using a created system in order that all admissions are judge fairly.
-All entries, including international submissions are eligible for prize awards in each category. We strongly encourage all finalists to attend the festival.

GUIDELINES (Fiction Podcast)

1. Fiction Podcast creators: when you join FilmFreeway, you can upload your audio file by categorizing your work as "Music/Songwriting." It's currently the only category that allows you to upload audio-only files (but we're working with FilmFreeway on updating that!) :) So, get your work up and submit to get the film festival experience!
Visit our partner webfest NJ Webfest site:
newjerseywebfest.com/FilmFreeway-podcasts for more detailed instructions.
Contact lawebfest2009@gmail.com if you have any questions.

2. There is no length requirement or limit to submit. Quality is our only criteria. So make it good! :) Please note, however, that if you get selected, we may ask for a truncated version of your project for screening purposes, depending on the length of your episodes.

3. If your fiction podcast is in a language other than English, we need you to email us an English transcript after submitting (email it to lawebfest2009@gmail.com; include your tracking number in the subject line).

-Content submitter must be 18 years of age or older.
-Submissions must be the intellectual property of the submitter, and/or their team. No proxy submissions.

-Product reviews

-We only screen trailers, not full series, episodes, pilots and shorts. Please do not submit if you do not agree. Screening trailers must be less than 2 minutes, with a recommended duration of 1 minute.

-By submitting to LA WEBFEST, you confirm that you hold the rights to (or are authorized to use) any and all audio and video in your web series. LA WEBFEST will not be held responsible for any claims stemming from the failure of the creator/submitter to properly obtain the rights to material submit and/or screened.
-All Decisions made by LA WEBFEST are final.
-All federal and city laws apply.
-By participating in the LA WEBFEST, each participant agrees to hold LA WEBFEST and its employees, directors and representatives harmless from any and all losses, damages, rights, claims and actions of any kind in connection with the event or resulting from acceptance, possession or use of any prize. Suggest to buy travel insurance!
-You grant LA WEBFEST the right to use the name, logo and content of your web series for awards presentations, highlight reels, and promotional material.
-LA WEBFEST reserves the right to amend guidelines, selection criteria, awards, screening, and activities if necessary.

Overall Rating
  • Starship Q Star

    Great festival, very supportive team! Communication was super prompt and helpful especially as we couldn’t make the trip to LA. Thanks to the whole team!

    June 2023
  • I had the privilege to make friends with Michael Ajakwe in 2011 and it was great to participate with your festival once again. Five stars! Thank you!

    June 2023
  • Peter Ireland

    2023 REVIEW: A wonderful in-person festival that brought together series creators from all over the world. Recommended for creators and audiences.

    (Nov, 2022 REVIEW: A welcome return for a digital/short form series mainstay. Thanks for featuring our series at the festival)

    May 2023
  • Henry Scherrer

    Thanks for nominating The Spectral Silhouette Radio Show!
    Great festival overflowing with talent and creativity!

    May 2023
  • So well put together with so many countries involved each year. They truly see the value of filmmakers.

    Each time we have the opportunity to participate, it feels like coming home.

    May 2023