The Lawebfestival is a three day event dedicated solely to online video. In addition to screening 48 different webseries, there will also be workshops and panel discussions on a range of topics. Many of the shows scheduled for screening have received little to no previous media attention and might quite possibly contain a hidden gem or two. Also, one of the goals of the festival organizers is to highlight and celebrate webseries created by or geared at a minority audience.
The festival kicks of Friday night with a tribute to Richard Roundtree’s series, Diary of a Single Mom, followed by the traditional question and answer period with the cast and crew and an after party at Locals Sports Bar, because nothing says web TV, like moderately priced liquor.
On Saturday, Glenn Rubenstein, former lonelygirl15 writer and Red Earth 88 creator, will take part in two panel discussions. Also, Red Earth 88 star Sara Fletcher is scheduled to take part in a couple of the discussions. Secrets of Creating Successful Content, the most intriguing panel, takes place Saturday at 1PM and features the Fine Brothers, Rubenstein, an executive from Freemantle and is moderated by Sara Fletcher.
Lawebfest is not the first event to recognize webseries, nor will it be the last. As webseries become more popular, and more mainstream, expect more of these types of festivals to pop up. Festivals are a good way for webseries to gain recognition and exposure. The fact that many of the series scheduled for screening have received very little previous attention, indicates that there is a need for several different diverse streams by which audiences can discovery webseries.