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Asia's first Web series festival to open in Seoul

All Headlines 11:40 July 14, 2015

SEOUL, July 14 (Yonhap) -- Asia's first-ever festival of Internet-based dramas will kick off in Seoul later this month, organizers said Tuesday.

The KWeb Fest, set to take place on July 30-31 in Seoul, will provide various conferences and seminars on Web-based series, a national Webdrama contest and the screening of some 70 titles premiered at similar festivals across the world, they said.

South Korea's key wire service Yonhap News Agency is one of the sponsors of the event.

Among the conference participants will be Michael Ajakwe, founder of the Los Angeles Web Series Festival, and Brooks Wachtel, writer of the American animated TV series "Spider-Man," as well as producers from major foreign studios and YouTube officials.

Web series consist of short episodes with a length of 5 to 20 minutes each and are available only on the Internet.

As a growing number of people prefer watching shows on smartphones rather than TVs, the number of annual festivals specializing in Web series increased to 26 worldwide. One of the largest is the Los Angeles Web Series Festival, better known as LA Webfest. Some 500 titles from 30 countries were up for competition in the sixth edition of the festival this year.

In South Korea, major television networks such as KBS and MBC, as well as entertainment companies such as CJ E&M and Sidus HQ, have recently released many new Web-based series after Web series such as "Love Cell" and "Dream Night" became big hits.

For more information on the KWeb Fest, visit the festival's official Website at www.kwebfest.com.

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