This article originally appeared in The Daily Dot
By Allen Weiner
The battle lines are drawn in the emerging web-fest world, as the venerable LA Webfest has drawn an exclusivity line in the sand for its 2015 entrants.
The LA Webfest is planned for April 2–5, and it’s considered by creators to be the premier web festival in North America. But there’s a clause in its rules that those submitting for its 2015 event will face disqualification if they enter “other web series festivals or awards ceremonies taking place in Los Angeles County 30 days before or after the event, and within 100 miles of the event.”
In particular, the exclusivity clause is aimed at the Indie Series Awards and HollyWeb, which have been gaining momentum in recent years. The 2015 ISA is scheduled the same day as the LA Webfest’s pre-event dinner, and HollyWeb is scheduled for March 27–29, a few days before LA Webfest. As reported in Snobby Robot, LA Webfest founder Michael Ajakwe has accused his competitors as attempting to “cannibalize” his five-year-old web-fest’s audience.
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