Prix Michael Ajakwe Jr. Pioneer

The “Michael Ajakwe Pioneer Award” was created in tribute to Michael Ajakwe Jr, famous American producer, true visionary and founder of LA WEB FEST, the 1st festival dedicated to the web-series. This prize is awarded each year to a writer, author, creator or independent producer who has worked on the development and promotion of the web-series.

Michael Ajakwe Jr Pioneer Award 2021

In 2019, this prize was awarded to Young Man Kang.

He directed several feature films and over 10 web series. All feature films have been released on VOD in Netflix and Amazon in the US, and have sold in 15 countries. He has a total of 20 awards from a number of film festivals and webfests.

Young Man Kang collaborated with fellow film “Avatar” alumni, Just Cause 3D, on his “4D Experience” Project. His latest series “Lotte Haus” won 9 awards and selected over 30 film festivals.

He is a founder and executive director of the Seoul Webfest & Asia Web Awards.

Michael Ajakwe Jr Pioneer Award 2020

Atsushi Ogata

The Marseille Web Fest is pleased to announce that this year the Michael Ajakwe Pioneer Award has been awarded to the talented Atsushi Ogata for his major role in promoting the web-series around the world.

Michael Ajakwe Jr Pioneer Award 2019

Michael Ajakwe Jr. Pioneer Award 2019

In 2019, this prize was awarded to Joël Bassaget Journalist, writer, screenwriter and globetrotter who has been defending and promoting the work of independent creators in festivals around the world for years… assisted by his very sharp pen!

Michael Ajakwe Jr Pioneer Award 2018

Michael Ajakwe Jr. Pioneer Award 2018

In 2018, this prize was awarded to Tom Chamberlain and Dipu Bhattacharya, the creators of the multi-award winning web-series: Pantless Detective.