[클릭이사람](696) Kang Young-man, the godfather of web dramas, is the executive chairman of the Seoul Webfest

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[클릭이사람](696) Kang Young-man, the godfather of web dramas, is the executive chairman of the Seoul Webfest

 

Director Kang Young-man, the godfather of web dramas, has established the Seoul Webfest, Asia's first web drama film festival, and marks its eighth anniversary this year. He is the chairman of the Seoul Webfest Executive Committee and the 13th 2022 LA Webfest Executive Committee. 

 

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The web-specialized international festival 2022 Seoul Webfest will be held at Lotte City Hotel L Convention in Guro from August 18 to 20, 2022.

 

Seoul Webfest is a form of new media that combines Internet networks and movies, and is a user-centered film festival. All participants are content producers and consumers, and it is a content festival yard for people around the world.

 

A total of 191 officially selected works will participate in the festival, including 151 from 28 countries abroad and 40 in Korea.

 

Web dramas are short and bold web series, and at least three episodes of 5 to 10 minutes are uploaded in a row. The web series is a cultural content of the digital mobile generation, ranging in genres from comedy, action, thriller, horror, science fiction, animation, musical, VR, documentary, and reality as well as dramas.

 

It is a video series composed of short episodes of about 10 minutes, and it can be enjoyed easily through mobile devices and is quickly spread through SNS such as YouTube.

 

In France and the United States, there are professional production companies, and film festivals in each country are held to establish themselves as a new pop culture icon.

 

In Korea, KBS, CJ E&M, etc. broadcast web series of various genres such as dramas, movies, comedies, music, and advertisements.

 

Web dramas can also be produced with an "ultra-low budget." It can be filmed and edited with a smartphone and distributed through SNS.

 

Director Kang prefers to be called a creator rather than a "film director." In the web series, the director writes scenarios, directs, and acts directly with multiple multi-play roles. Anyone with talent can jump in without existing mainstream movie connections. 

 

 

 

More than 1,500 web series are produced a year worldwide and distributed in various ways, including paid platforms.

 

The Korean web drama 'Love Playlist' surpassed 400 million views for the first time. The French work "Osmosis," which won the best science fiction award at the Seoul Webfest in 2016, was sold to Netflix as a remake rights.

 

There are about 50 webfests worldwide, including 20 in the U.S., 17 in Europe, and 6 in South America. Kang Young-man, a creator, founded the Seoul Webfest for the first time in Asia in 2015.

 

"As in foreign countries, if our government gives interest and support to Webfest, Seoul Webfest can become Korea's representative content industry."

  

▲ Director Kang Young-man (left) and reporter Kim Myung-soo.     ©

 

 

This is a reasonable appeal from coach Kang Young-man. Director Kang Young-man, a native of Seosan, Chungcheongnam-do, graduated from Hongik University's Department of Visual Design and moved to the U.S. in 1994. After completing his film production at New York University, he worked as a film director in Los Angeles. Cupid's Mistake, made in the 2000s, is the director's debut.

 

During his career as a director, YouTube came out and he fell in love with the web series created by the sudden rise of the Internet and smartphones. The walls of Hollywood movies are high, but the web series needed no connections or backgrounds. 

 

▲ From the left, director Kang Young-man, CEO Park Hyun-joo of HoM Interactive, and Kim Myung-soo, a personality reporter     ©

 

 

Coach Kang is more known overseas, including the U.S. and Europe, than in Korea. He received the Order of Culture from Mayor Marseille at the Marseille Webfest in France in 2016 for his contribution to the promotion of Korea and France in 2016.

 

Director Kang Young-man was elected as the executive chairman of the 13th 2022 LA Webfest, the world's largest international web festival. This year's LA Webfest event will be held in Los Angeles, the United States, in early November.

 

Director Kang Young-man will select about 50 entries from the Seoul Webfest at the Los Angeles Webfest in November.

  

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