NFB nominated for a record seven Webbys


The National Film Board of Canada has netted seven nominations at the 16th Annual Webby Awards, the awards celebrating excellence on the internet.

The haul surpasses the public producer’s previous five-nomination record in the Webby competition.

Interactive doc Bear 71, created by Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison and the NFB is nominated three times – separately for activism and netart in the websites category, and in the online film and video category for best use of interactive video.

Produced by Loc Dao, Bonnie Thompson, Dana Dansereau and Rob McLaughlin, Bear 71 was also presented at this year’s Sundance Film Festival as part of the New Frontier program.

God’s Lake Narrows, written and created by Kevin Lee Burton and Alicia Smith, was double-tapped for best use of photography in the websites category, and as a documentary: individual episode nominee in the online film and video category.

The interactive narrative about live on the Manitoba reserve, was produced by Smith and the NFB Digital Studio.

Vincent Morisset’s Bla Bla, produced by Hugues Sweeney for the NFB and which last month won a SXSW Interactive Award, was named in the websites category for netart, and Kaitlin Jones’ Soldier Brother, produced by Alicia Smith for the NFB was named for reality in online film and video.

Elsewhere at the Webbys, Barcode, co-produced by the NFB and ARTE France, and the project’s PixStop app for the iPad 2 from the NFB and Montreal-based Pheromone, were also named as Webby best on the web honorees.

The Webby winners will be announced on May 21.