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“Internet’s Top Honor” Seeking Entries in Film and Video Categories

New York, NY (September 15, 2009)- What will be your five word speech if you win a Webby Award?

Giving online film and video creators a chance to deliver one of its famous five-word speeches, The Webby Awards today kicked off its 14th annual call for entries at Entrants can submit work in more than 25 film and video categories, including Best Online Comedy, Best Individual Performance, and Best Viral Video. The early deadline is October 30, 2009

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, online film and video, interactive advertising, and mobile websites

Winners will join past Webby honorees like Jimmy Fallon (“Thank God Conan got promoted.”), Arianna Huffington (“I didn’t kill newspapers, OK?”), Twitter co-founder Biz Stone (“Creativity is a renewable resource.”), and World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee (“Free… open… Keep one Web.”) in broadcasting their speeches via the Webby Awards YouTube Channel (, which has received almost 1.5 million video views to date. .

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“The Webby Awards gives winners — from desktop video artists to network producers to acclaimed actors and directors — a chance to shine in the global Webby spotlight,” said David-Michel Davies, executive director of The Webby Awards. “We look forward to honoring the innovators who are shaping the future of entertainment.”

2009 online film and video winners included: Next New Networks’ “Bill O’Reilly’s Producer — The Unseen Footage!” (Video Remixes/Mashups), Onion News Network (Best Writing), FunnyorDie’s “Prop 8 The Musical” (Comedy: Individual Short or Episode); and MTV Network’s “Stickman Exodus” (Animation). A list of all winners and nominees, including links to their individual 5 word speech videos, can be found at

The 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries. The awards season was capped by a star-studded gala in New York City hosted by Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers.

Online film and video categories are judged by a panel of more than 85 entertainment industry leaders that includes The Sundance Channel’s Larry Aidem, Director Darren Aronofsky, Showtime Chief Matt Blank, 20th Century Fox Chairman Jim Gianopoulos, Martha Stewart, Harvey Weinstein, and executives from YouTube, Next New Networks, MTV and Comedy Central.

Nominees for the 14th Annual Webby Awards will be announced in April 2010, and winners will be honored at a ceremony in New York City on June 14, 2010.

About The Webby Awards
Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by the New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, interactive advertising, online film and video, and mobile web sites. Established in 1996, the 13th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 states and over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Sponsors and Partners of The Webby Awards include: Microsoft Silverlight; The Creative Group; .ORG; YouTube; Getty Images; Wieden + Kennedy; The Barbarian Group; The New York Times Company; Behance; Limelight Networks; IDG; PricewaterhouseCoopers; 2advanced.Net; KobeMail and Museum of the Moving Image.