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2012 Webby Award Nominees in the Documentary and Social Issue Categories

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StoryCorps Shorts on POV

StoryCorps Shorts: September 11 Stories is a 2012 Webby Honoree in the Online Film & Video category.

The Webby Awards has announced its nominees for 2012, and we’re excited that StoryCorps Shorts: September 11 Stories has been named an honoree in the Documentary Series category!

The animated shorts, directed by the Rauch Brothers, premiered online in September 2011 — You can watch them on POV’s website. It’s an exciting follow up to last week, when POV shared a Peabody Award with StoryCorps for its collection of 9/11 remembrances.

Public media received multiple nominations this year, spanning categories including Television, Entertainment, Documentary Series, Youth, Religion and Spirituality. You can see the full list at webbyawards.com, but we’ve pulled out the nominees from a few of the categories of particular interest to documentary filmmakers, web documentarians and artists interested in raising awareness for social issues below. (Descriptions come from the Webby Awards site.)

Online Film & Video: Documentary: Series
Series or shows of documentary content that premiered only online.

New York Close Up
Art21

Often Awesome The Series
All Aces Media

Sundance Channel – Beginnings
Sundance Channel

URBAN SURVIVORS
DARJEELING

Women, War and Peace Documentary Shorts
The Awards Group on behalf of Thirteen

Online Film & Video: Documentary Individual Episode
Single, one-time documentary films (of any length) should be entered, which premiered only online.

‘I will never be cut’: Kenyan girls fight back against genital mutilation
Guardian News & Media

A Thousand More
MediaStorm

Bride Kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan
VICE

God’s Lake Narrows
National Film Board of Canada

The Rebels of Libya
VICE

Online Film & Video: Public Service and Activism
Original online content documenting public service issues, activism and societal concerns. Individual episodes or entire series may be entered.

Countdown to an AIDS-Free Generation
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

Dear 16-year-old Me
Evidently

How A Virus Changes The World
TakePart

Living with Alzheimer’s
Relate Digital, LLC

Undercover at Smithfield Foods
The Humane Society of the United States

Online Film & Video: Best Use of Interactive Video
Only the interactive components of a video will be judged. Geared toward narrative and graphical elements that include selectable plotlines, choose-your-own-adventure type stories, and puts the action squarely in the hands of the user.

Asos Urban Tour
BBH Advertising

Asylum: Exit Australia
SBS

Bear 71
National Film Board of Canada

Endgame Interactive
Secret Location

Jameson1780.com
Martin Percy

Websites: People’s Special Achievement for Social Change
Websites that enable and foster social change proving themselves as invaluable tools for advocacy and protest, enabling people to easily spread ideas instantly, connect others to global issues, organize movements, help facilitate fundraising efforts, and directly address new social questions ranging from front page news to the hyper-local issues.

Change.org

Facebook

Kiva

Twitter

Youtube

Websites: Activism
Sites facilitating political change, social movement, human rights, public education and reform, or revolution.

Bear 71
National Film Board of Canada

Book Burning Party
Leo Burnett Detroit

Counterspill
Counterspill

SPENT
McKinney

The Breathe Project
Citizen Group

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POV Staff
POV Staff
POV (a cinema term for "point of view") is television's longest-running showcase for independent non-fiction films. POV premieres 14-16 of the best, boldest and most innovative programs every year on PBS. Since 1988, POV has presented over 300 films to public television audiences across the country. POV films are known for their intimacy, their unforgettable storytelling and their timeliness, putting a human face on contemporary social issues.