Press - WebbyAward nomination for Asylum: Exit Australia

Chocolate Liberation Front (CLF) is very excited to announce the Webby Award nomination for Best Use of Interactive Video it received for Asylum: Exit Australia, an interactive documentary that allows users to simulate the experience of being an asylum seeker.

The project launched in conjunction with SBS’s Go Back to Where You Came From TV series and was produced by CLF’s Chris Sullivan with executive producers Frank Verheggen and Dan Fill, in association with the Refugee Council of Australia, and with the support and assistance of Screen Australia’s National Documentary Program, Screen Australia’s Innovation Fund, SBS Online and Film Victoria. The project previouslyreceived a Special Commendation at the United Nations Association of Australia
Media Peace Awards 2011.

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 & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. Established in 1996, the 16th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries worldwide. The Webby Awards is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).

"The nominees mirror this incredible year on the internet, from memes to viral videos to cultural movements and extraordinary creativity," said David-Michel Davies, Executive Director of the Webby Awards. "IADAS has distilled the best and most innovative work on the web and we look forward to celebrating at this year’s ceremony in May."

Chocolate Liberation Front’s Frank Verheggen says ‘We’re humbled by this recognition and can’t emphasize enough how thrilled we were to be able to work on this project, with such an important topic. SBS is going from strength to strength and showing tremendous vision in commissioning cutting edge projects.’

Asylum: Exit Australiais the second of three innovative factual projects CLF produced in collaboration with SBS. The first, Immigration Nation: Building Multicultural Australia, was selected as an Official Honoree at the last years Webby Awards and was shortlisted as a Finalist for a New South Wales Premier’s History Award.

Currently in production is ‘Wonderland’ (working title); an online interactive documentary by first time directors David Elliot-Jones, Lachlan McLeod and Louis Dai. The project is an investigation into the Indian Student Crisis; a world where thousands of vulnerable young people have been left to face exploitation, poverty and racial violence in the very country they were told would provide their dream future. It is developed and produced in association with SBS, produced in association with Screen Australia and with the assistance of Film Victoria. 

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