Mozilla named the winners of its Firefox Flicks video contest at the San Francisco International Film Festival last week.
Nearly 300 Firefox fans submitted entries in the competition to promote the open source browser through short film.
The Grand Prize went to “Daredevil,” which will be short-listed for the NY Festival of Advertising’s 2006 International Advertising Awards in May, according to Mozilla. The finalists’ videos will be used in Mozilla’s 2006 Firefox marketing activities, the company said.
- “Daredevil” by Pete Macomber took the Grand Prize.
Macomber creates music videos, commercials and screenplays from his Venice, Calif., home when he is not out chasing waves, according to Mozilla, which notes that with “Daredevil,” he captures in documentary style the youthful energy and approach to life of a girl whose “other browser is a surfboard.”
- Second Place went to“Wheee!” by Jeff Gill.
- “Fox Fever” by Andrew N. Green took Third Place.
- Honorable Mentions were given to“This is Hot” by Danny Robashkin and“Give Me the Soap” by Chris Wedding.
“The coolest thing about the Firefox Flicks contest is that everyone wins,” said Grand Prize winner Macomber. “Aspiring directors showcased their skills before a wide audience inspired by a revolutionary organization, and now Mozilla has more than 250 sweet spots for Firefox.”
A panel of judges from the entertainment and advertising industries selected the winners, who were announced following a screening of selected Firefox Flicks and a panel discussion on the emergence of community-powered video on the Web.
“The response to Firefox Flicks has been fantastic, with entries from as far away as Australia, but the unifying theme has been passion,” said Asa Dotzler, Mozilla community coordinator. “This contest provided a unique way for our community to become a part of the Mozilla project. We thank everyone who participated for helping us launch the ongoing Firefox Flicks campaign with such a big bang.”