The West Side, our independent, no-budget online series, won the 2008 Webby Award for Best Drama Series. We beat out a slew of well-funded and professionally produced projects and felt pretty darn good about it. From our original blog post announcing the win:
“Here we are, two twentysomethings with a camera and a few friends, shooting with zero budget on New York City sidewalks over the past year, not fully knowing where it was headed, when ‘the web’s highest honor’ (so says The New York Times) is bestowed upon us. We can’t help but feel like we’re part of a larger movement, thanks to the Internet: the actual democratization of film distribution.”
Hailed as the “Oscars of the Internet” 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 Websites. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 550-person judging academy whose members include Internet co-inventor Vinton Cerf, R/GAâ€™s Chief Bob Greenberg, Simpsonâ€™s creator Matt Groening, Arianna Huffington, and Harvey Weinstein. The 2008 awards (12th annual) received a record 9,500 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 states.
For more gloating, you can read our press release here.