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Firefox Flicks Winners at the Toronto International Film Festival



On September 12, we announced the winners of the Firefox Flicks 2013 competition at the Toronto International Film Festival. With Flicks judges Franklin Leonard and Catherine Ogilvy in attendance, our winners from all over their world got their Flicks statuettes.

The winners were joined by members of the Mozilla Toronto community and Mozilla Toronto staff who had been spreading the word about Firefox Flicks to TIFF moviegoers throughout the week. Thank you to everyone who came out to help!

Please have a look through the photo gallery of the event on our flickr page http://www.flickr.com/photos/firefoxflicks/sets/72157635498015083/ and congratulations to our winners again!

The Firefox Flicks Global Film Competition Winners are in!

After more than 400 entries, we are thrilled to announce the 2013 Firefox Flicks Competition Grand Prize, Regional, and People’s Choice Award Winners at the Toronto International Film Festival.  The chosen films are a mix of early entry winners and awesome new arrivals that truly capture the essence of “get mobilized” in humorous, creative and meaningful ways. The films show how the power of the Web on mobile phones to discover, manage, enjoy and share content that can change people’s lives.

Since kicking off the competition on February 13th, we’ve seen some incredible flicks and given out some awesome prizes! Each early entry winner received $1,000, the People’s Choice winners were each given an exclusive Flicks swag bag, the Regional Winners received $5,000, the Regional runners up received $2,500 and finally the Grand Prize: The winner (or winning team) will fly to Los Angeles to work with producers (and Flicks judges) Franklin Leonard and Couper Samuelson, and representatives from Panavision to professionally produce their winning entry. Timing allowing, the winning team will also get a one-day training session at the Dolby Institute in LA, as well as an invitation to a movie premiere and after-party at the Dolby Theater. To top it off, all flicks will be posted on Mozilla’s channels for millions to see!

To celebrate all of these remarkable winners, Mozilla held a ‘Flicks Premiere Party’ at the acclaimed Toronto International Film Festival where the six winning films were screened for the Flicks judges, past winners, film talent and industry insiders. Check out the winning Flicks below and join us in congratulating these amazing winners!

We want to give a HUGE thank you to everyone involved with this year’s competition. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing panel of judges, our sponsors and all of you who entered and voted for these flicks.

For a full list of winners and runners up, see below and please visit: firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/

Grand Prize
Spot the Difference (Poland)
Leopold Abai, Jean-Pierre Labarre, Miłosz Kosicki

North America Regional
Winner: The Whole is Greater (United States)
David Pestka, Aaron McFarlane, Stan Pestka

Runner-Up: Scooter (United States)
Samuel Thomas, United States

LatAm Regional
Winner:
Tortillas on the Go (Mexico)
Alberto García Ballesteros, Eszter Szigethy, César Rafael Rodríguez Ángeles, Ignacio Alberto Vega Bahena

Runner-Up: Beyond the Limit (Mexico)
Fabián Eduardo Ramírez Barreto

Europe, Middle East, Africa Regional
Winner: Be a Part of It - Get Mobilized (Germany)
Marvin Nuecklaus

Runner-Up: Be Part of It (United Kingdom)
Andrei Stan

Asia Pacific Regional
Winner: The Anniversary (Singapore)
Kevin Kristian, Made Surya Adhiwirawan

Runner Up: Stand by You Always (Japan)
Kei Shimoda

People’s Choice Award Winners

Anyone, Anywhere (Taiwan)
Cheng-pin Chia

The Right Way (Italy)
Giuseppe Gallo and Angela Catalano

Spot the Difference (Poland)
Leopold Abai, Jean-Pierre Labarre, Miłosz Kosicki

Spot the fox and win at TIFF

Get a pic with the best celeb at TIFF and you could win screening passes!

The Firefox Flicks team is taking to the streets of Toronto during TIFF 2013. While enjoying the festival TIFF participants may get to meet Foxy the Firefox and some of our amazing Toronto Community members. We’ll be sharing some of our winning Flicks videos and giving away goodies.

But that’s not all! If you see Foxy during TIFF, snap a photo with him, upload it to Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and tag it with #TIFF2013 and #FirefoxFlicks. We’ll select three winners at random to get tickets to a TIFF screening.

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Firefox Flicks is coming to the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

Firefox Flicks is proud to be a part of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. From September 5 to 15, we’ll be hanging out at various festival events and even having some celebrations of our own.

Look for us while you’re waiting in line
TIFF participants may get to meet Foxy the Firefox and some of our amazing Toronto Community members, as the Flicks team takes to the streets of Toronto. We’ll be sharing some of our winning Flicks videos and giving away goodies.

Get a pic with the best celeb at TIFF
But that’s not all! If you see Foxy during TIFF, snap a photo with him, upload it to Twitter, Flickr or Instagram and tag it with #TIFF2013 and #FirefoxFlicks. We’ll select three winners at random to get tickets to a TIFF screening. 

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Celebrate the Firefox Flicks 2013 winners!
On September 12, we’ll be announcing this year’s Firefox Flicks winners at TIFF! Toronto locals, keep your eyes on this blog for information about the event.
Check back often!
We’ll be updating this blog and posting on @firefoxflicks throughout the festival with activities we’re doing and ways you can participate.

Looking forward to bringing Firefox Flicks to Toronto. Happy TIFF everyone!

Flicks events around the world

New Horizons (Poland)

On July 26, the Firefox Flicks team went to the Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons) film festival in Wrocław, Poland to share some Firefox Flicks 2013 entries and to talk about Firefox OS, which had launched in Poland the week before.

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The Polish Firefox OS launch team came to do Firefox OS demos and have a little fun with our mascot Foxy during our happy hour.

More photos of the event can be seen on flickr!:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hubertgajewski/sets/72157634859537256/

Cinemalaya (The Philippines)

On the weekend of July 26, the Mozilla Philippines community represented Firefox Flicks and Firefox OS at the Cinemalaya film festival in Manila.

The team shared Flicks videos from 2013 and 2013 and gave out Flicks and Firefox OS gear. We’ll be sharing photos of the event soon. Stay tuned!

Firefox Flicks at Nowe Horyzonty

On July 26, the Firefox Flicks team went to the Nowe Horyzonty (New Horizons) film festival in Wrocław, Poland to share some Firefox Flicks 2013 entries and to talk about Firefox OS, which had launched in Poland the week before.

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The Polish Firefox OS launch team came to do Firefox OS demos and have a little fun with our mascot Foxy during our happy hour.

Thanks to everyone who came out to help and to T-mobile and New Horizons for having Firefox Flicks there.

More photos of the event can be seen on flickr!:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/hubertgajewski/sets/72157634859537256/

Special thanks to Hubert Gajewski for the photos!

Firefox Flicks Celebration at TIFF!

You’re invited…

to the Firefox Flicks Celebration at the Toronto International Film Festival™!

We’re coming together with TIFF™ to celebrate the winners of Firefox Flicks 2013, a global video contest run by Mozilla*.

Thursday, September 12th
5:30 p.m.

Malaparte

TIFF™ Bell Lightbox Rooftop Terrace

330 King W - Toronto
Please check in at the guest table in the TIFF™ Bell Lightbox lobby


RSVP HERE

Please join us for a cocktail hour featuring the Flicks 2013 winners announcement and screenings, as well as a slider bar and hors d’oeuvres. After the awards, we will continue the evening of celebration with DJ Jordan Kern of Mixtape Events.

The People’s Choice Award - How to get votes!

Firefox Flicks 2013 is coming to a close which means it’s time for filmmakers like you to start making preparations to campaign for the People’s Choice Award.

From August 1 to August 31 you can encourage your friends, family, neighbours, Facebook friends and anyone else you know to vote for your Firefox Flicks submission. The 3 flicks that earn the most votes in August win a Firefox Flicks swag bag and will be posted on our channels for millions (yes, millions!) to see. Voters will need to sign in to vote, which means you can only vote for each video once.

So how can you get votes? Start by telling your friends, family and anyone else who will listen about your campaign to win the People’s Choice Award. Encourage them to share that they’ve voted on your flick as well. We’ve added a handy sharing feature to each video (right below the voting button) so that it’s easy for them to help spread the word on Twitter, Facebook and Tumblr.

After that, it’s up to you and your creativity (and you’ve already shown you’re a creative bunch based on your entries in the competition). You can do a poster campaign around your office, have a Flicks viewing party to show off your hard work and encourage your guests to vote or even do something as simple as reminding your Facebook friends to support your campaign.

Get out there and let the people have their say on the best flick from Firefox Flicks 2013.

Firefox Flicks 2013 Early Entry Awards Round 3 Winners

We’re just two weeks away from the final deadline for Firefox Flicks 2013. Please join us in congratulating the last round of Early Entry Award winners. 

Tortillas on-the-go!
https://firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/video/2013/377/
Mexico


Alberto García Ballesteros is a 22-year-old political science student living in Mexico. He balances his time between his studies and his passion for filmmaking. One aspect of filmmaking that he finds most challenging is getting a cast and crew organized. His solution to this is pretty creative.

“I’m always exploring new ways of combining filmmaking and art in general with social activities as a means for social change and understanding,” Ballesteros says. His current project involves connecting Mexican communities and central American migrants to help tell their story through film.

For his production of Tortillas on-the-go! for Firefox Flicks, convincing his friends and neighbours to help was a bit of a struggle. In the end, however, editing proved to be Ballesteros’ biggest challenge.

“The really tough part I think came during postproduction where I realized that my film was almost two minutes!” he explains. “The idea of sharing a message in one minute is a challenge and a delight as well.”

His advice for people who are still working on their flicks is simple: “Never let the lack of equipment or professional crew stop you from creating, there’s always a lot of people out there willing to film and looking for other creative partners.”

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Painting by Alberto García Ballesteros

Beyond the Limit
https://firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/video/2013/446/
Mexico


Fabián Ramírez wants to work for an animation or production studio one day. He currently works as a graphic designer, spending his free time learning about computer graphics, video games and movies — and enjoying pizza.

When he sat down to create Beyond the Limit for Firefox Flicks, he had several challenges to overcome. First, the Early Entry Award deadline was looming. Next, he had to teach himself about animation. Finally, once he had the sketches and story settled he had to find the right music to tie it all together.

“I spent a lot of time searching and I found the Creative Commons licensed Don’t Be Afraid; We’ll Be Together by The Orchid,” Ramírez says. “I was hooked immediately.”

Ramírez is a fan of Mozilla and Firefox. “I see Mozilla like rebels with a cause and I respect and admire that,” he adds. “The idea of being part of the Firefox community by contributing and participating with a video just encouraged me.”

While there is only a few weeks left to enter this year’s competition, Ramírez has an empowering message to share with prospective flick-makers: “If you have an idea and don’t know how to make it possible, do not settle for not knowing; there are plenty of people and sites willing to share their knowledge.”
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Fabián Ramírez

The Anniversary
https://firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/video/2013/436/
Singapore


After viewing The Anniversary by Kevin Kristian, it’s no surprise to anyone that he is a social media strategist by day and full-time dreamer by night. Creating a touching story of a couple using apps and the Web on mobile devices to stay connected on a special day, Kristian feels that one’s own life is the best source of inspiration.

“I can hardly remember how life was like when my friends still gave me birthday calls, or when I had to plough through volumes of encyclopedias to find the answer for just one question in science homework,” Kristian says. “I think that having access to the Web through mobile has changed my life (and people around me) for the better.”

Using digital effects, original music and the skills of his crew — Surya, Joshua, Ramon, Rini, Wei Sheng, Jason, Ray Felix, Louis, Benson and Terry — Kristian was tireless about achieving his vision for his flick.

“Right from the start, I wasn’t about to let any technical limitations constrain the idea,” he says.

Finding shooting locations proved particularly hard at times for the production. “It was one day before shooting and we hadn’t yet locked in a place,” he says. “A resourceful friend of mine recommended a vinyl shop in one of the more hidden corners of Singapore. I immediately checked it out and it looked and just felt right for the scene.”

Luck was on the side of their team as the store owner not only graciously allowed them to shoot in the store on a day’s notice, but he also made a cameo appearance.
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Surya Adhiwirawan (DP, editor, and VFX) and Kevin Kristian (Producer, scriptwriter)

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Congratulations to all the winning teams of these Early Entry Awards! The final deadline for all entries is July 31, 2013. Learn more at https://firefoxflicks.mozilla.org/en-US/#prizes.

 

Our amazing Mozilla Philippines Community held a Firefox Flicks event this past weekend. Read all about the event and how they’re supporting this year’s contest.