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TIFF enters losing Webbys battle against Idris Elba and the solar eclipse

Please do not vote for the absence of the sun

by Staff
Apr 6, 2018

On Tuesday, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced this year’s Webby Awards nominees. The Webbys, now in its 22nd year, celebrates the very best of what the internet has to offer — though there appears to be no category for Best Meme. Please insert your own Squat-and-Squint meme here.

TIFF is honoured to be a two-time nominee for this year’s Webbys.

TIFF Live — everything live-streamed at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival, including press conferences, red carpets, talks, and more — was nominated in the “Film & Video: Events & Livestreams” category. Whether you became a Little Monster or welcomed home adopted Torontonian Guillermo del Toro online during Festival ‘17, you witnessed TIFF Live, a platform so ambitious that it is now competing against the actual absence of the sun.


The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival, a digital shorts competition for aspiring and established international filmmakers, is also nominated for a Webby Award — this time in the “Social: Promotions & Contests” category. Though you’d think any contest that includes Isabelle Huppert on its jury is a shoo-in, TIFFxInstagram is up against the chance to have Idris Elba as your valentine. Tough choice, tough choice.

But, we know where Idris’ allegiances truly lie:


TIFF’s social media channels were also honoured by the Academy in the category of “Social: Culture & Lifestyle” — probably based entirely on our singular dedication to include the peach emoji in every single Call Me By Your Name tweet during its Festival and TIFF Bell Lightbox runs.

To view the complete list of Webby Award nominees, click here, then select “Start Voting” followed by “Categories.” Polls are open now through Thursday, April 19.