Mozilla Honors Toons with Firefox Flicks

Mozilla Corp., the company behind the popular Firefox web browser, has announced the winners of its first user-generated short film contest, Firefox Flicks. From a field of 300 submissions, the company singled out two animated entries and three live-action shorts for recognition last week at the San Francisco Int’l Film Festival.

Firefox enthusiast Jeff Gill took second place in the contest with Wheee!, a short that animates well-known logos to lampoon Firefox competitors Netscape and Internet Explorer. Meanwhile, an honorable mention went to Danny Robashkin’s This is Hot, a CG-animated spot that has Eskimos heating up their chilly surroundings by surfing the web with Firefox.

The Grand Prize was awarded to Daredevil by Pete Macomber, a Venice, Calif.-based filmmaker who works in music videos and commercials. The documentary-style slice of life featuring a young girl whose “other browser is a surfboard,” was obviously chosen for its slick production values. The winning entries will be used as part of Mozilla’s 2006 marketing activities.

Entries were judged by a panel of professionals from the entertainment and advertising industries, including talent behind the HBO series Six Feet Under and Charlie’s Angels and American Pie film franchises. Mozilla announced the winners following a screening of selected Firefox Flicks and a panel discussion on the emergence of community-powered video on the Web.

To view the Firefox Flicks videos, go to http://www.firefoxflicks.com. Firefox is available as a free download at www.getfirefox.com or through the Mozilla Store at http://www.mozillastore.com.