Firelight Media Nominated for 3 Webby Awards

Firelight Media
4 min readApr 2, 2024

The nonprofit documentary organization also received a Webby Honor from the 28th Annual Webby Awards.

Season 2 of ‘In the Making’ is nominated for a Webby Award in the Video (Series) — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category.

Firelight Media, the premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color, announced today that it has received three nominations and one Webby Honor from the 28th Annual Webby Awards. Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards, presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS), is the leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet.

Firelight Media’s three Webby Award nominations are from season 2 of its In the Making documentary short film series produced in partnership with PBS American Masters. The nominees – listed below — are also eligible to win Webby People’s Voice Awards, which are voted online by fans across the globe. From now until April 18, you can cast your vote at vote.webbyawards.com.

Firelight Media’s Webby Honor recognizes the documentary short film Black Strings, part of the Homegrown: Future Vision series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) (more details below).

Season 2 of ‘In the Making’ is nominated for a Webby Award in the Video (Series) — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category.

In the Making, a documentary short film series produced in partnership with PBS American Masters, follows emerging cultural icons on their journeys to becoming masters of their artistic disciplines. Season twohas been recognized with a Webby Award nomination in the Video (Series) — Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion category.

Vote for In the Making here.

Two individual documentary short films from season 2 of In the Making are also nominated for Webby Awards.

‘Senghor Reid: Make Way for Tomorrow’ is nominated for a Webby Award in the Video — Documentary: Longform category.

Senghor Reid: Make Way for Tomorrow, directed by Desmond Love and Eden Sabolboro, is nominated in the Video — Documentary: Longform category. The film profiles visual artist Senghor Reid as he draws inspiration from current events and his hometown of Detroit. Reid’s colorful and evocative paintings of strange yet familiar subjects inspire audiences with future visions of hope and possibility.

Vote for Make Way for Tomorrow here.

‘Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures’ is nominated for a Webby Award in the Video — Food & Drink category.

Ethan Lim: Cambodian Futures, directed by Dustin Nakao-Haider, is nominated in the Video — Food & Drink category. The film follows Chicago-based chef Ethan Lim as he creates vibrant dishes inspired by the rich, complex history of Cambodia. Drawing on his family’s culinary legacy of over half a century, Lim’s award-winning cooking imagines how Cambodian cuisine might have evolved had the civil war not paused its growth.

Vote for Cambodian Futures here.

‘Black Strings’ from ‘Homegrown: Future Visions’ is recognized as a Webby Honoree.

Firelight Media also received a Webby Honor for Black Strings, directed by Marquise Mays, part of the Homegrown: Future Visions series produced in partnership with PBS Digital Studios and the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM). Black Strings follows The Black String Triage Ensemble, a group of Black and Latinx musicians in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as it performs at crime scenes in the immediate aftermath of tragic events. Together, the group seeks to alter the notion of first responders.

Winners of the 28th Annual Webby Awards will be announced on Tuesday, April 23, 2024, and honored in a star-studded show at Cipriani Wall Street. Winners will have an opportunity to deliver one of The Webby Awards’ famous 5-Word Speeches. Past 5-Word Speeches include: Steve Wilhite’s “It’s Pronounced “Jif” not ‘Gif’; NASA’s “Houston We Have A Webby”; and SZA’s “The Internet Scares Me. Thanks.”

About Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a premier destination for non-fiction cinema by and about communities of color. Firelight Media produces documentary films, supports filmmakers of color, and cultivates audiences for their work. Firelight Media’s programs include the Documentary Lab, an 18-month fellowship that supports emerging filmmakers of color; Groundwork Regional Lab, which supports emerging filmmakers in the American South, midwest, and U.S. territories; and the William Greaves Research & Development Fund, for mid-career nonfiction filmmakers from racially and ethnically underrepresented communities, among others. Firelight Media also produces digital short film series, including the forthcoming season three of In the Making, with PBS American Masters, and a collection of regional short films, Homegrown: A Part Of/Apart From, with PBS.

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Firelight Media

Firelight Media is a nonprofit organization that supports, resources, and advocates on behalf of documentary filmmakers of color.