Elena Mazzoni Wagner
LONDON, 14th November 2012
Dear CCTzens & Friends…
Would you have never said, thought, believed, imagined, dreamed it? We actually won’t. Well, believed, this of course not. Dreamed, this maybe yes. – CCT is a daydreamer, you know! – Then we can say the dream has come true. Last 16th October, we got an email: You are a Lovie Award Winner. So, CCT is among the winners of the Lovie Awards 2012! It won a Silver Award with “CCT was, CCT is, CCT will“ in the category Video-Documentary. The video, by our filmmaker Guido Baroncelli (needless to comment on how good he is!), tells in less than 9 minutes the first two and a half years of CCT, what it is and above all what it does want to become. We made this video to present CCT at the International Journalism Festival in Perugia (29th April 2012), as among the 12 web journalism projects selected by the international contest future12. We’ll always remember the loud applause by that enthusiastic audience. And you? What do you think? Do you like it?
“CCT was, CCT is, CCT will” (March 2012) – Guido Baroncelli
The Lovie Awards is the European sister of the New York Webby Awards (international event that since 1996 rewards the best of the web). It takes place in London during the Internet Week Europe (every November, since 2010) and it’s the only Pan-European awards to honour excellence on the Internet, considering all types of digital content (Websites, Online Advertising, Mobile Apps, Internet Video). The members of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences (IADAS) select the winners in each category (divided into sub-categories such as social, entertainment, documentary, etc.). IADAS (founded in New York, 1998) is an international and intellectually diverse organization which includes musician David Bowie, Vint Cerf (co-inventor of the Internet), Arianna Huffington (President and Director of Huffington Post Media Group), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter) , Kevin Systrom (the co-founder of Instagram), Iain Tait (executive creative director of Google Labs), Mitchell Baker (Mozilla CEO and President), David Karp (founder of Tumblr) and many other members exceptional. This year, among 1.000 candidates from more than 20 European countries, IADAS members have also selected CCT-SeeCity. Unbelievable but true, CCT is one of the Lovie Award Winners 2012 along with giants realities like Vice, The Huffington Post UK, The Sunday Times, Financial Times, Sole24Ore, Reuters, CNN International, CondéNast – Traveler, MTV, SoundCloud. I know, you would not believe it! But you can check here: 2012 WINNERS GALLERY.
So, on 14th November, CCT was at The Lovie Awards Winner’s Party (here photos and photobooth) in the fascinating St Luke’s LSO Church (161 Old Street), an historic Anglican Church in the heart of Shoreditch – East End (CCT loves this area of London!), now music center and home of the London Symphony Orchestra, then known as LSO St Luke’s. High ceiling, large windows, blue lights outside while Lovie colour (pink) inside, elegant atmosphere but also lively. required dress code: “geek chic” (!?).
As arrived, CCT had to make its first “Declaration of Lovie” (see the above video). In order to not die of embarrassment in front of the camera, it has toasted two or three times with some white wine that along with some red and beer was on a table ready to welcome all the timid or not people in the recording studio.
CCT-Editor Margaux Morganti, CCT-Founder Elena Mazzoni Wagner, CCT-Speaker Dalia Kamal
Then we moved on to the colourful cocktails and lovely finger food (not so satiating but so cute the mini burgers!). We attended the presentation of Nicolas Roope (Lovie Awards Judging Chair), David-Michel Davies (IADAS Chairman), Nick Farnhill (Internet Week Europe Chairman) and special guests: actor, writer and innovative “tweetter” Stephen Fry (Lovie Person of the Year), the musician and “digital diva” Imogen Heap (Lovie judge), and Professor Heinz Gerhäuser (Lifetime Achievement Award), leader of the team who invented the MP3 (!!!).
We listened to the music of Chad Valley and later danced at The Official Lovies After Party (photos) offered by Media Monks in the fantastic space of bricks Village Underground (it would have been 10 minutes distant by feet but the organization, impeccable, moved all the guests by bus!).
Our Silver Award, the Lovies heart symbol with the inscription “CCT-SeeCity”, will arrive in a couple of months (they are going to send it). We CCTzens can’t wait to hug it! In the meanwhile, CCT has celebrated and smiled among all those giant colleagues. What else to say? That CCT is happy, proud, excited, honored, even more determined and even more a dreamer. In fact, we at CCT are already dreaming of the Lovies 2013… who knows!
Thank you, CCTzens & Friends. This Award is Our. Thanks from the heart. ♥
Photos – The Lovie Awards – Copyright © 2012 Dan Dennison