SOURCE: LBi International N.V.

LBi International N.V.

April 18, 2011 12:00 ET

Anne Frank House Secret Annex Online Nominated for Two Webby Awards

AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS--(Marketwire - Apr 18, 2011) - The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences announced on 12 April that the Anne Frank House has been nominated twice in the 15th Annual Webby Awards. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Out of nearly 10,000 entries from all 50 US states and over 60 countries there are approximately 340 nominations. The Anne Frank House Secret Annex Online has been nominated in the categories Best Cultural Institutions and Best Visual Design - Function. LBi Lost Boys and the Anne Frank House developed The Secret Annex Online in close cooperation.

The Anne Frank House
The Secret Annex Online is a 3D version of Anne Frank's hiding place. In this three-dimensional online environment, visitors from all over the world can explore the entire building as it was during World War II. But this is not just a 3D experience. The stories of the people in hiding are told in the places where they happened to allow visitors to experience the authentic atmosphere. Actresses' voices recreate the fear, misery and grief as well as the humor experienced in hiding for two years, making it almost tangible. The Anne Frank story has captivated audiences worldwide. Her wartime diary, written in hiding in Nazi occupied Amsterdam is one of the most translated and best read books in the world. As millions of others Anne Frank did not survive the horrors of the concentration camps.

At its launch in April 2010, the Secret Annex Online received immediate and substantial attention from national and international media. Since then, almost 800,000 people have visited the website. Visitors spend an average of around 17 (!) minutes on the site.

Webby People's Voice Award: Cast your vote
As a nominee, the Anne Frank House Secret Annex Online is also eligible for a Webby People's Voice Award. It can be voted for online by the public from April 13th until April 28th. The Anne Frank House can be voted for in both categories. Cast your vote for Best Cultural Institution here: http://webby.aol.com/media_types/web?focused_on_category=943#cat_id_943

Winners will be announced May 3rd, 2011 and honored at a star-studded ceremony in New York City on June 13th.

Official Honorees
In recognition of the exceptional quality of submissions received this year, the Academy has acknowledged outstanding entries as Official Honorees, alongside the Nominees and Winners. The Official Honoree distinction is awarded to the top 10% of all work entered that exhibits remarkable achievement. The Anne Frank house has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Best Visual Design - Aesthetic category. The Anne Frank Facebook Quotes Application has been selected as an Official Honoree in the Rich Media: Non-Profit/Educational category. To ensure continued worldwide attention to the Secret Annex Online the Anne Frank House and LBi Lost Boys have used the power of the biggest social networking site in the world, Facebook, to let the public know about The Secret Annex Online and spread the message of Anne Frank through the Quotes Application.

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Note for editors:
-For questions please contact:
- Irene le Roy, LBi Lost Boys, + 31 (0)20 460 4501 or + 31 (0)6 205 426 32,
e-mail Irene.leroy@lbi.lostboys.nl
-Annemarie Bekker, Anne Frank House, Communications department: +31 (0)20 5567100,
e-mail press@annefrank.nl

-Link cast your vote in Best Cultural Institution: http://webby.aol.com/media_types/web?focused_on_category=943#cat_id_943
-Link The Secret Annex Online: http://www.annefrank.org/secretannex
-Link Anne Frank Facebook application: http://apps.facebook.com/annefrank-quotes/

Contact Information

  • For questions please contact:
    Irene le Roy
    LBi Lost Boys
    + 31 (0)20 460 4501
    + 31 (0)6 205 426 32
    e-mail Irene.leroy@lbi.lostboys.nl


    Annemarie Bekker
    Anne Frank House
    Communications department
    +31 (0)20 5567100
    e-mail press@annefrank.nl