Kelowna filmmaker wins Webby award

Ode to a Post-it Note, an animated short film created by Kelowna-born filmmaker Jeff Chiba Stearns and commissioned by 3M Canada has just been awarded a Webby Award for best Branded Entertainment in the Online Film and Video section at the 15th Annual Webby Awards.

Often considered “the Oscars of the Internet,” the Webby Awards are gaining prestige amongst ad agencies, filmmakers and, of course, Internet users. Beating out other branded short videos featuring Snoop Dogg, Arcade Fire, Lego, and the popular video game Halo, Ode to a Post-it Note shows that you don’t need big celebrities or big budgets to make great online media.

“All the other videos in the Branded Entertainment category had top ad agencies, a huge crew and celebrity star power behind their films. Ode to a Post-it Note featured a yellow 3×3 inch Post-it Note. The charm of the video comes when the Post-it springs to life and embarks on an incredible journey of self-discovery,” said Chiba Stearns.

“I make films that have a soul and inspire people to be creative in their own lives. Winning a Webby is an extra special accomplishment because a jury of industry peers chose it as the best video in the category. This is definitely one the biggest awards the studio has won so far and I am completely overjoyed and humbled.”

The film, produced, directed and animated by Chiba Stearns, begins with a cluttered office desk plastered with to-do lists scribbled on Post-it Notes. One brave little Post-it Note escapes on an incredible journey of self-discovery to find his father, which brings him to St. Paul, Minnesota where he meets Art Fry, the inventor of the Post-it Note. Shot using over 3500 digital photos, Ode to a Post-it Note utilizes the magic of stop motion, classical, and pixilation animation to celebrate both the inventor and the innovative inventions sparked out of even the smallest ideas.

Vancouver-based filmmaker, Jeff Chiba Stearns, will be honored at the star-studded, live online broadcast of The Webby Awards from New York City’s Hammerstein Ballroom on Monday, June 13. The following day, fans will be able to watch The Webby Awards, including Chiba Stearns’ 5-word speech, at

Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including websites, interactive advertising & media, online film & video, and mobile & apps. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a 750-person judging academy whose members include Martha Stewart, Darren Aronofsky, R/GA’s Chief Bob Greenberg, David Bowie, Arianna Huffington and Twitter’s Biz Stone.

The 15th Annual Webby Awards received nearly 10,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 US states. Founded in 1996, The Webby Awards are known worldwide for its famous 5-word speech limit. Past Webby Award winners – and their speeches – include Al Gore (“Please don’t recount this vote”), Beastie Boys (“Can anyone fix my computer?”), and Stephen Colbert (“Me. Me. Me. Me. Me.”).

A full list of both Webby Awards and People’s Voice Awards winners can be found at:

The Ode To A Post-it Note animated film can be found here:

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