Published: 09.37 Europe/London, April 5, 2011

MIPTV 2011 – CANNES. The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have announced the winners of the International Digital Emmy Awards.

Highrise: Out My Window, an interactive web documentary about high-rises and the stories of the people who live in them throughout 13 different cities from the National Film Board of Canada, won in the Non-Fiction Category.

Battlefront II (Raw TV/Airlock for Channel 4), which follows 12 young people running campaigns to change the world, won its second Digital Emmy Award in the Children & Young People Category.

Shankaboot (Batoota films/BBC World Service Trust) a webseries conceived as a vehicle for exploring social problems which are often overlooked by mainstream media in the Arab world, garnered the first Digital Emmy Award for Lebanon by winning the Fiction Category.

The Pioneer Prize was presented to Jon M Chu, the creator and executive producer of the global online dance phenomenon The Legion of Extraordinary Dancers for innovative contributions to the field of digital entertainment.

“This year’s winners attest to the power of social media throughout the world,” said Bruce L. Paisner, president and CEO of the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. “We congratulate them for being on the cutting edge of a vital new form of expression.”