Last Hijack Interactive wins EMMY Award 2015

April 13th 2015

Digital Emmy Award for Last Hijack Interactive!

Submarine Channel’s partly illustrated transmedia project Last Hijack Interactive lets you experience the murky world of piracy in Somalia through the eyes of a pirate and a captain. It’s their story, but also the story of their families, the journalists, lawyers and negotiators in both Somalia and the West.

13 april 2015: Last Hijack Interactive wins a Digital Emmy Award for Best Non Fiction production.
14 November 2014: Last Hijack Wins Two Awards for Best International Transmedia Project at the Tous Ecrans Festival in Geneva.  24 October 2014: Last Hijack Interactive wins Prix Europa 2014 for Best Online Project in Berlin! From the jury report:
“High production values,” “strong journalism,” “rare access to a character with an incredible story,” “extremely user-friendly,” “a truly immersive experience.”

Last Hijack Interactive mixed live action and animation

Last Hijack Interactive allows you to uncover the complex realities behind piracy by juxtaposing the western and the Somali points of view. Combining unique live-action video shot on location and animated illustrations, the interactive experience gives the user the opportunity to navigate the real stories of real people. The story builds up to eye witness accounts of an actual hijack, as recounted by the Somalian hijacker Mohammed Nur and a British captain Colin Darch. How can one such event influence an entire society? What’s the global impact of a single hijack?

Last Hijack Interactive - Main Characters

Last Hijack Interactive offers a unique, informative and surprising look at the complex world of hijackings in Somalia through video, animated illustrations, text and eye-catching data visualizations.

Last Hijack Interactive - negociating

The interactive experience is the online counterpart to the semi-animated feature length film Last Hijack, directed by Submarine’s Femke Wolting (Another Perfect World) and Tommy Pallotta (A Scanner Darkly, Collapsus). The documentary tells the story from the Somali perspective and focuses on Mohamed, his wife, his family, and the community he lives in. Last Hijack premiered on February 7th, 2014, when it opened the Panorama Dokumente program at the Berlinale Film Festival.

Last Hijack Interactive transmedia experience
Last Hijack Interactive - a hijack

More information
For more on the film and the interactive experience visit the official Last Hijack Website.
And why not ‘like’ the Official Facebook Page of Last Hijack?

Last Hijack Interactive data visualisationData visualizations offer facts and figures on every single hijacked ship since 2008; the history of Somalia from 1860 till now; and the illegal fishing practices by giant trawlers that destroyed the local Somali fishing communities. The two points of view on the ‘Money Flows’ are most revealing, showing that a lot of people and companies in Somalia and the West made a lot of money off the Somali hijacks.

Moviemaker: Hijacking Cinema: Advice on Transmedia Storytelling
The Movie Network: Tommy Pallotta & Femke Wolting talk “Last Hijack”
Filmmaker: Transmedia is Still So Young
Filmkrant (in Dutch): Femke Wolting en Tommy Pallotta over Last Hijack

Last Hijack Interactive was presented at New York Film Festival, South by Southwest, Sheffield Documentary Festival,Netherlands Film Festival, Prix Europa, Dok Leizpig, Festival Tous Écrans


Written & directed by: Tommy Pallotta / Femke Wolting; Interactive director: Mirka Duijn; Produced by: Bruno Felix & Femke Wolting; Co-producers: Gerhard Meixner, Roman Paul; Line Producer: Nicolette Nol; Interactive developer: Gijs Kattenberg; Interface Design: Christiaan de Rooij; Illustrations & Design: Gustavo Garcia, Aaron Sacco; Editor: Jasper Verhorevoort, Edgar Burcksen; DOP: Ahmed Arsi; Animations: Dustin Kershaw, Christiaan de Rooij; Data visualisations: Systemantics.

Last Hijack Interactive is a Submarine Channel production in co-production with with Razor Film, ZDF and IKON and was made with financial support from Creative Industries Fund NL, The City of Amsterdam, The Dutch Cultural Media Fund andThe Netherlands Film FundLast Hijack is an international co-production from Submarine with Still Films (Ireland), Razor Film (Germany), Savage Film (Belgium), IKON (Netherlands) and ZDF (Germany). The film was realized with financial support from the Irish Film Board, the MEDIA programme of the European Union, The Netherlands Film Fund, CoBO, Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, The Dutch Cultural Media Fund and The Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).