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Babelgum Online Film Festival









Join the competition now to enter your film to the 3rd Babelgum Online Film Festival (BOFF3).Free to enter global competition with cash awards in multiple categories.

As part of the BOFF3, Stolichnaya Vodka will present the inaugural Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award.

This year's festival will feature simultaneous mobile and online viewing and voting by the global public. 

Meet the Jury: 
Prestigious jury of industry experts drawn from around the world. 

They include acclaimed filmmakers and experts:
Writer/Director Richard Linklater (Before Sunrise, School of Rock, Me and Orson Welles),
Writer/Director Sally Potter (Orlando, Yes, RAGE),
Director/Producer Annie Sundberg (The Trials of Darryl Hunt, The Devil Came on Horseback, Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work),
Producer Eric Watson (Pi, Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain),
Director/Curator Jason Wishnow (Oedipus, Director of Film & Video, TED)
Producer Carlos Battilana (The Blindness of the Woods, Amauta Project)
Director, Jean-Pierre Bekolo Obama (Quartier Mozart, Aristotle's Plot, Les Saignantes)

Meet the jury here
For more info on The 3rd Babelgum Online Film Festival Jury click HERE.


Babelgum, the global web TV platform, has opened its first U.S. offices in New York

Babelgum, the global web TV platform, today announced the opening of its first U.S. offices in New York and the hiring of Ethan Podell as President, Babelgum US and Michael Rosen as Executive Vice President and Chief Revenue Officer.

Podell will oversee all aspects of the company’s US operations and business growth, reporting directly to Valerio Zingarelli, CEO of Babelgum. A television industry veteran of nearly 30 years, Podell founded and managed several successful start-ups, including Orbis Communications and All American Orbis. Earlier in his career, Podell also worked for HBO and CBS.

Reporting to Podell, Rosen will run global advertising sales, distribution and trade marketing and be responsible for launching Babelgum to the advertising community worldwide. He joins Babelgum from WeatherBug where he was Senior Vice President and General Manager, leading the transformation of the company to a preeminent interactive property. Previously, he held senior positions in sales, marketing and distribution at Bloomberg L.P., News Corporation’s New Digital Media Group and Showtime Networks.

Valerio Zingarelli, CEO of Babelgum, said: “The U.S. is a strategically important market for Babelgum. Its size and regional business hubs require on the ground presence. We intend to emerge as one of the leading Internet TV platforms, especially in independent programming. The appointments of Ethan and Michael, coupled with the development of a technologically advanced platform and a sound business proposition, will see Babelgum strive forward into the largest economy in the world.”

“Babelgum is about delivering programming and communities to those who are not interested in UGC or re-cycled network shows,” added Podell. “Our audience of curious, well-educated, welltravelled consumers is under-served on the web. Their interests are in having access to rich levels of content about subjects they care about passionately.

Babelgum’s initial content focuses on five core passions: independent film; the environment; global travel; adventure sports and music.” Rosen concluded: “I look forward to building our sales organization and bringing Babelgum to market. Our industry talks about its struggle to monetize video. I believe that when we deliver professional content that is so much richer than UGC and more targeted than current broadcast offerings, brand advertisers and agencies will look to Babelgum as a leader in contextually targeted video advertising and consumer engagement.

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Nice. Good luck! I've never heared of Babelgum before today, but I intend to check it.

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About Babelgum Online Film Festival

Babelgum Film
(Babel Networks)

Join the competition now to enter your film for the Babelgum Online Film Festival competition awards.

Awards will be presented to the BOFF3 winners according to the following guidelines:

  • The Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award will be presented to a new or emerging filmmaker who displays clear and outstanding achievement through direction, animation, writing, and/or camerawork in any of the four categories.
  • The Audience Awards will be given to an outstanding film receiving the highest number of votes determined solely by the voting totals from the global web, mobile, and IPTV Babelgum audience.
  • The Best Viral Short Award will be given to an outstanding film with "viral" potential and a running time of under 3 minutes. The winner will receive a $2,000 cash award.
  • The Jury Awards will be given to an outstanding film in each of the four categories, determined by members of the Jury. Four first-place winners will received a $3,000 cash award and four second-place winners will receive $1,000 cash award.
  • The Grand Jury Award will be given to an outstanding film chosen by members of the Jury. The winner will receive a $6,000 cash award.

Submissions will be accepted from March 11 to March 28, 2010. Further information about the submission specifications and regulations, including deadlines, are available at

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