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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)

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For more info on The 3rd Babelgum Online Film Festival Jury click HERE.


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Babelgum welcomes Spike Lee to chair the Babelgum Online Film Festival Jury

Babelgum, the free to view global Internet television network, is hosting the Babelgum Online Film Festival, a major online event celebrating and rewarding the very best in international independent short filmmaking. The announcement was made on Saturday 1st September during its press conference at the Venice Film Festival, by Valerio Zingarelli, Chief Executive Officer of Babelgum, and critically-acclaimed and award-winning filmmaker Spike Lee, Honorary Judge of the festival jury.

The general public will also play a role in selecting award finalists in each of the six specific competitive categories:

  • The Babelgum Looking for Genius Award -- Awarded to new or emerging talent who display clear and outstanding achievement through direction, animation, writing and/or camera work.
  • The Babelgum Short Film Award -- Awarded to the best short film (approximately 20 minutes) that presents a clear, concise and original vision using the short film genre.
  • The Babelgum Documentary Award - Awarded to the documentary that best presents its subject in a truthful and fair manner while being original and thought provoking.
  • The Babelgum Animation Award - Awarded to the film that best displays story and the craft of animation.
  • The Babelgum Social/Environment Award - Awarded to the best film that effectively addresses an issue impacting the world today.
  • The Babelgum Spot/Advertising Award - Awarded to the most creative advertising spot highlighting a certain product.

Spike Lee chairs a jury of industry experts drawn from around the world. Other jurors include Joe Bateman, Festival Director of the Rushes Soho Shorts Festival (U.K.);

Ally Derks, Director of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (The Netherlands);

Bhuvan Lall, Founder of the Indian Independent Filmmakers Worldwide Association (India); Tiziana Loschi, Managing Director of the Annecy International Animated Film Festival and Citia (City of Moving Images) (France);

Joe Neulight, Co-Founder and President of Withoutabox (U.S.);

Sandra Ruch, Executive Director of the International Documentary Association (U.S.);

Teri Schwartz, Dean of the Loyola Marymount University School of Film and Television (U.S.); Jess Search, Co-Founder of Shooting People (U.K.);

and Carl Spence, Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival and Director of Programming of the Palm Springs International Film Festival(U.S.).

Speaking of the announcement, Mr. Lee, commented, "Now more than ever before, independent filmmakers need every bit of help to showcase their work. The Babelgum Online Film Festival will accomplish this by combining the value of a film festival with the openness and global reach of the Internet for those seeking to showcase their work and advance their film careers."

Mr. Zingarelli noted, "We are honored to have Spike Lee leading a talented jury for our festival. The Babelgum Online Film Festival is an exciting project that will heighten awareness of Babelgum, attract quality films to the competition and give the public an important voice in identifying the next great filmmakers of our time." Open to all professionally produced short and medium-form content including that screened at international film festivals between January 2007 and February 2008, submissions from rights owners only, will be accepted from 15 September 2007 to 15 February, 2008.

At Spike Lee's specific request, film school students will be invited to participate in the competition under equal conditions. A prize of €20,000 will be awarded to winners in each of the six categories. In addition to that, filmmakers and content owners will also benefit from a share of any advertising revenue. There will be no entrance fee to submit films, which must be 45 minutes or less in length and be in English or include English subtitles if in another language.

Films can be uploaded at www.babelgum.com from September 15th. Babelgum will hold online rights to all accepted films for a year (March 2008-March 2009) on a NON-exclusive basis, with the sole exception of content appearing on similar 'peer to peer' streaming web TV services. Beginning 15 February 2008, submitted films will be showcased on the Babelgum Online Film Festival Channel on Babelgum, where the public will be able to rate each film. The ten highest rated films of each category will then be screened by the members of the Jury for review and rating. Based on the Jury's ratings, the top three films in each category will then be presented to Mr. Lee for personal review and final award selection. Winners in each category will be announced in May 2008, at a ceremony currently scheduled to coincide the Cannes Film festival.

Full terms and conditions on the Babelgum web site (www.babelgum.com

The Babelgum Online Film Festival marks the second project the company has partnered on with Mr. Lee. Currently, his film "Jesus Children of America" is available on Babelgum. The short film, which was produced to benefit UNICEF, the World Food Programme and the Italian Development Cooperation, chronicles the life of a Brooklyn teenager with drug-addicted parents who discovers she is HIV-positive.

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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 http://www.babelgum.com/online-film-festival.


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