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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.


"With the Babelgum Online Film Festival, filmmaking officially enters the Web 2.0 era" comments Spike Lee

Babelgum, the new interactive web TV portal, has released all entries to the Babelgum Online Film Festival onto its platform for public voting. The festival introduces a huge variety of professionally produced short films. Over a thousand entries from 86 countries are available to anyone with broadband, reaching a potential global audience of 360 million.

The Babelgum Online Film Festival is the first of its kind, and provides a unique distribution opportunity for the newest filmmaking talent. A number of entries have been created specifically for the festival, proving that it is also generating new and original content.

Spike Lee confirms that viewers should be impressed with what they find. "With the Babelgum Online Film Festival, filmmaking officially enters the Web 2.0 era. The standard of the entries we've received thus far has been outstanding. It just goes to show there is a wealth of talent out there that wouldn't usually get recognition or exposure if it wasn't for festivals such as this. It really does represent a new era in film-making and puts the filmmaker in more control of getting their productions seen."

Valerio Zingarelli, CEO of Babelgum, is pleased to see the festival is contributing to an industry shift which sees the small screen as important a vehicle as the big screen. "Films are now being made primarily for consumption online or on other smaller screen devices with 60% of entries received having been produced specifically for the small screen. This supports the realization that to be successful, filmmakers need to go where their potential audience is and Babelgum provides the perfect platform to do so." 


Entries have been received in the seven categories of the festival. The number of entries for each is as follows:

  • The Babelgum Short Film Award 37%
  • The Babelgum Looking For Genius Award 16%
  • The Babelgum Animation Award 14%
  • The Babelgum Music Video Award 10%
  • The Babelgum Social / Environment Award 9%
  • The Babelgum Spot / Advertising Award 8%
  • The Babelgum Documentary Award 7%



Babelgum users now have the opportunity to view and vote on a truly diverse set of short films until the end of May. There is a good variety of fresh and original content and, as the average film length is just twelve minutes, it is easy for everyone to get involved and have their say on who will become the next big filmmaking talent.

The entries will then be judged by the festival jury, led by renowned director Spike Lee. The other jurors consist of film experts from across the globe, including the directors of established film festivals, film schools and film industry associations:


  • 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.)
  • Carl Spence, Artistic Director of the Seattle International Film Festival and Director of Programming of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (U.S.)
  • Stefano Martina, Director of Arcipelago, International Festival of Short Films and New Images (Italy)


Some highlights from the entries so far:

  • An Irish short comedy: part animation, part live action
  • An Australian short which imagines what might have happened to Bonnie and Clyde had they lived
  • Made in 24 hours, a heartbreakingly honest account of two brothers' first weeks in England
  • A comedy which transplants the Greek gods into the modern world, where they struggle to cope with the 21st century
  • A cleverly edited and great quality stop-motion animation music video
  • An animated short, made in the style of a 1940s public service announcement, which imagines how zombies would fit into modern society
  • A film about the extreme reactions stress can produce in humans
  • A comic film about a man who lives his life following advice from fortune cookies as literally as possible
  • A provocative film focused around 9/11
  • A short drama set in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of Beirut in Lebanon
  • A three-part short film in Mexico which is produced much in the style of Rear Window, chronicling an important day in the life of a UFO obsessive
  • An educational short film documenting endeavours to financially and culturally empower the indigenous Maya people of Belize
  • A Short film which sees its main character attending a fancy dress party where all the other attendees are wearing masks displaying faces of George Bush and his administration. The lead character is flirting with Bush before things go further and he whisks her away to another room. The character then realises she is locked in the room with Bush and his administration who watch as he rapes her.

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See "Waiting..." in the Babelgum Online Film Festival

Hi, please click on the link above to view the film "Waiting..." (1 min 13 secs) which shows children in Hebron taking to the roofs to get past soldiers trying to stop them from going to school. This MicroDoc is in the Looking for Genius category in the Babelgum Online Film Festival - please rate it and leave a comment! Many thanks.


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About Babelgum Online Film Festival

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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

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