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NEWSLETTER N° 345: January 4, 2008

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WE WISH YOU A HAPPY NEW YEAR   ___________________________________________________________________________________ AWARDS THE AWARDS WATCH ON FEST21.COM Oscar and more The eight competition films for Nordic Film Award are nominated! SAG Awards nominations announced ...

On my way to the Festival Summit at the Cumberland

After a cool 3H 15 trip from Paris Gare du Nord to new St Pancras station, a quick cab took me in less than 10 minutes to the hotel (less than the waiting for a cab at the station)Arriving at the Cumberland reception I got worried when they told me I was staying in a "nice room in the business executive building" off one block...Did not sound too engaging, or even convenientTurns out the rooms ARE nice in fact (vast, modern design, spacious...)      ...

Babelgum online voting has opened, Awards will be handed during Cannes

Public voting for the first Babelgum Online Film Festival (BOFF) is building on Babelgum, the new interactive web TV portal. 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 gen...

10 good reasons to open and maintain your festival blog on fest21.com

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Best things in life are free… so is our blog platform for the fest community of the 21 st century.The blog is absolutely free like any myspace, youtube video blog…! But yours visitors will not have to be logged in to enjoy the visit.  The strongest videoblog platform for search engine visibility (google…)Try for yourself: Search in google typing  cinequest 18 wraps  or cinequest 18 for instance : you will see that our platform is the best of all, giving N°1 positioning ahead of varie...

Babelgum platform launches now

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Babelgum, the free-to-view global television network, is today announcing the launch of its new Web TV platform. The new, fully redesigned interface incorporates a whole host of new popular Web 2.0 features and social networking tools. Additionally, the platform is now compatible on Macs as well as with Windows XP and Vista operating systems. With this new platform, viewers can now join one of three Babelgum Communities: Films & Festivals, Motorcycling and Nature & Conservation, these three be...

Facebook campaign for Untraceable shut down

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An online marketing campaign promoting the release of UNTRACEABLE by Universal Pictures is causing controversy after being shut down by social network Facebook (www.facebook.com).In UNTRACEABLE a serial killer creates an “untraceable” website where he conducts violent and painful murders live on the net.To promote the international release, Universal created a KILL WITH ME page on Facebook. The more fans the page received, the more of an extended torture sequence from the film was made avai...

Mark Cranwell has been named Director of Content Acquisition of Babelgum

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Mark Cranwell has been named Director of Content Acquisition of Babelgum, the next generation global Internet TV network, it was announced today by Valerio Zingarelli, CEO of Babelgum.In the newly created position, Cranwell will be responsible for leading Babelgum’s outreach efforts to producers, filmmakers and content creators in support of the new platform’s content strategy. He will report directly to Simon Kenny, Babelgum’s Head of Content Strategy and Advertising, in the company’s ...

Babelgum Improves Usability with Website Relaunch

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Babelgum, the free to view global television online network today announced the launch of a new web interface to thousands of hours of high quality video. The fully searchable library is accessible via www.babelgum.com and is fully integrated with the Babelgum client software. When users find and select a video, the client software launches automatically to deliver the high quality, full screen experience of broadcast television. Developed as a direct result of user feedback, the integration of...

Babelgum Improves Usability with Website Relaunch

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Babelgum, the free to view global television online network today announced the launch of a new web interface to thousands of hours of high quality video. The fully searchable library is accessible via www.babelgum.com and is fully integrated with the Babelgum client software. When users find and select a video, the client software launches automatically to deliver the high quality, full screen experience of broadcast television.Developed as a direct result of user feedback, the integration of a...

3 weeks left to enter the babelgum online competition

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Babelgum, the free to view global television network announces today that film makers and students have just three weeks left to enter their professionally produced content into the Babelgum Online Film Festival. The festival is a major online event celebrating and rewarding the very best in international independent short filmmaking, providing a lucrative opportunity for entrants to showcase their work to a potential global audience of 300m+. The Babelgum Online Film Festival has seen over a th...

Best wishes for a wonderful year...

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Dear friends from the fest21.com communityMy name is Bruno Chatelin and I am the editor of the sites fest21.com and filmfestivals.com(I can be reached if you need assistance at bruno@filmfestivals.com)I wanted to personally send you my best wishes for a happy new year and thank you for taking part with us to the pioneer digital community of the festival circuit.THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTION Warm regardsBruno ChatelinWe would also like to give you some information about the progress w...

Babelgum launches dedicated Encounters Festival channel on platform

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9am GMT on Wednesday 21st November content from this year’s Encounters film festival became available to anyone in the world with a PC and a broadband connection. Babelgum, the next generation global internet TV network, is bringing a selection of the world’s talent in short film to your home, hotel room, or wherever you are with access to the internet through a dedicated Encounters channel on the platform. Encounters is the leading UK Short Film Festival and will be showing 187 fil...

Babelgum launches dedicated Encounters channel

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9am GMT on Wednesday 21st November will see content from this year’s Encounters film festival available to anyone in the world with a PC and a broadband connection. Babelgum, the next generation global internet TV network, is bringing a selection of the world’s talent in short film to your home, hotel room, or wherever you are with access to the internet through a dedicated Encounters channel on the platform. Encounters is the leading UK Short Film Festival and will be showing 187 films from...

Babelgum partners with the Encounters Short Film Festival

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Babelgum, the next generation global Internet TV network, today announced a partnership with the Encounters Short Film Festival, which is currently celebrating its thirteenth year. Encounters participants will now be able to broadcast their short films on Babelgum - available to a potential 300+ million audience worldwide with a PC and access to the Internet. This includes talent scouts from major production houses worldwide, who will be able to screen films regardless of where they are or of wh...

Babelgum platform Introduces Direct Upload Feature for content libraries

Babelgum, the new generation global Internet TV Network, today launches a new direct upload feature for independent producers, rights owners and program partners to manage their assets on the online platform. In addition, on October 29, 2007, the feature will advance to provide for the simultaneous upload of entire content libraries, saving time and placing control in the hands of all pre-qualified professional content owners and distributors. The service, believed to be the first of its kind on...

Babelgum offers indie producers simultaneous upload of entire content libraries

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Babelgum, the new generation global Internet TV Network, today launches a new direct upload feature for independent producers, rights owners and program partners to manage their assets on the online platform. In addition, on October 29, 2007, the feature will advance to provide for the simultaneous upload of entire content libraries, saving time and placing control in the hands of all pre-qualified professional content owners and distributors. The service, believed to be the first of its kind on...

WeTalkDuringMovies.com a new online social media movie viewing site just launched: stream and talk

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WeTalkDuringMovies.com (http://www.wetalkduringmovies.com/), an online social media movie viewing site, announces its recent launch. The new site allows individuals to communicate with one another by voice or text chat while watching streaming video. Film buffs can now take part in a community where other viewers don't mind commentary during the show."WeTalkDuringMovies.com is revolutionary because it allows individuals from across the country to get together in a fun and interesting way,&q...

The Online DivX Film Festival revealed its winners

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The DivX(R) Film Festival, an online video festival devoted to creativity, storytelling and improving digital media, has announced the winners on DivX Stage6(TM). The finalists are recognized for their high-quality submissions, impressions on key industry judges and engagement with an interactive online community. Contest submissions were evaluated by DivX employees in conjunction with a panel of key industry judges. All entries were submitted in the high-quality DivX media format, containing an...

The Youtube awards

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 Youtube awardsMost CreativeHere It Goes AgainOKGoBest ComedySmosh Short 2: StrandedSmoshBest CommentaryHotness Prevailsthewinekone http://www.youtube.com/ytawards...

The YouTube Awards

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After five days of fervent ranking, the YouTube community selected these seven videos as the champions. Congratulations to all the winners! Most CreativeHere It Goes AgainOKGo Best ComedySmosh Short 2: StrandedSmosh Best CommentaryHotness Prevailsthewinekone Best SeriesAsk A Ninjadigitalfilmmaker Best Music VideoSay It's PossibleTerraNaomi Most InspirationalFree Hugs CampaignPeaceOnEarth123 Most AdorableKiwi!Madyeti47 watch them here: http://www.youtube.com/ytawards ...

Judges Announced for DivX Film Festival

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DivX, Inc. announced today the panel of judges for the DivX(R) Film Festival, an online video festival devoted to creativity, storytelling and improving digital media. Hosted on DivX Stage6(TM), the festival offers filmmakers the chance to win prizes plus gain exposure to key entertainment industry figures and access to an international audience. Filmmakers are urged to act quickly and send their submissions by April 30, 2007. Prizes up for grabs include a series of DivX Certified and DivX Ultra...

Fest21 upgrade and new features

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We are enhancing fest21 with new features Sorry for the down time today. After a first step a couple of weeks ago, we added today many new features with geolocalization, links, image display...A new look&feel will follow up in the coming weeks. Look-up your profile and enhance it with your Google map address or location (a city is enough), with your blog profile, category, skype info... Enjoy and stay tuned.    ...

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