Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Spike Lee Launches Babelgum, Online Film Festival

Spike Lee arrived in Toronto Friday to launch the 2nd annual edition of the Babelgum online film festival. Lee, who will reprise his role as jury chairman. The fest accepts entries worldwide (more than 1,000 from 86 countries last year) then viewers (1.5 million last year) narrow the field by voting for their faves until a short list is presented to the jury. The categories include short film (any genre, 20 min. max), animation (5 min. max), mini masterpiece (edgy content 5 min. max) and documentary (30 min. max). Cash prizes include the Spike Lee Award (20,000 euro) given to the top films in each category; Looking For Genius Award to one outstanding helmer in any genre (20,000 euro) and Professional Jury Award to the films chosen by an industry jury and the Babelgum audience (prize TBD).

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