BABELGUM ANNOUNCES SHORTLISTED ANIMATION FILMS

FOR INAUGURAL ANIMATRON FILM FESTIVAL

Cash Prizes To Be Awarded at the Hamptons International Film Festival Online, Mobile, and Offline Voting for Audience Awards Ends October 10

LONDON / NEW YORK (September 30, 2010) – Digital broadcast network Babelgum is pleased to announce the shortlisted films for its inaugural Animatron Animation Film Festival. Cash prizes will be awarded to first-place and runner-up winners in each of four categories by an international jury of animators and industry leaders including Saraswathi BalgamCharlotte BavassoPete BishopIsaac Littlejohn EddyTommy PallottaBill PlymptonFrank Rivera, and Jeff Scher

Entries to the Animatron competition came from more than two dozen countries, including Albania, Taiwan, Greece, India, Spain, Russia, Romania, Poland, Japan, Germany, Canada, Italy, Brazil, the U.S., and the U.K. 

SHORTLISTED FILMS

HUMOR:  Ebony Minus Ivory, My Dad the Evil Genius, Pigeon Impossible, Bruce McCall’s Clear Conscience, Potapych, Little Didi at the Seaside, Polished Off, Sh*t happens, Crash Bang Wallow,Tea and Zombies, Goatsucker, Ant & Len, Smokey the Monkey, Marsipan Striker, Duel, A Film About Poo, 8-bit Waterslide

FANTASY:  Krawl, Shelf, Puppetmaker, Watermelon Love, This Is J03, Noesis, Pilgrim, Your Heart Is a Ball of Light, YESNO, My Friend Is a Cloud, Reap What You Sew

MINIS:  Kick It Like Telé, Kinta Dip: Sushi Bar Oceanic, Only in Dreams, Terrafarmer, Buba and the Global Warming, The Tales of Donkey the Whale, Countdown, The Shunning, Over the Fence: Cats, Heaven Does Not Exist, Dog Judo: Meat Sprinkles, Gentleman’s Guide to Villainy, Knit’n’Purl

REAL LIFE:  NY Mug, The Reason I Collect, Coalition of the Willing, Teat Beat of Sex, The Creep, Procrastination, How to Animate, Prayers for Peace

These films and nearly two hundred professionally produced animated shorts are freely accessible to anyone with Internet access or Apple iPhone, iPod Touch, and/or Google Android mobile devices.

Audience Awards will also be given to films in each of four categories receiving the highest number of votes and announced following the end of the Animatron Jury Awards competition on October 10. In addition, select winners of the Animatron Jury Awards will be screened for the public in East Hampton on October 10 during the Hamptons International Film Festival, followed by a panel on “The Future of Animation,” moderated by New Yorker cartoon editor and Cartoon Bank founder Bob Mankoff

 The Babelgum Animatron Animation Film Festival   celebrates the very best in international independent animated short filmmaking, providing international exposure as well as lucrative opportunities for emerging talent. Finalists have the potential to win cash prizes totalling $20,000, with awards given to 1st place and runner-up contestants in each of the four categories, as well as a Grand Jury Prize winner. Babelgum will co-present the Hamptons Animation Showcase, an eclectic animated shorts program at the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival, with additional support on marketing and media visibility from Shooting People, the social network for independent filmmakers, and RingTales, a company that specializes in animating syndicated comic strips (Dilbert, The New Yorker). Film Bablegum

THE 18TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

THURSDAY OCTOBER 7TH – MONDAY OCTOBER 11TH, 2010


THIS YEAR’S  “CONVERSATION WITH…” LUMINARIES ALONG WITH THE GOLDEN STARFISH SHORTS COMPETITION

James Franco, Julian Schnabel, Isabella Rossellini and Stanley Tucci to attend for the perennially popular “Conversation With” series

East Hampton, NY (September 21, 2010) The HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL is proud to announce its “Conversations With…” series along with The Golden Starfish Short Films in this year’s Competition.  Now in its 18th year, The 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival runs from Thursday, October 7th through Monday, October 11th (including Columbus Day weekend) in East Hampton with additional venues in Southampton, Sag Harbor and Montauk.  Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.Film Bablegum

 BABELGUM LAUNCHES ANIMATRON FILM FESTIVAL,

THE FIRST TRI-PLATFORM GLOBAL VIEWING AND VOTING ANIMATION COMPETITION
 
New York / London (September 21, 2010) Digital broadcast network Babelgum announced today the first tri-platform (online, mobile and offline) competition for animation and anime, the Babelgum Animatron Film Festival. The competition will culminate in a special public screening program, The Hamptons Animation Showcase, at the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival (HIFF) in October. Entries will be eligible for an Audience Award voted on by the public as well as cash prizes from a select jury of leaders in the animation, film, and television world, including RotoScope pioneer Tommy Pallotta (Snack and Drink, Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly), industry leader and visual-effects producer Charlotte Bavasso (Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, Nexus Productions), and animators Pete Bishop (Bromwell High, Captain Star) and Isaac Littlejohn Eddy (Anatomy of a Dog Show, Capturing King), and Jeffrey Scher (Paper View, Lost and Found, Tulips), with others to be announced soon.
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“BARNEY’S VERSION” TO OPEN THE 18TH ANNUAL HAMPTONS HIFF

Richard J. Lewis’ BARNEY’S VERSION, produced by Robert Lantos (EASTERN PROMISES, BEING JULIA), is based on the Mordecai Richler novel. The film stars Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Rosamund Pike, Minnie Driver, Rachelle Lefevre, Scott Speedman and Bruce Greenwood.  Giamatti is the titular Barney and presents a view of his life that is at times hilarious and at others, heartbreaking.


ABOUT THE HAMPTONS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
The Hamptons International Film Festival was founded to celebrate the Independent film - long, short, fiction and documentary - and to introduce a unique, varied spectrum of international films and filmmakers to the public. The Festival is committed to exhibiting films that express fresh voices and differing global perspectives, with the hope that these programs will enlighten audiences, provide invaluable exposure for filmmakers and present inspired entertainment for all.

The Hamptons International Festival headquarters are located at the beautiful c/o The Maidstone Hotel on Main Street in East Hampton.

For further information on the 2010 Hamptons International Film Festival and to become a member, please visit www.hamptonsfilmfest.org.


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