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A Film Festival for the Tiny Screen

Tue Oct 7, 2008 - 9:57 AM EDT - By Jay Gross

The GSM Association, a wireless communications group, has teamed with a digital content provider named Mofilm and announced the first Global Mobile Film Festival. That's right, Cannes for Thumbelina's TV.

The festival will be held during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February. Mofilm and the GSMA are calling for entries from filmmakers worldwide. The opportunity is for short films, up to five minutes running time, that are produced with traditional cinematic technology, or films made with mobile devices.

The submissions will be judged by an international jury of film, festival and mobile content people. Winning entries will be shown during the Mobile World Congress event. Screenscript at the ready? Entry forms are available from Mofilm's website. Better hurry! Entries are due by November 28.

Michael O'Hara, Chief Marketing Officer of the GSMA:

"There are already more than three billion screens in the hands of users, and with increasing sophistication of mobile broadband networks and rapidly evolving device capabilities, the time is right to create a festival devoted to small screen movies and to invite international film makers to participate for the first time."

The Global Mobile Festival follows past GSMA events in collaboration with the famed Sundance Film Festival.

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