By Nigel M Smith | iW NOW August 2, 2010 at 2:41AM
Babelgum, a digital broadcast network, will launch the first ever tri-platform (online, mobile and offline) competition for animation and anime, entitled the Babelgum Animatron Film Festival. The competition will run in conjunction with the Hamptons International Film Festival, and culminate in a special public screening program, The Hamptons Animation Showcase this October.
"The Animatron Film Festival is an exciting new event for the animation community, and the popularity of animation and anime among both domestic and international audiences makes the Hamptons International Film Festival environment an ideal live venue for our cross-platform competition, which will be freely accessed, viewed, and voted on by anyone in the world," said Karol Martesko-Fenster, SVP & General Manager of Babelgum’s Film Division, in a press statement. “Babelgum is already home to all kinds of ingenious, professionally produced animation, and in the months ahead, we’ll be striving increasingly to become the leading distributor of short animated films and serials on the Web and on mobile devices.”
Entries will be eligible for an Audience Awards, as well as cash prizes from a select jury of leaders in the animation, film and television world.
Submission period begins August 2, and continues through August 22. All submissions will be available to view at their website, on on the free Babelgum mobile apps starting in September.