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iW NEWS | Lee Launches 2nd Babelgum

iW NEWS | Lee Launches 2nd Babelgum

The Babelgum Online Film Festival, a free, independent Web TV platform, has announced a second edition. The announcement will be made today by Spike Lee during a press conference at the Toronto International Film Festival, where Babelgum will also be premiering the trailer of its first original film production “Downstream“, focusing on the controversy over the development of Alberta’s oil sands. “The results from the 1st Babelgum Online Film Festival proved that audiences from all over the world are eager for new content and that independent filmmakers are excited to have found a new place to showcase their work,” Spike Lee said in a statement. “I feel privileged to be part of the Babelgum Online Film Festival and excited that it has the potential to reach more audiences than any other film festival in the world because of the Internet’s global reach.” The 2nd Edition of the Babelgum Online Film Festival will be open to all short and mediumform content produced professionally or by enrolled film school students. Babelgum has decided to narrow the number of categories down from seven to four including “short,” “animation,” “mini-masterpiece” and “documentary.” [Peter Knegt]

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