Babelgum, the free, independent Web TV platform has announced the launch of the Babelgum Music Video Awards, in partnership with Music Nation. The competition will seek out and reward talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie artists. The audience vote will be count toward picking the finalists, together with the professional jury consisting of Michel Gondry, David Ford and other judges soon to be announced. The Grand Prize, a record development deal with Universal Music UK, will go to the final winner selected by the professional jury, announced on February 6th 2009. Submissions are open now through the 16th November. Screening and voting will start on 17th November on the Babelgum TV platform, and will continue for around 2 months. [Peter Knegt]