Renowned Canadian Comedian Sean Cullen to Host Finalist Screenings and
Present Awards Following Premiere of "Regina" by Don McKellar
TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - Treo Mobifest 2007, Canada's largest festival
dedicated to made-for-mobile films, is pleased to announce this year's
finalists, which will be showcased in Toronto at the Isabel Bader Theatre on
Nov. 20, 2007. Thirty-eight short films from around the world, from countries
including Spain, Australia, Columbia, Chile, the United Kingdom, the United
States and Canada, have been selected to be screened before top honours are
awarded by an expert panel of judges.
"Made-for-mobile films have reached a new level of creative excellence
and technical sophistication," said Duncan Kennedy, executive director of Treo
Mobifest Toronto. "This year's films reflect the progress of filmmakers in
creating short-form content that can be delivered to a variety of devices and
emerging distribution channels."
Finalist highlights include a screening of Marc Roussel's "Alchemy" in
the "Best Caught On Treo" category. The film depicts a modern-day mobile love
story that traces the progress of a couple connecting in a bar from the point
of view of their mobile devices. Roussel is best known for his work on Atom
Egoyan's film "Adoration."
An international nod goes to Australian animator and finalist Dave Carter
for "Mrs. Rat," a charming animated Pied Piper-type story, and EYE Weekly
category finalist Ilir Pristine's "Toronto Lost and Found," which uses
archival footage to document Toronto in the 1960s. Felipe Cardona, from
Bogata, Columbia was a 2006 Mobifest finalist and returns this year with the
visual eye candy of "Enfasis (Emphasis)," which was created by using stop
motion and live action.
"Mobile innovation in the form of bite-size entertainment for audiences
on the go is revolutionizing self-expression," says Michael Moskowitz, vice
president, Americas International, Palm, Inc. "We're excited to see people
engaging in a medium that turns everyone with a mobile device into an aspiring
A veritable feast for audiences who snack on short film content, the
evening lineup also will include Mobifest World Tour, a program of
award-winning mobile films by directors from Europe, the United Kingdom, Asia,
the United States and Canada, curated by Judy Gladstone of Bravo!Fact.
Mobifest World Tour films will feature a presentation by Don McKellar of his
new film, "Regina," part of "Imaginary Lovers," an interactive project
currently in development with the assistance of the Bell New Media Fund and
produced by Simone Urdle and Jennifer Weiss of The Film Farm.
Created to recognize excellence and innovation in made-for-mobile films,
Treo Mobifest is an international competition committed to the development and
promotion of mobile filmmaking.
Unlike traditional film festivals, Treo Mobifest submissions are kept
under 60 seconds and created specifically for the "small screen" - either for
mobile phones, smartphones or other handheld devices. Films may be shot on any
format, including cell phones, as long as they are made with the mobile
audience in mind.
A complete list of the Treo Mobifest finalists, as well as Mobifest World
Tour films, can be found online at www.mobifest.net.
Tickets for Treo Mobifest are $10 and may be purchased in advance at
www.mobifest.net or at the Isabel Bader box office on the evening of the
Mobifest is a leader in providing exhibition and distribution
opportunities for mobile filmmakers. Other Mobifest events include Mobifest
Barcelona and Mobifest LA, a joint production with the Animation Show.
Mobifest is a production of Mobigardens Corporation. For more information on
voting, judging criteria, sponsorship opportunities, rules and regulations, or
to enter online, please visit www.mobifest.net.
About Treo(TM) smartphones
Today the Treo smartphone is available with either the Palm OS(R) by
ACCESS or Windows Mobile(R) operating systems, providing a great range of
choices to help consumers, mobile professionals and businesses stay
competitive in a continually changing market. But mobile computing isn't all
about work, and Treo smartphones provide just the right mix of work/life
balance to fit any lifestyle.
With carrier activation, Treo smartphones seamlessly combine a
full-featured mobile phone with email, an organizer, messaging and web access
capabilities in a compact yet easy-to-use device.(1) In addition, Treo
smartphones feature a built-in QWERTY keyboard for fast and efficient data
input. The keyboard, five-way navigation button and other design features make
it possible for you to get more done - in fewer steps and with just one hand.
Treo smartphones are lightweight and small enough to fit in your pocket.
Treo smartphones are compatible with GSM and CDMA networks, giving
customers a choice in mobile operators worldwide.(1)
(1) Within wireless service coverage areas only. Availability and
coverage depends upon carrier and the geographic scope of
international roaming agreements. Email, messaging and web access
require data services from a mobile service provider at an additional
cost. VPN may also be required.
Palm, Palm OS and Treo are among the trademarks or registered trademarks
owned by or licensed to Palm, Inc. All other brand and product names are or
may be trademarks of, and are used to identify products or services of, their
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