Finalists Screening and Awards Event to Take Place on Nov. 20, 2007 at
Toronto's Isabel Bader Theater
TORONTO, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Mobifest Toronto, presented on Treo(TM)
smartphones, today announced a call for entries and shared event details
surrounding the second annual mobile film festival. Created to recognize
excellence and innovation in made-for-mobile films, Mobifest Toronto is an
international competition committed to the development and promotion of mobile
Unlike traditional film festivals, Mobifest submissions are kept under 60
seconds and created specifically for the "small screen" - either for mobile
phones, smartphones or other handheld devices.
"Mobifest is proud to be a part of the growing made-for-mobile film
industry," said Duncan Kennedy, executive director of Mobifest. "By focusing
on helping filmmakers enter and exploit this new medium, we hope to provide a
new venue for modern storytelling and Canadian filmmakers."
"On-the-go Canadians are consumers of wireless entertainment, grabbing
bite-sized pieces throughout their work day and into their play time," said
Michael Moskowitz, vice president, Americas International, Palm, Inc. "We
thoroughly enjoy our involvement with Mobifest and the opportunity to connect
film enthusiasts with the intuitive features of the Treo smartphone
Mobifest is the largest worldwide festival of films made for mobile and
is now accepting submissions at www.mobifest.net. All finalists will have
their movies showcased at the Isabel Bader Theatre awards event in Toronto on
Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2007.
Judged by leading industry experts representing key segments of the
Canadian entertainment industry, the awards honour the highest achievements in
mobile film production based on mobile aesthetics, audience impact and degree
of creativity. Awards for Mobifest Toronto 2007 will be given in the following
- Best Animation - Films will be judged for originality and unique use
of the medium.
- Best Canadian - Entrants must be Canadian citizens or permanent
- Best "Caught on Treo" Short Shorts - Quick nibbles of bite-sized
entertainment (under 30 seconds), captured in the real world and shot
exclusively on a Treo smartphone during those in between minutes
throughout the day.
- EyeWeekly Best Toronto Filmmaker - Entrants must be from Greater
- Best of Festival - Best of show, overall.
Last year, 60 finalists were chosen from a pool of more than 200 entries
from Columbia, Argentina, Australia, India, Ireland, New Zealand, Spain, the
United States and Canada. A total of 65,000 online film viewings were
recorded. Film submissions - also available for screening at www.mobifest.net
- received more that 65,000 online viewings in the competition's inaugural
Mobifest Toronto 2007 judges include the following:
- Jennifer Weiss
Producer Jennifer Weiss formed Film Farm in 1998 with partner Simone
Urdle. Among their many award-winning films are: "Away From Her," "In
Between Days" and "Soul Cages." "Shorts In Motion," produced with
Foundry Films for the NFB and Bravo!FACT, is a series of short films
directed by Sook-Yin Lee, Don McKellar, Sudz Sutherland and Mark
McKinney. Weiss recently returned from the Venice Film Festival where
Brian de Palma, the director of Film Farm's "Redacted," was awarded
the prestigious Silver Lion. Weiss is currently in production on
"Adoration," written and directed by Atom Egoyan. Weiss also is
developing "Imaginary Lovers," a multimedia project with Don
- Fred Siebert
In 1998, former Hanna-Barbera Cartoons President Fred Seibert formed
Frederator Studios, an independent production company. He is the
executive producer on six animated series on Nickelodeon's networks
and the founder of Channel Frederator, the world's first cartoon
podcast network. In 2005, Frederator Studios created the first
cartoon network especially for portable digital devices, such as the
Apple iPod and Sony PlayStation Portable. Channel Frederator
(www.channelfrederator.com) debuted as the No. 1 arts and
entertainment podcast in the world and has emerged as a leader in the
digital brand revolution.
- Harley Hay
Winner of last year's "Best of Festival Award" at Mobifest Toronto
2006 for "Regurgitation." Harley Hay has worked as a professional
drummer, a paralegal, an English teacher, a TV news videographer and
a portrait photographer. He was associate producer and camera
operator on the feature films "Naked Frailties" and "Pizney's
Entries to Mobifest Toronto 2007 will be accepted through Oct. 31, 2007
and must be no longer than one minute. There is no fee for entering or for
multiple submissions. The competition is open to filmmakers worldwide over the
age of 16. Winners will be announced at the Isabel Bader Theatre on Nov. 20,
2007 in Toronto, Canada.
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 the Palm OS(R) and 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 provides 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. 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.
Treo is 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
For further information:
For further information: MEDIA CONTACTS: For Mobifest: Virginia Kelly, V
Kelly & Associates, (416) 466-9799, firstname.lastname@example.org; For Palm Canada: Jill
Yetman, Laura Watton, Environics Communications, Inc., (416) 969-2722, (416)
969-2766, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org