The 3rd Babelgum Online Film Festival has announced its call for entries. Submissions should fall under four categories – animation, narrative, non-narrative and documentary. Docs should be 15 minutes maximum and there are no restrictions on production year or whether the film has been previously distributed or entered into any type of film festival. This year, Babelgum has also partnered with Shooting People, the largest network of independent filmmakers in the world, in order to reach its 35,000 plus global membership and the 2 million plus constituents of its partner organizations. Jurors of the festival include writer/director Richard Linklater, director/producer Annie Sundberg and director/curator Jason Wishnow. Awards given out in late April include the Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award; the Audience Awards, given to an outstanding film in each category; the Best Viral Short Award which will be given to an outstanding film with ‘viral’ potential; the Jury Awards, given to an outstanding film in each of the four categories and the Grand Jury Award, given to an outstanding film in any category, chosen by members of the Jury. Submissions can be entered from March 11 to March 28. More info can be found at www.babelgum.com/online-film-festival.
- RS West ’18