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Ralf Jurrien
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Palm Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival

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Monday, September 17th 2007 - 19:00 CEST - Comments: 0
P alm, Inc. and MobiTV, Inc., invite filmmakers to submit their made-for- mobile films to compete in the first Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival which runs from Sept. 18th through Oct. 18th exclusively on the MobiTV service. A one-month free trial of MobiTV is available to Treo smartphone users. The film festival will award thousands of dollars in cash and prizes to the aspiring filmmakers from the US, Canada, and the United Kingdom, who come up with the funniest made-for-mobile comedy films. Susie Essman (Curb Your Enthusiasm) and John Henson (TV Guide network, Talk Soup) will co-host the Treo Film Festival awards show on Oct. 18 at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.
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Treo Mobile Film Festival

"It sounds easy, but making a 60-second film, and a funny one too, is a great creative challenge. This festival is kind of like the Oscars for the time-deprived," said John Henson. Essman and Henson will also sit on the panel of festival judges, where they will be joined by actor-comedian Adam Ferrara (The Job, Rescue Me) and meta-magicians Penn and Teller. The judges will select 60 finalists, whose work will be screened at the Treo Film Festival awards show. "Made-for-mobile film is a fantastic new medium," said Susie Essman. "We can't wait to see how funny people can be in 60 seconds or less."


Palm Treo Mobile Comedy Film Festival - Categories & Prizes

Entrants can submit films on any topic. Winners will receive a trip to Los Angeles to attend the awards show and a package of Treo products valued at $1,200. The Best of Festival winner, selected from all entries regardless of category, will earn a Grand Prize of $5,000. In addition, one $2,000 prize winner will be selected in each of three categories:

  • This Mobile Life: Mobile romance, mobile manners - the lighter side of life as a mobile warrior.
  • Retake: Rewrite the ending to a famous movie or shoot your own version    of a scene from TV. Go ahead and parody that film, TV show, or commercial.
  • Animation: Create your very own made-for-mobile comedic animated short on any topic you choose (No nudity, foul language, or graphic violence, please).

Palm Treo Mobile Comedy Film

Filmmakers are invited to submit comedy films of 60 seconds or less at the Treo Film web site. The entry deadline is Sept. 24, 2007, and entrants must be 18 or older. Submissions will be judged on originality, technical excellence and how effectively the film works as a mobile experience. The awards show will benefit the Comedy Cures Foundation, a non-profit organization that brings joy, laughter, and therapeutic humor programs to kids and adults living with illness, depression, trauma and disabilities.

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