Babelgum Partners with Encounters

Global Internet TV network Babelgum has announced a partnership with the Encounters Short Film Festival in Bristol, U.K., which is currently celebrating its 13th year. Encounters participants will now be able to broadcast their short films on Babelgum, making them available to a potential 300+ million audience worldwide. Film directors and rights owners can upload content on Babelgum through November 20th, 2007.

Encounters entrants will also be given the opportunity to enter the Babelgum Online Film Festival, which will award winning filmmakers a 20,000-euro cash prize for each of the seven categories, two of which are dedicated to shorts and animation. More detail can be found at www.babelgum.com/online-film-festival.

To protect filmmakers' work, Babelgum supports a host of Digital Rights Management facilities, such as geographic restrictions and time-limited licenses, and content is delivered in a highly encrypted format to provide protection from piracy.

In order to make their work available to a global audience, filmmakers can simply upload their festival submissions to www.encounters-festival.org.uk and they will be subsequently made available on Babelgum.

Babelgum is the next generation global Internet TV network, using peer-to-peer technology to provide the immersive viewing experience and picture quality of traditional TV with the interactivity and personalisation enabled by the Internet. Babelgum allows users to enjoy free, on-demand and personalized channels, using niche to mainstream content to satisfy individual needs for tailored entertainment. Instead of user-generated clips, it features only professionally produced content spanning film, news, sports, documentaries, music videos, concerts, lifestyle and trends, animation and scripted programs.

Babelgum provides independent content owners with a protected platform on which to gain global exposure of their work and a unique model to monetize their content online. Babelgum's content partners include 3DD, the Associated Press, Shine Limited, BBC Motion Gallery, Reuters, Entertainment Rights, Gong Anime, IMG, ITN, Ministry of Sound TV, Zed and Off the Fence, among others.

Founded in 2005, Babelgum is a privately held company, with headquarters in Ireland and offices in the U.K., France, Italy and soon the U.S.

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