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Cingular Wireless Wants Short Films for Phones

The Cingular Wireless Short Film FestivalWorld Wide WebJanuary 31, 2005Deadline: January 31, 2005

Cingular Wireless, the largest wireless carrier in the United States, is searching for film students and young customers to create 15-second films on their wireless phones. The Cingular Wireless Short Film Festival, a national initiative, is offering cash and prizes for the best film shorts produced on video phones. There are two separate categories -- one for college film students and the other for Cingular users ages 13 to 24. For the film student portion, the festival will be judged by Hollywood director Brett Ratner, a New York University film school graduate.

To encourage participation among the film students, Cingular will provide, on a first come, first served basis, Motorola V551 video phones. Film students who miss out on the loaner phones can still submit an entry if they have access to a VMS capable phone with Cingular service. The films can fit within different genres, including action, comedy and experimental. Ratner will judge the films on specific criteria, including creativity, expression and entertainment value. The overall student winner will receive a Motorola V551 phone, $500 in Cingular Gift Cards and $5,000 in cash. All submissions will be available for viewing on the film short microsite:

Top vote-getters for each week of the contest will receive free ringtones and CDs, among other prizes. At the end of the festival, one grand-prize winner will receive a Motorola V551 phone stocked with ringtones, as well as 10 free movie passes and $5,000 in cash.

Consumers can go to to receive additional information about the contest, including rules and submission guidelines.

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