Linklater, Potter join Babelgum jury

Sundberg, Watson, Wishnow also on panel

ROME — Richard Linklater and Sally Potter are among high-profile helmers recruited for jury duty by the Babelgum Online Film Festival dedicated to professionally produced short films, held in tandem this year with indie filmmakers network Shooting People.

Also joining the third Babelgum fest’s jury roster will be young multi-hyphenate Annie Sundberg (“Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work”); producer Eric Watson (“The Fountain”); and digital film wunderkind Jason Wishnow (“Oedipus”), with additional jurors to be announced soon. As in past editions, Spike Lee will be jury prexy.

“We are looking forward to highlighting the deserving work of filmmakers around the globe including those in Shooting People’s extensive professional community,” said Karol Martesko-Fenster, topper of Babelgum’s film division.

Babelgum is a free Internet and mobile phone TV platform with close ties to the indie film and festival worlds and offices in the U.S., the U.K. and Italy.

Shooting People, which expanded from London into the U.S. in 2004 and last year partnered with the New York-based Independant Filmmaker Project, has more than 35,000 members and is estimated to serve as the tool to cast and crew more than 300 films per week. Patrons include helmers Morgan Spurlock and Sally Potter, and producer Christine Vachon.

Submissions for the Babelgum fest can be made March 11-28. They are divided into four categories: story-based and documentary shorts running up to 15 minutes, and animation and non-narrative shorts up to five minutes long.

There are no restrictions on production year or whether the film has been distributed or unspooled previously at any other fest.

Winners will be announced at a screening and reception in New York in late April.

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