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Ben Ammar bows cell-phone competish

Young Tunisian helmers urged to enter

LONDON — Franco-Tunisian mogul Tarak Ben Ammar has launched a cell-phone movie competition to promote young filmmakers in Tunisia.

The Tunisian Mobile Film Festival, which Ben Ammar says is aimed “to uncover and nurture new talent, through new technologies,” will ask teams of budding filmmakers to shoot a one-minute pic, with the theme “the Tunisian flag,” on a cell phone and upload it to the web.

Teams of up to six people under the age of 30 and residing in Tunisia are eligible to enter.

The 10 best entries chosen by a jury will participate in a three-day workshops with Tunisian industryites, including Ben Ammar, at the Empire Studio film sets.

Teams will then shoot and edit a three-minute pic on a cell phone during the workshop, which will be judged by a jury and the public.

More information on the first stage of the competition can be found at http://www.tmff.tn from April 10-20.

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