Yahoo! Telemundo

August 21, 2006 12:29 ET

Yahoo! Telemundo Gives Hispanic Filmmakers a Shot at Fame With Launch of Short Film Festival

MIAMI--(Collegiate Presswire - August 21, 2006) - Yahoo! Telemundo is tapping into the cinematic genius of Hispanic audiences with the launch of the Yahoo! Telemundo Short Film Festival (http://espanol.entertainment.yahoo.com/filmfestival) sponsored by Toyota Yaris. This competition will enable Hispanic filmmakers to showcase their independently-produced work to millions online, and allow users to cast votes for the best short films in four different genres.

Through September 5, filmmaking enthusiasts can submit their two-to-ten minute short films on Yahoo! Telemundo Cine, the recently re-launched online movie channel. Films can be submitted in English or Spanish, or both, in any of the following categories: Comedy, Horror, Action/Drama and Animation.

"The Yahoo! Telemundo Short Film Festival was created for filmmakers in need of an outlet for their boundless creativity, talent and imagination," said Jose Rivera Font, general manager Yahoo! North Latin America. "We are committed to the next generation of creatives whose stories need to be heard, with no limitation of language or media, by giving them access to a media world only Yahoo! Telemundo can offer. This is a groundbreaking competition where we may find the next Alfonso Cuaron or Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu," added Antoinette Zel, senior executive VP, network strategy, of Telemundo.

Voting begins September 11 and runs through October 20. Each week users will vote for their favorite film in each of the four genres. During the final week, the films with the greatest number of votes in each genre will compete to become the overall users' choice.

The short film which earns the most votes will air on Telemundo's broadcast network in its Weekend Prime Time Movie Block and on mun2, the cable network for young U.S. Latinos, in its soon to be premiered movie-driven show, "Have you Cine?" Additionally, the "Users' Choice" winner will receive "24 hours of fame" in which his/her film appears on the home page of Yahoo! Telemundo and the winning filmmaker will win a trip to the Sundance Film Festival January 25 to 29, 2007.

For further information on how to enter, interested participants should visit (http://espanol.entertainment.yahoo.com/filmfestival).

About Yahoo! Telemundo

Yahoo! Telemundo is a leading online media and services community for Hispanic consumers in the U.S. The venture between Yahoo! and Telemundo combines the strengths of Yahoo!'s technology and global reach with Telemundo's original content and marketing capabilities to help businesses interact with this community.

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