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Nokia announces finalists for the Mobile Filmmaking Awards

Mobile short videos will be seen on international Pangea Day broadcast

(PresseBox) (Espoo, Finland and New York, N.Y., USA, ) The wait is over. Nokia today announced the five finalists for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards which will be screened during the Pangea Day broadcast on May 10th. The winners will be flown to Los Angeles to attend one of Pangea Day's six live broadcast locations on Saturday, May 10th.

Pangea Day was created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim after winning the prestigious 2006 TED Prize. Together, Noujaim and TED, with support from Nokia, have created Pangea Day to connect people by harnessing the power of film and encouraging people to view the world through someone else's eyes.

The five finalists in the Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards competition, which ran from March 19 to April 30, in no particular order, are: Pier Bardoni for Cloud Running; Eduardo Cachucho for Game; Rupert Howe for Amazing Rainbows; Bob Calabritto for Smile; and Kayoom Mistry for Rounds All Around.

Contestants uploaded their two-minute long entries for the competition to the Pangea Day channel at Share on Ovi, a free media sharing service that makes it easy to upload, manage and share personal media through mobile, desktop and other connected devices. Consumers who registered on the site voted to select the five finalists.

All five finalists, chosen by online voting, will be flown to Los Angeles for the event. A panel of professional judges - including Jehane Noujaim, Dave Stewart and others - will review the videos prior to the broadcast and pick a winner, which will then be announced during the Pangea Day broadcast. In addition to the trip to the Los Angeles event, the winner will receive a mobile filmmaking trip of a lifetime to the Rwandan Gorilla Reserve and a production budget to record their trip.

On May 10th, millions of people all over the world will come together to watch a 4-hour program of short films, coupled with talks from CNN's Christiane Amanpour and Queen Noor of Jordan, and with special musical guest. Through the Friends of Pangea Day page at http://www.pangeaday.org/events.php, anyone, anywhere can sign up and host their own Pangea Day event or attend an event in their local community.

Though submissions for the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards have closed, images and films will live on at www.ovi.com/pangeaday where you can continue to share your experiences about this special day.

For more information about the Pangea Day and the 2008 Nokia Mobile Filmmaking Awards, visit www.ovi.com/pangeaday.

About Pangea Day
Pangea Day taps the power of film to strengthen tolerance and empathy while uniting millions of people to build a better future. Created by award-winning documentary filmmaker Jehane Noujaim in collaboration with the TED Conferences after she won the prestigious TED Prize, Pangea Day's mission is to create a worldwide network of caring and concerned citizens who will make a difference. Visit www.pangeaday.org for more information.