GSMA and MOFILM announce Kevin Spacey host for Mobile World Congress

Two-time Academy Award-winning actor and director, Kevin Spacey, will headline at the GSMA’s Mobile World Congress (16 to 20 February 2009) in Barcelona, as host of the MOFILM Mobile Short Film Festival and mobile entertainment keynote speaker.

The MOFILM Mobile Short Film Festival follows the success of the GSMA’s previous collaborations with the Sundance Institute to create the Global Short Film Project at the Mobile World Congress in 2007, and in 2008 with the launch of the MOFILM brand to showcase the work of short film directors representing the Cannes, Locarno and Shanghai Film Festivals and the Sundance Channel, supported by film legend Robert Redford and actress, writer and director Isabella Rossellini.

The MOFILM Mobile Short Film Festival is the first of its kind, and highlights the increasing influence of the mobile medium on the entertainment industry, bringing together art, commerce and technology. The 2009 initiative comes on a wave of a new generation of sophisticated multimedia-enabled mobile handsets and value-added operator services, providing new opportunities to enjoy short form video.

Spacey, the star of Hollywood blockbusters American Beauty, The Usual Suspects and LA Confidential, among many others and currently artistic director of London’s renowned Old Vic theatre, will host the MOFILM Mobile Short Film Festival, presenting the prize for the best short film of five minutes or less in length that are submitted by film makers from around the world. He will also participate in a keynote interview at the Congress on Thursday 19 February 2009.

Michael O’Hara, chief marketing officer of the GSMA, stated: “We are thrilled that Kevin Spacey, one of the world’s most revered and respected actor-directors, will join us in Barcelona to share some refreshing and provocative perspectives on the potential of mobile entertainment and host the world’s first global mobile film festival.”

MOFILM has received entries from filmmakers in over 40 countries around the world to date. Due to an overwhelming response, MOFILM has announced an extension to the deadline for film submission to Saturday 24 Jan 2009.