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Euro-IX Launches Euro 35,000 Film Competition to Tell the Story of the Internet

2008-10-23 10:56

Search for Filmmaking Talent to Paint the Big Picture

LONDON, Oct. 23 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- The European Internet Exchange Association, Euro-IX, has launched a film competition challenging amateur or professional filmmakers to develop a short-movie that explains the inner workings of the Internet. The contest will run under the banner: ‘The Internet Revealed’.

Euro-IX is a collaboration of Europe’s leading Internet Exchange Points that connect the networks of Internet service providers, carriers and content parties to facilitate the exchange of Internet traffic. Association members carry 90% of public Internet traffic in Europe.

The group is seeking to raise public awareness and understanding of how networks connect together to form the world-wide web. Euro-IX has launched a search for a captivating and informative movie that can easily be distributed online to help interested parties and the general public understand how it all fits together.

The contest consists of two stages. In the first stage contestants pitch their idea to a judging panel. Ideas that are approved go on to a second stage where the movies will be developed. The project will kick-off in autumn 2008 and the winners announced in April 2009 at the 14th Euro-IX Forum in Prague.

The winner of the contest will receive a sizeable first prize of Euro 25.000. There will also be recognition for effort and creativity with additional prizes. Films should not exceed five minutes and they should be in English.

"The Internet is now firmly entrenched in people’s lives and business, and this has led to a marked interest in how the global infrastructure actually works and what the role and operation of Internet Exchange Points is," said Cara Mascini, Euro-IX Film Committee Chair and Chief Marketing Officer at the Amsterdam Internet Exchange. "Unfortunately, there is little material available that makes any sense of the role our association members play in the operation of the Internet as a whole."

"We want to mark the amazing construction that is the World-Wide Web by enlisting top creative talent from around the world to help us tell the story from the perspective of the operators that connect and carry the traffic across the street and around the world. This will be a great opportunity for talented filmmakers to reach a broad public audience and demonstrate their story-telling skills in a classic short film format," Mascini concluded.

The film-competition is a collaborative initiative of Euro-IX members and patrons and is funded by the following main contributors: AMS-IX, DE-CIX, Equinix, JPNAP, RIPE NCC and Cisco. The competition is also supported by the following other exchanges: FICIX, NIX.CZ, VIX and NetNod.

"Equinix is always looking for new ways to help the public understand the role that internet exchanges play in the operation of the Internet," comments Eric Schwartz, President of Equinix in Europe. "We are excited about being involved with this project and we are looking forward to seeing how the film makers interpret and define the workings of the Internet".

To learn more about the competition, please visit the Euro-IX film competition website http://www.euro-ix.net/film .

About Euro-IX

Euro-IX (European Internet Exchange Association) was formed in May 2001 with the intention to further develop, strengthen and improve the Internet Exchange Point (IXP) community. Today Euro-IX has 44 affiliated IXPs originating from 27 countries around the world.

About Equinix

Equinix is the leading global provider of network-neutral data center and interconnection services, offering premium colocation, traffic exchange and outsourced IT infrastructure solutions. Global enterprises, content companies, systems integrators and network service providers look to Equinix Internet Business Exchange (IBX(R)) centers for world-class reliability and network diversity. Equinix IBX centers serve as critical, core hubs for IP networks and Internet operations worldwide. With 41 IBX centers located in 18 strategic markets across North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, Equinix enables customers to reliably operate their mission-critical infrastructure on a global basis.

Important information about Equinix is routinely posted on the investor relations page of its website located at http://www.equinix.com . We encourage you to check Equinix’s website regularly for the most up-to-date information.

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from expectations discussed in such forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, the challenges of acquiring, operating and constructing IBX centers and developing, deploying and delivering Equinix services; unanticipated costs or difficulties relating to the integration of companies we have acquired or will acquire into Equinix; a failure to receive significant revenue from customers in recently built out or acquired data centers; failure to complete any financing arrangements contemplated from time to time; competition from existing and new competitors; the ability to generate sufficient cash flow or otherwise obtain funds to repay new or outstanding indebtedness; the loss or decline in business from our key customers; and other risks described from time to time in Equinix’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In particular, see Equinix’s recent quarterly and annual reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, copies of which are available upon request from Equinix. Equinix does not assume any obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this press release.

Equinix and IBX are registered trademarks of Equinix, Inc. Internet Business Exchange is a trademark of Equinix, Inc.

For further press information or photo material, please contact:

Ilona de Bok

Global Public Relations, LEWIS

Tel: +31-0-40-235-4600

Fax: +31-0-40-235-4601

Email: ilonadb@lewispr.com

Website: http://www.lewispr.com

For more information about the Euro-IX film competition, please contact:

Cara Mascini or Serge Radovcic:

Tel: +31-0-20-305-8999

Fax: +31-0-20-305-8990

Email: cara.mascini@ams-ix.net or serge.radovcic@euro-ix.net

For more information about Equinix, please contact:

Kerry Jago

Tel: +44-0-845-373-2935

Fax: +44-0-207-534-2131

E-mail: kerry.jago@eu.equinix.com

Website: http://www.equinix.com

Source: Equinix
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