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City Officials Hope to Host Simpsons Movie Premiere

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Springfield officials have begun work on a video they hope will convince filmmakers the city should be the site of the world premiere of The Simpsons Movie.

KSMU's Matt Petcoff has the story...

Some fans of the long-running cartoon series say the selection of a Springfield for the world premiere is the long awaited unveiling of the true Simpsons hometown.

20th Century Fox representatives insist it's simply a competition to honor the Springfield with the most Simpsons spirit.

Either way, Springfield, Missouri officials are preparing to represent their town the right way.

Mar'Ellen Felin is the Director of Communications for the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She says while she can't say much about the production given the nature of the competition, she promises Springfield will be well represented.

Helping with the video production is New York-based filmmaker and Springfield, Missouri native Jeff Clinkenbeard.

Clinkenbeard is co-founder of the popular 48-hour film competition, SATO 48.

The Simpsons production, which must be between 3 and 5 minutes long, is due to Fox on June 28th.

It will then run online on the USA Today website against entries from 13 other Springfields with voting scheduled to end on July 9th.

14 of the more than 30 Springfields have agreed to participate in the competition, including Springfield, Illinois and Springfield, Massachusetts.