Date: 9th March 2007

Film prize for real Springfield

Sixteen US cities named Springfield have been asked to compete to host the premiere of The Simpsons Movie in July.

The cartoon series is based in its own fictional town of Springfield - creator Matt Groening has said he chose it because it is a common US city name.

Film company 20th Century Fox will pick a winning short film submitted by the real-life cities about community life.

Source: Press Release