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iPhone film made for $50 scoops $12k prize at international film festival
The 3rd Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival proves to be a massive hit with record submissions and attendance
A film shot on an iPhone 4s for $50 walked away with $12,000 cash prize after winning best film and audience award at the 3rd Olleh International Smartphone Film Festival in Seoul.
Director Kim Chan Lon corralled a bunch of mates together to make 24 Months Later, a clever and witty take on smartphone obsession. His 10-minute short clearly delighted judges and the audience and has already achieved over 1,000 views on YouTube.
Irish actor and filmmaker Simon O’Neill picked up best international award for his hilarious film Tell Me About Yourself, about an actor making a video pitch for a part he desperately wants – with disastrous consequences.
Best film in the domestic section went to Last Valentine by Choi Jang-Min, about a 34-year-old man who dreams of becoming a film director.
Kim Min-Jin won the youth prize for Maltese 294-04 about an abandoned dog who finds refuge in a home for strays.
With its emphasis on youth and featuring a new international section, this year’s festival attracted more than 700 entries, almost double the previous year’s submissions.
In South Korea itself, two-thirds of the country’s 50 million people own smartphones and it has become a hotbed of mobile filmmaking creativity.
Bong Joong-ho, a 44-year-old South Korean movie director and this year’s jury president for the festival, said he has become interested in exploring moviemaking with smartphones.
“There are many fun features that only smartphones have. I would like to tell stories with very personal and intimate confessions of people,” he said.