Mobile Film Festivals News, , , , — October 4, 2013 18:03 — 0 Comments

iPhone maestro Mess reigns in Spain, picking up more awards at the Cinephone Film Festival

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Conrad Mess clutches his awards and celebrates with other filmmakers at the 2013 Cinephone International Short Film Festival

Spanish iPhone filmmaker Conrad Mess wins best film at Cinephone International Short Film Festival for The Asking Room to add to his collection of mobile accolades


Spanish filmmaker Conrad Mess is celebrating winning two prestigious awards this week – to add to his growing list of accolades from the mobile filmmaking community.

Firstly, his latest iPhone film The Asking Room pretty much swept the board at the Cinephone International Short Film Festival in Barcelona where his entry won overall Best Film, Best Cinematography and also a Best Actor award for its star, Mike Dawson Kovalsky.

In addition Mess’s The Asking Room also received a special mention for lighting and editing at the FIC Argentina Short Film Festival. In our estimation this makes Conrad Mess the most coveted mobile filmmaker as he has picked up awards consistently since his debut with his iPhone film The Fixer in 2011.

The Cinephone Film Festival award ceremony took place in front of a packed audience at the FNAC building in central Barcelona where Mess picked up a cheque for €800 ($1,087) for best film.

Second prize (Jury Award) and a cheque for €200 went to LA-based Chris Nong for his outstanding film The Editor and a special Mosaic Prize of €400 was awarded to Juan Alfredo Amil for his film Soy un heroe.

Best script award went to the The Editor and the award for Best Soundtrack went to French entry Framed from Mael Sevestre.

To see videos of all the winning entries follow this link.

Speaking exclusively to smartmoviemaking.com, Mess said: “I’m incredibly happy for winning three awards on Cinephone and another one on FIC in the same week with The Asking Room. If we win Phonetastic-Sitges in a week from now, it will be a dream come true!”

The first Cinephone Film Festival was held last year and featured 21 short films all made ​​entirely in Spain. This year Cinephone went international and received 84 short films from 18 countries.

In an interview with Audiovisual Workshop blog, Cinephone director, David Cornadó, says “the most widely used device was the iPhone.” He also explains in detail the origins of the festival and outlines plans for the future. Read the full interview here.

• Disclosure: Tony Myers was a member of the Jury panel on the Cinephone International Short Film Festival along with Luis Eduardo Juarez  and Jorge Serna.

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Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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