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Open call: roundup of mobile film festivals still taking submissions this year

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Get your film on! Check deadlines for some of the best mobile film festivals

As the summer music festival season ends, it’s time to go online and see what some of the best mobile film festivals are planning


As summer draws to an end and the city comes back to life after the holiday lull, there is plenty going on in the mobile film festival world with many organisations planning awards ceremonies either at the end of this year or early 2013.

Most of these festivals are still open for submissions so we’d thought we’d compile a quick roundup of ones we think are definitely worth being involved in.

First up is the daddy of the mobile film festival world, The Disposable Film Festival, (DFF) whose 2013 submission deadline is 1 October 2012 at 11:59pm PST with a $0.99 fee per submission, or a late deadline on 1 November 2012 at 11:59pm PST with a $5.00 fee per submission.

Click on the link for full submission guidelines, but for this festival disposable media must be central and integral to the film, and acceptable devices include anything  you can carry: cell phones, point and shoot cameras, DSLRs, webcams, screen capture software, Flip video cams, for example.

“We love it when filmmakers get creative with their equipment,” says the website and all submissions must be under 10 minutes. Organisers are promising ‘bigger and better’ prizes for 2013, and the DFF boasts and impressive judges’ panel.

The iPhone Film Festival is also planning something spectacular for next year, which co-founder Ruben Kazantsev says he is keeping under wraps until details are finalised.

While submissions are ongoing, there doesn’t look like there will be an awards ceremony in 2012 and instead of two finals a year Kazantsev says the iPhone Film Festival may become a single, annual, competition tied in with a very high profile event. More news on this to follow.

We’ve also been keeping close tabs on the Mobil Film festival run by Susy Botello and now in its second year. The final is scheduled for 27 to 28 April 2013, and will take place at Grossmont College in San Diego.

Submissions to the Mobil Film Festival are free; all films must be shot exclusively on mobile phones and between :30 seconds to 5:00 minutes max in length. See website for more details.

As well as showcasing films on a big screen, the weekend of the final will be an opportunity for networking, workshops, exhibits, entertainment – along with an awards ceremony featuring a commemorative red carpet walk by the ‘stars’ and filmmakers!

Botello also tells smartmoviemaking.com that she is in talks with various film schools and educational establishments about collaborator programmes with the Mobil Film Festival. She is working closely with top iPhone filmmaker Conrad Mess, whose film The Fixer won best short in the second iPhone Film festival, to run a series of special workshops on the art of mobile filmmaking.

We’ve written about the indieFone Film Festival previously and its deadline for submissions is 21 December 2012 and winners will be announced on 15 January 2013. Organisers are offering a $10,000 first prize with the chance of making a reality show with experienced filmmakers.

Established a couple of years ago with a growing reputation with Latin filmmakers the indieFone Film Festival is now looking to broaden its remit with an event that is open to everyone — with an iPhone that is. Check website for more details.

A couple of others that we know about include the Once a Week Online Film Festival, who are now accepting shorts up to 30 minutes and have added an audience award, there is no charge for submissions, check website for more info.

Finally, our very own iPhone Popup Film Festival is an informal gathering of filmmakers to swap and share their work and come along and show their film in person or submit it online. We’ll be taking the iPhone Popup Film Festival on the road and see what develops, our special nights also include live music and popup art exhibitions as well as showcasing the best iPhone films in a live environment. Submissions open all year, see website for details.

• Further reading: The best online mobile film festivals

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

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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