Mobile Film Festivals, film festivals, filmmaking, indie, iPhone Film Festival, iphones, mobile, Raindance, shorts, smartphones — January 12, 2012 10:03 — 17 Comments
The best online mobile film festivals
Many working hours have gone into compiling this list, making it relevant for smart moviemakers who would like to showcase their work. Some festivals may have closed their submission windows for this year, but it’s good to keep a watching brief for next time. I’ll flag up the festivals still taking submissions.
The list is in no particular order, but I hope you find it useful.
Cinephone Film Festival
Barcelona-based Cinephone Film Festival is particularly strong on promoting work from amateur filmmakers (over 18 years) who are seeking valuable feedback and exposure. All films must have been made on a mobile device, original, unpublished and under 15 minutes long. Deadline for 2013: 31 August
iPhone Popup Film Festival
‘The festival in your pocket’ and strictly no red carpet! Our very own festival, which is not strictly a festival as such as we popup everywhere and anywhere, showcasing the best mobile films in front of a live audience. Keep checking for dates, awards coming soon, along with our very own app.
Based on the Atlantic Highlands, NJ, FilmOneFest is more than just another little local film festival. The only thing small about it is its one-minute films. Not only does FilmOneFest celebrate filmmakers and story-tellers in their neighbourhood, but it also features ‘the best and most original one-minute films from around the world’.
This volunteer-led festival, with backing from the Atlantic Highlands Arts Council, offers a fantastic opportunity to view a snapshot of what is going on in the borderless world of digital and mobile filmmaking.
Now in its fourth year, the 2012 event is held from 21–22 July. Submissions closed for this year, but look out for it in 2013. For more details download the FilmOneFest app.
Once a Week Online Film Festival [NEW]
The festival says its aim is ‘to give filmmakers a greater amount of exposure by showcasing one specific film on the YouTube channel for an entire week to a limitless audience.’ Once a Week Online Film Festival is a weekly showcase of short indie films under 20 minutes. All films showcased come directly from submissions. Every Wednesday at 9pm (Eastern Standard Time) the highest rated film will be shown on the homepage and will remain for an entire week. Each selected film will stay on the channel forever and as the festival grows will receive more and more views. The first film was shown on September 6th, 2010. Deadline for entries: ongoing
International Retro Film Contest [NEW]
Tapping into the huge success of The Artist, The International Retro Film Contest is now open for submissions. All that is required is your iPhone and the Silent Film Director app. Choose between actor or director, drama, comedy or action thriller in a number of genres including black and white, sepia or ‘hippie retro’. Prizes include the chance to win a new Apple iPad, tickets to see silent film classic Napoleon in San Francisco, iPhone styluses and iPhone stands from Blue Lounge. Deadline for entries is 28 May 2012.
Vimeo Festival + Awards 2012 [NEW]
Submisssion deadline is 20 February 2012, so there is still time submit a video and put yourself in the frame for up to $30,000 in grants.
The festival and awards ceremony will be held in New York City on 7–9 June. The judges panel includes Radiohead bass player Colin Greenwood and actor James Franco.
Vimeo will award grants of $5,000 to all the category winners as well as awarding a Grant of $25,000 for the grand prize winner. The full list of judges, categories submission criteria, and entry forms are available at vimeoawards.com
French mobile film festival [UPDATED]
Deadline has been and gone for this year, but organisers say they received 380 films from all over France, from which 50 have been officially selected for competition. The public can vote for their favourite film in a special Public Award until 5 February on three different platforms:
The prize ceremony will take place in Paris on 8 February 2012 with screeningS of the 50 films and presentation of a 15, 000 euros grant for the best film award.
The French Mobile Film Festival is the first cross media festival with multiple screening solutions :
- web site
- Mobile applications: iPhone and Android
Your Film Festival [NEW]
YouTube has teamed up with top Hollywood director Ridley Scott to create the Your Film Festival to help young film-makersget a foot in the door and a chance of previewing their work at the Venice Film festival in August 2012. See our previous article for more details.
The iPhone Film Festival (IFF)
The first festival on the scene to realise the potential of the iPhone. The IFF was established soon after the iPhone 4 launch in 2010. The first awards were held online in April 2011, followed by another awards ceremony in October. The standard of films keeps getting better and better, as does the IFF. Submissions are open all year and the next awards are planned for April 2012. See website for details.
Smartphone Film Festival
Sister site of the IFF, established to reflect the growing number of films being made on smartphones other than Apple’s. Same criteria as IFF, if you are working with the Nokia N8, for example, this festival is for you.
Indie Fone Festival
The IndieFone Film Fest recently held its inaugural awards ceremony and we are waiting to hear details of the 2012 event. Open to any films shot on any smartphone; the jury for its first awards included Anna Elizabeth James and Michael Koerbel from Majek Pictures so added kudos as these guys are at the forefront of mobilefilm-making. One to keep a watch on.
The first film festival @Facebook. Open to all film-makers, Onecloudfest’s mission is to connect independent artists and film-makers with viewers and ‘bring deserving works to light’. The festival is open for submissions for its Spring Competition from March through to May 2012. Entries via @withoutabox.com. Check website for more details.
Original iphone Film Festival
Not to be confused with the iphone Film Festival. The OIFF will be announcing winners of its first awards ceremony at Macworld | iWorld 2012 later this month in San Francisco. Check website for future announcements.
New Media Film Festival
Representing the best in new media. Open to all ages, all cultures, all media. The New Media Film Festival has been called ‘Sundance for the Facebook Crowd’. It certainly looks like it has its act together, check website for new submissions etc.
Portable film festival
More selective with their submissions, the Portable Film Festival looks for work displaying a high level of technical proficiency, with strong narrative and story elements on subjects of international interest. Read terms and conditions for submission, in some cases feedback is also provided on films submitted.
The Disposable Film Festival
The DFF was created in 2007 to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video: short films made on non-professional devices, such as mobile phones. Selected by MovieMaker Magazine as one the world’s “coolest film festivals,” the Disposable Film Festival hosts screenings, competitions, and kicks off in San Francisco every March before travelling to cities around the world.
Pocket Cine Festival
Deadline for submissions for 2012 is 30 January.No compulsory subjects, no specific genre (fiction, clip, animation, docu-fiction, lipdub, stop motion. ‘Everything is permitted only if the film was made with a telephone and two minutes maximum duration’. Clear?
Women+Film Voices Film Festival
The Denver Film Society’s Women+Film Voices Film Festival runs from 6 to 11 March 2012. The brief is to produce a 2–3 minute video, created on a mobile device, about a woman who inspires you or who has an interesting story to tell. Deadline for submissions to the 2012 event is 16 January, contact email@example.com for more details.
The 2nd Olleh Smartphone Film Festival
A South Korean film festival accepting submissions of short works (less than 10 minutes) shot on a smartphone. The event will be held from 19 to 21 March in Seoul, with cash prizes for winning entries. Deadline for entries is 12 February 2012.
Hollywood MOBILE Film Festival
The Hollywood MOBILE Film Festival is an intrinsic part of the Hollywood Film Festival. Selected shorts, music videos, ad spots, and mobile content websites compete in the Hollywood MOBILE Awards, which are comprised of the following awards: Best Mobile Short, Best Mobile Video Game, Best Mobile Music Video, Best Mobile Commercial, Best Mobile Advertising and Best Mobile Content Website. See website for submissions.
5th Hong Kong Mobile film festival
Established since 2007, the Hong Kong Mobile Film Festival ‘recognizes the excellence of mobile film-makers for their endeavor and creativity’. Entries for 2nd International Mobile Film Awards close in ‘early January’ with an awards ceremony in March 2012.
The One Minute Film Festival of Spain & The Americas
A quirky little festival (literally) seeking submissions from ‘whatever you want as long as it is connected with the competition’s theme and format, but make sure that it lasts just one minute! (Titles included)’. Deadline has passed for 2012, but there is always next year. Bookmark it if ultra, ultra shorts are your thing.
The SHORTSNONSTOP festival
SHORTSNONSTOP is a year-round online mobile film festival. It is a showcase of short films produced for mobile and online platforms. The running time of films submitted to SHORTSNONSTOP cannot exceed more than three minutes. Next submission is 15 April 2012, so check out the website for details.
Mobile Screenfest International
An Australian festival that held its awards back in October, we’re not sure if they are planning another, but it certainly looks fun, will let you know if we hear anything.
Of course, this list is by no means definitive, there are hundreds of short film festivals taking place all over the world and many will be accepting work shot on mobile devices. It is merely a start.
Please add to it by letting us know of any film festivals we may have missed that have a mobile category, and hopefully we can develop it into a useful guide for mobilefilm-makers.
• The Raindance Film Festival has produced a handy list of world’s top festivals for short films, if you wish to scope out more opportunities.