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World’s first iPhone multi-film to premiere at Macworld/iWorld

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Ruben Kazantsev behind the camera on the set of Departure

Departure, produced by iPhone Film Festival founder Ruben Kazantsev, and shot in three countries, is one of the highlights of Macworld iFan events


“The future is iPhone filmmaking,” says Ruben Kazantsev, founder of the iPhone Film Festival, who returns to Macworld/iWorld this week to showcase winners of this year’s online festival – and also premiere Departure, his own ground-breaking mobile film.

In an interview for Macworld, Kazantsev predicted  that by “2020 iPhone filmmaking will be the norm. It will be second nature, like sending a text message or checking your email.”

Beverly Hills-based Kazantsev also walks the talk: not only did he have the vision to set-up the first and still the best online iPhone Film Festival, but he is also the creator and producer of Departure, the world’s first multi-film project to be shot on smartphone.

A truly international collaboration, Departure was written by Jimmy Borto and shot in three locations, in three separate countries: the United States, France, and Belarus, with three directors based in those countries;  Satie Gossett, Maria Kuracheva and Christophe Nizou.

The 20-minute short stars Renata Rinyu, cofounder of the iPhone Film Festival and Kazantsev’s fiancée, as Los Angeles police officer Deana Kashul. It’s a crime thriller set around the international drugs smuggling trade, and Kazantsev says there are plans to make Departure into a TV series similar to CSI Miami and CSI New York.

When we spoke to Kazantsev earlier this week he was still doing final edits to Departure, and described his schedule as “crazy”. Departure will premiere at Macworld/iWorld 2013 this Friday, 1 February from 5pm to 6:30pm at San Francisco’s Moscone Center West.

Paul Kent, vice president and general manager of Macworld/iWorld, said the movie is “a first-of-its-kind venture in cost-effective, expeditious, epic filmmaking and a unique opportunity for attendees to see, firsthand, the next generation of moviemaking.”

The same session will also include a presentation of winners from this year’s iPhone Film Festival and Q&A with the filmmakers after the films. If you can’t make the event in person it will be filmed and screened online soon after.

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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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