Mobile Film Festivals
The following is a comprehensive list of all the film festivals for movies, animation, games, comedy, mobisodes, music videos and other content for the mobile phone or other mobile devices. It also includes festivals looking for content shot with a mobile camera. In an attempt to stay current. please notify MobilizedTV of any updates, changes or errors in the list.
BABELGUM ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL - This third annual BOFF featured simultaneous mobile and online viewing and voting by the global public in four categories. As part of the festival, Stolichnaya Vodka will present the inaugural Stoli Emerging Filmmaker Award. Entries for BOFF3 will fall under four categories, with no restrictions on production year or whether the film has been previously distributed or entered into any offline or online film festival. Films with running times up to 15 minutes are eligible. The categories are: Animation – includes stop-motion, anime, hand-drawn, CGI, paper-cut, or any other animation form (5 min max.); Narrative – includes story-based, fictional live-action films in any genre (15 min max.); Nonnarrative – includes live-action artists’ film and video (5 min max.); and Documentary – includes observational, presenter-led, narrated, real-life storytelling (15 min max.). Babelgum has partnered with Shooting People, the world’s largest network of independent filmmakers. Jurors include Richard Linklater, Sally Potter, Annie Sundberg, Eric Watson and Jason Wishnow. First place films will screen at the Tribeca Film Festival.
BRIGHTHAND MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – This festival will take place at CTIA in April 2010 in Las Vegas. Categories are Comedy, Drama, Music, Animation, Commercial, and Series. Each video should run about three minutes and can be in any format. Finalists in each category will win 60 days of national distribution on the mFlix mobile film channel available on Sprint PCS. Entries can be uploaded here.
CELL PHONE CINEMA FESTIVAL- This festival, held in India, just completed its third year. Organized by the Asian Academy of Film & TV, this 3rd International Film Festival was held in 3rd week of January 2010 and was open for participation from across the globe.The contest was open to films/music videos/news/still picture shot on a mobile phone, with a length no longer than 3 minutes. With what was apparently another successful year of that contest, let’s hope there is a 4th International event. Check the site to watch the winning videos and for more information.
CINEQUEST FILM FESTIVAL – This year, Cinequest and SanDisk partnered to present the Cinequest Phone Flick Contst & Voter Sweepstake. Twenty filmmakers from CQFF20 competed for a Grand Prize of $5,000 based on films made with a video-capable mobile phone. The voter sweepstake offered prizes of a Motorola Smartphone and SanDisk 8GB microSDHC Mobile Memory Card. The 2010 Festival ended March 6.
DOGMA MOBILE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – Dogma Mobile International Film Festival is a new film festival that wants to explore the limits of filmmaking on the mobile phone. By applying some simple but strict rules – inspired by the Danish Dogma Movement of the 90’s – the festival wishes to create a creative framework for films shot on mobile phones. “We wish to give the best possible help and inspiration to our users and we do this by providing articles with tips and tricks, by interviewing film professionals and experts, by creating a forum for discussion, by making seminars and many other activities to create attention around mobile films and to inspire the people who want to take part,” says the website. The festival is an ongoing online event, with some “real life” happenings along the way.
FESTIVAL DO MINUTO – A Brazilian mobile film festival. This one is a open all year round.
FESTIVAL POCKET FILMS – Paris, France – The sixth year of this pioneering film festival will take place on June 18 – 20, 2010 in Paris. All genres are accepted including documentaries, fiction, experimental; all lengths are accepted from short-form to long-form. There are two contests, one “call” for entries was March 1, and the second is March 31. Prizes : Jury’s 1st prize : 1500 € and a mobile video telephone; Jury’s 2nd prize : 1000 € and a mobile video telephone; Jury’s 3rd prize : a mobile video telephone; Public Prize : a mobile video telephone
GREEN MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – This festival–which focuses on “green” themed mobile films–was launched in 2009 in Spain. Themes are the environment and climate change and topics can include the sea, earth and forests, space & air, renewable resources and new technologies. The five categories are Humor, Drama, Comedy, Romance, Action. All films should be under 3 minutes long, titles included, and specially made for mobile screening. English, English subtitled or Spanish. There are no admission fees for the competition. Winners will be announced by May 20th, 2010.
HOLLYWOOD MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL - This 14th annual festival now debuts a mobile film competition, to highlight domestic and international shorts, ad spots and music videos up to 4 minutes maximum, and mobile content websites. An intrinsic part of the Hollywood Film Festival, the MOBILE Film Festival Awards will be given to Best Mobile Short, Best Mobile Video Game, Best Mobile Music Video, Best Mobile Commercial, Best Mobile Advertising and Best Mobile Content Website. The Festival takes place Oct. 22 to 25, 2010 in Hollywood.
HONG KONG MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – The 3rd Mobile Film Production Contest Award winners will be presented at FILMART on March 25, 2010. In the Mobile Film Production Contest, “Hong Kong – A City with Unlimited Potential” was one of the thematic award category, to draw more local talents to participate in the contest. The award winning film will be put on “Hong Kong at World Expo 2010” website for public viewing.
IBERMINUTO FILM FESTIVAL - The 1 Minute Film Festival of Spain and the Americas is in its fifth season. The final deadline for submissions this year is April 10, 2010. Each film must be exactly one minute in length (including titles) and must have as a central theme, the theme announced for this celebration. There are no admission fees.
MOBIFEST – This site describes the 2009 winners in Toronto and has a “sign up” form for submitting mobile films. There is no information on a 2010 contest.
MOFILM - Started as an artistic project in early 2007 with the Sundance Institute and GSM Association, MOFILM pioneered ‘made-for-mobile’ content working with filmmakers such as Kevin Spacey, Robert Redford, Isabella Rossellini and Spike Lee and runs “the world’s largest mobile film festival” in Barcelona, Spain once a year in conjunction with the GSM Association, as well as working with leading film festivals, including Shanghai, Cannes, Sundance, Locarno and London. Go to the site to learn more about the various competitions.
MOBILE EXCELLENCE AWARDS – Produced by Axis Marketing & PR and Mobile Monday Los Angeles, this awards ceremony has just concluded its second year. Awards are given for Best Mobile Original Program for Film; Best Adapted or Companion Program; Best Community/Fan Content; Best Mobile Content Development; Best Original Content for Mobile Entertainment; and Best Mobile Video Programming among other awards.
MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL – This site encourages entries from France, Morocco and Polynesia/Tahiti. “International entries” are encouraged to email email@example.com
MOBILE SCREENFEST – This is Australia’s first mobile film festival, under the artistic direction of Prof. Karoly Bardosh, who teaches cell-phone cinema at New York Univerity. With over $10,000 in prizes, the festival is open to all Australian residents, and awards content in nine categories, including Best Sports Video, Best Music Video, Best Drama, Best Comedy, Best Actor and a People’s Choice Award.
UMBAI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL – This festival–which focuses on documentaries, shorts, animation–accepted mobile entries in 2009. The site says nothing about its criteria for 2010 entries.
NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL – In its inaugural year, NMFF is looking for both short and long-form works that “exhibit a strong personal vision combined with the highest standards of creative excellence and technical achievement.” Grand prize is $10,000 of goods and services from Big Vision Studios. All finalists also will be viewed by distributors for possible online, theatrical, or broadcast distribution. Anyone who submits their work will receive FREE producer software ($89 value) from www.ShowBizSoftware.com. Submission categories are: Feature Length; Documentary; Shorts; 3D; Webseries; Webisode; Mobisode; Mobile; Shot on RED. Entry fees for mobile are: Mobisode (media made for your cell phone): $15 and Mobile (media made by your cell phone): $1
NOKIA: CALLING ALL INNOVATORS – This contest is looking for innovative apps in four categories: Eco/Being Green; Entertainment; Productivity; Life Improvement. There are also local content opportunities for developers in the following countries: Belgium, Netherlands, Pakistan, Hungary, Australia, Hong Kong, Russia, Vietnam, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Egypt and Spain. The contest is open to individuals, teams and businesses. The top three submissions in each of the four categories will win U.S.$30,000 for first place, U.S.$15,000 for second place and U.S.$5,000 for third place. There are other prizes available. Submission period closes June 10, 2010. For more on the rules, click here.
PORTABLE FILM FESTIVAL – The Portable Film Festival, now in its third year, is an international festival of film and user created content delivered completely online and distributed through portable video devices. Its annual competition program is released online on August 1 each year.The 2009 Festival showed 180 films, from over 800 submissions from 46 countries, across the festival categories of Short Film, Music Video, Look at Me, Get Animated, First Hand Capture, and Feature Film.
SHORTSNONSTOP is a program of the Canadian Film Centre and a year-round online mobile film festival. The running time of films submitted to SHORTSNONSTOP cannot exceed more than three minutes. Backed by TELUS, one of Canada’s leading mobile carriers, this festival accepts entries on an ongoing basis, directly at its website. After each prize deadline, 10 finalists will be selected by our programmers for promotion and distribution by TELUS on its mobile networks in Canada. One filmmaker in each prize period will win a cash prize of $1500. The upcoming deadline for the SHORTSNONSTOP submissions is April 15, 2010.
THE DISPOSABLE FILM FESTIVAL – The Disposable Film Festival was created in 2007 to celebrate the artistic potential of disposable video: short films made on non-professional devices such as one-time use video cameras, cell phones, point and shoot cameras, webcams, computer screen capture software, and other readily available video capture devices. The festival takes place every other year in San Francisco and then travels to other cities around the world. Deadline for submission to the 2010 festival is July 31.
VIVA LA FOCUS – Dutch Mobile Film Festival - The Festival is a day/evening devoted to films created with a mobile phone, and also comprises an online competition. The first festival took place in 2008. The prizes for the 2009 festival were the main prize of € 1,000; 2nd prize: mobile (multimedia) telephone or Full-HD camera; 3rd prize: photo camera or game console. There is no information on the site regarding the 2010 Festival.
WORLDS SMALLEST FILM FESTIVAL – The founder says this festival is “on hiatus until Ffall 2010.” WSFF was the first mobile film festival in the U.S., sponsored in the past by Intel, Motorola, Nokia, PacketVideo, and others. It is also associated with the mFlix mobile media channel.
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