The festival is now accepting submissions for 2018 from both local and International Filmmakers and the awards categories include Best Fiction, Music video, Documentary, Animation, and Best 360/VR film with entries restricted those no longer than 15 minutes in length. The festival programmers are on the lookout for strong original concepts with an inventive use of the technology and have teamed up with several smartphone equipment manufacturers including Shoulderpod, Helium, Iographer, ProShot, Gripgear and Zhiyun to award amazing prizes for each category.
The festival was founded by Robert Fitzhugh, a filmmaker who has previously worked for the Reel World Film Festival in Canada and more recently as part of the PR and marketing team for the Fingal Film Festival.
“As a filmmaker myself, I noticed how accessible mobile phones were. The phone provides an open playing field for filmmakers at all levels. No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for what filmmakers can do. Mobile devices offer all the tools a filmmaker needs right there in the palm of your hand. The festivals mission is to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to share their stories and to provide them with a platform to present these stories to a wider audience”
The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival will take place in the Generator Hostel in Smithfield on the 27th of January.
Submissions can be made via Film Freeway here: https://filmfreeway.com/festival/DublinSmartphoneFilmfestival
You can find out more information on their website https://www.dublinsmartphonefilmfestival.com/
Submissions are currently open between now and December 1st.