In our modern culture, everybody carries a camera. Yet very few of us look at ourselves as cinematographers or directors. The global phenomena that is the annual SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3) looks to prove that perhaps we should, because as SF3 ambassador David Wenham said, “A filmmaker with a smartphone is only limited by the boundaries of the imagination.”
Now in its fifth year, SF3 has grown from a local Sydney event into a global sensation which now draws entries from each and every continent. The festival showcases the greatest films, of various lengths and formats, which are shot entirely using smartphones.
Following last year’s sellout success at the Sydney Opera House SF3 is returning this year with an even bigger lineup of films as it takes over the Event Cinemas on George Street. The newest addition to the festival this year is the move towards feature-length filming with the introduction of the SF3 Feature program. As part of this program, SF3 Feature will play host to the Australian premiere of Blue Moon by New Zealand’s Stefen Harris. The SF3 Feature screening will also include the SF3 Founders’ Pick Flick, The Reef by Sven Dreesbach.
Another new feature of SF3 this year will be the SF360 program, showcasing virtual reality filmmaking.
Finally, no self-respecting film festival is complete without a gala awards evening. The SF3 Gala Awards are a red carpet event which will screen 15 of the best smartphone films from around Australia and the world. Following the screenings an esteemed judging panel award the winning filmmakers, creatives and actors a share from a prize pool worth in excess of $40,000.
Sep 14-15. Event Cinema, 505 George St, Sydney. $10-$40+b.f. Tickets & Info: www.sf3.com.au