Arts & Entertainment

Isolation Smartphone Film Festival

Lights! Camera! Action! Are you a budding filmmaker who would like to produce a short film and see where it can take you? Perhaps a career in the Australian film industry or even live the dream and work in Hollywood?

Well now’s your chance as the Smartphone Film Festival (SF3) returns for its sixth year, entries opening on May 1 and closing midnight AEST August 1. In previous years, the festival has attracted thousands of entries throughout the world, most of which were inspiring and revealed the incredible talent of amateur filmmakers.

“In an unprecedented time when most conventional film productions have ground to a halt, smartphone filmmakers are creatively thriving in their confined homes,” explained previous award-winning smartphone filmmaker, Jason van Genderen.

This year’s festival ambassadors include award-winning actors Kerry Armstrong, Christopher Stollery and Hollywood Director Phillip Noyce and Kriv Stenders, whose Aussie film Red Dog was a worldwide hit.

The festival is open to everyone, but the films must be three minutes or less, shot and edited on phones or tablets, and strictly produced under the local lockout laws.

“There are no budget constraints, there’s a great deal of freedom and inventiveness; I really look forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas!” enthused Armstrong.

There will be a red-carpet gala awards presentation in early October where the best shorts will be screened, but if the lockdown laws are still in place there will be an online event. (MMo)

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