PR for Writers is always looking for fun opportunities to collaborate, so we’re especially pleased about our newest partnership with Australia’s SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3). Now in its third year, SF3 an international film festival showcasing short films produced on smartphones and tablets.
The powerhouses behind it are Angela Blake and Ali Crew, two women who share PRFW’s passion for creative storytelling. Inspired by the growing prevalence and prestige of mobile work in the age of technological innovation, they wanted to offer both new and seasoned filmmakers a chance to really get involved. As Angela explains, “Smartphone filmmaking has burst into the mainstream in recent years, with many TV shows and feature films in the U.S. shooting on smartphones. The critically acclaimed 2015 film Tangerine was shot entirely on an iPhone 5s and picked up a slew of awards at some of the top international film festivals.”
SF3 receives hundreds of incredible entries from Australia and around the world. “Each year we’re wowed by the quality of films being submitted into the festival. From first-time filmmakers to industry stalwarts, the technology, apps and editing software that’s out there means the quality of films being produced is staggering,” notes Ali.
This year, the top ten films will be screened at the Gala Final Awards Screening at Palace Chauvel Cinema in Sydney, Australia and at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California. One film will be declared the overall winner, but there are also several other awards up for grabs, including kids’ choice, best first-time filmmaker, and—a new category this year—the SF360 for VR pieces.
Naturally we’re biased, but one of our favorite parts about this is that the winner of the festival gets a free month of PR services from our firm. We’re beyond excited to check out all the fantastic submissions from around the world, and we’re looking forward to working with the next up-and-coming filmmaker.
What are you waiting for? Grab your smartphone and get filming: submissions are due August 1!
For submission details and information about the festival, visit sf3.com.au