Have a passion for filmmaking?
Also have a phone?
Registration is now open for Western’s third annual Smartphone Film Festival. The festival is open to all post-secondary students across Canada, and judged by professionals in the film industry.
The festival aims to showcase the diverse talent of Canada’s post-secondary student filmmakers, and levels the playing field with its focus on smart-phone video only. Registration runs Nov. 13 – Dec. 1.
The Festival’s Media Coordinator, Sofia Rodriguez, says there are unique advantages and disadvantages to using only smart phones to produce a film. While the devices are cheap, portable and easy to use they do have some limitations.
“It gives more students the opportunity to test out the film industry without fully committing to it and buying equipment,” she said. “The smartphone also makes filmmakers have to plan and extend their creativity in order to get the shots they want.”
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This year’s themes will not be released until the registration period is over, but the themes of last year’s festival were misinformation and technology.
“We really think students use the festival as an outlet to express their opinions on real world events and issues they encounter through a different medium,” she said.
Rodriguez says they are hoping to broaden their reach into the London community by inviting London industry professionals to the festival this year. The professionals would then connect with aspiring filmmakers in the youth community, providing guidance and advice.
The festivals organizers look forward to its continuing growth, and hope to inspire other universities across Canada to start their own film festivals. It’s a good opportunity for students to get their work screened without all the hassle and expense of renting or buying traditional filming equipment.
The prize money is also great for students on a budget – last year’s awards were $500 for first place, $250 for second, and $100 for third.
Last year’s first place winners were Allison Pao, Avery Enns, and Adha Bicarie for the film YOU. Second place winners were Chelsea Brimstone, and Jasmeen Siddiqui for the film SLIDE.
Once you register for the festival, more information will be provided on the length, theme and criteria for the film.
If you have a passion for filmmaking, or are curious to explore the art, Western’s Smartphone Film Festival is for you!
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