Point, Shoot and Win: Mobile Screenfest calls for festival entries

First mobile film and photo festival in Australia to run in August

Australia’s first mobile-device shot film and photo festival – Mobile Screenfest – is calling on entries for its inaugural festival to be held in August.

Created by Australian-based filmmaker Avnesh Ratnansesan and mobile filmmaking expert Professor Karl Bardosh, Mobile Screenfest is the first mobile film and photo festival in Australia.

Festival director Ratnansesan said the festival, first flagged in November last year, would aim to recognise the emergence of mobile phone-based film making.

“Mobile Screenfest seeks creative shot-on-mobile memories, stories and entries that will set the bar for the user generated content in Australia.

“This is a platform where creativity, mobility, technology and audience engagement all converge to create narratives that resonate across the wider public,” he said.

Artistic director of the festival Professor Bardosh said the festival would highlight the possibilities of producing content on mobile phones.

“The success of platforms like Facebook and YouTube prove that most people love to share their own stories by their own visual storytelling, personal stories that they hope would interest a wider audience.

“We want to promote this inherent talent through a ‘made-on-mobile’ competition to raise awareness about the range of possibilities and the future of mobile phone filmmaking - which we know is very bright,” he said.

The categories for entry are:

  • Best Drama
  • Best Comedy
  • Best Horror/Thriller
  • Best Actor
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Phone Journalism
  • Best Sports Video
  • Best Mobile Photography
  • People’s Choice Award

Festival entrants must be Australian residents aged 15 and over. Video entries must be between 30 seconds to four minutes in duration and photographs must not exceed 5MB. Finalist entries will be screened in Sydney.

Mobile Screenfest follows on from the success of other mobile or online-based film festivals such as the Portable Film Festival, whose registered members grew to 15,000 in 2009. The festival is held online and can be viewed on mobile devices such as the iPod and PS3.

See further entry guidelines for Mobile Screenfest here.

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