Some Smart Action about smartphone film festival

Australia’s international smartphone film festival, the smartphone Flick Fest (SF3) returns for its seventh big year – and entries have been extended until September 1st.

Among SF3 Kids category entries already received are films from sisters Sonya and Jamie Clark of Beaumont Hills; Gillian McCall, Cash Daley and Olivia Charlotte from The Hills Drama School in Castle Hill; and Willow Speers from East Kurrajong

Sonya and Jamie have completed SF3 workshops in the past and Sonya is a former SF3 Kids finalist with “Alive!” in 2020, starring Jaime.

Last year the festival weathered the COVID storm with a combination of online and live screenings. This year with the current Sydney lockdown – the SF3 Mini category (formerly the ‘ISO’ Award) has – for better or worse – come into its own again 3 minutes or less, shot inside or out with only phones and tablets – and imaginations.

Festival founders and co-directors Angela Blake and Ali Crew have set the Mini film theme as “RISE” and it’s partnered with the United Nations Association of Australia.

Says Angela: “For more inspiration check out their 17 Sustainable Development Goals smartphone

There are over $40,000 in prizes, including mentorships, classes, memberships, apps, lenses, mics, phones and tablets… plus more.

The main rule is that all movies must be shot entirely on a mobile phone or tablet! smartphone

Categories include:
• the SF3 Gala Awards – short films up to 20 mins in length;
• SF3 Kids and SF3 Teens – short films made by filmmakers 16 years and younger
• SF3 Feature Film Award – feature films 40 mins and longer;
• SF360 – Virtual Reality (VR) and 3D/360 degree films up to 20 mins in length;
• SF3 Mini: ‘RISE’ – shorts with a maximum three minute time limit.

Enter by September 1st at TSmartphone

his year the Gala Awards Final – in partnership with the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) – is confirmed for Saturday 27 November 8pm at the Chauvel Cinema Paddington.

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