Unique Categories: 2024 Smartphone Film Festival in San Diego
Don't miss a chance to have fun and challenge your mobile filmmaking talents.
The International Mobile Film Festival (2009) has had specific categories that were unique to IMFF for years, and we want to bring some of them up for you to consider submitting short films to before the deadlines approach in November for short films.
As of last year, IMFF 2023, we also accept short screenplays (6-8 pages) and we have a unique smartphone photo contest: Frame A Story (One story in one frame).
ULTIMATE MOBILE FILM CATEGORY
Regardless of the genre, if you completely shot and edited your film with your phone without using any other device, this one is for you! Shoot, edit, finalize your project including audio capture and music, special effects, everything must be done on a smartphone and no other device. It’s a big challenge, are you up for it?
SCREENDANCE FILM CATEGORY
With the collaboration of choreographer and soloist filmmaker Jamiel Laurence, we are introducing a unique category to our film festival. Screendance is for dancers using smartphones to choreograph performances for the camera. Using camera movement and style, this category hopes to inspire dancers who perform in front of the camera to team up with a camera person, or more than one, to shoot a story driven performance precisely for the screen.
“The universal language of dance has always held a special place when being performed in the realm of cinematic capture. Fred Astaire once said “Either the Camera will Dance, or I will” and this really captures the essence of the synergy between dance, choreography and filmmaking. With the rise in popularity and easy access to mobile filmmaking technologies, choreographers are naturally finding new and exciting ways to evolve dance alongside developing mobile form factor stabilisation and affordable lenses & filters. The International Mobile Film Festival is a welcoming group of like minded creatives, and the ideal place to have your Screendance work seen by new audiences and industry professionals alike.” — Jamiel Laurence: Dancer. Choreographer. Filmmaker.
COSPLAY FILM CATEGORY
Cosplay Film category is for films featuring cosplayers of all ages. We are looking for superheroes, steampunk, comic book and cartoon cosplayer films for this category. If you are a cosplayer round up your friends and your team! Shoot your film with your smartphone and read the rules, because the rules apply to all categories. Make it fun. You can make your film in any genre, music, documentary, dark or comedy, drama; it’s your call. And speaking of call, this is your call to action! You got the costumes, you got the camera on your phone and you got stories so we are looking forward to your films to screen them during IMFF in San Diego…and yes, you can dress in your cosplay outfits for the red carpet!
GEOGRAPHY, WILDLIFE & TRAVEL
If your film is about animals and species or natural wildlife environment around the world or in your backyard, this category is sure to be a creative challenge for mobile filmmaking. Includes Travel videos including panoramic montage, and educational videos. All rules apply.
Get details on these categories.
We also had a category since before the inaugural festival took place. However, since last year, we choose a short film from all categories to feature as a part of that category, Community Stories.
A community story is one where the filmmaker is a part of the community (or culture) whose story they share.
IMFF 2024, has made a change to the criteria for feature films with regard to the minimum time from 40 minutes to 60 minutes. The maximum time remains at 120 minutes.