Film festival for the smartphone generation
ONE of the marketing team behind the Fingal Film Festival is launching his own film festival featuring movies entirely shot on smartphones.
Robert Fitzhugh was a member of the marketing and PR team for the Fingal Film Festival and in January of next year, he will debut the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival in Smithfield.
The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival, Ireland’s newest International Film Festival dedicated to filmmakers exclusively using mobile devices kicks off on January 27, 2018. The festival will screen a selection of short film, documentary, animation and music videos, along with hosting industry and educational workshops.
The festival is now accepting submissions for 2018 from both local and International Filmmakers and the awards categories include Best Fiction, Music video, Documentary, Animation, and Best 360/VR film with entries restricted those no longer than 15 minutes in length.
The festival programmers are on the lookout for strong original concepts with an inventive use of the technology and have teamed up with several smartphone equipment manufacturers to award amazing prizes for each category.
The festival was founded by Robert Fitzhugh, a filmmaker who has previously worked for the Reel World Film Festival in Canada and as part of the PR and marketing team for the Fingal Film Festival.
Robert said: ‘As a filmmaker myself, I noticed how accessible mobile phones were. The phone provides an open playing field for filmmakers at all levels. No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for what filmmakers can do. Mobile devices offer all the tools a filmmaker needs right there in the palm of your hand. The festivals mission is to encourage the next generation of filmmakers to share their stories and to provide them with a
platform to present these stories to a wider audience.’