Film fes­ti­val for the smart­phone gen­er­a­tion

Fingal Independent - - NEWS -

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.’

Robert Fitzhugh

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