Smartphone Film Festival 2020

Rebecca Varidel
30th Sep 2020

None of us need to be reminded that 2020 is the Year of ISO. Yet what a fabulous idea to time capsule this historic year in short film for future gens. And the 2020 Smartphone Film Festival is doing just that with a special ISO film category this year.

“The ISO category is a fascinating snapshot and time capsule of these significant and challenging times,” says festival co-founder and co- director Alison Crew.

With the pandemic front and centre in so many minds, SF3 is sharing 44 Isolation / Lockdown stories in its new zeitgeist-nailing ISO category.

Each are 3 minutes or less and shot within local lockdown laws. All will be available online and the best will be screened as part of a day long feast of film.

Yeup, the The SmartFone Flick Fest – Australia’s hit international film festival - is back with record numbers for its sixth year.
And it’s all set to happen online and in-cinema from 9 October!

With more than 2000 international entries since its debut in 2015, this year’s bumper crop of 300+ included films from as far afield as Congo, El Salvador, Bulgaria and China.

This year’s SF3 Ambassadors and judges include such film industry icons as award-winning actors Kerry Armstrong, Christopher Stollery
and Nicole da Silva; Hollywood director Phillip Noyce and Kriv Stenders of ‘Red Dog’ and ‘Danger Close’ fame.

Kerry Armstrong said she loved that all you need is a smartphone.

“There’s no budget constraints, there’s a great deal of freedom and inventiveness; I really look forward to seeing all the wonderful ideas!”

Award winning smartphone filmmaker, Jason van Genderen of Treehouse Creative (@WeAreTreehouse - creator of the short ‘grandma shopping at home’ film that went viral around the world!) returns to the festival as a judge this year. Involved from SF3’s inception, Jason will also lead a masterclass as part of the full day in-cinema screening and awards program on Sat 10 October at Event Cinemas.

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