You need to know the rules before you submit your film. Submissions for mobile film shorts and features competions are currently closed. You can stay informed by accessing our social media pages at the bottom of this website.
MFF2017 added a new competition to our festival. We have decided to continue the competition again for our film festival going forward and will select a total of 3 mobile "feature" length films. Of the selected three we will choose one winner to give a special trophy award for the Best Mobile Feature film at the international mobile film festival in San Diego. All films must be shot with a mobile phone as the camera. Same rules as our traditional festivals apply (see below). The only difference is the length of the films. Our innaugural competition in 2017 was limited to no less than 20 minutes and no more than 60 minutes in length. However, beginning in 2018 we have decided to increase the length of the Mobile Feature Film competition from 40 minutes to 80 minutes (1hr 20min).
We are looking for cinematic films with production quality. Movies must be exceptional, most documentaries, experimental and visual art films may not make it, but if it's exceptional in cinematic value, it's worth trying. We advise you to focus on a good story and good acting. There are examples of mobile films which possess great quality. The challenge is to share a great story in a great way.
We are pioneers in the mobile phone film festival industry which only accept films shot exclusively with phones. The time has come to challenge you to be a pioneer mobile feature filmmaker to compete during the International Mobil Film Festival™. All ages qualify!
Happy filming! The rules and details are below. You need to know them.
Submissions are currently closed and will open June 19, 2017. Stay informed through our social media profiles.
The International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is a member of GMFA.
Selected winning films in MFF2017 & MFF2018 will be automatically nominated to the Global Mobile Film Awards™ at no cost to filmmakers.
Other filmmakers who shot a film with a mobile phone and have received an award by a non-member film festival can submit their awarded films to GMFA for a nomination for a fee. Read more on the GMFA website.
Films awarded this year by GMFA member film festivals are free and will be submitted by the member film festival. Details will be provided in their websites.
ALL SUBMISSIONS CURRENTLY CLOSED and will Open June 19, 2017
ONLY ONE FILM PER FILMMAKER | ALL FILMS MUST BE AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD IN HIGH QUALITY FOR BIG SCREEN
• PARTICIPANTS – You must be human beings. That is all we ask for. We don't limit artists/entrants/participants because of their age, income level, disabilities, race or ethnicity, sex or anything! If you are a human being you qualify as a filmmaker if you enter a qualfiying film. We encourage anyone who believes they may not qualify even though they are human to give it a shot. Submitting is easy! Just Do it!
• EQUIPMENT – In case we weren’t clear: FILMS MUST BE SHOT BY MOBILE PHONE VIDEO CAMERAS ONLY. All other production equipment, lights, cranes, dollies, etc. are allowed. Since mobile filmmaking has become an industry, you can find customized equipment online and stores if you need it. No apps or filmmaking accessories are required to qualify.
• ONE (1) ENTRY per person and/or entity. One prize per film regardless of the number of people credited. If you are an organization, please contact us!
• LENGTH – Short Film Competition - 00:60 seconds (1 minute) to 05:00 minutes including credits. Feature Mobile Film Competition - 40 minutes to 80 minutes total including intro and end credits.
• FORMAT – We prefer (.mp4) (.mov) files. (Please record FULL QUALITY (1080HD) video in widescreen format – adjust settings if you need to) Questions? Contact us!
• APPS – Automatic editing apps are not allowed. The only apps you may use are video editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro or Splice, etc. on your phone or computer. These typses of apps do not create your movie for you. Using apps may degrade the end quality of your footage. We advise you to consider this when selecting apps and filters during your production as opposed to post-production. Cropping video may also degrade the quality of your footage in post production, but that is not always the case.
• COPYRIGHTS - We cannot accept any THIRD-PARTY music, images & photos or graphics in your video. We apologize, however, we are keeping your cost to produce your video down and increasing your creativity! If you can verify your right to use them through our strict legal process you may contact us. This also limits your risks. Licensing for music is tricky depending on how the music is used in your film. One license may not work for all the ways you use music in your film, such as driving your video, background, transitions, etc.
Music got you down? Don't fret. Here is some info to research using music in your films to ensure the proper licensing. This is not the only resource but a good start. http://www.copyright.gov
*If you have questions or need help contact us. We will allow a couple shots from another mobile device or traditional cameras only by individual basis after a conversation which determines you need it to tell your story and cannot recreate it on your phone in time for the festival.
MOBILE SHORT FILM COMPETITION
Submissions will OPEN June 19, 2017 and will close November 19, 2018
The Mobile Shorts competition must be between 1-5 minutes total length including intro and end credits. See RULES above for more details.
Cost for submissions for Mobile Short films is $15.
We have created a scholarship program for the mobile short film competition in order to keep providing the opportunity to ALL human beings around the world regardless of income. Contact us to apply for our scholarship program with your request.
FEATURE MOBILE FILM COMPETITION DETAILS
Submissions will Open June 19, 2017 and will close October 19, 2017
We will select 3 mobile films to compete for an exclusive mobile feature film award.
Films must be cinematic in nature. Good quality and full 1080HD. Films must be shot with smartphones only, High Definition and look good on a big screen. Any media not owned by the filmmaker must be fully licensed for distribution. Feature films must be no shorter than 40 minutes and no longer than 80 minutes, including intro and end credits.
Cost for submission for Mobile Feature films is $25 - Look for it on our Festival Listing on FilmFreeway.com under the Categories!
You must email us to receive a password to submit your film. If your film qualifies, you will receive the password to submit your payment and film on FilmFreeway.com through the Feature Film Category. No refunds. Qualifying for submission does not guarantee selection to competition. Only 3 films will be selected and only one film will be awarded Best Mobile Feature Film Award by International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Please make an effort to be in attendance to receive the free engraved trophy with your name.
The rules are otherwise the same as for the short film competition. Do not send experimental, music videos as they will most likely not qualify. We will not allow you to submit a film which does not qualify as submission fees are non-refundable. But qualification does not ensure selection. No reason will be given as to why your qualifying film was not selected as is customary in all competitions. Best of luck!
If you need some guidance, some ideas or some inspiration, you can use the following categories to enter your film. We encourage creativity for you to succeed with your project and we do not require you to enter particular categories in order to be a part of MFF and compete. We believe some of the categories are ideal for mobile phone filmmaking.
There are rules to adhere to. Don't forget to read the forms you fill out and submit too. We sincerely wish you the best of luck!
This is where all films go if you have not picked a category. Please note that this includes children. We will not assign categories to our films for filmmakers. If you don't pick a category, your film will go into our general category. The judges will not judge your film based on the categories below. Your film will be judged among all films in the category that show creativity and other general film criteria such as the look of a Hollywood film for any genre.
Ultimate Mobile Category
This category is especially for you if you are also editing your film on your cell phone. Although we don't recommend any particular apps, you may use editing apps on your phone or computer, that do not make the edit decisions for you. This category is about doing it all only on the phone including audio.
Mobile Filmmaking Video Essay Category
Make a short mobile filmmaking video essay using apps and whatever you would like as long as it's shot with a phone. The theme is presenting the benefits, the creativity and the innovation of mobile filmmaking. You can use videos shot with your phone using apps like Instagram® and others, as long as your final video can be downloaded in good quality to screen on a big screen. You can edit on your phone or laptop, desktop or notepad. The purpose is to make it fun and interesting but also to make it educational, because we all know an essay takes some research! Keep your sources handy just in case you are selected for an interview!
Our community stories category is perfect for youth, kids and documentarians as well as just about anyone. Are you a teacher who can create a documentary with your class about a community event or news story? Are you a family going through a tough situation? Or are you simply a business owner who is working on improving the community where your customers live? Maybe you are a fan of a local band and want to feature them in a documentary or a child with a friend who needs help from the community. This is not just a category. Community Stories is also open year-round as a program to encourage members of a community or culture to share their stories with the world through their mobile phone.
*There are many examples of topics you can choose to enter the Community Stories category or take advantage of the program without submitting a film for competition. Tell your own story instead of waiting for the media to tell it for you.
A film that has cinematic qualities in both story-telling and aesthetic qualities. We hope to inspire you to create films that look like the films you see at the movie theaters with all the elements of a cinematic film including audio, effects and more. Films must all be filmed using a mobile phone and should be of HD quality. The same rules that apply to the other categories apply to this category.
Journalism & Current Events
We hope to encourage journalists to use their cell phones to tell their stories. Sharing stories instantly and without a huge intrusion in the lives of others has its benefits when the content and the action is taking place and it is dire to capture the action that does not wait for camera setups. The less intrusive mobile phone and the quickness of its setup, for either quick recording on the fly or planned productions, is beneficial and truly an innovation to the industry of journalism. If you are a freelance journalist or documentarian of current news, this is for you. If you are a blogger or if you are experimenting you qualify. Must abide to journalism ethics and policies.
Wilderness & Geographic
We feel that the mobility and size of a mobile phone should produce some eccentric and access nature in it's natural state. If your film is about animals and species or eccentric places and destinations around the world or in your backyard, this category is sure to be a creative challenge worth showcasing. All rules apply.
Submissions are now closed for short and feature films: SUBMISSIONS REOPEN 6/19/17 at 12:0AM and Close 11/19/18 at 11:59PM (PST) for Shorts and will REOPEN 6/19/17 at 12:0AM & Close 10/19/17 at 11:59PM (PST) for Features.
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