In this first juried edition of the CARAVAN Smartphone Short Film Festival we are reflecting on what it means to be a “Global Citizen.”  With all its challenges and complexities, how do we make sense of such a fast-paced and conflict-ridden world?  And how do we not only move forward but thrive as a global community? 

It is more essential than ever that one’s identity transcends geography or religious, ethnic, political and nationalistic borders, and instead sees their membership to be in a broader global community called "humanity."  We have never been more interconnected and more impacted by each other’s actions than we are today. 

A “global citizen” is someone who is aware of and understands the wider world - and their place in it. It requires that we see the world as a globe of interconnected persons and are prepared to take responsibility for our roles and its effect on the all of earth's inhabitants. It means taking an active role and working with others to make our planet more equal, fair, peaceful and sustainable. Through travel, work, technology and our actions everyone in one way or another has a unique opportunity to be an agent of change to effect peace and harmony, and to celebrate our similarities, toward building a brighter future. One of the most exciting ways of doing this is through film.

This juried Smartphone Short Film Festival is open to all filmmakers around the world and is an invitation to share your vision of what it means to be a “global citizen,” a responsible member of our world today.


-A panel of six judges will select 20 films from those submitted to be showcased on the CARAVAN website from September 16 – November 15, 2019.

-1st, 2nd, 3rd Prizes will be awarded, plus an Honorable Mention. The cash prizes are as follows: 1st Prize US$1000, 2nd Prize US$750, 3rd Prize US$500. The Honorable Mention film will not receive a cash award, but will be highlighted publicly when the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Prize Winners are announced.

-All submissions should reflect and speak to the theme of the festival, "Global Citizen." Failure to do so will result in ineligibility.
-The film festival is open to ALL filmmakers/artists worldwide at any stage of their careers.
-There is NO entry fee.
-Footage must be created exclusively with Smartphones.
-Films should have a maximum running time no longer than 3 minutes including credits.
-There is a limit of one (1) entry per participant.
-Any non-English language film must be submitted with subtitles in English.
-Written comments describing entries are encouraged.
-Films participating in other film festivals will not be restricted.
-Any film or edited version of a film produced in the last 3 years (2016 – 2019) is eligible.

-Deadline for film submissions is August 16, 11.59pm EST (US) / 23h59 (US)
-Films should have a maximum running time no longer than 3 minutes including credits and should be submitted to FilmFreeway ( as a YouTube or Vimeo link (which must not expire) or as .mp4 between June 17 and August 16, 2019.

Filmmakers agree to the following:
-By submitting your film to CARAVAN’s Smartphone Film Festival you accept and agree that you grant CARAVAN for non-commercial purpose a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to use, screen and publish the Film on the CARAVAN website and our social media channels, screen, without compensation to the provider of the Film.
-Your film must not be in breach of any copyright, including music or sound used in your film. All copyright material(s) used in the final cut must be cleared by the Applicant before submitting. Any issue(s) that may arise due to infringement of copyrights is the Applicant’s sole responsibility.
-All persons or private spaces that appear in the short films must do so under their consent. We don't accept short films that contain discriminatory material and/or violate the dignity of persons.

-A panel of judges will select 20 films from those submitted to be showcased on the CARAVAN website from September 16 – November 15, 2019. All decisions by the judges are final and no correspondence shall be entered into regarding selection.

1. Expression of the Theme
2. Originality/Creativity
3. Direction
4. Cinematography
5. Sound/Music
6. Editing
7. Overall Impact