The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival

The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival (DUBSMARTFF) is an international festival dedicated to celebrating work shot on Smartphones.  

No longer is expensive technology a barrier to creativity. The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for filmmakers. Now aspiring artists have the ability to write, shoot and edit, their films at the touch of a button. Smartphones are reshaping the way we approach filmmaking creating limitless possibilities in the palm of your hand.

The festival was created with the goal of encouraging these filmmakers to share the stories they have captured on mobile devices. We also aim to provide a platform to exhibit these stories to a wider audience. It is also a chance to reward storytellers, who are using these devices to push the boundaries of narrative and style.

The festival takes place in the month of January and submissions are open to anyone with a Smartphone a compelling story to tell. Throughout the year there will be events designed to challenge filmmakers and revolutionize the way we approach filmmaking.

Why Us
We are a Festival created and run by Smartphone filmmakers.

We offer the unforgettable experience of watching your film shot with a micro device on the big screen.   

Not just a festival, we are expanding beyond the confines of a single event. We will be offering unique workshops, live filming exercises and panel discussions and we champion filmmakers all year around.

We are IMDB registered

The 2022 edition of the DUBSMARTFF will present Awards for:
Dubsmart Best Animation Film
Dubsmart Best Fiction Film
Dubsmart Best Music Video​
Dubsmart Best Documentary
Dubsmart Best Under 16 Film
Alight Creative Award for mobile effects

We offer over 4,000 euro's worth of prizes from our sponsors

SV Assets
Alight Creative

More to be announced.

1. All Films must be shot exclusively on a Smartphone or Tablet device- (DLSR, GoPro, Camcorders, not excepted). Additional production equipment, lights, Tripod, Boom, sound equipment are permitted. 

2. Additional editing software can be used for post-production, audio and Visual effects.

3. The use of filter Apps (Prisma) is allowed and encouraged but auto editing apps will not be accepted. 

4. All Entries submitted must be an original production. It must not infringe on the copyright, trademark or other rights of any individual.

5. Entries must not exceed 15min in duration. Any film submitted longer then this running time will not be excepted. Your film will not be included in the judging process and you will not be awarded a refund for your entry fee.

6.. We welcome submissions in any language but we ask that all entries (not in English) be subtitled in English.

7. The Dublin Smartphone film festival charges a small entry of $10 dollars to cover administration costs for running the festival

8. Submissions must have full clearance for all content before submitting.  Any Issues that may arise due to infringement of copyrights is the Applicant’s sole responsibility. The Dublin Smartphone Film Festival and its members are not responsible for any infringement of copyrights.  

9. By Submitting to the Dublin smartphone film festival participants agree to the reproduction and dissemination of their films for the display and promotion of the festival (Media, film festivals and TV)

10. Drone footage is permitted in moderation. 5% of footage shot using a drone is acceptable in conjunction with footage shot on mobile phones.

11. Alight Creative category submissions must include the Alight Creative project package which is available in the premium version of the application. Qualifying films must have at least one effect from the Alight Creative between 5/10 seconds minimum. We except by clips and short films but all submissions must have emailed project package. Entries without a package will not be excepted and filmmakers will not be notified. Cash prizes for this award will be supplied after the event on January 29th 2022

Overall Rating
  • Thanks Dublin smart film fest,
    Fantastic organizers, I felt like in a big family, recommended festival of the sector. I am honored to have been part of this 2021 edition.
    My next project that I start in April 2021 will be a feature film made entirely with a smartphone, a genre between fantasy and romantic drama.

    March 2021
    Response from festival:

    You sire are amazing, really appreciate you leaving a review, haven't forgotten about your interview that you did for the festival, have it loaded and ready to post. Keep us posted on the feature film

  • Sean Luther Hall

    We loved screening our short film "Hollow Hands" at Dublin Smartfone Film Festival. Rob and his team do an amazing job. Great communication, friendly vibes and a very sharp line-up of films presented from all over the world.

    February 2021
  • Lucy Grossi

    Thank you to Rob and all who hosted the Dublin Smarphone Film festival! It was such an amazing experience that I feel so honored to have been a part of. The promotion, social networking and workshop opportunities were phenomenal! Looking forward to participating again in the future!

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you so much, I appreciate you taking the time to write such a lovely review, thanks so much for submitting your film, you are amazing, thanks again

  • Katia Sophia Ditzler

    Big respect to the Dublin Smartphone Film Festival team for adapting to pandemic circumstances and moving the festival online. Thanks for choosing two films of mine, "Tribut" and "Begrenzung". Keep up the good work!

    February 2021
  • Eleonora Kalinina

    What an event! Rob and the Team did a tremendous job to make this Festival happen despite these crazy times. The online format was well organised and the communication with filmmakers was excellent. I was excited to watch films by so many talented people from all over the world and I enjoyed them a lot. It feels incredible to see your project among others. I was happy to participate, that’s a great experience I’d like to repeat. Thank you so much, guys, and good luck!

    February 2021