Welcome to the film festival celebrating independent short films made on smartphones and tablets. 2021 represents the second year of the festival, running in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film.

The aim is to celebrate the works of independent filmmakers. Gone are the days when a £50,000 camera is required to make a film. We want to encourage filmmakers to use one of the most popular devices of the modern age, the smartphone, to get creative and shoot their own films.

The festival takes place over three nights at a venue in Bradford, West Yorkshire with the rest of the festival taking place online.

All films in the official selection will compete for awards in the following categories with awards presented to the winners at the closing night awards event.

Best Fiction
Best Documentary
Best Bradford Film
Best Youth Film
Best 60 Second Film

Get Smart Film Festival (GSFF) is looking for independent short films from around the world from any genre.

Our Standard Festival Participation Agreement (Terms and Conditions), which all submitted films are also expected to follow is as follows:


The Get Smart Film Festival will take place from the 28th to the 30th October 2021.

1. Submission Format
Films must be submitted via online screener.

2. Submission Eligibility
- All films must have been shot using a mobile phone or tablet device, and must clearly state which device has been used to produce the film.
- All submissions must have been completed after 1 January 2020.
- All films not in the English language are required to have subtitles.
- A maximum of 3 entries per person is allowed.

3. Premiere Status
- There is no Premiere policy for films submitted to the festival, they may have screened at other Festivals and/or online.

4. Submission Fee
All FilmFreeway submissions for Get Smart Film Festival are to be paid using any payment method accepted by FilmFreeway. The submission fee is non-refundable.

5. Selection of Films
Submissions are reviewed and selected under the following criteria:
- Quality of narrative and production values
- Independent nature of the production
- Get Smart Film Festival reserve the right to refuse to accept any submission deemed by the Festival to be inappropriate.

6. Notification
Get Smart Film Festival endeavours to complete all selection procedures by 19th September 2021 and inform all submitting parties, in writing, if their film has been successful or not after that time.

7. Festival Screenings
Selected films MUST provide a video file (.mov or .mp4).in order to be screened at the Get Smart Film Festival. A selected video file must be received at Get Smart Film Festival no later than TWENTY days prior to its scheduled screening date.

8. Scheduling
Screenings are scheduled during the Festival at the discretion of Get Smart Film Festival. Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the published schedule, GSFF reserves the right to make changes at any time for any reason. GSFF will not be liable for any costs claimed as a result of a change in scheduling. No film may be withdrawn from the festival programme after its selection.


By submitting to the Get Smart Film Festival I confirm that I have read and accept the terms and regulations of GSFF. I will provide the festival with any additional information required pursuant to these rules and regulations. I authorise the GSFF to exhibit my film, and if selected, I confirm that an exhibition copy will be available in a required format for screening during the 2021 festival (October 28th - 30th 2021). I certify that I hold all necessary rights for the submission of this film/video to the GSFF and that all rights and clearances have been made. This film is not subject to any litigation nor is threatened by any litigation. I hold GSFF harmless from damage to, or loss of any or all materials en route to, from or otherwise at the festival. I assume all legal responsibilities therein. By Agreeing to these terms, I transfer to GSFF the right to use excerpts of the submitted film, its stills, and trailers, for the purposes of publicity and marketing of the film at the 2021 festival, and for other non-commercial uses related to the promotion of the 2021 festival. I hereby agree to indemnify GSFF, in the event that such rights have not been properly transferred.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing festival!! Thank you Marcus for a great experience in holding the event this year online. Very professionally done. A must for filmmakers using mobile phones!

    November 2020
  • Paul Kelly

    This is an amazing festival with wonderful organizers and some really talented filmmakers presenting their work. It was a great honor to have my film, A Flying Squirrel's Tale, recognized by a film festival that really cares about filmmakers. Attention All Filmmakers: Bookmark this festival for next year and every year!

    November 2020
  • A Festival and Organisation are as only good as the people who run them. This was fantastic for me! I am so glad to have been part of Get Smart FF. Thank you all!

    October 2020
  • Honored to be nominated, a good communication and good organisation I invite filmmakers to submit their works !

    October 2019
  • Rachel Peru

    Really impressed with the festival , especially when it's the first year.

    October 2019