The New York City Smart Phone Film Festival is going to be the showcase for the new filmmakers using the latest technology to make the newest types of media. All films must have been shot on a Smart Phone. Our first year was a success but small. We will grow over time! Join us for all the fun next year submit now!

We are in the process of working on these. Please check back later in the year. We will be offering awards to best of categories. We are closing the festival as it did not work out as we had hoped. Good luck to all the great filmmakers! Keep making films!

Winners for the 2024 NYC Smart Phone Film Festival are:

Winner for Best film is ‘Me and Me’

Winner for Best Actor is Rosario Amico in ‘Legacy of Love ’

Winner Best Actress is Yeo Sin Gim in ‘Love Letter’

Winner Best Director is Erick Murph for ‘YOU KNOW’

Winner Best Travel Video is ‘The End of the Road

Winner Best Cinamotography. KaiMing Deng for Love Letter’

All films submitted must be shot in a Smart Phone, in other words, a mobile phone and tablets. Movies that include shots from an SLR camera will not be accepted.

All films submitted in a language other than English must have English subtitles.


All films submitted must have a short description and the answer to the following questions:

1- With which mobile device did you record your short film?
2- Brand of the device with which you recorded your short film?

The films submitted should be recorded and edited to a recommended 1080 HD. The length of the films should be no shorter than 1 minute and no longer than 15 minutes.

Films must have been produced between January 1, 2019, and February 2023.

We are only accepting online submissions through FilmFreeway. WE WILL NOT ACCEPT DVD's so please do not send them as they will NOT BE VIEWED.

Submitting your short films does not guarantee screening or acceptance. A notification of acceptance will be sent by written email from the New York City Smart Phone Film Festival. The submission fee is non-refundable.

If your submission is selected, we will notify you approximately March 1, 2023 by email. Often when we send our first email to people our emails can go to spam. Around February 15 please start to check you spam folder before deleting everything! If your film is selected to be in the festival, you will be given free admission to the festival. All filmmakers may also choose to be part of one of our panels. (We cannot help with any transportation, food or housing costs.) If you are coming to the festival and want to be a part of a panel during the festivities we need to know by April 1, 2023 so we can make arrangements such as number and size of panels, etc. It will depend on the number of people coming to the festival; both fans and artists.

We hope everyone has fun and enjoys themselves at the festival. but a few suggestions...

Please submit as soon as possible.

We accept online submissions. You may submit through FilmFreeway online secure video as well as a password protected vimeo/youtube link.

Please note that the ONLY difference in the early submission deadline versus the final submission deadline is the fee discount. The submission process and consideration by the Programming Committee is not affected by the date you submit your film as long as submitted by our final deadline - your chances are equal regardless of the day your film is sumitted.

ALL films submitted to the festival are seen and scored by multiple judges. All films that have a high rating average go on to final deliberations. The curators have final say as to the films in the Festival.

Film Submissions are non-returnable for any reason.

If a film is accepted, entrants will be solely responsible for delivering their promotional materials to and from the festival venue. Electronic Press kits will be needed as soon after notification as possible. If you bring poster, postcards any promotial material to the venue we are not responsible for it.

In 2022 the awards will be juried. The jury will submit their ratings which will then be tracked and the results calculated. the third party until the evening of the awards where the results will be announced. The process for calculating the winners are;
1 - The films/videos are shown to the judges.
2 - The judges mark the ballots rating the films and other appropriate categories from 1 to 10, 10 being the best.
3 - All the scores are totaled and then divided by the number of ballots.
4 - Highest score wins.
5 - The decision of the festival is final.

Please note festival dates are subject to change.

Unfortunately, the Festival does not provide room, board or travel for filmmakers.

Overall Rating
  • What a fantastic experience! Got to hang out with fellow smart phone innovators, did a Q&A session afterward on the stage, and even had a get-together for the entire gang. Audience seats were packed, and that was great to have a decent group of folks watch our cinematic art. Gimbals Moonier.

    June 2023
  • Marcelo Lagreze

    Was a pleasure to be part of the festival with my documentary Short Film "(PAUSE)".
    Congrats to all the team!

    June 2023