SMART SHORTS, Monterey County's first film festival dedicated to cell phones and tablets, is seeking innovative film submissions April 15 through July 31, 2019. Sponsored by the Carl Cherry Center for the Arts, SMART SHORTS encourages all filmmakers (ages 12 and older) to share their lives and express their artistic imagination through films created digitally on smartphones and tablets.

This first-time festival desires to excite and promote filmmakers from Monterey County, the United States and around the world to produce a ground-breaking short film - 1 to 5 minutes in length - shot exclusively on a smartphone or tablet, submitted through All genres are welcome. Finalist will be notified after August 16, 2019. Awards and screening takes place September 13th and 14th, 2019 at the Carl Cherry Center Theatre located in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California.

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Award Category:
•Best Short

Winner will receive $500 cash prize

Award Category:
•Best Director
•Best Performance by Actress
•Best Performance by Actor
•Best Ensemble Cast
•Best Animation
•Best Editing
•Best Cinematography
•Best Music

1st Place Winner will receive $250 cash prize
2nd Place Winner will receive $125 cash prize

Award Category:
•Executive Director's Award for Artistic Merit
•People's Choice Award

Winner will receive Certificate of Merit

•The festival is open to Monterey County residents, the United States and around the world, ages 12 and up.
•One video film per filmmaker/organization to be submitted through
•Video films must be shot on a mobile phone or tablet only.
•Use of production equipment (lights, dollies, etc.) is allowed.
•Submit video films in .mp4 or .mov files to in
high quality 1080HD widescreen format.
•Automatic editing apps are not permitted.
•We cannot accept video film's with third-party music, images, photos
or graphics without party's written permission for reuse.
•Video film length to be 1-5 minutes including credits.
•All non-English video films must have English sub-titles.
•Video films may not exceed 10 Gigabytes (GB).
•The Festival may use images and clips from accepted video films for
publicity and promotional purposes.
•Finalist Filmmakers will be notified via email after August 16, 2019.
•Submitted video films are eligible to win in only one category.
•All genres are welcome.
•An entrant may be disqualified if video film is not submitted in the proper category.