Because of ever changing phone technology, the little device people are using to text, tweet and play Candy Crush is one of the greatest tools for low-to-no budget filmmakers. Whether they create for fun or are an aspiring filmmaker, they no longer need expensive technology to be creative.

The mobile phone has expanded the scope and freedom for young 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 and have created limitless possibilities.

So, for the savvy young filmmaker who has already joined the Smartphone revolution to film and have a completed project, their next step will be to get the film seen and the LTV FONE FILM FESTIVAL will help with that. It is a brand new festival dedicated to celebrating work shot via Smartphones by young filmmakers.

The festival was created with the goal of encouraging young filmmakers to share the stories they have captured on mobile devices. We are also providing a platform to exhibit these stories to a wider audience. It is a chance for young people to push the boundaries of narrative and style.

The LTV FONE FILM FESTIVAL will take place with a marathon airing on LTV / Channel 20 (in the town of East Hampton, NY) on December 20, 2021 and will be followed by individual broadcasts in the month of January 2022.

Submissions are open to anyone 21 years old or younger with a Smartphone and a compelling story to tell.

1. The LTV FONE FILM FESTIVAL is for young filmmakers (21 years old and under) who make short productions exclusively with a Smartphone. Short productions are defined as under 15 minutes.

2. The festival is organized into 4 categories:

3. There is a limit of (3) three films submitted by the same participant.

4. The submitted short films must be shot with a Smartphone and indicate the Smartphone brand and model.

5. Filmmakers can use other mobile devices (drones, tablets, etc) for a maximum of 10% of the total length of the short film.

6. The use of external elements (microphones, lighting, props, etc.) and the use of any software for editing or treatment of images is allowed.

7. Allowed formats: mov, wmv, avi, mp4 (h264), mkv. The short films must have a quality no lower than 1080p.

8. All persons or private spaces that appear in the short films may only do so under their consent. We will not accept short films that contain discriminatory material and/or violate the dignity of people.

9. The short films must be owned by the producer(s).

10. The participant must have the rights to use the music or soundtrack and all other materials included in the short film presented.

11. The short films must not exceed 15 minutes, credits included.

12. The short films must be submitted through the online application here on FilmFreeway.


Please submit a link to your video through VIMEO and be sure that it is downloadable for us. Winning videos will be aired on LTV / Channel 20.

13. All non-English foreign-language films must be subtitled in English.

14. The period for submission of short films is from June 1st to November 1st, 2021. The films submitted after this date will not enter in the current edition of the festival.

15. Participants agree to the reproduction and dissemination of their short films with informative or promotional purposes related to the festival.

16. The age limit is 21 years old and under for producers, but if the filmmakers are under the age of 18, it is mandatory to send an authorization signed by their parent or legal guardian.

You can download the form on the LTV website near the bottom of this page (item #16):

After completing the form, you can attach it to the 'Files & Attachments' section of your project page on FilmFreeway.

17. LTV i s not responsible for the issues not covered in these rules.

Overall Rating
  • маша румянцева

    Incredible! Very thankfull for accepting my film in your festival!

    April 2022
  • after the message from festival that my film was selected there was no feedback. so, i wrote, but no one responded. i have no idea how the festival went.

    January 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hello Emir,
    We apologize for the miscommunication as it is out first film fest. We did not receive your email but if you reach out again to we can address your questions. Either way, thank you for submitting your work and keep filming!

  • It was very interesting experience! I want to thank the LTV team foe this festival!

    December 2021
  • after the message from ffw that my film was selected there was no feedback. so, i wrote, but no one responded. i have no idea how the festival went.

    December 2021
  • Good one.
    Keep going through next years.

    December 2021