Philmmaker [ˈfilmˌmākər]
1. a producer or director of motion pictures exclusively using a smartphone or mobile device in all phases of production.

2. a person who makes film using smartphones, especially for submission to the SmartPhilm Festival.

The SmartPhilm Festival brings to the U.S. Mid-Atlantic region the first film festival with films shot exclusively with smartphones. With the rise of smartphones and the proliferation of apps, the ways creatives represent the world around us in digital media is rapidly changing.

SmartPhilm will level the playing field for all aspiring and professional film makers. Creative minds no longer need expensive cameras and equipment to bring their stories to life. All one needs is a smartphone that shoots video, write a script, make a movie, see it on the big screen.

Our goal is to provide a platform to the global artistic and film loving community to document and produce their own stories in the most accessible way. The festival is open to aspiring and professional film makers of all ages. Selected films will be screened at during a one day program at the second annual SmartPhilm Festival in Washington, D.C. on April 21, 2018.

All submissions must be shot on a mobile device(s) in order to be eligible for consideration. Films are submitted by category but have no thematic restrictions.

High resolution files of the SmartPhilm Festival logo for use in marketing and packaging of awarded films will be available upon request.

The winners will receive award trophies and will be given in the following categories:

Grand Jury "Hall of Phame" Prize
Smart Audience Choice Prize

Smart Documentary Award
Smart Fiction Award
Smart Music Video Award
Smart Emerging Talent Award
Smart Experimental Award

Submissions open September 1, 2017, 12:01AM (EST) and close December 15, 2017, 11:59 PM (EST). All submissions must be made through Submitters from countries under U.S. embargo may request a fee waiver if submitting a film during the late period.

Please review all festival rules before submitting:

MOBILE DEVICE: All footage/video/images must be shot on a smartphone, mobile phone or other mobile devices. Production equipment including lights, cranes, dollies, etc. are allowed. The use of multiple mobile devices is permitted. Mobile filmmaking is a growing industry and customized equipment is readily available online and in many stores.

ENTRIES: Limit submissions to no more than four (4) films per person and/or collaborative team.

LENGTH: The total run-time should be a minimum of 1 minute and NOT to exceed 15 minutes in length, including credits.

QUALITY: Films must be shot/captured, edited and submitted in HD quality with suitable audio.

EDITING: Filmmakers may edit projects on a computer or workstation. If editing the film on a mobile device, the use of “auto-editing” applications is not permitted.
 Post-production audio looping is permitted.

ORIGINALITY: Only original video, music, images, photos and/or graphics may be submitted. Copyright infringement (even if accidental) will result in disqualification.

SUBTITLES: Films with audio recorded in a language other than English are asked to provide English sub-titles for the convenience of Jury members. International entries are highly encouraged!

FEES: Any submitters from countries that are under U.S. embargo can contact for a fee waiver.

PERMISSIONS: By submitting a film and entering a film, individuals and collaborative groups are granting the right to post the film on the SmartPhilm Festival Website, YouTube, Vimeo, or any other video platform. Contestants also attest to the fact that all of the content included in the submitted film project is original material — the rights to which remain with the filmmaker. SmartPhilm™ nominated films will be uploaded to YouTube or other video platforms after the judging process is completed.

NOTE: Films will not be admitted if they promote violence or discrimination of any kind.
If a film's plot or premise is to degrade or attack any social group, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, ethnicity, nationality or religion, it will not be considered.


Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release:

I acknowledge and agree that to the best of my knowledge, I am duly authorized to submit this film to SMARTPHILM and to grant permissions related to its use and distribution.

I grant permission to SMARTPHILM to use film clips/stills for promotional use. I allow SMARTPHILM and any third parties at SMARTPHILM the right to film, videotape and photograph my appearance and voice for any and all marketing and promotion of the festival.

I understand I will be added to the SMARTPHILM email newsletter lists and receive email updates from SMARTPHILM. If this film is accepted into SMARTPHILM 2017, I grant SMARTPHILM the non-exclusive right to right to show, distribute and market my film in its entirety as SMARTPHILM sees fit, including but not limited to packaging and inclusion in sponsorship deals and other business related activities related to SMARTPHILM. This also includes but is not limited to presenting films as part of the SMARTPHILM online festival component, Best of SMARTPHILM at other film festivals and other screenings, showcases or distribution with 3rd party partners. Exceptions and requests to opt out will be granted only by written request and must be made prior to acceptance into festival or when film obtains other distribution that would prohibit any aspect of this.

SMARTPHILM may actively pursue other distribution opportunities for the film. I acknowledge that I may be asked to complete and sign additional distribution agreements. It is always my choice to accept or reject these offers. SMARTPHILM does not take any copyright or ownership of my film.

Submitting a film to SMARTPHILM constitutes an agreement by and between the filmmaker/representative, and/or applicable Parent/Guardian of a minor aged Filmmaker, and SMARTPHILM. By submitting, I agree to all of these rules, terms and conditions. I acknowledge that no submission fee refunds are given once this application has been submitted. I also acknowledge that I will not receive any compensation for the use of my film by SMARTPHILM in accordance with the rules, terms and conditions.

I understand and acknowledge that, if I am under 18 years of age, my parent or guardian must agree to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on my behalf. As a Parent or Guardian of a minor filmmaker if applicable, I understand and acknowledge that I am agreeing to the terms of this Filmmaker/Guardian/Representative Release on behalf of my child or a child for whom I am a legally designated Guardian.

ADDITIONAL DISCLAIMER: Organizers of SmartPhilm Fest shall use best efforts to ensure correct title and credits are listed on festival materials but shall not be held liable for inadvertent errors and omissions. SmartPhilm reserves the right to adjust dates and times of film screenings/festival and shall not be responsible for delays or cancellations due to equipment failure, inclement weather, the condition of the prints delivered, or for any reason outside the control of SmartPhilm.

SmartPhilm reserves the right to decide all questions not specifically provided for herein.

Overall Rating
  • Amazing festival.
    thanks for the opportunity
    cheers from México

    June 2018
  • Great festival, great work and fantastic communication!!, thanks a lot for the selection of 'shadows of a radio in the east'.

    May 2018
  • nigel streeter

    We at 'Fritz Streets Films' had a very positive experience with the people running this festival last time round when our film was chosen for screening. They emailed us (and sent out laurels) when it was selected and replied quickly again when I later had a query. If you are a 'mobile' film maker this is good one to go for.

    September 2017
    Response from festival:

    We definitely appreciated your work and responsiveness as well - all the best!

  • Alexander Barinov

    Это было круто! Спасибо за выбор жюри, нашего фильма 137 часов в качестве победителя в номинации Smatr Exmerimental Award!

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  • Marietha Chopra Helgesen

    I was not able to attend the festival, I wish I could. The staff did an amazing with communication. They answered all the questions I had quickly. Thank you for screening my film. I'm totally gonna submit my next smartphone film to this festival again. Recommended!!! :)

    May 2017
    Response from festival:

    Looking forward to seeing more of your talent!