Mobile film festival "velcom Smartfilm" is a competition of movies filmed by the mobile devices (smartphone or tablet) which is held in the Republic of Belarus. Annually the festival expands its borders, involving more and more people who wish to have a try in filmmaking.

International mobile film festival velcom Smartfilm is an open public contest held by Unitary enterprise velcom (trademark/ service mark velcom ) aimed to open creative potential of the talented youth of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to develop and promote cinematography.

Festival idea – “A free format of your story”. 

Festival organizer – Unitary enterprise on providing services “velcom” (Unitary Enterprise velcom).


Grand Prix:
3 000, 00 (three thousand) Belarusian rubles 00 copecks. (1500 $) and the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 Pro.

1st place –1 000,00 (one thousand) Belarusian rubles (500$) and the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 Pro

2nd place – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29)

3rd place – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29)

“Best script based on a true story” prize - the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29)

«Best Biopic» velcom prize – Huawei MediaPad T5 provided by the Festival Partner

Festival Partner’s #seemore nomination prize - the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20

Audience choice prize – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20

PROCEDURE FOR HOLDING OPEN PUBLIC CONTEST
“INTERNATIONAL MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL VELCOM SMARTFILM”

International mobile film festival velcom Smartfilm is an open public contest (further – Festival) held by Unitary enterprise velcom (trademark/ service mark velcom) aimed to open creative potential of the talented youth of the Republic of Belarus, as well as to develop and promote cinematography.

Festival idea – “Based on a true story”.

Festival organizer – Unitary enterprise on providing services “velcom” (Unitary Enterprise velcom).

Festival participants
Natural persons, citizens of all the countries who has reached the age of 18 years (further - Participant) are eligible to participate in the Festival.

Festival prize places

• Grand Prix of the Festival;

• 1st place;
• 2nd place;
• 3rd place;

• Best script based on a true story
• Festival Partner’s nomination: #seemore
• Best Biopic
• Audience choice

Festival time frames:
The festival is held from November 15, 2018 through January 31, 2019 inclusive and consists of following stages:

• Acceptance of works: from November 20, 2018, through December 29 (till 10:00 аm Minsk Standard Time), 2018 inclusive. After the expiry of this time the works are accepted only with the agreement of the Organizer;
• Election of main short-list winners: from January the 1st, 2019 till January 14, 2019;
• Election of popular vote short-list winners: from January the 4th, 2019 till January 14, 2019;
• Election of the audience choice winner: 24d of January, 2019;
• Closing of Festival and awarding ceremony: January 31, 2019.
At the discretion of the Organizer the periods of acceptance of works and election of winners, as well as the date for the closing of the Festival may be changed. All the information about the changes in program of the Festival are stated on the site www.smartfilm.by in section “news”.
The program of works, order and place for demonstration of movies is defined by the Organizer of the Festival.

Prizes for the winners of the Festival

Grand Prix
3 000, 00 (three thousand) Belarusian rubles and money prize in the amount of 431, 69 (four hundred thirty-one) Belarusian rubles and 69 kopecks (tax payment) as well as the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) in twilight color at the cost of 1 477, 73 (one thousand four hundred seventy-seven) Belarusian rubles and 73 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 204, 22 (two hundred and four) Belarusian rubles and 22 kopecks (tax payment).

Prizes for 1st – 3rd places

1st place –1 000,00 (one thousand) Belarusian rubles and money prize in the amount of 132,84 (one hundred and thirty-two) Belarusian rubles and 84 kopecks (tax payment) as well as the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 Pro (CLT-L29) in twilight color at the cost of 1 477, 73 (one thousand four hundred seventy-seven) Belarusian rubles and 73 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 204, 22 (two hundred and four) Belarusian rubles and 22 kopecks (tax payment).

2nd place – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29) at the cost of 1 158,04 (one thousand one hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 04 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 156,45 (one hundred fifty-six) Belarusian rubles and 45 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

3rd place – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29) at the cost of 1 158,04 (one thousand one hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 04 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 156,45 (one hundred fifty-six) Belarusian rubles and 45 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

“Best script based on a true story” prize - the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29) at the cost of 1 158,04 (one thousand one hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 04 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 156,45 (one hundred fifty-six) Belarusian rubles and 45 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

«Best Biopic» velcom prize – Huawei MediaPad T5 provided by the Festival Partner at the cost of 470,40 (four hundred and seventy) Belarusian rubles and 40 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 53,70 (fifty-three) Belarusian rubles and 70 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

Festival Partner’s #seemore nomination prize - the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29) at the cost of 1 158,04 (one thousand one hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 04 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 156,45 (one hundred fifty-six) Belarusian rubles and 45 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

Additionally, all the participants who managed to enter the main short-lists have the right to put on their works the corresponding Festival symbol (logo with garland and nomination) and those who won in any of the above nominations are awarded with the award statuettes.

Audience choice prize – the smartphone provided by the Festival Partner Huawei P20 (EML-L29) at the cost of 1 158,04 (one thousand one hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 04 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 156,45 (one hundred fifty-six) Belarusian rubles and 45 kopecks (tax payment) as well as Huawei FreeBuds CM-H1 earbuds (black) at the cost of 258,18 (two hundred and fifty-eight) Belarusian rubles and 18 kopecks and money prize in the amount of 21,99 (twenty-one) Belarusian rubles and 99 kopecks (tax payment).

Additionally, the participant who managed to won in this nomination is awarded with the award statuette and has the right to put on his/her work the corresponding Festival symbol (logo with garland and nomination).

Procedure for holding of Festival

1. Participation in Festival is free.

2. The participant shall submit the movie* screened with a cell phone (smartphone) or tablet computer and submit it for consideration of the jury. The movie shall comply with all the requirements to the format of film submission (see below) and moral ethics norms.

Film submission format
• Film length (runtime): not over 10 minutes;
• Weight: to 200 MB;
• Necessary preview image resolution: 600х360 px;
• Recommended video format: Windows Media Video, Apple QuickTime, DivX, MPEG, 3gp. If necessary, the Organizer may require a film in better quality;
• Films produced in Russian and Belarusian languages are accepted without subtitles. Films produced in other languages are accepted in source languages with Russian, Belarusian or English subtitles.

*Movie is a combination of animated/moving images (shots) that are interconnected by the same plot.

3. The movie may be edited with the usage of special software. The usage of special effects is allowed.

4. The film shall not violate the legislation of the Republic of Belarus; give offence to the dignity of citizens; harm the reputation and violate the rights and interests of the third parties protected by the law; stirring of religious, racial and ethnic dissention; contain graphic violence inhumane treatment of animals scenes, etc.; be obscene, offensive or pornographic; contain advertisement of alcohol, cigarettes and narcotic substances; violate rights of under aged persons; violate authorial and related rights of the third parties; contain commercial advertisement of any kind. Rights for audio, video and photo materials used in the film shall be free from any claim of any third party. Otherwise the responsibility for violation of rights of the third parties is lied with the Participant.

5. The Participant may shoot and submit for consideration of jury any number of films.

6. Only copyright holder of the film may submit his work for participation in the Festival.
For this, he/she shall register on the website www.smartfilm.by. Uploading a film the Participant shall indicate the following information:

• Full name;
• E-mail;
• Phone number;
• Name of the work;
• Description of the work;
• Creative team list (not obligatory);
• Shot of video cover;
• City;
• Model of facility, with which the film was screened;
• Indicate the film access: whether it can be viewed by all or jury and organizer’s representatives only;
• Confirm in registration form, placing a check mark, that he is familiar with the present Rules, accepts them and acknowledges that he/ she reached the age of 18 years.

7. The Participant shall upload a film for passing the moderation that checks its accordance with the Rules. After successful moderation, the information of the film is placed on the website www.smartfilm.by in the section “Gallery of works”.

8. The Organizer reserves the right to decline a movie from participation without explaining the reasons i.e. not to publish the information about the film on the www.smartfilm.by.

9. In case of doubts that the film was screened with a cell phone/computer tablet, the Organizer has right to require source materials (results of screening to cell phone in the form of video files). If the Participant does not submit such materials, the film may be excluded from the contest.

The election of nominees and winners

1. To determine the winners the works will be selected and special short-lists formed (lists of nominees): the main one and the audience choice short-list.

2. All the short-lists are published on the web-site and loaded in VOKA application.
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3. The winners of the 1st, 2d, 3d place and the Grand Prix winner as well as special nominations winners (“Best script based on a true story”, “Best Biopic” and “#seemore”) will be chosen from the main short-list. While taking the decision the jury should give pride of place to Belarusian works.

4. Nominees / winners of the main short-list of the Festival are determined by jury members, which is composed of professional directors and experts in the field of cinematography. The Organizer of the Festival determines the jury.

5. The single winner of the Audience choice will be chosen from the popular vote short-list.

6. Nominees / winners of the Festival popular vote short-list are determined through calculation of the number of votes for them given by all the registered users who wish to take part in voting on www.smartfilm.by. The works with free access for watching (see paragraph 6 of the previous chapter) can take participation in contest for this nomination.

7. The audience choice short-list winner is chosen during the demonstration and election that will take place in January 24, 2019 at velcom cinema through voting of all the participants who will come. Those who successfully pass the cinematest on the site www.smartfilm.by during the period from 15.12.2018 until 17.01.2019 could take part in these elections. Besides them there will be invited by the Organizer some film critics chaired by Vlada Sen’kova, who will take the final decision in case there would be equal quantity of votes for two or more works.

8. The winners of the Festival are determined by the members of the jury from the Participants’ short-list in accordance with the following criteria:
• idea of the film;
• production quality;
• video record quality;
• quality of the editing use (if any);
• quality of the special effects usage (if any)

9. The quality characteristics are assessed at the discretion of the jury. The participants or any other party cannot interfere in the work of the jury and revise the decision made by the jury. The jury's decision is final and not subject to change.

10. At the discretion of the jury, some works may be awarded with a special prize.

11. The information about the winners in all nominations will be published on the website www.smartfilm.by.

12. The winners of the Festival will be announced and awarded at the Festival closing ceremony.

Responsibilities of the Participants of the Festival

1. The Participant guarantees that he is the author of given materials (video, audio, graphics, and so on), which belong to him as the property, not copied from any commercial or private sources, and the third party can't apply for them.

2. The Organizer of the Festival (unitary enterprise velcom) does not bear responsibility in case of claims to it from the third parties concerning the rights to the movie. The Participant who provided the film, takes the responsibility for the resolution of all claims of third parties arising from the use of materials provided by the Participant.

3. The Participant must provide the author's work. Upon detection of plagiarism, Participant is excluded from the number of contestants. By submitting a film to the competition, the Participant guarantees that a competitive work is established by his creative efforts, does not violate someone's copyright and does not cause damage to someone's reputation.

4. The copyright owner gives permission to use the provided material (including the use of fragments) for a competitive showing in the Festival, as well as the display in the electronic media, the Internet space and other places including VOKA application to promote the contest without the payment of royalties.

5. Taking part in the Festival, the Participant agrees that he has free and perpetually granted to the Organizer of the Festival the following rights in respect of his film (product): reproduction of the work; public display of the original or copies of the work; transfer works on the air; transmission of works by cable or wireless communication networks; transfer works using the Internet or other communication to the public works; product processing to create derivative works; translation of the work into another language; other possible uses of the product.

6. The Festival has the right to show the films selected in the competition program (including the films of the Winners) for the entire period of existence of the Festival including the period of its activities and during the course of its next scheduled season preparation time.

The procedure of Prizes’ granting

1. The prize distribution (Grand Prix partially, 1 - 3 places, “Best script based on a true story” nomination prize, “Best Biopic” nomination prize “#seemore” nomination prize and “audience choice” nomination prize) of the Festival takes place at the Festival closing ceremony. At the same time, the Winners must provide an identity document (passport).

2. "The Grand Prix of the Festival" is transferred to the current bank account / card account of the Winner. The winner must complete all the necessary documents, provided by the Organizer, related to receipt of the prize.

3. In case of achieving the Grand Prix nomination by the foreign country citizen, the prize sum will be transferred to his/her bank account/card account within the period of 45 working days since Festival closure in currency available to Organizer and at the rate stated on the date of transaction. For payment execution the winner has to provide all the necessary banking information within two weeks’ period from the moment of Festival closure. Otherwise the Organizer reserves the right to withhold the prize and reject the payment. The receiver also pays transfer fees.

4. In case of impossibility to be present at the Festival closing ceremony, prize winners in other nominations are granted with the right to take their prize at the Organizer’s office in Minsk, Internatsional’naya str. 36-2, within the period till 15th of February 2019.

5. The organizer does not pay to the winner the expenses connected with journey on the Festival closing ceremony or to the place of receipt of a prize.

6. In accordance with Chapter 16 of the Tax Code of the Republic of Belarus, at the prizes’ granting the Organizer holds from the winner and pays to the budget the income tax in accordance with established procedure. The prize awarding to the winner is performed with withholding income tax amount.

7. Participating in the Festival, the Winner agrees to the rules of the Festival, as well as the fact that his film and name, photo and video can be used by the Unitary enterprise velcom for advertising purposes without their prior consent and without any cash payments.

8. In case of failure to provide in the Unitary enterprise velcom the data for registration of a prize at the scheduled time and/or refusal of the winner of receipt of a prize, the prize remains in property of the Unitary enterprise velcom.

9. Competition procedure of “International mobile film festival velcom Smartfilm” and the results of the Festival are published on website www.smartfilm.by.

10. The Unitary enterprise velcom reserves the right to make changes to this Procedure throughout all Festival.

11. The present Rules are executed in two languages – Russian and English. In case of any differences, the Russian version has the priority.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Mobile Movie Production

    Extremely good . It's networking and communication qualities are very much appreciable.
    Thanks .

    March 2019
  • The only film festival who recognizes artist who are starting in the film industry.

    February 2019
  • JOSEPH MERENCIO

    Thank you very much!!! I Love Cinema! I Love horror film!

    February 2019
  • Deniz Selçuk Sevgi

    This is an amazing festival with wonderful organizers and some really talented filmmakers presenting their work. It was a great honor to me. Thank you for Official selection for my movie....

    February 2019
  • Rahul Chakraborty

    I'M HAPPY AND GLAD THAT I'M THE PART OF THIS BEAUTIFUL FESTIVAL.

    February 2019