In the past few years, iPhone filmmaking has grown so much that there's a festival devoted to iPhone shorts and features, and they're calling for entries. From you!
In its second year, the Official iPhone Film Festival is now accepting entries in a range of different categories, including Fiction, Non-Fiction, Music Videos, Long Form (10+ minutes), and Features (60+ minutes). OIFF has gathered a great panel of judges to check out submissions and decide on a winner, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre director Marcus Nispel and legendary cinematographer Caleb Deschanel (yes -- Zooey's dad). filmmaker Prizes include Apple Watches, iPad Air, Manfrotto Mini LED lights, iStabilizer products, iOgrapher Media Cases, RØDE Smart Lav+ mics, and more.
The rules are pretty straightforward: The festival is called the iPhone Film Festival, so clearly this contest only wants to see footage captured from Apple products, including iPhones, iPads, and the iPod Touch. Also, every category except Long Form and Feature have a 10-minute cap.
If you want to see what other participants have done in the past, you can check out submissions from OIFF 2014 here. But if you want to get inspired, you should check out one of the first iPhone films to gain real notoriety and traction in the press, Tangerine, which scored big at Sundance with its no-holds-barred story of two transgendered sex workers in L.A. on Christmas Eve. The film was shot with three iPhones, both 5S, the app FILMIC PRO, and an anamorphic adaptor from Moondog Labs, currently developing prototypes for their 6S version. The film also made use of the Steadicam Smoothee.
Now, back to OIFF. It's free to enter, so if you've been itching to make a film with your phone, now's the time to do it. The deadline for entry is December 31, 2015 at 11:59 pm, which means you've only got about 6 weeks to get that film in the can (uh, camera roll) before the deadline, guys!