The Original iPhone Film Festival is Now Accepting Entries

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.

2015 Update

OIFF Update - The 2015 Original iPhone Film Festival - Accepting Submissions and thank you!

Posted by Original iPhone Film Festival on Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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!     

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Just entered yesterday. Never shoot low light with an iPhone. Lesson learned.

November 18, 2015 at 6:01AM

Daniel Duerto
Everything is me

"Do you believe making great films is not about a big budget, expensive equipment or a professional camera? Super, we do too!

Just grab your phone, shoot a film and send us your entry. But make sure it's an iPhone! We don't wanna see any footage from those cheap a** Android phones or BlackBerries. Haha, holy sh*t, do people still use those?

Anyway, show the world that great films don't need big brands, status objects or a brand new camera to be awesome!"

November 18, 2015 at 11:50AM

Paul-Louis Pietz Pröve
director / dop / editor

looks like nobody said a thing when it was RODE!!!!! Cant see the reason for all the buzz when it clearly states "The original IPHONE film festival"!!!!!!

November 19, 2015 at 12:24AM

Kelvin Nhantumbo
Director, Screenwriter

Why did Matt Dessner's intro video look so low quality?

November 19, 2015 at 9:25AM

William Scherer
Writer/Director/Producer/Fine Art Aerial Photography

Hey William,

The quality "seems" poor because its an embed from FACEBOOK.

Perhaps this link provides a better look at the video?

or check it out on the front page of

December 1, 2015 at 2:25PM, Edited December 1, 2:25PM

Matt Dessner
Founder - The Original iPhone Film Festival

How will they know if its shot with an iPhone?

November 19, 2015 at 8:49PM


I'm pretty sure it's as easy to find out as it is about pictures. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that it is inside the files properties...

November 22, 2015 at 2:17PM

Benjamin Skorov
Somehow all of it, Hobbyist, Essayist