SmartFone Flick Fest Finalists named - Gala Awards Sydney 26 Aug | online voting

Sirmai Arts Marketing | 5-Aug-2016
The SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3) 2016 Top 10 finalists have been announced and will be screened in what is again expected to be a packed theatre at the Chauvel Cinema Paddington on 26 August. Film-lovers will also be able vote for the People's Choice award winner too! @SF3Fest #SF3Fest
Venue: Chauvel Cinema
Address: Oxford St, Paddington
Date: SmartFone Flick Fest Gala Awards - Friday Aug 26
Ticket: $20 ($30 with VIP event)
SF3 - Australia's only international smartphone film festival for filmmakers of all ages "“ has completed the difficult task of selecting this year's Top Ten finalists after an exceptional response, both in the number of entries and quality of submissions.

The SmartFone Flick Fest was a hit in its debut season last year and this year will be no exception with rich prizes on offer, including $1000 prize money for the Best Film award. SF3 Co-Founders Angela Blake and Ali Crew said the calibre of the entries was so high this year they had to create a brand new category: the #FILMBREAKER award!

The 10 finalists are:

No Budget by Christopher Stollery from Bondi, NSW (iPhone 4s). "No plot, no story, no characters but these two cineastes and this ambitious little film are going places." With cameos from Hugo Weaving & David Wenham!

How To Make A Movie Theater Murderer by 23-year-old Aris Tyros from Toronto, Canada (shot on an iPhone 6s). A frightened film-obsessed man unintentionally kills a patron and becomes the thing he fears most.

Good Day to Die by Adrian Jeffs from Badger Creek, Victoria (iPhone 6s Plus) is a powerful story of the filmmaker's own 30-year battle with depression and anxiety. (Pictured over)

Real Estate by Laurence Rosier Staines from Newtown, NSW (iPhone 6s). A wacky story of three millennials whose solution to rising housing values is to terrorise wealthy neighbourhoods to drive prices down!

90 Seconds to Live by Levi Austin Morris from Los Angeles, USA (iPhone 4) is one man's desperate attempt to reach his love before a bomb makes impact. Obstacles and memories blend"¦

Tofu Man (pictured below) by Andrew Robb from Sunshine, Victoria (Samsung Galaxy S2) is a surprisingly candid and poignant portrait of Duc Nga, a former Vietnamese refugee who came to Australia as an orphan.

Bubbles Don't Lie by Stepan Etrych from Prague, Czech Republic (iPhone). A wonderfully absurd story in which everybody discovers comic-book style bubbles above their heads! What do the numbers mean??

The Weird Sisters by Blake Worrell from Berlin, Germany (iPhone 6s Plus) based on Don Nigro's monologue.

Baggage Claim by Carla deLuca, Luke Kellett and Andy Gallagher from Sydney, NSW (iPhone 6s Plus). A film adaptation of a winning Short+Sweet play about a politician and his indiscretions.

The Man Who Knew Poe by Steve McGrath from Camperdown, NSW (iPhone 6s Plus). Another Short+Sweet adaptation from the brilliant and inspired comic brain last year's inaugural SF3 winner.

The new #FILMBREAKER category, for first time filmmakers, was inspired by Pocket Filmmaker, Jason van Genderen and SF3's partnership with his Pocket Film Academy. "Being a grassroots festival," said Angela, "we wanted to make sure aspiring smartphone filmmakers don't feel intimidated and are still encouraged to make the film they dreamed of." The 2016 #FILMBREAKER winner is Don't Give Up by Liam J. Phelan from Surry Hills (iPhone 6).

SF3 is also about encouraging and fostering the next generation of filmmakers so the SF3 Kids Flick Pick is back for 2016 and the winner is Holidays of Holidays by Talia Cohen-Vigder, an 11 year old from New Jersey, USA. Her moving film documents an annual holiday festival in the Israeli village of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, a purposely integrated community of Arabs and Jews.

The SF3 Founders' Pick Flicks category recognises films that didn't qualify to be considered for awards but are supremely worthy of a wider audience and will be screened at the final. Conrad Mess (whose film The Asking Room featured in last year's SF3 Top Ten) this year submitted Time To Pay Off Debts, a wonderful example of what can be achieved with a smartphone camera, but at 10 minutes in length, is not eligible for an award. Another smartphone film that stole hearts this year was the music video, Fly Away, by Luis Juarez from Venezuela (shot on an iPhone 5s). "It's not a film in the traditional sense of our other entries," said festival co-director Ali Crew, "but we felt everyone needed to experience the joy both the film and the song brings."

The People's Choice award is back this year. Featured entries can be viewed at but the Top Ten films won't be available to be viewed again until the People's Choice voting is launched 24 hours before the Gala Awards Screening.

Fans will be able to vote for their favourite films on the SF3 Facebook page by hitting 'Like' on their favourite film. SF3 will continue to take People's Choice votes right up until the end of the Gala Awards screening. The film with the most 'Likes' will win the People's Choice Award.

Tickets for the SmartFone Flick Fest Gala Awards at the Chauvel Cinema, Oxford St, Paddington on Friday Aug 26 are available now. Screening from 7.30pm with VIP networking event with filmmakers, judges, sponsors and VIPs from 6.30pm. Tickets are $20 ($30 with VIP event) plus booking fee. Visit

SF3 is a member of Film Festivals Australia and is proud to be sponsored by Pocket Film Academy, Media Super, Satellite Digital Printing, Olloclip, Pica Australia, Rhode Microphones, Lume Cube, The HubStudio, Screen Actors Workshop, Final Draft, Power Productions, Bold Artist Management, The Australian Director's Guild, the Australian Cinematographer's Society, The Australian Writer's Guild, Ribbet, The Big Smoke, StoryBoard Quick, Filmic Pro, Rhode microphones, Laugh Masters Academy & Redlands Distillery.

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