This iPhone film festival wants you to submit your masterpiece


The Disposable Film Festival showcases video shot on iPhones and similar gadgets.
The Disposable Film Festival showcases video shot on iPhones and similar gadgets.
Photo: Disposable Film Festival

Calling all iPhone filmmakers! The Disposable Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its 10th annual program in March 2017.

Heralded as the “Oscars of online video,” the Disposable Film Festival showcases the finest films made on everyday devices and “disposable media,” including cellphones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, webcams, screen-capture software, Flip cams, and newer technology like Google Glass, 3-D printed stop animation, and more.

See your iPhone movie on the big screen

Your movie can be a humorous short, a mini documentary or an animated cartoon. But be warned: The quality of submissions is very high. A quick cat video will not pass muster.


The winners are well-made, well-shot mini movies that often don’t look like they were made on an iPhone.

“The Disposable Film Festival is my kind of film festival,” writes Evan Harold at Vimeo. “Unpretentiously dedicated to supporting a new generation of filmmakers, this festival offers a welcome ‘psh, naahhh’ to the notion that you need expensive equipment and full crews to be taken seriously in the film industry. Their approach supports new artists who might not have a few grand to drop on their ideas.”

Successful entrants will get to see their movies on the big screen during the annual festival screening at the beautiful Castro Theater in San Francisco. The movies are also showcased online.

Disposable Film Festival submissions

The Disposable Film Festival is accepting submissions until December 1, 2016. Here are just a few of the guidelines (read the full list here):

  • Disposable media must be central and integral to the film.
  • Acceptable devices include anything that you might have on you: cellphones, point-and-shoot cameras, DSLRs, webcams, screen-capture software, Flip video cams and the like. We love when filmmakers get creative with their equipment.
  • Use of multiple devices is encouraged but by no means necessary.
  • Submissions must be under 10 minutes.

Submit your short film to the Disposable Film Festival today.

Editor’s note: Cult of Mac is an official media partner of the Disposable Film Festival. As a media partner, we are promoting the festival, reporting on the event and profiling key contributors. Why? Because we were blown away by the festival earlier this year. The showcased movies were extremely good; they were either LOL funny, beautiful or moving. It’s a great festival and we’re proud to help spread the word.


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