The Coast's 2017 SPFF smartphone film festival, submit your film

Awards Night!

Eastlink Wireless presenting Sponsor for the Smart Phone Film Festival in Halifax NS


Book now for the 2017 screening and awards party at the Halifax Central Library, 7-10pm

April 21, 2017




Eastlink Wireless, The Coast and 902Post partners for the Smart Phone Film Festival in Halifax NS

Smartphone Film Festival

If you shot it on a smartphone, you can send it to SPFF.

SpffAwardsThe Smartphone Film Festival is an independent festival showcasing short movies made on smartphone by Halifax professional, amateur and first-time filmmakers, app addicts and mobile device wizards. Selected films will be shown at SPFF’s one-night screening party in spring 2017, where filmmakers and film lovers will watch the creations and cheer on the winners of SPFF awards (“the Spiffies”) for the best movies.

Whether you’re an amateur filmmaker, a pro or a first-timer, SPFF is waiting for you. Everything you need to get involved is in the palm of your hand. Submissions are open to all ages. And it’s free to enter.

If you have more questions about becoming a Smartphone Spielberg, we have a whole page of SPFFAQs.



Whether you’re an amateur filmmaker, a pro, or a first-timer, SPFF is waiting for you. Check out last year's 'Spiffies" for some inspiration.

  • 1st Place

    Hide & Squeak by Susie and Chris Shapones An animated tale of a clever mouse on a charming and surreal adventure. Hide and Squeak was made by wife & wife team

  • 2nd Place

    4 new messages by Tori Fleming Voicemails left on the wrong phone are re-imagined in this short stop motion animation.

  • 3rd Place

    We Watched The Clouds Form Shapes by Israel Ekanem  


Win prizes

Cash, public adulation and the Spiffies

Three cash prizes will be awarded at SPFF 2017! These awards will be decided by a jury, and films may qualify in more than one prize category. Eastlink Wireless will also be giving out a free smartphone!

$1000 First place

$500 Second place

$250 Third place

The fine print

SPFF's official rules and regulations

Behind any great film is a lot of legal protection for the people involved. To make a long story short, SPFF doesn’t want to get screwed over by anyone, and it doesn’t want to screw anyone over, especially copyright holders. The full story is in these rules, which you are agreeing to abide by when you submit a film to the festival. You should read the full story.

Contacting SPFF

The Smartphone Film Festival is run out of The Coast's offices. Drop by or drop a line to:

SPFF ℅ The Coast, Halifax’s weekly,
2309 Maynard Street,
Halifax, NS,
B3K 3T8

Phone SPFF at 902-422-6278 ext 500