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

    Great year!

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    Watch some of this year’s entries and pick your favourites…

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    Another fantastic year of diverse and creative entries. It was difficult to choose, but these are the top 3 winners for 2017!

    • 1st place 2017

      It’s Not Your Fault by Raven Davis It’s Not Your Fault is about the violence of online comments made towards Indigenous people. Bringing attention to the negligence

    • 2nd place 2017

      Changarang “Seafarer Fare” by Undine Foulds & Channing Ross A tale of seafarers from a time long ago, and the hardships they faced onboard (both real

    • 3rd place 2017

      Sleepiest by Paul Hammond & Nicole Holland On a brisk winter day, a lone dreamer walks through the woods, and into a freezing cold river to take a nap. Paul Hammond


    • 3rd place youth 2017

      The Road to Recovery by Alexis Mclellan The Road to Recovery is a documentary based off Alexis Mclellans’ life. She has struggled with her mental health, and this film

    • 2nd place youth 2017

      Unicorns Are Cool by Oliver Lashomb A Princess who really wants a unicorn gets her wish. Oliver is a creative seven-year-old who likes music, art and running around. He

    • 1st place youth 2017

      Youth of Halifax by Madeleine West This documentary depicts my life in the last month and a half, when I started an art/community project drawing youth of Halifax. The

    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 2018, 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.

    Win prizes

    Cash, public adulation and the Spiffies

    Three cash prizes will be awarded at SPFF 2018! 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