A Film Festival for the iPhone

My kids love to make movies using my iPhone.  I normally delete the videos after they’ve gone to bed… partially to free up space on the phone, but mainly becuase their “movies” are just videos of our everyday life.  Who really wants to watch a 5 minute video of me loading the dishwasher?  Besides, with video shot at the height of a toddler or eight-year-old, their movies are never flattering.  You think the camera adds 10 pounds?  Just wait until it’s shot from a upward angle at three feet.  At that angle, even Julia Roberts would have a triple chin.

There are real filmmakers making real movies using their iPhones or other portable devices.  These ones are not worthy of the trash-can icon.  Rather, these movies are worthy of their own film festival.  The Disposable Film Festival will be kicking off in San Francisco this week to celebrate the democratization of cinema made possible by low cost video technology: everyday equipment like mobile phones, pocket cameras, DSLRs and other inexpensive devices.

This is not your average film festival.  There are film screenings, workshops, and panels, intended to educate and inspire.  The Disposable Film Festival promotes experimentation and helps build the track record needed for a new generation of filmmakers to enter and change the industry.  Check out their events page to get tickets to the screenings or specific workshops that interest you.  Opening night is Thursday, March 21 with events running until Sunday, March 24, 2013.

Warning: This film festival may not be suitable for pint-size filmmakers like mine.  But it would be an awesome way to spend quality time with your teen or older tween.

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