Think you can shoot a great video?...on your Smartphone
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Think you can shoot a great video?…on your Smartphone

If you are a budding Spielberg or deMille and think you could shoot a short feature on your smartphone do I have the opportunity for you. A chance to produce a short video and to be mentored by an award winning filmmaker who with me and others will be part of the jury judging the final productions.

Independent Filmmaker Christos Sourligas to mentor Smartphone Film Challenge




The AmérAsia Film Festival, presented by Ciné-Asie, is launching the first ever Smartphone Film Challenge this year, with mentorship by independent Canadian filmmaker Christos Sourligas.

Christos Sourligas is a multiple award-winning filmmaker and ex-television distributor. His debut feature, Elephant Shoes was the darling of the film festival circuit, winning awards, and selling out screenings across the world. The romantic comedy was described as a “sleeper hit”, a “festival crowd-pleaser”, and “inspirational”. Christos went on to successfully license Elephant Shoes to Alliance Films, making fifteen (15) times its money back. His latest project, Happy Slapping is the world’s first feature film entirely shot on an iPhone 4.

Amateur and professional filmmakers will be given 72 hours to produce and shoot the four-minute film, and the final cuts will be screened during the festival on March 9, 6:30 pm to midnight, at the Société des arts technologiques (SAT). The winning filmmaker will receive a cash prize of $1,000, as well as nationwide exposure through AmérAsia’s media partner, Radio Canada International.

Participants can visit to download the application form. The theme will be announced by Sourligas at the opening gala on March 1 at CinéRobothèque (NFB).

As well as the finalists’ films, the evening will feature a screening of Arirang by renowned Korean auteur Kim Ki-duk. Kim produced the autobiographical film, a tale of personal crisis, alone using only digital technology. It won the “Un Certain Regard” category at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011.

Quebec video artist Patrick Bergeron, renowned for his special effects artistry in The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix, will present a video installation for Loop Loop, a collage of photos he shot portraying life in Vietnam. The gala evening will end with the 4th National Video Portrait Competition, in partnership with Vidéographe. The winner will receive a worldwide distribution deal and over $1,500 vouchers in production and post-production equipment hire. Participants are invited to explore the unique relationship between Canada and Asia by creating video portraits – this year’s theme is “family”.

Festival Director, and Ciné-Asie founder, Mi Jeong Lee says, “Chris Sourligas is the first person to make an award-winning feature-length film on a smartphone in Canada, so he will be a great guide for all our participants. Alongside the work of Kim Ki-duk and homegrown talent Patrick Bergeron, AmérAsia’s mission is to give a voice to the best of Asian-Canadian art house films.”

Boris Chassagne, Director-Coordinator at Radio Canada International, said: “Radio Canada International is proud to be AmerAsia’s principal media partner and to be part of the first Smartphone Film Challenge. Now more than ever, Canadians of all backgrounds have access to digital production. And this Smartphone Film Challenge will demonstrate what technology and individual creativity can produce.”

The third edition of the AmérAsia Film Festival takes place March 1-4 and 9-11 over two weekends at the SAT, CinéRobothèque (NFB), the Cinéma du Parc, Cinémathèque québécoise and Hotel Zero 1.

This is an opportunity of a lifetime for a budding filmmaker so why not sign could win or at the very least have the chance to schmooze with other filmmakers. I hope to see you there.

Bob Benedetti

Former RCAF Fighter Pilot Bob worked for CTV Montreal as a Reporter, Producer and Executive producer for 35 years retiring in 2004. Bob started reporting on personal technology in 1995 at CTV and continues today at Home Technology Montreal

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