Mirror going to Hollywood

Perfect film can be shot on smartphone camera
By Irina Maskevich

Minsk has summed up the results of the 3rd Smartfilm Mobile Film Festival, announcing its winners: Andrey Levkovich’s Mirror took first place, followed by Yuri Kopotkov’s Cinema. In line with the contest rules, the main victor travels to Los Angeles, visiting a Hollywood film studio; the latter is awarded with an Apple iPad.

Smartfilm was organised by Velcom, with support from Belarus’ Culture Ministry. Two nominations were announced: PRO (for professionally advanced film makers) and LIGHT (for less experienced). The festival’s creative concept reads: ‘Great Cinema in Mobile Format!’ Its organisers are convinced that worthy films can be shot on modest budgets — even filmed on a smartphone.
The contest invited anyone to take part — directing and shooting their own short film on a smartphone camera. Many creative people entered, judged by an authoritative jury, headed by famous Russian film director Valeriya Gai Germanika. 

Last year, the contest gathered 74 works but, this time, 113 films were presented — including 60 in the PRO nomination. These rising figures please the project organisers, indicating not merely increased interest but a higher quality of submissions.
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