The International Mobile Motion Film Festival is set to unveil a host of amazing talent on May 27-28, 2017 in Zurich. Film created with smartphones, tablets, and GoPro cameras will once more grace the screen in front of a live audience. I had the pleasure of interview the festival’s creators in 2014. They have come a long way since their 2014 Kickstarter campaign. According to BBC News, the festival is “One of the most interesting and exciting events from around the world.”
The festival is in the submission phase. Have you noticed an increase in submissions?
We’re in our third year. Submissions doubled from our first year to last year, when we received almost 500 films from over 70 countries. However, a significant percentage weren’t filmed on mobile devices, and, unfortunately, had to be disqualified. Watching through 500 films was very time-consuming for our small team, so this year we decided to charge a small submission fee. We hoped to avoid receiving non-qualifying films, and, so far, it’s paid off. Even so, the quality of the films this year is incredible – nearly every film would be worth screening. So, its a case of less quantity, more quality.
How many films do you review during the review stage?
We review every single film we receive. So far we received around 100 really great submissions and we’ve watched them all with excitement.
The festival team reviews every film individually, and pre-selects about 25. Our panel of judges then reviews and rates them. We use the platform Film Freeway which helps the judging process immensely. After the jury process, we then choose the winners of each category and decide which films will be screened at the Award Night on May 27th. We usually screen around 15 films.
What are the most submissions you receive: GoPro or smartphone?
Most films are shot on smartphones, but the submissions filmed on GoPros are increasing.
Have you made any changes since the last festival?
We’re one of the first festivals in the world to add a Snapchat Short category. This allows us to reach a younger target group and gives aspiring filmmakers a tool of immense creativity. The Snapchat submissions we received, so far, are brimming with energy and creativity, and we can’t wait to show some of them on the big screen – we’ll be one of the first to do so!
Are their any categories you’re considering adding to a future festival?
We always try to be at the forefront of technology, so we’re thinking of adding a VR or 360° category next year. But we have a lot of ideas for unique categories we could add. We don’t want to reveal too much yet, though.
What are your long-term goals for the film festival?
We’re a film festival by film-lovers for film-lovers. Therefore, it’s important to involve our audience and filmmakers in the creation process of the festival. Our next project will be another crowdfunding campaign, to help us finance the festival, plus make it possible for our community to become a part of MoMo. The crowdfunding will happen on Kickstarter again, in February/March in 2017. It would be great to see you all there!
What would you like to say to aspiring filmmakers?
We’d like to tell them that, nowadays, everything is possible. You have your tool in your hands and you can go and shoot your film. Don’t wait for anyone, just go out there and shoot. We’re here for you to show your work to the world, and to help you take another step in your career.