The Awarded films for the annual Global Mobile Film Awards™ are listed below. Congratulations to all the winners!
Global Mobile Film Awards™
Best Film Award
This video is very important for me. We were shooting in Sochi, a city on the south of Russia. Main characters were Lyubov and Robert, who are 84 and 86 years respectively. They impressed me deeply – they were very hardworking, working for three days in a row without any brakes starting each day at 6 am. They are amazing!
This was my first experience shooting on a smartphone, I really liked the mobility of all actions. I am very glad for taking the first place! It’s very valuable award for me because “Best mobile video in the world” sounds really cool!
Director’s info: Since student years, has started working in an advertising agency, where he filmed many commercials and music videos. Several years ago started working on creating short films. The first project turned successful: it was evaluated at many short film festivals. He is the creative director of Red Pepper Creative Agency and the director in Red Pepper Film Production.
Director’s Info: I am a 15 year old aspiring filmmaker hoping to one day direct a full length feature film. I am always looking for a new film to shoot, and I love trying to be as creative as I can in everything I do.
The aim with Focus was to somewhat simulate the effects of vision impairment and to use a first-person perspective to tell the story of someone losing her sight. Being able to achieve that with a smartphone, and to have the judges award us the Best Cinematography prize is a real honour. I’d like to thank the GMFA team for their tireless work promoting smartphone filmmaking. I’d also like to thank Sarah Harris for her faith in the project, and to my family and friends for supporting my filmmaking endeavours. And finally I’d like to acknowledge my sister-in-law Kay Hennings, who inspired the story behind Focus.
Director’s Info: Brian Hennings studied screenwriting through AFTRS and producing at FTI WA. Since completing studies he has combined his life-long love of television and film with a drive to create compelling short-form entertainment. He enjoys mixing his roles within film production. Brian wrote and produced the festival-selected short film, Express, and also created, produced and wrote for popular web-series F’d-Up Film Show and Skitmark Comedy.
Social Media: Facebook
Best Visual Effects
I am honored to receive this very prestigious award. I thank my wife, actress and producer, for her patience and understanding. I also would like to thank all those who supported me in my vision and helped make it a reality. Finally, I would like to thank Susan Botello and the entire staff at GMFA for accepting me in this new mobile movement. It is a wonderful opportunity to be a part of community where others like myself have the chance to have their vision be shared globally.
Director’s Info: Blake Worrell has been trained by Roger Corman, the iconic figure in the film industry who has helped many passionate film makers to become award winning industry leaders today, such as Francis For Coppola, Martin Scorsese, James Cameron, Jack Nickelson, Robert De Niro. He is passionate about his craft, so much so that he works when he is not working.
Blake is also a very talented musician/composer/singer who has been signed to Sony and Universal, and has released over 8 solo albums and collaborated with well known artists around the globe, featuring in over 30 albums. The several recent award winning short films Blake has made, have been shot on an iPhone SE/6s and recognized around the globe. He writes, acts, directs, shoots and even does all the post-production himself. He has broken through the forefront of smartphone film making by bringing special effects and multiple effect layers into his images, making it look seamless and extraordinarily cinematic.
It was an honor to be able to participate in such an important international contest! First, I’d like to thank all the jury, Susan Botello and all the people who contribute to the organization of this contest. I also thank my whole team without which I would not have achieved this result, especially Fabrizio Valezano and Martina Caletti who played in so particular roles! I am very happy to see that my work has been appreciated so much also overseas. I believe that for an independent filmmaker it is essential to create a universally understandable message, capable of breaking down linguistic and cultural distances and differences. “Yes, No” has succeeded in transmitting a very simple message which, I believe, is base of the problem concerning violence against women: the misunderstanding and the lack of communication that is often established in relations between men and women. Let’s end this misunderstanding and listen more to each other: “A no … it’s a no. Stop.
Director’s Info: I was born in 1978, in Varese, Italy. I’m an actor, writer and director for cinema and Theatre. My play “Sonia’s room” won the national playwright contest “Culture possibili”, promoted by Culture Possibili association in Catania; with the same play I was finalist to the national playwright contest “Teatro e disabilità”, in Rome; I won the first edition of the national playwright contest “La riviera dei monologhi” in Bordighera.
In 2018 my short movie “Yes, no” won the prize for best screenplay at Mobile Film Festival 2018 and Best movie originality at Cinephone film festival in Barcelona.
I also teach acting in many schools and private structures of my town.
Director’s Info: Ren Thackham is a writer, film and video Director and VR Director based in Manly. She’s also an accomplished award-winning sculpture artist but her passion is telling stories. She’s made short films with budgets upwards of $30,000 so when the opportunity came to make a film with a mobile phone for a festival that celebrates story and creativity over resources and high end cameras, she jumped on it to tell the kinds of stories that might not have attracted funding but she was passionate about telling.
Social Media: Instagram
Best Film Award
Any disruptive creation is a wonderful journey for everyone involved. Filming on a smartphone is one such effort without compromising on the story, cinematic presentation and its characters. Without platforms like Global Mobile Film Awards, film makers like us will have a challenging path to share the joy we had while filming with a wider audience but getting an award on top of that is a huge boost as producer, writer and director and also for my team who made this possible.
I would like to thank Liz Taylor and Javier Augusto Nunez for believing in me and executive producing the film. Karan Dhilon a Veteran Cinematographer who accepted to film on a smart phone still rendered a cinematic feel. Avaah Blackwell who also won award for best performance and the two wonderful kids who brought out the essence of the story and everyone involved in the cast. I would like to thank Joshua Hemming who did sound and music composition who filled silent scenes with life through his sound and music. Rodolfo my editor who remade this film in the studio and did justice to the story both creatively and technically. It was amazing to see him color correct the footage with so little data from the phone and its sensor. Above all Rosita Stone who gave her moving soundtrack (From a mother to her child) without charging us because she fell in love with the story.
How I Became A Movie Theatre Murderer
What a confidence boost! I truly believe the most valuable skill a director can have is bringing the right team together. So a huge THANKS are owed to Ian, Adam, Josh, Giulio, Rebecca, Ryan, James and Mickey.
I am very honored to have been awarded for best cinematography on my short film “Dissolution” by the Global Mobile Film Awards™. I would like to dedicate this award to those who are compelled to share their stories and are passionate about shedding a light on the various perspectives of life. Today, we carry around the power to learn and create in our pockets. There are absolutely no excuses anymore. Dream it, make it, do your best and never ever give up!
To my wife Arly Jover, her immense support has helped me so much in the process.
Kara Haarburger with Swinburne University of Technology students
Space Van Man
Thank you to everyone at the Global Mobile Film Awards for receiving this award, and for creating a platform for mobile films.
This is the first documentary style film I’ve directed and it’s been amazing to receive such positive reactions. I first met Adrian a year ago when I was out with friends on Brunswick Street. We stopped to admire his van and ended up talking. He was such a friendly, lovely character and extremely interesting. I wrote down his email address and told him if I was to ever make a documentary it would be about him. A few months later, we were asked to make a smartphone documentary in the Digital Narratives unit at Swinburne University of Technology and that’s how this beautiful film began.
I’d like to acknowledge and give a huge thank you to Adrian Jordan, ‘The Space Van Man’ himself. He is always so warm and welcoming and throughout this process has become a life long friend. Thank you for letting us share your beautiful story to the world.
Thank you to the amazing and supportive team who contributed to the production of this film- Brenton Gardiner, Corey Martin, Anita Agathanelou, John Lee and Max Schleser. This project would not have been successful without them!
Many thanks to to my cast Josh McConville, Richard Pyros and Yalin Ozucelik for the many hours they put into this film alongside the up-and-comers Hugo Weaving & David Wenham for their participation. Deep appreciation also to GMFA for providing a forum for all the films made in this exciting new genre.