Nominations 2018

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Nominations Global Mobile Film Awards 2018

Congratulations to all the winners!

The following films were nominated by member film festivals and contests for Best Of awards.

The GMFA Show took place online November 28, 7PM (PST) thru December 4, 10PM (PST). All the films nominated for an award were screened during the show for a limited time. The Awards Ceremony took place online on December 10 at 7PM in a premier presentation.

*The winners will be listed on the awards page with their films soon!

Nominees are chosen at the discretion of each member film festival. Finalists are determined by GMFA & Judging Panel. All films must meet criteria which includes being shot with smartphones. Annual nominations and awards are permanently set for each year as the best global mobile films. GMFA is being referred to as the “Oscars” of the mobile smartphone film industry.

Nominations by International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California 2018
Best CinematographyFocus / Directed by Brian Hennings (Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge) Perth, Australia
Best ComedyThe Actor / Narelle Nash (iPhone 7) Sydney, Australia

Nominations by Cinephone Smartphone Film Festival in Barcelona, Spain 2018

Best Film – SHE ROSE by Malwina Wodzicka with iPhone SE
Best Film – Promise by Ivan Sosnin with Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Best Director – Sonatina by Hoi Wong with iPhone 7
Best Comedy – Dulcinea by Francisco Lidon with iPhone X
Best Experimental – Yes, No by Matteo Tibiletti with Samsung S7 Edge

Nominations by SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest in Sydney, Australia 2018

Best Film – SHE ROSE by Malwina Wodzicka with iPhone SE
Best Director – Forgive Me by Callum Pritchard with iPhone 7 Plus
Best Director – I Hate It by Ethan Do with Galaxy S8
Best Cinematography – Restoration by Rah Sharma with iPhone X and iPhone 8
Best Visual Effects – Upend by Blake Worrell with iPhone 6S
Best Comedy – 97 Seconds by Ren Thackham with iPhone 7 and iPhone X



A selection of professional industry individuals with experience in the film industry has been chosen to select the top global films from this year’s nominated mobile films shot with smartphones. The selection of nominated films is a privilege afforded to filmmakers through GMFA Member film festivals. Nominees received official awards in film festivals around the world and were nominated for a global award as the best in the world.

This year’s nominations are for Best Film, Best Director, Best Cinematography, Best Comedy, Best Music Video, Best Visual Effects & Best Experimental.

Paul Nethercott GMFA Judge 2018


International filmmaker Paul Nethercott has credits on films that have screened at over 75 film festivals. Jitensha won numerous awards including Nominee Best Short Film, Venice Film Festival (Italy); Nominee Grand Prix, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival ; and Winner Youth Jury Prize, Brussels Short Film Festival. Accolades for Finding Beauty in the Rubble include First Place, Tokyo Lift-Off Film Festival and Winner Award of Merit, Accolade Global Film Competition. Nethercott has successfully collaborated with Universities and nonprofit organizations to complete film projects on three continents. He has lectured for Audiovisual Arts Industry Incubator’s Nordbaltic Incubator and Summer Media Studio programs .

Nethercott is CEO of Studio Nethercott; an Indiana Arts Commission On-Ramp Fellow, and is a Truly Moving Pictures Award Juror, Heartland Film Festival.

You can find some of his films on Vimeo.

Liz Taylor GMFA Judge


Liz began acting and became a filmmaker as her 50th birthday was approaching. She confesses that it was “Part of Her Mid-Life Crisis” but it has come to be the best time of her life.

In her first three and a half years as an actor, Liz was booked over 125 times (for Films, TV Shows, Commercials, Corporate Videos, and Voiceovers) and completed work in 36 films, with many Lead and Supporting Roles.
She Speaks English, Polish, Italian, some French…and a bit of Spanish. Liz rides a motorcycle… learned to surf this year, and is a certified scuba-diver. Whether it’s Comedy, Drama, or Horror…. Liz Brings It To The Screen. Her work has been screened in numerous festivals around the world…. including TIFF in her home-city of Toronto. Liz has won “Best Lead Actress” Awards at the IndieFEST International Film Awards in San Diego, as well as at the Canadian Diversity Film Festival in Toronto. She also won “Best Producer” at the Hollywood Boulevard Film Festival. Her first project as a Producer was for FIGMENT ~ which won the Global Mobile Film Festival in it’s inaugural year.

Recently, Liz incorporated a Film Company called “Wild-Maple Films” and is helping Indie Film-makers around the world to get Distribution World-Wide to platforms such as Amazon Prime/ Hoopla / Big Star / Roku / Hulu / google play / sony play station / Xbox/ iTunes / Apple TV /

Her Directorial Debut film “Marital Aids” was accepted into 23 International Festivals and Won 10 awards.

Liz has been called “A Force of Nature” in the ShowBiz World, and is known for her Professionalism, her Incredible Energy, her Respect for everyone on set, and her Inspirational Leadership.

Jack Lugar GMFA Judge 2018


Jack Lugar, worked for over a decade in Los Angeles as a television writer and producer. His writing credits include the Warner Bros./FOX sitcom Wanda At Large and several projects for comedian Louie Anderson’s company, Louzell Productions. In addition, he is the author of the non-fiction books The Starving Artist’s Diet and Hollywood Break-in: Launch your entertainment career (co-written by his wife, Elisabeth Lugar). Most recently, Jack has created the children’s chapter book series, Katz Pajamas, about an extraordinary cat detective.

Jack is Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Arts at Anderson University (AU), teaching screenwriting, storytelling, and other media related courses. At AU he oversees Filmmakers Camp for high schoolers, launched The Black Bird Film Festival, and created the storytelling event called Quoth the Raven. As a writer, he holds the distinction of being selected for the Warner Bros. Comedy Workshop and has also received recognition from the Disney/ABC Writer’s Program, Slamdance, Scriptapalooza, and The Page Awards.

Jack has a B.A. from Taylor University, an M.A. from Regent University, and a J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

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