The Arterial Network and the DOEN Foundation call for submissions of short films shot on cell phones for its first Mobile Phone Film Competition. The films will be evaluated by experts in various fields and public awareness and participation will be increased by online voting.

So, anyone with a cell phone will now be able to become a filmmaker in the Arterial Network/DOEN Foundation Mobile Phone Film Competition. The festival aims at providing an opportunity to anyone to create and capture images to tell a story using mobile phones, the most accessible technology on the African continent.

Prizes for winners are as follows:

First Prize: 1000 Euros
Second Prize: 500 Euros
Third Prize: 250 Euros
Audience Choice Award: 150 Euros

Other prizes such as filmmaking training opportunities for the winners are currently being negotiated.

General Submission Guidelines

  1. Films may be on any theme but they must be original and tell a story (no documentaries or citizen journalism pieces will be accepted at this stage).
  2. 2.All films must be shot by cell phone to be viewed on a cellphone or computer screen.
  3. Film may be submitted in French, English, Swahili, Arabic or Portuguese.
  4. The running time for films may vary in length from 60 seconds to a maximum of 300 seconds (5 minutes).
  5. Only work created by Africans living on the African continent will be considered.
  6. Work submitted without a submission form will not be considered.
  7. Films may only be in a Quicktime or Windows Media Player format.
  8. File size must not exceed 10MB
  9. Screen dimensions must be: Width = 320 pixels, Height = 240 pixels

Submissions must reach Arterial Network on or before 31 October 2011. Films may only be submitted electronically. To complete and send your submission, please click here .

Arterial Network reserves the right to select the best 10-25 films submitted and compile a collection for the purpose of promoting African filmmaking – and the winning entries in particular - on the African continent and internationally at film festivals and other distribution outlets. To this end, the copyright of the film will remain with the copyright holder/creator but Arterial Network may use the work for non-commercial purposes.

AuthorCato Litangen