Thanks to advancements in technology, more and more people are able to share their stories through the medium of film. All it takes is a cell phone or tablet, a few good apps, and a desire to share your story.

Mobile films are becoming so advanced that most film festivals across the world now have 24 or 48 hour challenges to highlight extraordinary talent and potential within local film communities. Need proof? Just head over to the ESFF 2016 Mobile Film Competition  to view the spectacular films created at last year’s Edmonton Short Film Festival 48-hour Mobile Device Filmmaking Challenge.

If you’re looking to create your very first mobile film, Indie Film Academy has published just the article  Best Apps for Filmmakers to get you started. The article covers their top 12 mobile filmmaking apps for indie and upcoming filmmakers.

Our personal favourites from the list are:  Movie Slate which allows you to organize your shoots with its sleek and easy to use digital slate that mark each shot. Scripts Pro will make it easy for you to update, read, and export your scripts – a lifesaver for quick film shoots! Filmic Pro lets you shoot, edit, cut, and heighten your shoots all in one platform! It was even used to help create Sundance Festival favourite “Tangerine” .The article includes YouTube tutorial on these apps and more! 

Everyone has a story to tell, and now it’s your turn! Keep your eyes on the Edmonton Short Film Festival’s website for details on how to apply for the FREE 48-hour Mobile Device Filmmaking Challenge held September 29 through October 1, 2017. You’ll have the chance to see your film on the big screen and could even take home some great prizes!

Until then, happy filmmaking!