The first Flaneur film festival is available today only as an iPhone app. Showing four great films from around the world this is a new way of bringing films to movie lovers.
‘Putting the film festival together on the iPhone was a non-trivial endeavour, but it has been worth it,’ said film festival organiser Jonathan Powell. ‘It was a proof-of-concept project and we restricted the festival to four films to see if the concept worked, whether the app would be accepted and to keep the download size low. But it has worked superbly and we are already excited about the future of the Flaneur Film Festival!’
Many film festivals have their own iPhone app, but this is the first film festival that we are aware of that is fully contained within the iPhone app. ‘When a viewer downloads the free app from the app store (http://bit.ly/iphonefilmfestival )they have all the films on their iPhone immediately. They can watch the festival wherever they are.’
As an artist and film maker, Jonathan Powell has had work in film festivals around the world. He soon spotted the potential of the iPhone. ‘I already publish ‘The Flaneur’ art and culture journal on the iPhone and it seemed a good idea to experiment with a film festival.’
Using new technology to show films gives The Flaneur an advantage in attracting viewers. ‘Traditional film festivals such as Cannes measure their audience in thousands, but with millions of iphones around the world the potential is there for the Flaneur Film Festival to be bigger than them all!’
The films selected for the first Flaneur Film Festival are listed below:
The winners are:
Open category winner:
Cockles and Mussels – An elderly couple’s long-standing relationship is revitalized by a competition they wage with each other. By Leonora Lonsdale.
Best film shot on a mobile device: An Ounce of Mother – Shot on two cell phones and entirely improvised it follows the misadventures of two siblings, on opposite coasts, dealing with the loss of their mother. By Jennifer Howd & Ross Mihalko.
Best non-linear film Summerflies – Nostalgia turns the memories of a teenage summer into a hazy dream of fireworks, swimming pools and carnival rides. All of the video was shot on an iPhone 3GS. Video: Jason Robinson. Sound: Nathan Halverson
Best Cinematography Red Letter – Shot with a very low budget in 4 days, this thriller shows a young German trying to kill the holocaust beast. By Edilberto Restino.
App store: http://bit.ly/iphonefilmfestival