Inspiring anyone with a smartphone to tell their story through film

SF3  is one of the biggest smartphone film festivals and educators in the world, bringing affordable and accessible filmmaking to the all.

SF3 2024 is here and we want your films!


Enter now to be part of our 10th season – celebrating the best in smartphone cinema from around the world!


Entries for SF3 2024 are now open until September 1st, 2024. Enter now.


Our live festival will be held once again in the City of Sydney over the weekend of 17-19th November, 2024. This will feature Filmmakers’ Networking Drinks, our VIP Red-Carpet Gala Finals & Awards Ceremony, our SF3 Kids Finals and our Mini & Feature Film Screening plus Masterclasses. And we will again be offering $50,000 in prizes from our sponsors including rigs, mics, apps, iPads and more. 



This year we have 6 categories and this includes two new categories to capture what is happening in the world of smartphone filmmaking and new innovations in technology and film:

  1. The SF3 Gala Short Film Awards for films made my filmmakers of any age up to a max of 20 mins. 
  2. SF3 Kids Awards for films made by filmmakers 18 years and under at the time of filming and up to a max of 10 mins. 
  3. SF3 Mini Awards for a film that is a max of 3 mins including credits and titles and is inspired by the word, forward. 
  4. SF3 Feature Film Category for a feature film entirely shot on a mobile or tablet and is a minimum of 30 mins with no max. 

Our two new awards:

5.    The SF3 AI Best Film Award – for a film written by a writer but that is made using AI technologies. NB. This is a very controversial area of the film industry right now but at SF3 we believe in embracing technology and in seeing where it can take us – always with professional writers and creatives at the forefront, but not shying away from utilising all advances and innovations in the filmmaking and creative worlds.

6.    The SF3 Best Social Media Video – for a video that was shot for social media on a smartphone or tablet. There are so many content creators shooting on phones and tablets and we want to celebrate the best. 

Within this we have our special categories too:

  • The SF3 & Black Magic Camera Award (for a film shot using the Black Magic Cam App) is a film up to 20 minutes for our Gala Awards Category or up to 10 minutes for our SF3 Kids Awards that is shot on a smartphone in the Black Magic Camera App. You can edit this film on any device and with any software and it is also eligible for all of our Gala Awards or SF3 Kids Awards. NB: We have three prizes in this category – one of our Gala and two in our Kids Category (for a Primary School and a High School Film).

  • Our SF3 & Luma Touch Finished on Mobile Award for a film that is both shot AND edited on a mobile device up to 20 minutes in length. You can edit using any editing app.

  • SF3 First Nations Award is back to celebrate First Nations filmmakers from across the world.
  • Our SF3 and Chicken & Chips Pitch Award which we are calling for pitches for short films. Pitch us your idea either in a 2 minute video or with a Pitch Deck by June 1st and the team at Chicken & Chips will help produce and professionally cast your film to play in our Gala Finals. Pitch us at
  • Our SF3 & Spineless Wonders Best Adaptation Award for a film that has been adapted from a story. This story can be one of the published micro-fictions available on our site or can be from a story of the filmmakers’ choosing. This is for our Mini Category. 

  • Our SF3 & WIFT NSW Best Female Identifying Creative celebrating female and diverse crew members on Gala films.
  • Our SF3 Community Award which celebrates diverse stories and artists who are typically under-represented in the film industry and who we love to recognise. 

We have also partnered once again with the MINA Festival in Melbourne – one of the world’s other top film festivals for smartphone films – and we will be hosting a joint festival on Friday 8th November at ACMI in Federation Square in Melbourne’s CBD. 



We are super proud to announce that we were the 2022 Australian Small Business Champion Awards Winner for the Best Performing Arts Company. SF3’s Angela picked up the award in Sydney at the Star Event Centre in front of a crowded room of more than 1000 people. It is a true honour and we thank everyone who has made SF3 what it is today.

SF3 was also a Best Performing Arts Champion Business Finalist in both 2023 & 2024.


What is SF3?

SF3 or the SmartFone Flick Fest is one of the world’s most prestigious film festivals for filmmakers of all ages and abilities. We are a world-wide festival open to anyone with a smartphone or tablet and a great idea for a short film.

Past SF3 Films

Our recent winners are all on the festival circuit but you can watch some of our old finalists here from across the years and be inspired to pick up your phone and create your own!

SF3 is a top tier Smartphone Film Festival. The team genuinely love smartphone filmmaking and supporting smartphone filmmakers. They watch the films, they know the filmmakers. The festival is a professional, warm and inviting space.

Darcy Yuille

Filmmaker & SF3 Best Feature Film
2021 Joint Award Winner

This is the new wave of filmmaking and is something all cinema lovers will appreciate — it’s a short, sharp feast of film.

Nicole Da Silva

Actor & SF3 Ambassador

A really fantastic festival run by the team with some phenomenal industry support. They really care about the filmmakers and put on a spectacular show.

Joshua Belinfante

Filmmaker & SF3 Best Australian Mini 2021 Award Winner


We run smartphone filmmaking workshops around Australia and the world, from one hour classes to five day workshops to students of all ages and abilities, both live and online. Email us to find out more –

Our Ambassadors

Our Ambassadors are the most wonderful and supportive professionals from the elite of the film industry and include: Phillip Noyce, Kerry Armstrong, Nicole da Silva, Christopher Stollery, Kriv Stenders, Pieter de Vries, Garry Maddox, Kara Rose, Jon Bell, Anthony Kierann, Jason van Genderen & Emily Prior.

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