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NB Cell Phone Film Challenge!

The NB Cell Phone Film Challenge is hosted by the NB Film Co-op.

Watch our completed 2020 Cell Phone Films and VOTE for your favourite for the Viewer's Choice Award!

OPEN TO ALL NEW RESIDENTS - Think of this film challenge as a mood booster, a chance to dust off your film skills if you have not created in a while, or if you are a film newbie, an opportunity to get your feet wet! This is also a chance to win bragging rights to a cash prize of $150 for Best Short Film as selected by the challenge jury.

As an emerging filmmaker, having access to top-of-the-line, impressive gear is the key to shooting a great film, right? Um, nope. This challenge provides a level playing field for filmmakers where talent, creativity, and hard work counts more than budget and industry connections. Believing that anybody with a thought-provoking concept or a touching story can make a great film, the NB Cell Phone Film Challenge will showcase new talent using a tool so simple and readily available that it’s often overlooked: the mobile device.

Participants have until Wednesday, September 16 to register (It’s FREE), by filling out the soon to be launched submission form and emailing it to (Email us for our submission form).

Click here for the Submission Form (PDF fillable form)


Participants will also get to vote on a film genre (drama, comedy, thriller, romcom, supernatural, and sci-fi) on their applications, and the genre that gets the most votes will be used by all participants in the challenge.

The challenge will officially kick off on Friday, September 18, at 6pm. Registered participants will receive an email from organizers telling them the film genre for the challenge and the opening and closing shots they must incorporate into their short films.

When completed, short films can be uploaded on Sunday, September 20, by 9pm, via Dropbox, Google Drive or another online platform of your choice (to The film format required is: (MP4). If you need assistance with anything, email us and we will help!

A jury will select the Best Short Film while the voting public will choose the Viewer’s Choice Award Winner. The cash prize for Best Short Film is $150.
All films that meet the criteria will be available online for public viewing for a one week at which time voting will occur.

Challenge guidelines
- must be New Brunswick residents. All ages welcome.
- must create a short film suitable for family viewing, up to 3 minutes long with a team of up to 3 people in total (cast/crew).
- must use iPhone, iPad, computer, baby monitor, security camera, etc… (No professional equipment such as: DSLR, high definition video, celluloid film cameras, drones, GoPros, and audio equipment please). Any type of lighting equipment is allowed and encouraged. Use of programs like Zoom or Teams to make your films and involve potential team members in another town or city is encouraged.
- must not use copyrighted video content, pictures, or music. Be original.
- must follow provincial COVID guidelines whether they are shooting indoors or outdoors
- must complete a short film over three days (September 18-20).

Helpful YouTube Links for Shooting a Film on your Cell Phone: