Shanghai Film Festival Launches Mobile Film Competition
Organizers of the first mobile phone film competition at The 14th Shanghai International Film Festival will accept submissions until April 30 and announce the final selections in mid-May, offering the winners in June more than $15,300 in cash prizes.
The SIFF, which runs from June 11-19, is working on the festival with China Mobile, the largest telecommunications provider in the world, with more than 600 million mobile phone users.
Organizers are encouraging films of five minutes in various genres, such as drama, action, comedy, science fiction and documentary.
Mobile phones have for the average Chinese become a powerful tool in a country of more than 450 million Internet users, as citizens capture corruption often not reported in the official media and post it to the Web for all to see until censors take the viral videos down.