There are no shortage of hip uses for cell phones, not the least of which is self-aggrandizement and voyeurism. In light of those facile uses, emerges an opportunity for storytelling through a new cultural form--cell phone cinema. The Cell Phone Cinema Contest was launched by Women in Media-Newark as an initiative to help students think deeply about Women's History Month, as well as to encourage young people interested in making films to practice the craft.
Students ages 16-22 will be rewarded cash prizes for an original 3-7 minute film. The contest has two categories: film and poster. There is a rubric for judging criteria of both categories on the contest webpage. Full contest rules and guidelines can also be found on the webpage, including steps to entering the contest.
Because Women in Media-Newark are using the contest partly as educational initiative, they require feature films to focus on awareness of health and human rights issues. Specifically and according to their website, these issues include themes such as: eradication of violence against women and sexual exploitation; elimination of discrimination based on gender, age, or race; strategies to combat homelessness; economics of health and a healthy lifestyle; and the right to an education.
The contest is open to students worldwide, and the top two film winners will receive cash prizes. Poster category winners will also be awarded. The deadline to enter the contest is January 3, 2014. The winning films will be screened at the Women's History Month Film Festival in March 2014.