Third Screen Film Festival

Columbia College Chicago and Nano TV (MobiTV’s short film channel) are teaming up to run a film festival, dubbed the Third Screen Film Festival. The films obviously have to be suitable for handheld devices (less than 8 minutes, g-rated, etc). Prizes range from $1,000-$5,000 and the entries will be shown on Nano TV and the festival’s website, after being vetted “quality and commercial licensing” (the college students will be helping with that). The website will contain a line of code that viewers can copy and paste into emails or blogs to share the films virally with their friends.
“The festival bridges leading-edge technology, creativity and education, showcasing films for the “third screen,” including mobile phones and WiFi and broadband-enabled, hand-held devices. It is open to student filmmakers as well as amateurs and professionals; voting categories will offer separate tracks for non-student and student filmmakers. Animation and live action films will also be voted on separately. Additionally, the student winner’s work will air on mtvU — MTV’s 24-hour college network, broadcast to more than 730 campuses and 6.8 million students nationwide – as well as the network’s all access broadband channel, mtvU