Cell Phone Cinema Contest 2015

 Imaging Women…Resilience


The Grand Prize winner of Women In Media – Newark’s 2015 Cell Phone Cinema Contest is “Keep In Mind” by Laura Aguera Santiaga and Ana Garcia Garcia of Murcia Spain. We congratulate the filmmakers on their wonderful work in presenting a narrative film that depicts the resilience of a woman in the face of domestic abuse.

Click here to download contest flyer

Cell-phone-film-imageContest Resources

Registration form for Cell Phone Cinema Film Making Class

Full Video Contest Rules and Parental Consent Form 2015

Video Contest Rubric 2015

How To Make a Film With Your Cell Phone How To’s!  ***NEW***

Online Contest Submission Form

Please read to the bottom of the page for directions!

The purpose of the 2016 international contest is to encourage students ages 16 – 24 to think deeply about global issues facing women in the workforce; to emphasize the significance of Women’s History Month; as well as to challenge young people who are interested in careers in the film industry to perfect their skill set.  Submitted films should show the indomitable, resilient spirit of women, and will  focus on contributions women make to world economies through paid and/or unpaid work, and the societal health and human rights issues facing women that include:

  • The exploration of human rights issues affecting women
  • The exploration of ways gender discrimination can effect situations where women often end up in insecure, low-wage jobs, thus subjecting their families to severe poverty;
  • The exploration of ways to ensure that women can contribute fully and benefit from the economy,
  • The development of strategies to raise the status of women both locally and globally;
  • The eradication of gender based violence against women, including Human Trafficking.

 This contest is open to students  worldwide.

There are two contest categories: The Film Category and the Poster Category. To enter the Film Category, students must use their cell phones to create a three (3) to seven (7) minute film which illustrates how the above mention themes can be exemplified in the lives of women.   Films will be edited using conventional methodologies. A link is provided at the top of this webpage for contest submissions.

To enter the Poster Category, students must use their cell phones to take a photo that will be used as a poster.  The  digital image of the poster along with a completed entry  form will be emailed to cellphonecinemacontest@wim-n.com .

A panel of judges, including the “Father” of Cell Phone Cinema, NYU’s Professor Karl Bardosh, and internationally recognized photographer Chi Modu, will select the winning films based on pre-selected criteria (please refer to the rubric on the contest webpage). There will be cash prizes… 1st place – $200 (USD) 2nd place $100 (USD); for the first and second place winners. The winning films will be screened at the Women’s History Month Film Festival on either March 26, 27, or 28, 2015, and will be placed on www.wim-n.com. The two highest scoring entries from the Poster category will also receive awards.

Steps for entering the contest:

1. Download and read the contest rules (If you are under the age of 18 have your parent sign the Parental Consent form, and give it to your faculty sponsor to store.  If you are the winner we will ask for it to be submitted to us);

2.  Review the Rubric to ensure that you understand what it takes to win this contest!

3.  Write a script and use your cellphone to shoot the video. Edit the film using traditional editing software.

4. Upload your film to YouTube or Vimeo and complete the Online Contest Submission Form.

 Cell Phone Cinema Contest Judges

Nadine Abrams

Dr. Ousseina Alidou

Khaleel Atiyyeah

Professor Karl Bartosh

Jerome and Mary Lou BonGiorno

Cephas Bowles

Linda Carmona-Bell

Renee Carter-Thomas

Linda Epps

Dr. Cheryl Hardy

Bill May

Chi Modu

Karen Moore

Don Viapree

Karen Warner

Please call 973-996-8342 for questions!

This contest is presented by Women In Media-Newark in Partnership with the Office of University-Community Partnerships, and the Center for African Studies, Rutgers University, with support from Rutgers Center for Global Advancement and International Affairs (GAIA Center)