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At this very moment you most likely have the two key ingredients needed to craft an amazing digital story: your brain and a smartphone.


SmartPhone StoryFest empowers everyone to get in touch with the narrative skills and craft a story in a festival-like atmosphere.


  1. All submissions must be the original work of the applicants using a smartphone.

  2. All music, images, titles, footage, and other copyrighted material used in your submission must be properly licensed. 

  3. Must incorporate the theme, “Where Do We Go From Here?”

  4. Director, producer, cinematographer must be Emerson students

  5. No outside professional help allowed.



  1. Must be an Emerson student (Grad students included).

  2. Must use a smartphone (Tablets are included).

  3. No age requirement.

  4. Directors, producers, and cinematographers must be Emerson students.

  5. Entries must be a radio story or film. Animation is included.



  1. Filmmakers should make a note of trigger warnings or disclaimers when submitted

    1. Tags? “This film includes _____”

  2. Length of film submissions must be no more than 5 minutes (Including title and credits).

  3. Length of podcast submissions must be no longer than 8 minutes (Including intro and credits)

  4. All production costs are at the expense of the creators.

  5. We encourage anyone participating in the festival to follow COVID restrictions.


Judging Criteria

  1. Technical quality

    1. Narrative quality over technical quality!

  2. Execution of Artistic vision (clarity)

  3. Adherence to the theme

  4. An audience/Common Collective favorite (zoom poll)

  5. Judges/host have the right to disqualify any entry. 


Submission Categories:

  1. Best Short Video 

  2. Best Audio Story

  3. Best Avant-Garde/Experimental


Award Categories:

  1. Most Inspirational Narrative

  2. Best Video Short Story

  3. Best Audio Story

  4. Best Avant-Garde Story

  5. Audience Favorite/People’s Choice (no monetary award, but Instagram shoutout?)

Submit the Youtube or Vimeo link and your entry info for

SmartPhone StoryFest


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