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Huawei Film Awards now open for short films shot via mobile phones

Gone are the days when creating entries for film festivals solely relied on one’s capacity to buy or borrow high-end film equipment and props. With powerful cameras in mobile phones today, anyone can become a storyteller – may it be for the big screen or for social media. Such opportunities for aspiring filmmakers were recently taken up a notch by Huawei through the Asia Pacific Regional Huawei Film Awards, which is set to recognize the best works taken through any Huawei mobile phone.

Anyone can join, regardless of their experience in creating short films. As long as you submit your entry before 11:59 PM of February 25, 2020, you’ll instantly get a chance to bring home USD20,000 and other awards such as APAC Best Director, APAC Best Actor, APAC Best Cinematography, or Best Film in the Country. These will be announced during the Huawei Film Awards in Thailand.

So you can be as inspired as we are last Tuesday (February 4, 2020) when Huawei Philippines showcased sample short videos shot on Huawei Mate 30 Pro, here’s a peek at two of our favorites:

THINGS by Director Pepe Diokno

WILDWOOD by singer-songwriter Reese Lansangan

Director Sid Maderazo’s documentary entitled Film is Not Dead and filmmaker-humanitarian Lyka Gonzalez’s CSR documentary for Save the Philippine Seas were also featured. For more details about the contest, you can visit: https://consumer.huawei.com/ph/campaign/film-awards/

Pepe Diokno, Anna Oposa, Lyka Gonzales, and Sid Maderazo at the Huawei Film Awards in SM Aura last Tuesday (February 4, 2020).

Director Sid also gave tips for those who will be using night scenes in their videos: (1) Keep camera stable, (2) Maximize available light, and (3) Exposure is key. For slow-motion clips, on the other hand, he also has three reminders: (1) Shoot dynamic subjects to maximize frame rate; (2) The slower the speed, the more light is required and (3) focus on the subject.

The Huawei Mate 30 Pro, which was used across all 4 videos showcased that day, is equipped with the HUAWEI Kirin 990, supported by long-lasting battery life, seamless SuperCharge, EMUI 10, and the biggest camera upgrade, boasting the world’s first 40MP Cine Camera / dual main camera. As the film competition was officially opened to the public, Huawei challenges all its users to #RethinkPossibilities!

If such opportunities were around while I was in college, I probably would’ve joined everything I can. That was way back when I had more time to dedicate to my craft. So to everyone reading this: Chase your filmmaking dreams and go for it! Don’t let the pressure of landing a high-paying full-time job get in the way, or else it may be too late before you realize that your 9-6 job has already consumed your creative side. <3

Aside from showcasing short films shot on Huawei devices, Huawei also officially launched its CSR Gallery alongside a Mate 30 5G Series roadshow at SM Aura in Bonifacio Global City.

Do you have questions about the Huawei Film Awards? Let us know by leaving a message on Manila Millennial‘s FacebookTwitter, or Instagram page and we’ll try to help you out!

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