Macworld/iWorld and the producers of the successful iPhone Film Festival host filmmakers from around the world as they debut award-winning films and never before seen films premiering exclusively for Macworld/iWorld attendees.
This year’s iPhone Film Festival Line Up:
iPhone Film Festival 4 Grand Prize Winner Announcement
Join us to hear the iPhone Film Festival 4 Grand Prize winner announced. You’ll also see footage from some of the top submitted films – all shot using iPhone technology.
Collaborative Film Premier “Departure” (A Venture In Cost Effective, Expeditious, Epic Filmmaking)
From the mind of media trailblazer, Ruben Kazanstev, founder of the iPhone Film Festival, comes Departure; an unchartered concept in filmmaking.
Departure is a film utilizing three main locations, in three separate countries, the United States, France, and Belarus, and three distinct directors from those regions. Each filmmaker will contribute their assigned footage, shot exclusively on the iPhone apparatus, to form one complete project, one complete intertwining story that will debut for the first time at Macworld/iWorld.
Satie Gossett Director: United States
Satie began his film career re-creating favorite movie scenes from Star Wars with his childhood friends and a Super 8 camera. He went on to graduate with a Bachelor of Science degree from the prestigious Newhouse School at Syracuse University. Recently, Satie has produced various reality-based specials for Associated Television working with the likes of Blair Underwood and Whoopi Goldberg and has several film projects in various stages of development. He is wrapping up his second comedy short film, Jewtholic in time for the upcoming festival circuit. Satie feels very privileged to be a part of the Departure project.
Maria Kuracheva Director: Belarus
A graduate of Belorussian State Academy of Arts, Maria has spent many years in art, music and TV school. As a young director, she has taken part in several Belarus film festivals where she has been awarded Special Diploma of Festival Debut for her short film “Masks”, winner of One Short Film Festival for her short film “Out of Time and the winner of Velcom Smart Film 2011 for her clip “Dreams of Sails”.
Christophe Nizou Director: France
Born in Paris, Christophe developed a very early passion for reading, and for stories in all their forms. His love of photography brought him closer to the cinema during his teenage years. After working 10 years in sailboat engineering, his passion for cinema finally gets the upper hand in 2010, when Christophe decided to pursue filmmaking full time. With his ESRA Paris diploma in hand, he began in 2012 to make his first music videos and commercials. He currently has a medium-length film in post-production, and short and long films in writing.
Jimmy Borto Writer
Born in Tel Tamer, Syria and residing in Chicago for the last four decades, Jimmy attended NEIU to play football and pursue acting, where he was awarded a theater scholarship. While there, he took a great interest in writing and filmmaking, even transferring to Columbia College briefly to pursue those goals. He attended writing workshops at various academies, including Second City. During the early nineties, Jimmy worked in advertising as a copywriter for Scott Ross Limited, while at the same time, working feverishly on a myriad of writing projects, including short stories, poetry, and a deluge of screenplays. Growing impatient with less than stellar literary agents, Jimmy decided to begin shooting his own films, beginning with projects such as “Jack and Jill, and Bob”, “The Intervention of Roger Zivkov”, and “Draw” and he is currently working on the preproduction of “WITH A TWIST”.
Hank Shocklee Composer & Music Supervisor
Grammy nominated Producer, composer and new media company executive Hank Shocklee has worn many hats in the music business throughout the years. Perhaps best known for founding the group Public Enemy and the production outfit the BOMB SQUAD, Shocklee has managed to work with and develop a large variety of artists and musicians across many genres all while keeping a very innovative approach and a distinction for pushing the envelope in his productions. Shocklee has been a force behind some of the most significant music and film projects of the last two decades.
Shocklee, is responsible for bringing the art of sampling to the forefront by creating techniques such as filtering, multiband micro-loop sampling, introducing the use of sine waves to create kick drums and bass lines, truncating and mapping samples on keyboards and drum machines and using tuning to create warping in the late 80’s–early 90’s.
In our current digital landscape, he has expanded his reach and grown into a sound designer, film composer, media company and champion of electronic music worldwide. Always seeking new and innovative ways to transform the audio arts, Shocklee launched his NYC based company Shocklee Entertainment, to develop a series of multimedia projects which he calls the Future Frequency. “I’ve always had a good sense of where entertainment needs to go next and right now I’ve honed in on the next dimension of sight & sound”. His growingly popular website Shocklee.com highlights a curated mix of future music, tech, film and multimedia culture.
Director Panel and Q&A
Following the screening of Departure, hear from the directors about the creative process behind iPhone film making.
iPhone Film Festival Producers
The iPhone Film Festival was started by a filmmaker for other filmmakers. There are thousands of us, talented artists that don’t have the resources that major film companies have to create a film. However, we do have our talent and most importantly we have our creative instincts. The iPhone Film Festival was designed to give artists an avenue to show off their gifts to the world by simply using their talents, creativity, and their iPhone.
Ruben Kazantsev, co-founder of the iPhone Film Festival
Renata Rinyu, co-founder of the iPhone Film Festival