by Xavier Toby in New Film on Sunday 10 August 2008

A film festival that is free and available to anyone, anywhere, anytime with an Internet connection. Sounds okay huh? Well that’s the Portable Film Festival and content can be downloaded to a laptop, iPod, PSP, or 3G capable mobile phone after registering at their website. It’s high quality content as well, after entries were gathered internationally between March and June. August is then the time for judging with awards decided by user votes gathered from August 1 to 31. The audience is free to vote across the categories which include: Short Film, Music Video, Look At Me and First Hand Capture. New for 2008 are the categories Get Animated and Feature Film. Also at the beginning of August 2008, the Portable Film Festival launched a daily channel for film exhibition and distribution, delivering a new international release every day and that will continue all year round. As part of the festival, several events are happening throughout August including screening days, a symposium series, seminars and workshops. The winners will be announced in September.