In partnership with Parkway Lincoln, RiverRun is hosting our 2nd Smartphone Short Film Contest! The film content/story must be centered around the July 4th holiday and a Lincoln vehicle(s).  Participants may interpret this however they choose. Think the comedy of National Lampoon’s Vacation or the feel-good nostalgia of The Sandlot. The possibilities are endless! Each film will be judged on creativity and originality.  The films will be screened for free to the community in our Virtual Theater July 3 – 17!


–Create a short film between 1 – 10 minutes long using only a smartphone.
–Submit your film to by 5:00pm – Friday, June 25.
–Our panel of Jurors will judge the films and select the top 3 best films which will be awarded these cash prizes:


–The contest is free, and submissions are open to anyone ages 13 and older. Participants under the age of 18 must have permission from their parent/guardian.
–One entry per person.
–The only eligible device is a smartphone (mobile phone). No other device is allowed. Any brand or make qualifies.
–Film length must be 1— 10 minutes. An additional 30 seconds of credits may be added to the end. Films that do not follow these runtime guidelines will not be judged.
–The film content/story must be centered around the July 4th holiday and a Lincoln vehicle(s).
–Films must be shot by smartphone cameras ONLY. No drones allowed. Other production equipment, lights, cranes, dollies, etc. can be used. However, no apps or filmmaking equipment are required to submit a film.
–Vulgar, offensive language, porn, nudity, or extreme violence are strictly prohibited. Films that result in the harm of an animal will be disqualified.
–While the State of North Carolina has lifted COVID-19 safety guidelines, please adhere to any remaining local/state health safety protocols when filming.

You may include original music in your film. Pre-recorded music is also permissible. However, you must have secured the rights to any music used in your film and provide releases. Pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law. Proper licenses, permission, and clearance for any other artist media (literature, visual artwork) used is required.

–Film must be submitted in one of the following formats (.mp4) (.mov) files; widescreen format (horizontal). No square or vertical formatted films.
–Automatic editing apps are not allowed. Video editing software such as iMovie, Final Cut Pro, etc. on your phone or computer/laptop/notebook are allowed. Films with app branded watermarks will not be accepted.
–By submitting your film, you acknowledge that you have read and understand the terms and conditions of this contest.

Submit your film by 5:00pm – Friday, June 25 to