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Portable Film Festival Kicks off Today

August 1, 2009


The annual online (and cross-platform) film festival returns for its fourth year today through Aug. 31.

The Portable Film Festival will present over 170 films, from over 800 submissions from 46 countries, across the festival categories of Short Film, Music Video, Look at Me, Get Animated, First Hand Capture, and Feature Film.

Films can be screened on a laptop, PSP or mobile phone. Go to to screen for free.

2009 highlights include:

  • Cam Christiansen’s ‘I Have Seen the Future,’ previously featured at Sundance and Toronto International Film Festivals, winner of the Jury Award for Best Animated Film at Los Angeles International Film Festival, as well as Top 10 Canadian Film at Toronto International Film Festival and Canadian Music Awards Video of the Year.
  • The Water, a directorial effort from Kevin Drew of Broken Social Scene, starring Cillian Murphy and Feist, which explores the complex and intimate dynamic between loved ones and loss.
  • The Archive, Sean Dunne’s touching documentary portrait of a blind man with the world’s biggest record collection, straight from Sundance this year.
  • John Evagora’s 296 Smith St, one of the most acclaimed Australian short films of recent times, and the winner of major awards at Sydney and Melbourne International Film Festivals.
  • Bill Plympton’s madcap Hot Dog
  • Joaquin Baldwin’s Sebastien’s Voodoo, the winner of Cannes Short Film Corner for 2009.
  • Portable will also feature innovative music videos from the likes of Deerhoof, Royksopp, NASA, REM, Death Cab for Cutie, Animal Collective, Daedelus, Of Montreal, and many others.
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