What you need to know

  • Sony teamed up with San Francisco's Academy of Arts University for the Sony Xperia Film Fest.
  • Top 25 entries will be premiered and judged at the Sony Xperia Summer Film Fest on August 14.
  • The winner will get $10,000 for pursuing future creative efforts.

Sony's Xperia smartphone brand partnered with the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco last month for a summer film festival. Students from different departments at the Academy of Art University were asked to create a short film lasting no more than five minutes, using Sony's latest Xperia 1 smartphone.

You can now head over to the Xperia Film Fest website to watch the top 25 entries and also cast a vote for your favorite short film. The winner will be announced on August 14, which is when the Sony Xperia Film Fest is happening. The winner will receive $10,000 that they can use to fund future creative efforts.

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Since all the short films were created using a Sony Xperia 1, they have been shot in 21:9 using the Cinema Pro app, which Sony's smartphone division co-developed with CineAlta and Alpha divisions. As most of you may be aware, the Xperia 1 is the world's first smartphone to feature a 4K OLED display with a 21:9 ratio. Many of the films were also shot in 24fps to add that cinematic feel.

Sony Xperia 1

Sony's Xperia 1 stands out from the crowd with its gorgeous 6.5-inch 4K HDR OLED screen with an extra-tall 21:9 ratio and the X1 for mobile engine from the company's BRAVIA TVs. The flagship smartphone also offers a 12MP triple camera system, Dolby Atmos, Qualcomm's Snapdragon 855 chipset, and IP68 certification.

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