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World’s First iPhone 4 Feature Film Debuts at Montreal World Film Festival

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Who says the iPhone 4 can’t make a feature film? Christos Sourligas, a Montreal filmmaker will debut his movie, Happy Slapping, tonight (9:30pm, Quartier Latin) at the Montreal World Film Festival. It is the world’s first feature film shot entirely with five iPhone 4s.

The actors in the film also were cinematographers, and the $250,000 budget included $100,000 Sourligas maxed out on his credit cards.

Happy Slapping is also one disturbing descent into teen disaffection and terror, and its release couldn’t be more timely in light of the recent mob violence in England. The film takes its title from the British fad where teens assault strangers on the street, shoot the encounters on camera phones and endeavour to post them on YouTube for some fleeting fame.

The idea to have the five actors also film was the idea of Luc Montpellier, his director of photography. They quickly grasped onto the concept of filming using an iPhone:

“During the first couple of days of shooting, the actors were really apprehensive about shooting, but in no time they caught on. Then the iPhones became like appendages to them.”

Definitely a novel idea for a movie, as the filming style is reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. If you’re in Montreal, check out this film tonight and let us know how it is!

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  • Joyzang

    I regret to inform you that Happy Slapping isn’t the first feature to be shot entirely on an iPhone.
    Paranmanjang or Night Fishing earns this honor. 

  • Joyzang

    I regret to inform you that Happy Slapping isn’t the first feature to be shot entirely on an iPhone.
    Paranmanjang or Night Fishing earns this honor. 

  • The filmmaker claims he hired a researcher to ‘earn’ him that title, even though there have been prior films. Not sure if any others have debuted at film festivals though?

  • The filmmaker claims he hired a researcher to ‘earn’ him that title, even though there have been prior films. Not sure if any others have debuted at film festivals though?

  • The filmmaker claims he hired a researcher to ‘earn’ him that title, even though there have been prior films. Not sure if any others have debuted at film festivals though?

  • The filmmaker claims he hired a researcher to ‘earn’ him that title, even though there have been prior films. Not sure if any others have debuted at film festivals though?

  • joyzang

    Clearly fact finding isn’t their strong point. The film won the Golden Bear for Best Short at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. They have earned the title sloppy seconds.

  • joyzang

    Clearly fact finding isn’t their strong point. The film won the Golden Bear for Best Short at the 61st Berlin International Film Festival. They have earned the title sloppy seconds.

  • AbetterWorld

    How the hell did it cost $250,000 ?  They even did their own acting.  Must be the 3G roaming charges…

  • AbetterWorld

    How the hell did it cost $250,000 ?  They even did their own acting.  Must be the 3G roaming charges…

  • AbetterWorld

    How the hell did it cost $250,000 ?  They even did their own acting.  Must be the 3G roaming charges…

  • AbetterWorld

    How the hell did it cost $250,000 ?  They even did their own acting.  Must be the 3G roaming charges…

  • Anonymous

    isn tht eworlds first feature length film shot with a camera phone “Olive” which was shot with the Nokia N8?

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