• Honor Film Festival (HFF) empowers our generation to explore their creativity
    and share their stories through the lens of an everyday device.

    For our first year, Honor Film Festival will showcase six films captured entirely by smartphones and support
    aspiring young talents to define what it means when "you are in charge". We are also thrilled to support members of the film community in sharing their "You are in charge story",
    with an opportunity to win $5,000 cash prize, $20,000 in production costs plus an Honor phone to produce their film idea.

  • Movie Showcase

    A look at the stories created by aspiring film professionals -- all shot with smartphones.

    Au Naturale

    A high-stakes reproductive nature adventure between a lowly sperm and a cunning egg.

    Play Movie

    The Suite Life of Maggie Ma

    Maggie Ma, entrepreneur and fashionista extraordinaire, winds down from New York Fashion Week the only way she knows how: a dance party for one in her five-star hotel.

    Red Shadow

    Be careful whom you want to pick up and how.

    The Sound of Silence

    A man confronts his frustration with the world in this surreal experimental film inspired by the lyrics of Simon & Garfunkel's The Sound of Silence.

    Who’s with whom?

    Getting complacent in a relationship can leave you alone, rather than with someone new.

    Music Underground

    She revitalizes the 17th century's royal musical saw through performance underground NYC, and the musical saw revitalized her life. People call her Saw Lady, one of the characters of Music Underground, Stories of NY.

  • You are in Charge Story Contest

    Power lives in unlikely places.

    While each day may be ordinary, you have the power to make your story extraordinary.

    You have the power to change – to influence what is most important to you.

    This is your story, and we want to know what empowers you, what drives you.

    What are you in charge of?

    Is it your passion, your dream, your love story?

    Whatever it may be, every experience is an adventure, so let’s bring it to life!


Story: Rest

By: Megan Kelly Oppenheim & Aaron Barnett

Story: Worlds Apart

By: Kelsey S. Brewer

  • Mentor

    Karl Bardosh

    Associate Professor from New York University

    Accumulating over 30 years of professional experience in Europe, Asia, Brazil, Hollywood and New York in all genres of film and television, Prof. Karl Bardosh of New York University is an award-winning director, producer, writer, editor of features, shorts, television series and documentaries. Throughout these years Prof. Bardosh has been a trendsetting pioneer in many areas of film and television.

    In addition, Prof. Bardosh has been frequently serving as Script Doctor, Creative Consultant and Dramaturg on international co-productions and as Artistic Director, Judge and Panelist for international film festivals and competitions.

    Prof. Karl Bardosh has been teaching 26 different courses during his 19 years tenure at New York University Tisch School of the Arts Kanbar Institute of Film and Television including a course of his own design “Cell Phone Cinema” since the Fall, 2009 semester.

    Jury Panel

    Our jury member consists of three notable Hollywood
    studio executives who have rich production experience.

    Eva Cao

    Founder of Supernovo Entertainment, Writer/Producer

    Eva started her career as an intern at Columbia Pictures’ development department. In 2011, she co-wrote the Chinese remake of “What Women Want” alongside director Chen DaMing. In 2012, Eva joined China Lion Production as VP of International Productions, overseeing China-US co-production projects. In 2013, as Head of International Productions at Huayi Brothers, Eva advised Huayi Brothers with several international production and investment projects.

    Movies Eva consulted include “Marco Polo” produced by The Weinstein Company and Netflix and “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2”.

    She received her Master’s Degree at USC in 2008.

    Robert Powers

    Associate Director of Global Business and Technology Strategy, Twentieth Century Fox

    Robert Powers is the Associate Director of Global Business and Technology Strategy at Twentieth Century Fox. He has consulted on content development strategies for US-China co-productions and was a member of the strategy analytics team for Sony Pictures. Robert has over ten years of experience working in China – from Peking University Medical Center to the head of development for a US-China investment and consultancy firm. Robert graduated with graduate and undergraduate degrees from Duke University and Washington and Lee University.

    Max Epstein

    Vice President of Content Strategy, DMG Entertainment

    Max Epstein is the Vice President of Content Strategy for DMG Entertainment where he oversees development of IP for theatrical motion picture, television and interactive. Max was previously based in DMG’s Beijing offices for two years and currently works out of their offices in Culver City. He is a graduate of USC’s Peter Stark Producing Program, class of 2011.