Award winning director Matthew Marshall, who is the co-founder of iFilmGroup and co-owner of m & s Marshall Productions has been selected to be one of the Judges for the 2018 Western Smartphone Film Festival. Marshall along with several other industry professionals from London Ontario will make up the panel that will judge the top ten films submitted to the festival which will be held on Saturday February 10th on the Western Campus.


The Western Smartphone Film Festival is a student-run organization at Western University and is focused on developing youth in the field of film and entertainment by means of an annual smartphone short film festival. With a focus on inclusivity and garnishing Canada’s diverse and talented student population. The festival uses the smartphone as a platform to allow a broad range of students to explore their creativity and further fuel their passion for the arts.


Matthew Marshall has over twenty eight years of experience in the film industry. He has worked with a wide variety of professional people and held almost every position of a film crew. He specializes in directing and script writing but has his post graduate certificate in broadcast digital editing and applications. He has produced such award winning films as the feature length, Daughter of the King and the short film Tuned In. His films have captured 79 awards and have been officially selected in 38 other festivals around the world. Of the awards won, Matthew has won 11 awards for his direction of his films.


Matthew is also the co-founder of iFilmGroup, which is an inter-generational program with youth and seniors making films. The group builds multi-generational relationships and networks by mentoring those involved through the film making process, as the different generations transition the journey of life. Information about the iFilmGroup can be found at


Registration for submissions have closed, and submissions are due on January 19th. Teams had to register beforehand to be able to submit as they must be post-secondary students.


The judging process for the festival is as follows: a top 10 will be selected by the Film Festival committee from all submissions. The jury will then be sent the top 10 before the final screening to pick a top 3, which will then be announced on February 10th, the final screening, as the collective jury can discuss together and make a final decision!


There are two themes for this year: good vs. evil and the origin story! The festival was held February 10, 2018 and is free of charge. The format has not been revealed yet but Marshall will also sit on a film panel Q & A to answer questions from students and those attending about film. More details will follow.


Information about the festival can be found at


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