ZHIYUN winners

ZHIYUN, the world’s leading gimbal brand for filmmakers with cameras and smartphones, has announced the winners of its SMOOTH 5 Mobile Movie Contest. The top prize, the Filmmakers’ Choice Award, will receive USD$10,000 plus a selection of filmmaking products including ZHIYUN gimbals, while additional prizes of USD$3,000 plus ZHIYUN filmmaking products will be awarded to five further category winners. The judging panel includes: ZHIYUN, Insta360, Artlist, Artgrid, Motion Array, NANLITE, SmallRig and ESRgear.

Entrants created a video that followed one the five categories: narrative, mini documentary, adventure, music and dance, and how-to. ZHIYUN received over 400 submissions submitted from all over the globe. The judges noted the overall quality was extremely high, with the narrative category receiving the largest number of entries and included many outstanding creative works. The competition gave many new creative teams the opportunity to showcase their abilities, with many stating they were challenged to embrace new styles and techniques, and that the entries also showed the true possibilities of smartphone videography, which can produce quality that approaches close to professional cameras.

Top Prize: Filmmakers’ Choice

Shelly – Tim Hamilton

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tgkd2-B0RlY 

Comments: “Incredibly creative and imaginative visual storytelling with a suitably offbeat narrative”

Category Winners


How to set up a skateboard – PJ Madd

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uXn26trBJng

Judges’ comments: “Lots of interesting tricks, and we can see the author’s intention to work with composition. It’s very well formed into one united story”

Music & Dance:

Words – Polar Eyes

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRNtd2yAsvg

Judges’ comments: “Innovative shots fit perfectly with the music and dance to tell a story.”


Something Is Coming – SJ van Breda

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PhbiHg6VdoU

Judges’ comments: “Every element looks harmonious, not a single wasted shot, excellent camera work, good editing.”


The Speed Date – TRIO Stories

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DrhPjMhmWbo

Judges’ comments: “Feels like a movie, really cinematic and great storyline. Impactful mise en scene as well.”


Life Breath – Leo Markov

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJQ-15CCzQM

Judges’ comments: “Very time consuming and excellent planning of shots … the order of the shots. Well done.”

BTS Winners:

Camelot – Max Prod.

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=efF_pg7qdGY&

This is my adventure – Romuald Kabala

Video Link: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CbV2G5JDCdq

The Painter – Roberto Eduardo Mazzarago

Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qjheGMdX57o

ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 Gimbal Delivers Next-Level Smartphone Videography

ZHIYUN is committed to enriching filmmakers and pushing the boundaries of filmmaking through its products and community initiatives. The ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 gimbal for smartphones offers a 3-axis design, supremely smooth movement, a full-control panel, and the ZY Cami companion app. The ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 gimbal takes cinematic filming with your smartphone to the next level.


The ZHIYUN SMOOTH 5 is now available at USD$169. The SMOOTH 5 plus a combo accessory pack is also available for $219.

By Jim O Brien/CEO

CEO and expert in transport and Mobile tech. A fan 20 years, mobile consultant, Nokia Mobile expert, Former Nokia/Microsoft VIP,Multiple forum tech supporter with worldwide top ranking,Working in the background on mobile technology, Weekly radio show, Featured on the RTE consumer show, Cavan TV and on TRT WORLD. Award winning Technology reviewer and blogger. Security and logisitcs Professional.

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