Cameras That Win Film Festivals

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These days it’s easy to get caught up thinking you need a certain camera to make your project spectacular. Despite the title of this post, we know that content is king and cameras themselves don’t win film festivals! It is, however, fun to keep up with what cameras are being used. We’ve compiled the list below of cameras used to shoot films that were selected for the 2013 Tribeca, SXSW, and Sundance film festivals.

The most interesting part of the list is the wide range of cameras. Everything from iPhones, DSLRs, and all the way up to REDs and the Arri Alexa were used. Over 60 different cameras were used to shoot the films at Tribeca, SXSW, and Sundance this year.

Check out the list below and see all the different cameras filmmakers used:

Aaton XTR Prod Super16



  • “Touba”

SXSW
  • “American Promise” SU

Aaton A Minima Super16



  • “Touba”

SXSW

Apple iPhone


  • “Mr. Jones” T
  • “The Project” T
  • “Twelve O’Clock Boys” (tertiary)

SXSW

Arri Alexa



  • “Big Bad Wolves” T
  • “A Birder’s Guide to Everything” T
  • “Bluebird” T
  • “Blue Caprice” SU
  • “The Bounceback” SXSW
  • “The Broken Circle Breakdown” T
  • 
”Burma”
SXSW
  • “A Case of You” T
  • “Cheap Thrills” SXSW
  • “Deep Powder” T
  • “Emanuel and The Truth About Fishes” SU
  • “The English Teacher” (with Hawk anamorphic lens) T
  • “Everyone’s Going to Die” SXSW
  • “Go for Sisters” SXSW
  • “Gus”
SXSW
  • “Hell Baby” SU
  • “Il Futuro” SU
  • “In Fear”
SU
  • “I Used to Be Darker” SU
  • “Jin” T
  • “The Lifeguard” SU
  • “The Machine” (with anamorphic lens) T
  • “The Moment”
T
  • “Mr. Jones” T
  • “Northwest” T
  • “Plus One”
SXSW
  • “The Pretty One” T
  • “The Rambler” SXSW, SU
  • “Red Obsession” T
  • “The Rocket” T
  • “Run & Jump”
T
  • “Sunlight Jr” T
  • “There Will Come a Day” SU
  • “Trust Me” T

Arri SR-3



  • “Before You Know It”

SXSW

Beaulieu Super-8

  • “Before You Know It”

SXSW

ARRICAM Lite 

  • “Circles” SU
  • 
”Houston” SU

ARRICAM Studio

  • “Houston” SU

ARRIFLEX 235

  • “Houston” SU

ARRIFLEX 416

  • “Shopping” SU

ARRI film camera (unspecified)

  • “Austenland” SU

ARRI (Various)


  • “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”
T

Bolex 16mm

  • “Alias Ruby Blade” (converted to super-16mm aspect ratio with super speed prime lenses)
T
  • “Teenage” (with old C-mount lenses) T

Canon 1D

  • “The Summit” SU

Canon 5D

  • “American Promise” SU
  • “Big Ass Spider!”
SXSW
  • “Blackfish” SU
  • “Blood Brother” SU
  • “Dancing in Jaffa” T
  • “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me” T
  • “The Genius of Marian” G
  • “God Loves Uganda” SU
  • “Good Ol’ Freda”
SXSW
  • “Google and the World Brain” SU
  • “Improvement Club”
SXSW
  • “Inequality for All” SU,T
  • “Inside Out: The People’s Art Project”
 T
  • “In God We Trust” T
  • “In Fear”
SU
  • “Life According to Sam” SU
  • “Los Wild Ones”
SXSW
  • “The Motivation” T
  • “Mr. Jones” T
  • “Narco Cultura” SU
  • “The Network”
SXSW
  • “A River Changes Course” SU
  • “The Other Shore”
SXSW
  • “Powerless” T
  • “The Project” T
  • “The Square” SU
  • “Swim Little Fish Swim”
SXSW
  • “Tiny” (secondary) SXSW
  • “Valentine Road” SU
  • “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” SU


Canon 5D Mark II


  • “These Birds Walk”

SXSW
  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” SU
  • “Aatsinki” T
  • “After Tiller”
SU
  • “Alias Ruby Blade” T
  • “Escape from Tomorrow”
SU
  • “Flex is Kings” T
  • “Jiseul” SU

Canon 5D (Specifically designated Mark III)

  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” SU

Canon 7D



  • “After Tiller”
SU
  • “American Promise”
SU
  • “Bending Steel” T
  • “Blood Brother” SU
  • 
”Cutie and the Boxer” SU
  • “Improvement Club”
SXSW
  • “Inequality for All”
SU, T
  • “In Fear” SU
  • “Los Wild Ones”SXSW
  • 
”Loves Her Gun” (with a PL mount adapter)
SXSW
  • “Maidentrip”
SXSW
  • “Swim Little Fish Swim”
SXSW
  • “Tiny” (primary)
SXSW
  • “Twelve O’Clock Boys” (primary)

SXSW

Canon C300


  • “Inequality for All”
SU, T
  • “Life According to Sam” SU
  • “Richard Pryor: Omit the Logic” T
  • “Sake-Bomb” SXSW
  • “The Short Game”

SXSW
  • “Twenty Feet from Stardom” SU

Canon 814 Super 8mm



  • “The Genius of Marian”

Canon T2i

  • “American Promise” SU

Canon XA10

  • “Blackfish” SU

Canon handycam (unspecified)

  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” SU

Canon XF100


  • 
”Tiny” (tertiary)

SXSW

Canon (various)


  • 
”Downloaded”

SXSW

Canon (Unspecified)


  • “Lil Bub & Friendz” T

Cineflex (unspecified)

  • “The Summit” SU

Contour Plus



  • “Raw Herring”
T

Flip Cam

  • “American Promise” SU

Go-Pro


  • “American Promise” SU
  • “Big Ass Spider!” SXSW
  • “The Genius of Marian” T
  • “Google and the World Brain” SU
  • “In Fear” SU
  • “Loves Her Gun”
SXSW
  • “The Other Shore” SXSW
  • “Powerless” T
  • “Reality Show” SXSW
  • “S-VHS” SU

JVC GY-HM100u



  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” SU
  • “Tiny” (secondary)

SXSW

JVC HD110

  • “The Moo Man” SU


Nikon D800



  • “The Kill Team” 
T

Panasonic AF100

  • “Blackfish” SU
  • “Lil Bub & Friendz” T

Panasonic AF101

  • “Soldate Jeannette” SU

Panasonic DVX100

  • “American Promise” SU

Panasonic DX100A

  • “American Promise” SU

Panasonic GF1



  • “The Genius of Marian”

Panasonic HPX 3000



  • “Big Men”

Panasonic HVX

  • “Blackfish” SU

Panasonic HVX 170



  • “Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me”

Panasonic HVX 200


  • 
”Big Men”
T
  • “Bridegroom” T

Panasonic HVX 3700



  • “Big Men”
T

Panasonic P2

  • “Fallen City” SU
  • “Alì Blue Eyes” (with Zeiss Lens) T

Panasonic HPX-170



  • “Getting Back to Abnormal”
SXSW
  • “Tiny” (secondary)
SXSW
  • “William and the Windmill”

SXSW

Panasonic HVX-200

  • “Medora” 
SXSW
  • “Milius”
 SXSW
  • “Reality Show” SXSW
  • “We Always Lie to Strangers”
 SXSW


Panasonic VariCam



  • “Life According to Sam” SU
  • “Battle of amfAR” T
  • “Touba” 

SXSW

Panavision Millenium XL

  • “The Spectacular Now” SU

Panavision Platinum

  • “The Spectacular Now” SU

Phantom HD


  • 
”Twelve O’Clock Boys” (secondary)
SXSW

RED ONE



  • “Fall and Winter”
SXSW
  • “The Retrieval”

SXSW

RED EPIC



  • “Adult World”
 T
  • “Almost Christmas”
 T
  • “C.O.G.” (with Vintage Panavision Anamorphic lenses)
 SU
  • “Coldwater” (with Panavision Primo lenses)
 SXSW
  • “Concussion” SU
  • “Floating Skyscrapers” T
  • “G.B.F.”
T
  • “Holy Ghost People” SXSW
  • “Concussion” SU
  • “Licks”
 SXSW
  • “The Machine Which Makes Everything Disappear” SU
  • “McCorkey” T
  • “Milkshake” SU
  • “Milo” SXSW
  • “The Motivation” T
  • “Mr. Jones” T
  • “Plus One”
 SXSW
  • “Short Term 12″ SXSW
  • “S-VHS” SU
  • “A Teacher” (with anamorphic lenses) SU
  • “Twenty Feet from Stardom” SU
  • “We Are What We Are” SU
  • “What Richard Did” T
  • “White Reindeer” 
SXSW
  • “Xmas Without China” 
SXSW
  • “Zero Charisma”

 SXSW

RED MX



  • “Snap”

SXSW

RED ONE

  • “Pit Stop”
”Virtually Heroes” SU

Red ONE MX

  • “Escape from Tomorrow” 
SU
  • “Hide Your Smiling Faces” T
  • “Jiseul” (with Zeiss Ultra Prime lens)
” SU
  • Newlyweeds” 
SU
  • “This is Martin Bonner” SU

RED SCARLET



  • “Farah Goes Bang” T
  • “Grow Up, Tony Phillips!” 
SXSW
  • “Holy Ghost People”

 SXSW

RED (unspecified)


  • 
”Big Ass Spider!” SXSW
  • “Inequality for All” T
  • 
”Touba” SXSW
  • 
”An Unreal Dream” SXSW
  • 
”The Wait” 
SXSW

Sony CineAlta F65



  • “Evil Dead” (Master Prime and Fujinon Alura Lenses.)
 SXSW

Sony DSR-PD100

  • “American Promise” SU


Sony EX1


  • “Cutie and the Boxer” (with 35mm Letus adapter) SU
  • “Fire in the Blood” SU
  • “The Genius of Marian” T
  • “Good Ol’ Freda”

SXSW
  • “The Project” T
  • “The Summit” SU

Sony EX3


  • “After Tiller” (with a Letus Prime lens adapter) SU
  • “Before You Know It” SXSW
  • “Big Joy”
  • “Maidentrip” (with Letus adapter and vintage Zeiss lenses)
SXSW
  • “Fire in the Blood” SU
  • “kink”
SU
  • “The Moo Man” (with a nanoflash) SU
  • “The Other Shore”

SXSW
  • “The Summit” SU
  • “Twenty Feet from Stardom” (with a Letus Prime lens adapter) SU
  • “Valentine Road” SU

Sony F3


  • “Battle of amfAR” 
T
  • “Bottled Up” T
  • “Cutie and the Boxer”
 SU, T
  • “Google and the World Brain”
 SU
  • “Inequality for All”
 SU, T
  • “The Kill Team” T
  • “Manhunt” SU
  • “Oxyana” T
  • “Six Acts” T
  • “Stand Clear of the Closing Doors” T
  • “This Is Where We Live”

 SXSW
  • “Touchy Feely”
 SU
  • “What They Don’t Talk About When They Talk About Love” SU



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Sony F900 CineAlta

  • “Fire in the Blood” SU

Sony FS100

  • “Google and the World Brain” SU

Sony FS700

  • “God Loves Uganda” SU

Sony FX-100


  • “In God We Trust” T

Sony HDR-TD10

  • “Raw Herring” T

Sony HVR A1E

  • “Raw Herring”

T

Sony PDW-700

  • “The Project” T
  • Sony PMW-F3
  • “Lily”

T
  • Sony SRW-9000
  • “Kiss the Water”
T

Various (HDV cam, Digital Beta, Super 8, Mini DV)

  • “Michael H. Profession: Director” T

Sony HD800

  • “Salma” SU

Sony HD Camera (unspecified)

  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film” SU
  • “American Promise” SU

Sony Handicam

  • “Maidentrip”

SXSW

Sony HD Camera (unspecified)

  • “99 Percent: The Occupy Wall Street Collaborative Film”
SU
  • “American Promise” SU

Vixia handheld camera (unspecified)

  • “American Promise” SU

Unspecified 35 mm Camera

  • “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints” SU

Unspecified 8 mm Camera

  • “Blood Brother” SU

 

 

 

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