Xperia has partnered up with the Academy of Arts University in San Francisco to find the next generation of filmmakers. Hosting a summer film festival that challenges future creators to produce content using the NEW XPERIA 1.
Each student from the different departments at the Academy were asked to create a short film under 5 minutes about the following words – KANDO, JOY or WONDER. Equipped only with the Xperia 1, that features advanced and professional grade Sony technology like Cinema Pro and Creator Mode – both powered by CineAlta, to tell their stories.
These are the stories that the students were able to create. Be sure to vote for your favorite film below.


Jazmine Hunt


Valeriia Lanshakova


Taylor Martin and TARA COOLEY


Joe Salazar


Berti Benbanaste


rabah houali


Andres Labiaga

NY is my Kando

Jongheon Lee

Kando At Fang

Savory Liu


Ke Lu


Jared Nelson

Kando, everywhere

Mirai Shikiyama & Yuki Zhang

The Fisherman

Frans Ahlberg

In the Middle of SF

Eli Frances Abad & Grishma Kalote

Phone Connection

Muhammad Taufiq Azilah

Hunt for Inspiration

Max Benon


Ephraim Ian Colbert

Clair de Luna

YUQIAO HAN and Yiqiao Zhao (Joey)


Nathania Zaini and FU YANG


Aron Ramstedt


Sergio Rincón


Anthony Silva

Here’s How It Works


Submit your short film for online voting. Don’t forget to tell all your friends to go vote for your film!

And that’s it! All 25 films will be premiered and judged at the Sony Xperia Summer Film Fest where one winner will receive $10,000 to help fund their future creative efforts.

Important Dates

August 5

Online voting begins

August 14

Sony Xperia Summer Film Fest

Connect While
You Create

Prepare to inspire and be inspired at the Sony Xperia Summer Film Fest. Once all finalists have submitted their videos for online voting, they will have the chance to premiere their masterpiece captured with Xperia 1 and explore the awesome work of other Academy of Art University creators. Enter now for an opportunity to express your creativity and share it with your peers—and the world.

Experiences Beyond the Imagination

With the world´s first 21:9 CinemaWide 4K HDR OLED display, a pro-quality triple lens camera, and professional-grade audio-visual features, Xperia 1 is ideal for creating, displaying, and sharing superior entertainment experiences that are only possible with Sony.