Narelle Nash is a first-time finalist in SmartFone Flick Fest

Screen time: Narelle Nash is a finalist in the Smartfone Flick Fest.

Screen time: Narelle Nash is a finalist in the Smartfone Flick Fest.

Caringbah filmmaker Narelle Nash will light up the silver screen for a film festival this summer.

Australia's international smartphone film festival, the SmartFone Flick Fest (SF3) is ready to roll in February 2022.

It returns with record entries with more than 70 films ready to shine.

There were more than 300 entries for short films and 18 feature length films from countries across the world.

Of these, more than 70 will feature online with curated programs for the festival's gala awards final.

Ms Nash features her film 'Tessa Time' in the SF3 Mini category (a film three minutes or less).

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"I was inspired to make Tessa Time in the middle of Sydney's COVID-19 lockdown," she said.

"After being stood down from work I was unable to access the people and resources necessary to complete the first film I'd planned.

"[This] provided the perfect opportunity to explore a film about being in isolation and overcoming some of the consequences associated with it.

"It's about a woman who starts her own Youtube channel in lockdown. It was shot over two days with an iPhone 11 Pro in my home garage, with the contents as props and the only external hardware was a tripod and mic. I wrote, directed and edited it by myself."

Ms Nash made her first mobile short film in 2017 called 'The Actor'. After screening at a string of festivals, it won third place at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.

"After being shortlisted at Sydney's Smartfone Flick Fest for the previous four years, this is the first year I've been selected as a finalist," she said.

With a theme of 'rise', the films partnered with the United Nations Association of Australia.

The festival's seventh year will be live on screen in-cinema at two venues from February 26-27, and online until March 13.

The gala finals screen at Sydney's Palace Chauvel Cinema, Paddington on February 26.

Co-founder Angela Blake said throughout the pandemic and snap lockdowns around the world, filmmakers became more innovative.

"Smartphones have enabled them to tell their stories during these extraordinary times," she said.

There are more than $50,000 worth of prizes including mentoring, classes, memberships, apps, phones and other technology.