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Bellevue actor Chris Fabregas wins Boston Film Festival's Ultra Short film competition

A Bellevue man won an award at the Boston Film Festival for his six-second movie.

Chris Fabregas’ “The Real Genius Behind the iPhone Ringtone” took home the first Ultra Short Film award at the Oct. 26 festival.

The category required entries to be shot, edited and entered via Vine, a mobile app owned by Twitter that enables users to post video clips at a maximum length of six seconds.

Fabregas’ video, shot on his own Apple phone, starts with an overhead shot of a man at his desk. The camera rapidly zooms into the iPhone next to him before cutting to a bear and apparent resident of the device — played by Fabregas — who plays the ringtone on a set of glasses just as the original man receives a call.

“It took me about four hours to shoot this six-second video,” Fabregas said. “I learned that the best way to shoot the video was to keep it simple. I originally wanted to film all the inner workings of the phone with electronic boards and wires but realized that would take way too long.”

Fabregas, a Bellevue High School and University of Washington graduate, has worked as a model and actor for the past decade. He’s appeared in the short films of others and made several of his own, including more than two dozen vines posted to his account in the past six months.

“It’s fun to be creative and put together a project from start to finish,” he said. “It’s a great feeling when all the ideas in your head come together on film.”


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