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International Mobile Innovation screening at Film Archive

Fuseworks Media
Fuseworks Media

The Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (MINA) is an international network that promotes cultural and research activities to expand the emerging possibilities of mobile media. This year’s MINA screening programme features recent pocket films, mobile-mentaries and smartphone film from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Columbia, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Poland, Sweden, UK and the USA. More than 70 films were received in an open call for submission.

The screening includes the work of first time filmmakers alongside internationally established filmmakers, photographers and designers.

At the time of organising this screening programme the iPhone 5 was launched. The video capacity of various mobile, smartphone and pocket cameras (including web-cams like Sony Bloggie or Go Pros) without doubt has now reached a standard that allows mobile filmmakers and creatives to produce work for the creative industries and film festivals internationally.

This year the circulation of smartphones outnumbered the volume of mobile phones. Most mobile devices (including tablets and pocket size digital cameras) have a HD video capacity and provide Internet connectivity. Since the proliferation of apps five years ago, new opportunities for creative mobile media production emerged. Mobile filmmaking is now an established format ranging from music video to TV commercial production. A number of contemporary apps feature location-based services that can create new experiences and representations of places. Mobile filmmaking also provides prospects for citizen journalists to expand the domain of videography. Contemporary forms of collaborative filmmaking projects connect 21st century citizens and filmmakers across the globe creating new forms of digital, networked and transmedia storytelling. As an egalitarian filmmaking tool and technology, mobile filmmaking provides access to a new generation of filmmakers. In alignment with the ubiquity of social media, mobile communication is shifting towards an increasingly visual realm. Micro formats of mobile filmmaking can be compared to early cinema and actuality film, while mobile short films resonate approaches and practices known from the field of experimental documentary and avant-garde moving-image practice.

The background of the filmmakers, designers and artists is as diverse as the programme itself. Mobile media provides a dynamic approach to creative media production and continuously develops new practices and formats. While some work could be labelled as video, performance or installation art or documentary, it is the original mobile form that is providing innovation within these established disciplines. By means of exploring this rich digital diversity, the MINA program spans across a range of genres from music video to animation. The program demonstrates that mobile filmmaking is a global phenomena.

Listing details: International Mobile Innovation Screening

When: 7pm, Wednesday 6 November

Where: The New Zealand Film Archive, 84 Taranaki St, Wellington

Ticket price: $8 general admission / $6 concession

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