Call for smartphone films and six mobile film commissions

In its 12th edition MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network and Association, will present a public screening of smartphone, mobile and pocket films in Melbourne, Australia at ACMI, national museum of screen culture (10th November 2023), in Ningbo, China (9th -10th December 2023) and internationally via Urban Screen TV. MINA, Swinburne University of Technology and Australian Environments on Screen* will provide six grants at $2500 for mobile screen productions that interact with the environment to produce novel and challenging perspectives on Australian environments.

MINA is the longest-running film festival dedicated to celebrating mobile and smartphone filmmaking internationally. MINA creates connections between filmmakers, communities, and the creative industries. The #MINA2023 International Mobile Innovation Screening will showcase short films (7 min maximum duration) produced on and with smartphones, mobile and pocket cameras.

In the last eleven years, MINA featured new developments in narrative and non-narrative explorations, in documentary, experimental and abstract filmmaking. In 2017 MINA successfully introduced drone filmmaking and in 2018 Mobile Cinematic VR productions as part of the screening program. Mobile AR, mobile VR and drone project videos can include project showcases and documentation (maximum duration 4min). Last year we introduced a Vertical Video category in collaboration with Vertifilms and this year MINA will commission smartphone films relating to the theme of mobile storytelling and the Australian environment.

In 2023 MINA will present

– An open call for mobile, smartphone and pocket short films (7min max)
New Voices: Next Gen smartphone filmmakers, a category for young and emerging filmmakers
– Mobile Cinematic VR & 360° Video Production: The Future is Now
Creative category: Vertical videos, MoJo, micro-movies and micro-formats
– #EcoSmartphoneFilms
Submission via https://filmfreeway.com/mina by 18th May

  • 6x AUD 2500 commissions: Australian environments

This commission is part of a larger project exploring the affordances of mobile media for shaping our understanding of the Australian environment at a time of climate crisis, and how it might forge new relationships between people and the environment. The completed mobile video or smartphone film (5min max) should be accompanied by a short piece outlining the creative process (either as written or an audio-visual, 2min max, component). Please send a 250-word proposal and 150-word bio to Max*AT*mina.pro by 18th May.

Smartphones provide opportunities to see the world in a new perspective and change the viewpoints of representation. With the rise of smartphone filmmaking, MoJo (mobile journalism) and transmedia storytelling filmmakers, artists, activists and designers establish new forms of connectivity and sociability. Collaborative and co-creative film-making practices empower communities around the world to express themselves. With the constant innovation of camera technology and image/video processing applications, mobile and smartphones aesthetics are shaping new experiences and enable storytellers to cover new ground. In order to make the program accessible in an uncertain time for travelling the screening reel will also be streamed via SoundSurf and UTV (more information will be available soon on www.mina.pro).

For further questions or if you would like to host a smartphone filmmaking screening or workshop email Max*AT*mina.pro

MINA Screening Partners:

– Adobe
– Film Convert
– FiLMiC Pro
– Luma Touch
– Moondog Labs
– Struman Optics
– Urban Screen TV

Supported by:

– Mobile Studies Institute, University of Nottingham Ningbo China
– Swinburne University of Technology
– *Remaking the Australian Environment Through Documentary Film and Television is supported by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Discovery Projects funding scheme.