Small films Celebrated on the Big Screen at Nokia’s Mobifest

Last night at the Revue Cinema Nokia’s Mobifest Toronto rose a glass to some of the best in mobile films. As I was watching these small films on a big screen I wondered what the future holds for mobile. This is the largest independent international film festival for mobile films highlighting great work and innovation in a rapidly changing platform.

This is its 4th year and they had 3 programs:

  1. World Tour – Showcasing great work from across the globe with a preview of Athletes in Motion which will be premiering on Bravo and CTV early next year.
  2. Main Competition – Will be handing out awards for best animation and best of show.
  3. 24 hour Mobile Filmmaking Challenge (Sponsored by the city of Toronto) – Where 5 local Toronto filmmakers will have 24 hours to create a mobile film with a Nokia N86.

The Best of Festival was awarded to Cecile Vuaillat for Lili and Pierrot (France) beating out almost 200 entries from the best of the best from across the globe. She wins a one week trip for 2 to visit the Nokia Theatre in LA plus $2000 in cash.

The award for Excellence in Animation went to Christos Tsirbas for Smile (Canada) and he is also a former Mobifest award winner with a special jury prize going to Peter Vadocz for Twins (Hungary).

The shot on mobile award was handed to Cell Phone Memories (Brazil) by Leandro Martins and Marcio Soares. This film in particular showed a day in a life capturing moments in a personal way that showed the type of creativity that could be done on something shot on a mobile.

The final award for the Toronto Made-for-Mobile Challenge went to Maya Bankovic for potholes with the runner-up being Ben Murray’s Chaseism. Those who took part were the first to use the N86 in Canada a device with an 8 megapixel camera using an ultra-wide angle Carl Zeiss lenses.

What I found is that watching on the big screen must be so different from watching it in the palm of your hand. This is a platform that has just been born and will it continue to mirror its filmmaking brethren or will it strike out on its own.

That is what makes seeing the evolution of the mobile as a platform one to watch. As technology moves at a break neck pace how will film festivals like Nokia’s Mobifest change as more people take part and what will they come up with and be inspired to do. That is a great question and one where the answer will be just as compelling.

If you would like more information on Nokia’s Mobifest click here.