Date: 19 Nov 2015
Time: 9am-5.30pm (Symposium)
6.30pm-8pm (Screening)
Venue: RMIT University, Building 80, Level 1, Room 2, Swanston Academic Building, City

The MINA Symposium and Screening provides a platform for filmmakers, artists, designers, researchers, educators and industry professionals to debate the prospect of wireless, mobile and ubiquitous technologies in art and design, education, and the creative industries and on-going development of mobile social media, mobile technologies, mobile production and mobile aesthetics.

The Mobile Innovation Network Australasia [ MINA ] aims to explore the possibilities of interaction between people, content and the creative industries. The New Zealand based mobile innovation & mobile creativity symposium and film festival are coming to Australia for the first time, hosted by RMIT University, in collaboration with Colab (AUT University, NZ), Te Rewa O Puanga – School of Music and Creative Media Production and Toi Rauwharangi, the College of Creative Arts (Massey University, NZ).

Now in its fifth annual screening the 2015 showcase will feature short films produced on and with smartphones, mobile, pocket cameras and drones, featuring pocket films, mobile-mentaries and smartphone films from Australia, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S.A.

The screening programme runs alongside a symposium where practitioners, researchers, academics and activists working in the area of mobile media discuss pertinent issues for the sector. This year’s themes include the prospects of the proliferation of mobile and digital filmmaking opportunities, which has led to the rise of the videographic citizen journalist form of digital, networked and transmedia collaboration, and the embedding of filmmaking and photography in social media and participatory culture. From avant-garde filmmaking to challenges to media methods and politics, we showcase contributions that reflect upon emergent practices to explore contemporary entanglements between mobile media images and sociality.

“Small lens, big impact” – The European Media Center  

“New Zealand Mobile-Movie Festival expands Reach” – IDN Magazine 

“Mobile-mentaries across the ditch” – SBS

“some of the most advanced work in mobile moviemaking is coming out of New Zealand, home of the MINA – the Mobile Innovation Network”  – mobilemoviemaking.com

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