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About the GSM Film Festival MobilEye - a festival of films recorded by a mobile phone camera

MobilEye Project - international GSM festival - the purpose of the festival is to popularize the use of modern technologies for creation and transfer of «visual message». It highlights visual production aspect of this technology which, so far, has been underexploited. The pilot project of this festival held on 17 September 2005, within the event called Night of Museums 02, has successfully managed to involve the diversity of authors (the youngest author was 7), both locally and internationally. Authors applied with more than 70 films where 46 films by 22 authors were selected by the Selection Committee. The success of the festival resulted in the decision to maintain the existing concept and internationally network the event with the tendency to make it a tradition. Generally speaking, the main goal of the project is to popularize and inspire production of a short film, notably documentary but also art, entertainment and other forms by using innovative technology i.e. mobile phone cameras. As this technology does not require considerable investments or equipment, it can be used by anyone for recording various film material at any place and any time. In addition, implementation of this project contributes to attaining specific goals such as:

1. Expanding the number of authors of short video forms using the most up-to-date technology in the area of mobile telecommunication
2. Application and advancement of new techniques for socio-cultural involvement aimed at attuning the active participants to the project
3. Promotion of new art techniques and forms
4. Contribution to decentralization of cultural production and diversity of video creativity

The second, two-day festival, is anticipated to take place in April 2006. The first day is planned for the workshop and the second includes competitive and presentational program divided into four categories: art, documentary, entertainment and works produced in the workshop. As the material available after the festival is easily usable and transferable, its presentation will be carried out nation-wide and even wider within the project follow-up activities. The main advantage of a mobile phone camera is its mobility and availability to almost any individual. Recording equipment ceased to be a necessity for artistic capturing of a moment in everyday life or recording an attractive event one happens to come across in the street. Mobile telephone camera is part of a daily communicational "equipment" of each and every individual. It enables easy and fast transfer of visual experience or record to a particular recipient or turns it, over the Internet, into the report for public at large. One of the most popular websites for new technologies entitled Year of a Digital Citizen, reminds us of the phenomenon which, in the last year, produced long-lasting effects on the lives of people and new media. Namely, helped by the digital equipment, the exchange of recordings and reports made by citizens has boomed. These were sent from the very places i.e. scenes of the most horrible world disasters such as tsunami or hurricane Katrina and, similarly, during the series of explosions in the London tube. On all these occasions, the citizens were the first to send from the scenes textual, photographic or video messages to the media, which is a particular large-scale phenomenon in terms of both technology and media. Owing to the new advanced mobile phones, citizens became reporters, war correspondents, active observes and analysts of their world.

Participation of MobilEye - GSM film festival in the project Mobile Studios

As both projects are of a mobile character, MobilEye authors perceive a lot of opportunities for cooperation between these two projects and benefits that can be drawn.
Mobile Studios are anticipated to come to Belgrade in April and this partly overlaps with the date planned for the Festival, which will make the cooperation between these two projects even more attractive.
The cooperation between MobilEye and Mobile Studios is anticipated as follows:

The participation of MobilEye in Mobile Studios is envisaged in the form of a presentational workshop. In the 15-hour period of work on the location (Belgrade, Republic Square), 15 authors (majority of them had participated in the pilot project) will record by a mobile phone camera (groups of 5 authors will work 5 hours each) contents of this public space. The recorded contents will be incorporated in the overall concept of Mobil Studios project during its stay in Belgrade. General framework will be set but the curator for Belgrade, Maja Ćirić. Since Mobile Studios provide technical possibilities for editing the recorded material on the spot (in Editorial Studio), the editing will be carried out immediately and material thus edited will be broadcast in live studio. Live studio is envisaged as MobilEye gallery. During the editing of newly recorded material, MobilEye gallery will broadcast the material from the MobilEye archive previously selected by MobilEye team and Mobile Studios curator for Belgrade. MobilEye gallery will be marked (by a poster) as space in which visitors are free to enter and see the broadcasted contents. We feel that this creates a very attractive possibility for passers-by to, shortly after they have been recorded in the street, see themselves in a form presented as a film and thus experience themselves as active creators of film material.
Material produced during this workshop can be easily used for direct transfer over the Internet to the other towns where Mobile Studios will be situated or for subsequent presentation within Mobile Studios Virtual Collection.
We also hope to be able to cooperate with other cities where Mobile Studios will be situated by inviting their authors to, on that day, send to a designated e-mail address the works recorded in their public spaces by their mobile phone camera. These works will also be edited and broadcasted in MobilEye gallery together with the ones recorded in Belgrade. Such type of cooperation will provide the insight into how much has modern communication technology helped to diminish spatial distances. Here we would like you to note technical advantage of a film recorded by a mobile phone camera. Namely, files thus obtained are of a very small size and can be easily sent over the Internet (over a direct mobile phone link with the Internet to a designated e-mail address without previous loading to the computer).

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