Have a mobile phone, be a film director

An international festival showcasing films on fashion has opened up submissions to films shot using mobile phones, for the very first time.

Last year, Hooman Khalili’s ‘Olive’ got a theatrical release in the US, and was the first feature film to be entirely shot using a Nokia N8.

Over the last couple of years, we’ve seen Gulp and Dot, two lovely stop-motion animated short films shot entirely using the N8 as well, done by W+K for Nokia with partners Aardman. Gulp was billed as having the world’s largest stop motion animation set, and Dot as having the world’s smallest stop motion animation character. They’re both quite fun to watch, if you haven’t seen them yet.

Famed Korean film director Park Chan-wook, whose credits include the critically acclaimed Oldboy, made a longer 30-minute movie, the thriller Paranmanjang, using the iPhone last year as well, which mooted a competition during the London Korean Film Festival recently around the theme of one-minute films made with mobile phones.

The ongoing London Short Film Festival doesn’t have a mobile phone category, but I wonder how much of an influence the advertising industry’s work has had on the decision to introduce an entire category in A Shaded View on Fashion, the Spanish film festival, and how long it will take for more mainstream festivals to recognise the immense impact of everyone’s favourite handheld device.

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