One of the CINE project’s partners is the Mobile Film Festival, a competition founded in France in 2005 that challenges aspiring directors to produce a one-minute film on their phone. As part of its activities, the Mobile Film Festival teaches young people aged between 14 and 25 how to use easily accessible devices, like smartphones, to make short films of high quality.
Within the project, the Mobile Film Festival is responsible for coming up with ways of engaging young people, bringing them back into cinemas and training them to create real movies.
Since 2005, the Mobile Film Festival has grown internationally and now receives submissions from hundreds of countries. The festival’s aim is to uncover talented filmmakers through the unique format of 1 Mobile, 1 Minute, 1 Film.
Using a smartphone as a movie camera fits perfectly with the inclusive, participatory ethos of the CINE project. The Mobile Film Festival recruited young filmmakers who are previous festival award winners to act as trainers, sharing their experience, creativity and knowledge about how to best use a smartphone as a camera.
During two workshops, in Brač, Croatia, and in Bra, Italy, the Mobile Film Festival trained people who will then go back to their hometown to train teenagers and other young people as part of the CINE project.
The training sessions are based on five stages, organized over three days:
- Presentation: a discussion of the basic principles of storytelling, looking at famous examples such as The Lion King, The Godfather and other iconic films, which can be adapted to any country.
- Brainstorming: helping the participants put down on paper their ideas and a story or script.
- Preparation: the team defines what they will need to shoot, where they will shoot and how they will use the camera and, if possible, holds some rehearsals.
- Shooting: generally lasts about half a day; the better the preparation, the better the shooting will go.
- Editing: the key final session.
The Mobile Film Festival recommends simple software for mobile phones that facilitates editing.
Thanks to this innovative methodology developed by the Mobile Film Festival, the CINE project has started to engage with young people, turning a spotlight on critical food and environment issues and enabling them to become reporters and activists in their own right.