Digital Narratives Mobile, Smartphone & Pocket filmmaking meets Interactive Documentary

Mobile, Smartphone & Pocket filmmaking

Exploring the prospect and potential of mobile, smartphone and pocket cameras for documentary production.

Since 2011, MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Australasia creates interactions between people, content and the creative industries.

The MINA International Mobile Innovation Screening is available as DVD or Ebook.

Submit your documentary project to the annual MINA International Mobile Innovation Screening

International Mobile Innovation Screening 2011-2015

MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa, is an international network that promotes cultural and research activities to expand the emerging possibilities of mobile media. MINA aims to explore the opportunities for interaction between people, content and the creative industries within the context of Aotearoa/New Zealand and internationally.

In the last years the International Mobile Innovation Screening showcased a screening programme of mobile short films and mobile-mentaries (mobile documentaries) from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hungary, USA, U.K, Italy, Poland, South- Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, New Zealand, Columbia, Russia, Greece, Germany, Portugal and Japan.

Theses films show the development of the mobile phone from a communication device to a creative and educational tool. Mobile phone technologies are continuously changing, opening up new possibilities for the makers of mobile phone films, who are savvy at incorporating the new features into their work.

Examples of international mobile filmmakers by Anders Weberg, The Film Artist, Felipe Cardona, Adrian Miles, HASE kaihei, Daniel Mauro, Gerda Cammaer, Patrick Kelly, Leo Berkeley, David Cowlard, Joao Krefer, Candy Elsmore, Benoît Labourdette, Seth Keen, Max Schleser, Andrew Robb, Joanna Ong / Tigo and Anne Massoni amongst others


Berry, M. & Schleser, M. (eds.) (2014) Mobile Media Making in an Age of Smartphones. Palgrave Macmillan: London.

Schleser, M. (ed) (2014) Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa Special Issue. Ubiquity Journal of Pervasive Media 2 (1&2).

Schleser, M. (2014) “A Decade of Mobile Moving-Image Practice” In Goggin, G. and Hjorth, L. (eds) (2013) The Routledge Companion to Mobile Media. Routlege: London.

Schleser, M. (2014) “Towards Mobile Filmmaking 2.0” In Monahan, B. Rascaroli, L. and Young, G. (eds) (2013) Saving Private Reels. Continuum: London.

Schleser, M. (2013) “From ‘Script to Screen’ to ‘sh%t n share’” In Daniels, J., McLaughlin, C., and Pearce, G. (eds.) Truth, Dare or Promise: Art and Documentary Revisited.Cambridge Scholars: Newcastle Upon Tyne.

Schleser, M. “Collaborative Mobile Phone Film Making” In Milne, E., Mitchell, C. and de Lange, N. (eds) (2012) Handbook of Participatory Video. AltaMira Press: Blue Ridge. Summit, PA, U.S.A.

Schleser, M. “Mobile-mentary (mobile documentary) 2.0: The distinction between collaborative and co-creation in documentary theory and practice” In Peters, G. (2011) Expanding Documentary - Ngā Wai o Horotiu Marae (172-180) Auckland University of Technology, Auckland.

Schleser, M. (2011) Mobile-Mentary. Mobile Documentaries in the mediascape. Saarbrücken, Germany.

Digital Storytelling

Interactive Documentary

You will find a number of definitions and points-of-view on what constitutes an interactive documentary. At this point in the development of this fast-moving field we feel that it is important to have an expansive definition that can embrace the many different kinds of work that are emerging. The i-Docs site includes coverage of projects that you may find elsewhere described as web-docs, transmedia documentaries, serious games, cross-platform docs, locative docs, docu-games, pervasive media. For us any project that starts with an intention to document the ‘real’ and that does so by using digital interactive technology can be considered an i-doc. What unites all these projects is this intersection between digital interactive technology and documentary practice. Where these two things come together, the audience become active agents within documentary – making the work unfold through their interaction and often contributing content. If documentary is about telling stories about our shared world; we are interested in what happens as the audience get more closely involved in this way. At the heart of i-Docs is the question; what opportunities emerge as documentary becomes something that is co-created?

i-Docs website
Created By
Max Schleser


Max Schleser & MINA [Mobile Innovation Network Australasia] / websites: MINA, iDocs, Come/In/Doc, MIT Open Documentary Lab.

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