MINA call for smartphone, mobile video works


The callout for the renamed Mobile Innnovation Network Australasia (MINA) went out yesterday. MINA is now extending the initiative beyond the shores of Aotearoa (New Zealand), with the event held at RMIT in Melbourne this year.

The ongoing symposium and international screening series are being held at RMIT in the School of Media and Communication, a collaboration between the nonFiction lab and Screen Cultures research groups at RMIT, and Colab (AUT University, NZ) and Toi Rauwharangi, the College of Creative Arts (Massey University, NZ).

This year as one of the MINA organising committee I am guest co-curating the screening with the MINA co-founder Max Schleser.

All the details for submitting a smartphone or mobile video work are available on the MINA website. Call for Films: http://mina.pro/2015cff/

In regards to how mobile videography fits with my own research interest in ‘documentary design’, I found myself in the early stages of my doctorate research gravitating towards recording on small portable devices, as part of exploring everyday practices and the shift to what Merrin describes as “me-dia”…”personal communications, collaborative productions, shared information, user-generated content, and networked relationships”. Initially this was very basic 4:3 digital video on point-in-shoot digital cameras and over time as video developed on mobile and smartphones, it has moved to those camera phone devices (and there is plenty of scope to extend what Schleser refers to as “mobile-mentary filmmaking”).

This interest in recording on mobile/smart phones led to initiating a ‘mobile videography’ media studio in the Masters postgraduate program, that aimed to produce works for possible selection into MINA screenings. With that studio now it in its second year it is great to be directly involved with MINA this year.


Merrin, William. “Studying Me-Dia: The Problem of Method in a Post-Broadcast Age.” Media Studies 2.0. N.p., 2010. Web. 12 Nov. 2014.