In its 9th edition MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network and Association, will present a public screening of smartphone, mobile and pocket films in China, New Zealand and Australia (Venue TBC in the end of April 2019).

MINA is the longest running film festival dedicated to celebrating mobile and smartphone film-making internationally. MINA creates connections between filmmakers, communities and the creative industries.

The #MINA2019 International Mobile Innovation Screening will showcase short films (8 min maximum duration) produced on and with smartphones, mobile and pocket cameras.

In the last nine years MINA featured new developments in narrative and non-narrative explorations, in documentary, experimental and abstract film-making. In 2017 MINA successfully introduced drone and in 2018 Cinematic VR productions as part of the screening program. Mobile AR, mobile VR and drone project videos can include project showcases and documentation (maximum duration 4min).

In 2019 MINA will present
- an open call for mobile, smartphone and pocket films
- New Voices : Next Gen smartphone filmmakers - a category for young and emerging filmmakers (including students)
- Mobile Cinematic VR & 360° Video Production: The Future is Now - a category for Cinematic VR and 360° Video Production
- MoJo, Mobile Storytelling, micro-movies & micro-formats - a category for live streaming, mobile social media apps, drones and other pocket cameras (such as GoPro) & mobile devices.
- Nucleus : Focus on ecology, sustainable smartphone filmmaking, travel films
& eco-tourism

MINA Screening Partners:
Luma Touch
FiLMiC Pro

Supported by:
Goethe-Institut New Zealand

9th International Mobile Innovation Screening

Smartphones provide opportunities to see the world in a new perspective and change the viewpoints of representation. With the rise of MoJo (mobile journalism) and transmedia storytelling filmmakers, artists, activists and designers establish new forms of connectivity and sociability. Collaborative and co-creative film-making practices empower communities around the world to express themselves. With the constant innovation of camera technology and image/video processing applications, mobile and smartphones aesthetics are shaping new experiences and enable storytellers to cover new ground. In order to make the program accessible to educational institutions it will be streamed via 'The Education Shop' (more information will be available soon on

Focus on ecology, sustainable smartphone filmmaking, travel films & eco-tourism

A story like a plant starts with a seed, an idea that grows organically. Nucleus, the Latin word for the seed inside a fruit, celebrates local nature through smartphone filmmaking. We understand ecology as a holistic and creative concept and as part of the film project we will explore indigenous approaches towards storytelling and hope to embrace novel connections to places & people.

In November 2019 a collaborative short film will be produced during the three-day workshop in Wellington (New Zealand/Aotearoa) and will be presented at the Nucleus Screening. Selected filmmakers will be invited to explore eco-tourism as a theme for the collaborative short-film production.

We are inspired by Kaitiakitanga and innovative approaches to sustainable smartphone filmmaking. In order to kick-start the Nucleus film project, we launched a smartphone filmmaking competition. We hope to document local plants & local hero’s, community gardeners & gardens, zero wasters and people who live in sync with the environment. In order to create a community and collaborative film, the Goethe-Institut will fly the winning filmmakers to Wellington in November 2019 for the Nucleus Screening and a dedicated smartphone filmmaking workshop on the theme of sustainability, eco-tourism & travel films.

As part of the 9th MINA Smartphone Film Festival and International Mobile Innovation Screening, the Goethe-Institut and MINA, the Mobile Innovation Network & Association present the smartphone short film competition Nucleus. In an open call filmmakers and creative producers are asked to create short films (3-5 min) evolving around the theme of ecology and sustainability. We are especially interested in new visions by emerging filmmakers who explore ecology, sustainable smartphone filmmaking, travel films and/or eco-tourism. Filmmakers should frame the world with a focus on their flora and fauna. We will celebrate local environments and cultural heritage.

While filmmakers can choose any genre, mood, tone and style; we ask to feature a local plant as the opening shot and at least for 20 seconds in the mobile, pocket or smartphone film. Any smartphone can be used for filming. Smartphone films can be edited on mobile devices or desktop computers.

Selected films and/or sequences will become part of the Nucleus collaborative smartphone film.

Whether a personal story or abstract work, filmmakers should consider the following provocations in some way:

* Choose a local plant
* Can you remember a story related to this plant?
* An iconic place
* A personal comment on place, travel and/or eco-tourism

The Goethe-Institut and MINA committee will invite the winning films to the Nucleus Screening and Nucleus Workshop in November 2019.

For further questions or if you would like to host a smartphone filmmaking workshop email or

Selected works from the #MINA2019 International Mobile Innovation Screening will be featured in the MINA program and MINA’s international partner festivals & screenings.

For the Nucleus competition the Goethe-Institut and MINA committee will invite the winning films to the Nucleus Screening and Nucleus Workshop in November 2019.

Submitted short film, documentaries, experimental films and videos shall be filmed with a mobile, smartphone or pocket cameras. Filmmakers agree for videos to be featured in MINA promotional material, online & in print, in the MINA show reel and featured MINA screenings and exhibitions.

Projects can be edited on smartphones, mobile devices or desktop computers.

Filmmakers have to submit a short synopsis (200-250 words), a short biographical note (100-150 word), Twitter and/or Facebook name.

In order to make the program accessible to educational institutions it will be streamed via 'The Education Shop' (more information will be available soon on

Title of Film, Name of Filmmaker, duration, country of production, name of smartphone/tablet must be provided with all submissions.

Please note that by submitting your smartphone film to MINA, you accept and agree that you grant MINA a perpetual, royalty-free, non-exclusive right and license to use, reproduce, modify, publish, screen, broadcast, and distribute the smartphone film as part of the annual MINA screening program (or Nucleus project) without any compensation to the submitter.

All copyright material(s) used in the submission must be cleared by the submitter before submission. Any issue(s) that may arise due to infringement of copyrights is the submitter’s sole responsibility. MINA, sponsors, supporter and/or Goethe Institute and its members are not responsible for any infringement of copyrights.

Overall Rating
  • It was a great and professional mobile film festival.

    December 2017
  • Harold González Chavarría

    It has been an excellent experience, will definitely participate again, excellent communication with the team, looking forward for next edition

    November 2017