The 20th century could be said to be the century of cinema, with the first real narrative films appearing on the dot of the year 1900. It took count Giuseppe Volpi of Misurata another 32 years to come up with the idea of a festival of films and the Mostra Internazionale d’Arte Cinematografica della Biennale di Venezia (or Venice Film Festival) was born.
Some of the greatest stars of the age were present to see films such as “Forbidden”, by Frank Capra, “Grand Hotel” by Edmund Goulding,”The Champ” by King Vidor, and “Frankenstein” by James Whale. Over 25,000 people attended the first celebration of moving images on the big screen and very soon more festivals were arranged in cities around Europe and North America.
The 21st century has brought in a new era of cinema with digital filmmaking and distribution, pushing the viewing experience to places inconceivable 72 years ago. You can now view your chosen movie on your smartphone or tablet on the way to work or in your coffee break. It also means that the equipment needed to shoot and edit a movie now fits into your trouser pocket.
Will this instigate the death of cinema? Or perhaps the re-invention of it? The good news is that the means to create a unique moment in cinema are now available to a much greater range of the world’s population; most notably, those of us not born of wealthy parents.
Launching this year is the Mobile Motion Film Festival, a showcase for short films shot only on mobile technology, such as smartphones or tablets. The event is the brainchild of Swiss cinema enthusiast, Andrea Holle, who wanted to create a festival which would provide a level playing field for filmmakers, where talent, creativity and hard work counts more than budget and industry connections.
To encourage as many filmmakers to submit their work as possible, Holle promises that, unlike most others, the festival will not charge a submission fee. Instead, the festival will look to be funded by a mixture of crowdfunding and private sponsorship.