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#MINA2018: Towards a Theory & Practice of Smart Storytelling

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Date: 15 November - Mobile Innovation and Mobile Creativity Symposium, 16 November - International Mobile, Pocket and Smartphone Film Screening
Venue: Hawthorn Campus

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Smart Storytelling Day

15 November, Swinburne University of Technology

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Swinburne’s Social Innovation Research Institute is partnering with the Mobile Innovation Network & Association (MINA) to host the 7th Mobile Innovation and Mobile Creativity Symposium (15 November) and the 8th International Mobile, Pocket and Smartphone Film Screening (16 November).

Smart Storytelling embraces the potential for opening storytelling to new forms and formats. In an inclusive, dynamic and provocative environment this symposium is focused on exploring developments towards generative storytelling and its implications for re-shaping screen-based practices of storytelling. How do these developments reconfigure relationships between disciplines in the Creative Arts? How do they (re-)define the engagement of collaborators, from participants to audiences?

The symposium will explore novel forms and new formats of non-fiction and documentary relating to community engagement and creative transformations. It will include recent developments in the creative industries embracing:

  • Changing Creative Ecologies – Industry panel with Ajax McKerral & Eamon Wyss (Hoopy), Lester Francois (VR arts doc series KINETIC/Rone), Michael Beets (The Unknown Patient) and Diego Trazzi (Unity).
  • Storytelling in interactive AV, AR and VR
  • Mobile Story Making
  • Smart Stories embracing AI, robots and VR.

Smart Storytelling leverages contemporary digital transformations in Screen Production, Digital Media and the Creative Arts. The last five years have seen intense investment from technology giants such as Adobe, Alphabet, Apple and Facebook into AR, MR and VR as connectivity hubs in the mediascape. These are prompting new processes and creative workflows. Accessible AR is positioned as offering the potential to transform any space into a storytelling canvas, while VR is discussed as an ‘empathy machine’ in news and research labs. Smartphones are claimed to enable VR/AR for the masses in the production as well as in the viewing experience.

Developments towards industry 4.0 (including analytics, algorithms and automation) and ongoing digital transformations continue to disrupt creative industries to produce new business models, production environments and distribution channels. Within this context one can point at IBM’s editing of the Morgan trailer or Adobe’s mobile app strategy that launched a suite of creative mobile apps. Transmedia storytelling and cross-media dissemination have exposed more dynamic approaches towards storytelling and story-making generated from a capacity to creatively engage audiences.

Your Smart Storytelling Day ticket will include coffee, morning/afternoon tea and lunch.

8th International Mobile Innovation Screening

16 November, Swinburne University of Technology

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Since 2011 the Mobile Innovation Network and Association celebrates mobile, pocket and smartphone filmmaking. The annual screening provides an overview of the trends and developments in the international smartphone filmmaking community. MINA’s screening focuses on experimental screen productions, moving-image arts and innovative approaches to smartphone filmmaking. In its 8th edition we present 14 smartphone and pocket films and 8 smartphone films in the New Voices category. The full program will be announced soon on

16 international judges selected films from Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Russian Federation, UK, USA, which are curated by Max Schleser.

Screening: 4pm – 5pm

Panel discussion: 5pm  6pm

Angela Blake - SF3
Rachel Chen - Emerging filmmaker
Hilary Davis - Social Innovation Research Institute
Nicholas Hansen - Filmmaker
Adrian Jeffs - MINA
Patrick Kelly - Filmmaker
Martin Koszolko - Musican/Sound Production
Chloe Marie Villasanta Samillano - Emerging filmmaker
Eamon Wyss - Hoopy
Malwina Wodzicka - Filmmaker

Moderated by Max Schleser - Filmmaker & MINA curator

Meet-up: 6pm - 7pm (Swinburne Students Union Bar)


Filmic Pro | LumaTouch | Swinburne University of Technology

Beastgrip | Adobe | Blackwing

Filmconvert | iPtich | Social Innovation Research Institute

VR Cinema | Vuze | Nga Taonga Sound & Vision

Contact Information: Max Schleser