#Nucleus - Short Film Competition for Smartphone Film

60 Submissions – 8 winning films from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, New Zealand, Singapore and Vietnam – 3 days – 2 collaborative films.

Presented by the Goethe-Institut and MINA (Mobile Innovative Network & Association).

Embassy Cinema © Tejas Ewing


Nearly sixty high-quality films were submitted. The eventual winners came from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam. Their films were all premiered at the iconic Embassy Theatre.

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#Nucleus - Collaborative Films © Christian Kahnt / Goethe-Institut

Collaborative films

The nine winners from Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore and Vietnam were invited to a workshop in Wellington where they spent three days collaborating on a smartphone short film on ecotourism.

In addition they worked on a nature conservation project with “Ngā Uruora” to offset some of the carbon emissions of their flights. This led to the creation of a further short film.

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Mobile Filmmaking + MINA

Sean Baker’s Tangerine could be referred to as the first smartphone film that toured all major international film festivals, including a premiere at Sundance Film Festival (2015) and then was showcased at San Francisco, Seattle and Sydney film festivals among others.

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Smartphone Filmmaking + MINA
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“SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is a fabulous resource for all mobile filmmakers. Susy Botello interviews Max Schleser about mobile films and the new mobile film competition #Nucleus in Southeast-Asia, Australia and New Zealand. They also talk about the mobile film festival #MINA2020, which will celebrate its ninth edition 2020 in China.“

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