Mobile Exposure

  • An international touring exhibition of moving image art made by and for mobile devices
  • Presented by Microcinema International
  • Curators: Patrick Lichty and Microcinema International
  • Judges: Addictive TV (United Kingdom)
  • Excerpts to premiere at San Francisco International Film Festival
  • Deadline: Received by March 31, 2006
  • Screenings: worldwide
  • Grand Prize: Panasonic AG-DVX100A 1/3" 3-CCD 24P/30P/60i DV Cinema Camera
  • Fees: US$5
  • More information write:


Mobile Exposure 2006 (moving images made by mobile devices)
Mobile Exposure 2006 Video Ringtone Festival (on-line/on-mobile device)
Mobile phones, PDA’s, i-pods, and other hand-held devices have already gained widespread acceptance as tools to capture as well as experience music and photographs. Now these devices are being further designed and equipped with video capabilities – both for viewing as well as capturing. What are the potentials of the handheld device as a cinematic tool for expression, activism, experimentation, and exhibition? With the recent announcement of the i-pod video device and the Emmy Awards creation of a new mobile film category, the advancement of this medium is now a foregone conclusion…the train has left the station that is for sure, but on what track is it heading?
How will viewing images on the small screen change our perception of the moving image arts? How will the moving image arts change to present works on a hand-held device? These are some of the questions that Mobile Exposure 2006 hopes to address.
CONCEPT Mobile Exposure 2006 is looking for works that address mobile culture and/or are made WITH or to be EXHIBITED ON mobile/handheld devices. Our criteria are very broad; reflect on the mobile and locative through the medium or the concept. We encourage hybrid works as well (for example: imagery made with hand-helds and then post produced, mixed with sound in a classic filmmaking procedure).
CALL FOR WORKS The Mobile Exposure 2006 handheld moving image program is an exploration of the potentials of mobile video and culture. Practitioners are invited to submit all genres of work, less than 15 minutes in length. Video Ringtones should be 2 minutes or less in length.

WHAT WE WANT: We are looking for two types of works:
Made for viewing on a mobile device and
Made WITH a mobile device for viewing on the big screen (or little screen too if possible).
We are looking for works made using cell phones, obsolete video cameras, wrist cams, toy (NON-vhs/dv/hi-8) video cameras, PDA’s, and even small cameras that create mpg moving images. Please do not send any material using conventional video cameras unless it specifically relates to mobile culture. For films destined FOR the small screens of hand-held devices, any method of filmmaking is acceptable.

see the Submission Checklist

You must fill out the on-line form found here: Submission Form (for all calls).
FEES: US$5.00 payable by check, money or credit card/Paypal online. Please send check with submission or PAY ONLINE.

Please send us your screeners on VHS, CD, mini-DV, or DVD, readable on PC. PAL or NTSC accepted for screeners. DVDs region 1 or 0 only.

For exhibition we will require works on mini-DV (preferred) or unauthored DVD (mpeg, avi, or mov files only). Mini-DV PAL or NTSC OK. Unauthored data files must be in NTSC. We may also accept some video ringtone submissions via upload. DVDs region 1 or 0 only.

Must be 15 minutes or less, including all titles…NO EXCEPTIONS. Ringtones 2 minutes or less.

For works destined for the big screen please make sure that frame rates and screen size are "viewable" (720 × 480 format preferred for NTSC, analogous for PAL).

A brief synopsis of the work(s) of up to 150 words and a short biography of the artists of up to 50 words maximum is also requested. Still .jpeg or .gif (PC formatted) should be included on a CD along with biographical materials and synopses.

Please include a stamped, self-addressed postcard that we will send back to you as indication of reception of your film.


Please mail all submissions to:
Independent Exposure 2006
c/o Microcinema International
1528 Sul Ross
Houston, TX 77006
FAX: +1-509-351-1530

Please address all inquiries to:
Stephanie Martz, Associate Curator


Mobile Exposure 2006 will be comprised of TWO SHOWS – presented in two screenings and formats:

  1. RINGTONES: Online (films for the little screen). Film program will be available for download to mobile devices
  2. On-screen: A traveling theatrical festival

Screenings will be held worldwide

We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the 49th San Francisco International Film Festival. Mobile Exposure 2006 will premiere at the Festival as part of a special program devoted to mobile moving images.

Selected artists receive a US$50 honorarium/advance on exhibition fee royalties and will be eligible for our awards program.

Addictive TV to judge Independent Exposure 2006, Curate "best-of", Panasonic Grand Prize

We are also pleased to announce our collaboration with Panasonic Broadcast. For our 2006 Independent Exposure season, a grand prize will be awarded to a filmmaker selected by United Kingdom audiovisual artsts and VJs ADDICTIVE TV The grand prize will be a Panasonic AG-DVX100A 1/3" 3-CCD 24P/30P/60i DV Cinema Camera. Other prizes will be announced at a later date.
Addictive TV will curate a "Best of Independent Exposure 2006" which will then screen in San Francisco in fall of 2006. Addictive TV will also select a grand prizewinner.

Winners will be selected and notified by September 1, 2006.

TERMS see Full Terms

Upon acceptance, practitioners will be awarded a $50 honorarium. Artists will be contacted by Microcinema International regarding the exposure of works through festival exhibition, online screenings, promotional materials, and on print media (prints/catalogues) for gallery showings. All filmmakers agree, when submitting, that they have secured the necessary rights to screen the works in this touring festival, and that Microcinema is granted a non-exclusive 3-year license to screen work(s) at any one of Microcinema’s Independent Exposure 2006 or Mobile Exposure 2006 screening tours and Microcinema’s on-line festival website as well as on and for promotional, archival and other non-commercial uses). All artists retain copyrights.

About Patrick Lichty: Lichty is an artist, scholar, and curator in New Media and technological arts, and is noted for his expertise in arts using mobile technologies. He is Editor-in-Chief of Intelligent Agent Magazine.

About Addictive TV:

"If there ever was a truly groundbreaking bunch of guys in the VJ world, it’s certainly this lot" said DJ Magazine, voting Addictive TV number one in their first ever worldwide VJ poll in 2004. The London based group of DJs, VJs and producers have been championing the art of the VJ and pushing it into mainstream media for a decade now.

Performing internationally, crisscrossing the art and club worlds, Addictive TV have played at venues from the Pompidou Centre in Paris and the roof of the National Theatre in London to Tokyo superclub Ageha and the UK’s Glastonbury Festival. Recent audiovisual performances include the 2005 Roskilde festival in front 20,000 people. and Sven Vath’s amazing Cocoon Club in Frankfurt, using 25 projectors. And as VJs, in the past the guys have mixed live visual sets for artists including Howie B, Andrew Weatherall, Goldie and Fatboy Slim.

On the flipside, producing for television, Addictive TV were the first to put VJs on TV back in 1998 with their Transambient series for Channel 4 (UK), and in the last five years have produced four seasons of the ITV1 music series Mixmasters, commissioning over 300 artists worldwide including many of the best names in electronic music from Miss Kittin and DJ Spooky, to Plump DJs and Derrick Carter plus a whole host of international VJs. In 1999, they set up what is acknowledged as the worlds first VJfocused DVD label, releasing compilation DVD albums fusing music and visuals; Releases include Audiovisualize, cult classic in the genre Transambient and the Mixmasters series.

This year, Addictive TV judged the VJ category at the 2005 Diesel UMusic Awards, the Radio 1/BBC archive Superstar VJs competition and DJ Magazine’s TScan Awards. Also in 2005, the team broke new ground organising the sellout music and visuals hybrid festival Optronica at the National Film Theatre and bfi London IMAX cinema; the first festival dedicated to the audiovisual genre plus the first time the IMAX venue has been used for live performances in such a way. Currently Addictive TV are working on the Rapture Riders video mashup for EMI, remixing Blondie Vs The Doors, for release in November 2005.

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