Pocket Films

Pocket Films. © Benoît Labourdette.

“Pocket Films” was originally the name of a festival, the Pocket Films Festival, born in 2005, when cameras appeared in mobile phones. I conceived and directed it, at the request of the Forum des images (Paris), which produced it, in partnership with SFR and the CNC. From its first edition, it was the reference event on the subject of audiovisual creation with mobile phones and pocket cameras. It took place during 6 editions, from 2005 to 2010, at the Forum des images and at the Centre Pompidou. The website www.festivalpocketfilms.fr, the memory of the event (350 films can be viewed) is still online.

Since then, “Pocket Films” has become a common name for films shot with mobile phones, and has given rise to numerous cultural events, which bear the same name, as well as numerous workshops on image education.

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Pedagogical structure of a workshop.

Violence, and especially “gratuitous” violence, with no obvious explanation and operated by young people who are a priori not concerned, is a fairly central contemporary prevention topic. Based on field experience and professional training that I (...)

“Image education 2.0” (under the direction of Benoît Labourdette), practical book of image education in the digital age, published by ACAP. Free download.Download the entire book (french).In line with the work of Jacques Rancière (“The ignorant (...)

Teaching method : 7 sessions to make films simply with a phone or a camera... Read the articleWhat to do with a pocket camera ?Whether it’s a smartphone or a camera, either their own unit or that of the family, now almost all children and (...)

In early 2013, Maylis Besserie, producer at France Culture radio french channel, asked me as she prepared a program about creation with smartphones.So I asked her to come for a day of training in pedagogy with mobile phone, at the Art school (...)

The Pocket Films Festival (which I founded with Forum des images - Paris, concepted and directed), during its six years of existence (2005 to 2010 at the Forum des Images and the Centre Pompidou, France), built an original editorial, innovative, (...)

Filmmaking workshop with mobile phone for teenagers in a library.On the occasion of its fifth anniversary, the Library Nelson Mandela in Angers wanted to offer a workshop on the theme “The Library and You”to make films with mobile phones for (...)

Cinematographic creativity in the digital age in the Hauts-de-Seine: a “Pocket Films” dynamic for primary school students in three cities.The Canopé branch located in the Hauts-de-Seine department (directed by Alain Sedbon), based on the proposal (...)

Animation d’ateliers de réalisation de films dans 3 classes de lycée, pour le concours Pocket Films - Imaginascience 2015.Dans le cadre du concours Pocket Films - Imaginascience, j’ai animé trois ateliers de réalisation de films, dans trois classes (...)

Filmmaking workshops on the theme of positive disability. Croizy positive disability FestivalThe Croizy Festival, dedicated to the “positive disability”, asked me to lead workshops filmmaking to teenagers. The challenge was to initiate the (...)

A collective film, initiated and edited by Benoît Labourdette (1h01’, 2009-2020).

Look out your window at home, and think of an important memory.This collective film is composed of 44 videos (among 500 made) shot by people in France, Algeria and Tunisia, between 2009 and 2013, in creative workshops led by Benoît Labourdette. (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (1’05s, 2005).

The fascination of being able to film what happens in everyday life, thanks to the first mobile phones equipped with cameras.

A course at night to discover movies projected on the walls, doors, floors, bas reliefs, windows... in the streets of Avignon.The films shot with mobile phone, pocket camera or camera are selected by Benoît Labourdette in line with the city, (...)

Transfer of innovative teaching tools for image education.Hors Champs association in Niort, organizer of the Festival Takavoir (shot with mobile phones or pocket-camera films), is commissioned by the Poitou-Charentes Region, in the context of (...)

I’ve always thought that to speak of a “material” needed to know, that is the work itself. This conference talking about mobile and creation, so it seemed obvious to me that he must contain a time workshop, creative proposal.So I, after referring (...)

Manage a workshop with mobile phone.The Journal of animation monthly reference tool for facilitators of socio-cultural field, invited me in 2010 to write a “share folder” to transmit issues, interest and workshops about filmmaking with mobile (...)

The entire symposium was recorded. As if you were there !(the 2/3 of those recordings are in french, the other 1/3 in english)

Benoît Labourdette’s lecture on the benefits of cultural initiatives with pocket cameras.In May 2012, the Institut français proposed 3 days of training to its audiovisual associates and film correspondents around the world, on the subject of the (...)

Conference and screening of films on the audiovisual and mobile phone issue, by Benoît Labourdette.In partnership with Le Fresnoy Studio national, Benoît Labourdette was invited to present a program of short films shot with a mobile phone during (...)

A high level cultural event, based on the creativity of the participants: making films from commented photographs, broadcast at the time, which invite the spectators to contribute to it.. The projectIn November 2019, as part of the Festival of (...)

Design, editorial management and redesign of the website of a film festival, the Pocket Films Festival. www.festivalpocketfilms.frProject HistoryThe Pocket films Festival, which I founded in 2005 with the Forum des images, was the first year a (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2007, 1h04’).

SynopsisOne man and one anonymous anonymous evokes the difficulty of living in broad daylight in the shadow of the most fatal hour of contemporary history. The shadowy memory of the Holocaust which obscures the daily seeks desperately (...)

Train mediators who will lead filmmaking workshops.The association Les atomes crochus offers since 2013 the contest “Tell me your technologies”. The idea is to propose the making of intergenerational films about technical objects : a person (...)

Inventing a competition of films shot with mobile phone in the framework of meetings of the scientific image Youth Imaginascience.In the frame of Imaginascience, the team of Turbine Sciences, organizer of the event, was quick thought about the (...)

Benoît Labourdette’s video interview about the “Pocket Films” workshops, as part of the project Vitrolles échangeur..

Pedagogical and technical sheets for making video with mobile phone.CLEMI, institution of the Ministry of Education whose mission to teach students citizen media practice, asked me the writing of two worksheets to help teachers to lead (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’15s, 2005).

Looks and desires in the subway.

Films by Benoît Labourdette and results of a lively workshop at the ESAM in Caen.At the Café des images (Hérouville Saint-Clair - directed by Geneviève Troussier, an initiative hosted by Françoise Pouchin), regular meetings on the stakes of movies (...)

A film by Benoît Labourdette (2’11s, 2005).

One of the first movies shot with mobile phone.

March 10, 2010, invited by Serge Tisseron, I made ​​a speech at iconic College INA, on the theme “The mobile phone is it the future of cinema?”.Text about the interventionThe phone is in almost any pocket at all times. Who forgets his cell (...)

Films with mobile phones in the Students and apprentices in cinema operation (Poitou-Charentes, France).The national operation “Students and apprentices in cinema,” supported by the National Film Centre and the moving image (CNC), offers (...)

The program of the first Festival Caméras Mobile was rich and varied. Three times in the festival: The professional challenges of mobile cameras. Teaching with small cameras. Creating art with handheld cameras.The Festival Caméras Mobile, under (...)

How can technologies help us think ? Focus on video to mobile phone. Discussion between Serge Tisseron and Benoît Labourdette.Serge Tisseron, a psychoanalyst specializing in images and robotics among others, offers since September 2017 a weekly (...)

In this interview, I explain the reasons that made my interest in creating audiovisual experiences with these objects that were not be made to, and why my interest is growing.Interview conducted by Rodolphe Olcese, from the Agence of short (...)

Retrospective of short films by Benoît Labourdette.The Festival Takavoir in Niort, is a “child” of the Pocket Films Festival. I had advised its founder, Guyome Simonnet, before its creation in 2009. In 2013, this is the fourth edition of the (...)

“Pocket Films” trainging for social workers and street educators - Central France Region.Ciclic Regional Pole for the moving image, the book and digital cultures in central France, proposed to the social actors of the territory a three days (...)

Publication of an article in the special addon of ArtPress “Richard Texier, PANTHEO vortex” (June-July 2014).Download complete article (bilingual english-french)ArtPress devoted a special addon to Richard Texier, French painter and sculptor, (...)

Short lecture by Benoît Labourdette (7’30s).

Public synthetic presentation of the “Pocket Films Empathy” approach (Serge Tisseron and Benoît Labourdette), by involving the spectators, so that they live the subject from the inside.On the occasion of the donation of his archives to the (...)

I accompanied the design and implementation of the proposed participatory audiovisual creation in the territory of the city of Vitrolles and Bouches du Rhone.My actions were: support for project design, training of field staff, project (...)

To make animated films from cut paper. The meetings of image education in AlsaceAs part of the meetings of image education in Alsace, organized by Vidéo Les Beaux Jours and Alsace cinéma, I participated in the animation of a day of thinking for (...)

Bilan-outlook-thoughts on a creative project with mobile phones led in Marseille.Book co-written by Benoît Labourdette and Claire Duport.Download the complete book.

Realisation of the trailer of Imédiacinéma film festival in Vitrolles, 2013 edition.Directed by Benoît Labourdette (40 seconds, 2013).

Twenty-six films made in three days.Since 2006, barely a year after the appearance of cameras in mobile phones, I teach at the School of Cinema ESAV Toulouse for students in their final year of implementation, offering a “Pocket Films (...)

Reflection and starting point for experiments.

Moving images are verticalizing. This is far from being anecdotal and has an impact on our representation of the world. What philosophical changes does this bring about? How can we explore them? How can we share them? Images are becoming more (...)

The Festival Takavoir, in Niort, is one of the “good” film festivals shot with Cameras de poche in France. Why “good”? For there is an upstream work, with young and school audiences, an inscription of meaning in the professional fabric of the (...)

The agency ÉCLA, Pôle régional aquitain d’éducation artistique et de formation au cinéma et à l’audiovisuel, held Tuesday, December 10, 2013 the 1st Regional Forum on Education to the image, Pessac (Jacques Ellul room , above the cinema Jean Eustache - (...)

The iniatitiveUrcun Aude, who leads workshops Fine Arts Community of Agglomeration Evry Centre Essonne, is the initiative of the “Marathon cinema,” and had asked me in advance to accompany the design and concrete implementation the project. The (...)

Diffusion of a selection of short films by Benoît Labourdette in the Bibliobox of the Saint-Lô’s Library.To know more :http://mediatheque.saint-lo.fr/even... Announcement on Saint-Lô’s Library websiteCome to discover our Bibliobox!A Bibliobox (...)

As part of the OFF Film Festival of autobiographical film in Olonne-sur-mer, on November 20, 2016, I suggested a thought and animated a moment of exchange on the theme of the voice-over. Then I proposed making a “mental collective film” to the (...)

Tools and techniques of screenwriting and film project building.

“Let’s imagine for a moment that this broom is a human being”, “let’s imagine for a moment that this pavement is a sun”, “let’s imagine for a moment that the night doesn’t exist”... in everyday life, incongruous and surrealistic visions of the world. (...)

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