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.



France Culture french channel : Radio show “E-artist” (L'Atelier de Création) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Dream © Benoît Labourdette.

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

Looks and desires in the subway.

Movie Marathon Evry 2013 (France) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

CLEMI: Fact sheets video with mobile phone © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Educational sheets “Pocket Films” (Students and apprentices in cinema 2014-2015) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Trafik Festival 2019: collaborative audiovisual creation event © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Tell me your technologies contest - Pocket Films training © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Benoît Labourdette's video interview © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Audio recordings of the conferences © Benoît Labourdette.

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)

Canopé 92: Pocket Films workshop in primary schools © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Imédiacinéma 2013 : production of the festival trailer © Benoît Labourdette.

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

Organisation of the Pocket Films contest - Imaginascience © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

UPOPI : “What to do with a pocket camera?” © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Festival Caméras Mobiles 's 2011 program © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

“Territorial approach, participation, youth and digital technology”: interview of Benoît Labourdette by Serge Saada (52', 2021) © Benoît Labourdette.

Observatory of cultural mediation in the social field.

As part of the Observatory of cultural mediation in the social field, Serge Saada interviewed Benoît Labourdette on the impact of the proliferation of digital images on young people and the public in general. Here is the soundtrack of the video. (...)

Mons Digital Meetings © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

The Journal of animation : Action article “Making a film with a cell phone: creativity citizenship” © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

“Smartphone, potential tool of the contemporary artist” © Benoît Labourdette.

Round table organized by “accès)s(”, June 18, 2022.

Sharing thoughts on the smartphone as a creative tool. Round table proposed and moderated by Jean-Jacques Gayaccess)s( is a partner of the EMA (ébouriffons le monde des arts) festival, which will take place from June 17 to 19 at La Forge (...)

Little Book #2: “Films in the pocket” (Zinc - Friche La Belle de Mai - Marseille / France) © Benoît Labourdette.

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.

Catalogs of all editions of the Pocket Films Festival © Benoît Labourdette.

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, (...)

Ciclic - Training Passeurs image 2015 : The Pocket Film © Benoît Labourdette.

“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 (...)

Pencil camera © Benoît Labourdette.

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

One of the first movies shot with mobile phone.

Paths for projects for the prevention of violence through audio-visual practice © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

T2JV : Portrait of Benoît Labourdette © Benoît Labourdette.

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

Video Les beaux jours : Mashup workshop © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Takavoir Film Festival (Niort - France) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Remember here by the window © Benoît Labourdette.

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. (...)

Art Press: article “Richard Texier, digital filmmaker” © Benoît Labourdette.

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, (...)

Association Hors champs - Formation Pocket Films © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

'Croizy' Festival for positive disability : “Pocket Films” workshop © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Animation d'ateliers de réalisation Pocket Films - Imaginascience © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Vertical films © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Takavoir Festival © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Book: “Image education 2.0” © Benoît Labourdette.

“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 (...)

iMédiacinéma 2013 (Vitrolles - France) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Triton © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

ECLA Aquitaine : 1<sup class="typo_exposants">st</sup> Regional Forum on Education in the image - Conference and Workshop © Benoît Labourdette.

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 - (...)

French Institute: “Training for new digital challenges” © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

ESAV Toulouse : Pocket Films Workshop © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

www.festivalpocketfilms.fr website © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Benoît Labourdette's workshop : make a movie all together © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Café des images: “Work in short(s)”, carte blanche to Benoît Labourdette © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

INA, iconic college : “Mobile phone is it the future of cinema?” (conference) © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

France culture : program “Matter to Think” by Serge Tisseron © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

BnF: Pocket Films Empathy, as part of “Views on Serge Tisseron” © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Nelson Mandela Library in Angers : “Five years old, five movies.” © Benoît Labourdette.

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 (...)

Avignon Festival - Night Route “Fast Movies” © Benoît Labourdette.

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, (...)

Under the cobblestones of Belfast Beach © 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.

CFI : Pocket Films training for cinema teachers (Ouagadougou) © Benoît Labourdette.

Training methods “Pocket Films” for movie teachers in Africa. FrameCFI (French Agency Media Cooperation) proposed in the context of the “Images of Africa” ​​formation (training program for careers in television and cinema) a “Pocket Films” course of (...)

Pocket Films Festival © Benoît Labourdette.

The Pocket Films Festival was born in 2005, with the appearance of cameras in mobile phones. I designed and directed it at the request of the Forum des Images (Paris, France), who was the producer, in partnership with SFR and CNC. It has been (...)

Pocket Films Workshops for professionals © Benoît Labourdette.

Workshops for filmmaking with pocket cameras that I run through schools of art, cinema and other vocational training centers (Femis, Le Fresnoy, ESAV Toulouse, CEFPF,Imagine Institute Ouagadougou...). Appropriating very light production (...)

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