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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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 (...)

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 (...)

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, (...)

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 (...)

“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 (...)

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 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 (...)

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.

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 (...)

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 (...)

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, (...)

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)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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

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 - (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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

Looks and desires in the subway.

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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

One of the first movies shot with mobile phone.

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 (...)

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.

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 (...)

“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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

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. (...)

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

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 (...)

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 (...)

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 (...)

Does scenarios differently because of the existence and operation of the future is conceived on DVD ?It is of course difficult to generalize. You have to look in different areas. Let’s take two: film and corporate video. FilmIncreasingly, (...)

I am very regular member commission to award financial aid to film production. In my experience, what are the best practices and pitfalls ? Why oral presentationAll commissions do not offer the ability to project to make an oral presentation. (...)

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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