Back in 2006, emerging media such as mobile phones and digital cameras changed users’ approach to photography and film production. For the first time, an accessible tool let any and all to produce movies. To give these new filmmakers a place in the audiovisual scene, Colectivo Piloto created the first “miniFILM Festival,” in the city of Barcelona, Spain.

Under the direction of Pablo Herrera, and for over four years, “FUNCIÓN VÍDEO” promoted the creative use of mobile devices. The high participation, throughout Europe and South America, not only tells us about the needs, but also the capabilities of mobile phone users to experiment with their devices. The way the participants used their tiny cameras and personal devices were indeed creative and ingenious.

In an interview dated in 2006 for the newspaper “El Mundo” in Spain, Pablo Herrera and Isabelle Garcia, the creators of the “miniFILM Festival,” introduced the idea for the first time. “The goal is to raise awareness about the creative and documentary use of these tools by giving voice and support to the community. For the first time in history, this technology allows us to bring together film professionals, amateurs and individuals to share experiences about their communities without any filter”, Pablo Herrera says.

The festival celebrated diversity and experimentation while rewarding creative and ingenious pieces. The “miniFILM Festival” was received with great publicity throughout Spain. Each year, the best productions were screened in the city of Barcelona, and prizes were awarded to the winners of each sections: Documentary, Narrative and Video Art. The films promoted and gather by the anual “miniFILM Festival”, were also distributed throughout film festivals in Spain, France and Argentina, including the Gran Canarias Film Festival in Spain; the Fundación Telefónica, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; the Minipocket Film Festival, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; the Encuentra Arts Festival, Zaragoza, Spain; and the Cine Club Hugo del Carril, Córdoba, Argentina.

The “miniFILM Festival,” not only helped to establish Colectivo Piloto as an organization that used audiovisual technologies to promote culture and education, but it solidified Colectivo Piloto’s reputation as an innovative organization to seek out by nonprofits seeking to promote their message to the Spanish community.

Watch the best “miniFILMS” on Vimeo Channel.