Previously at the ICA - Events
28 May 2017
Eye Want Change present a dreamy Sunday afternoon programme of smartphone films, conversation and awards to mark the closing of their 2017 film competition. Smartphone filmmaking is proving to be a real game changer. With features like box office success Tangerine (2016), the potential for lo-fi technology to make an impact on diversity in the film and media industries is growing. Although we’ve seen hashtags, boycotts and Moonlight, but not enough genuine industry-wide improvement at all levels – could smartphone filmmaking be the answer?
Join young filmmaker and co-founder of Eye Want Change Jade Jackman, who chairs a panel discussion exploring the ways in which smartphones can promote diversity in the media industries with Aziz Alhamza (founder of Raqqa Is Being Slaughtered Silently), Adam Gee (Producer and Director for Channel 4/BBC 3/ITV) and Charlie Brinkhurst-Cuff (editor of gal-dem mag). The discussion will be followed by a screening of ten short smartphone films that have been selected as finalists of this year's Eye Want Change smartphone film competition. Designed as an to antidote elitism in the film industry and to shake up its homogeneity, the competition values creativity and ideas above formal education, access to equipment and big budgets. It will be followed by the announcement of this year’s competition winners.
This year's competition judges are made up of filmmakers, activists and media figures, including Marc Silver, Elouise King, Liv Little, Usayd Younis, Cassie Quarless and Michael Segalov, and prizes up for grabs include those from Kodak, Raindance, Little White Lies, Yaddo, ExoLens, Vice/i-D, gal-dem and no.w.here.
Eye Want Change is a film organisation which embraces smartphones to break elitist barriers in the filmmaking industry, and nurture creative self-expression and storytelling from a multitude of voices. Created as an antidote to elitism in the film industry, Eye Want Change seeks to design a space where creativity and passionate storytelling is placed above formal education, access to equipment, large budgets and technical expertise. Inspired by the use of phones by activists and filmmakers across the world, they look to citizen journalism and new technologies as ways to democratise mainstream media and diversify filmmaking.