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Mobile film fest tonight

Given the sheer number of annoying little cell phones out there with annoying little video screens built right in (not to mention Blackberries, video iPods, PSPs, and the zillions of other non-brand PDAs in the world), it was only a matter of time before someone twigged to the idea of putting together a film festival keyed specifically to films made for cell phones.It's Toronto's first annual Palm Mobifest, and it's tonight!

The films were collected electronically on the festival web site, where they are still available for viewing and download. If a big screen is more your thing, though, you can head over to Izzy Bader tonight (that's the Isabel Bader Theatre, 93 Charles Street West, for the uninitiated) and catch the festival screening, which will present the finalists as voted on the web site.

Popular films on the site include the Hollywood-friendly (and violent!) 52 Seconds Earlier, the puke-tastic Regurgitation, and the surprisingly morbid Noticeboard. Given the milieu, I suppose it's no shock that the editing can be stunningly choppy and the gags decidedly one-note (if that). But then, these are films that are supposed to be viewed while being jostled back and forth on the TTC on Monday mornings, so I guess you get what you get.

Aspiring (and established) filmmakers would do well to visit the web site at least once to download the How to Make Mobile Movies document, which reads like a surprisingly candid Dogme manifesto for a new era: stick with closeups, skip the sound, don't move the camera too much, etc. An eerie and uncanny glimpse into the future of filmmakinig? We'll see.

Palm Mobifest screens tonight at 7:00 at the Isabel Bader Theatre. Tickets are $10.


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