Nokia Drops Shorts in U.K.

In its efforts to encourage the development of film content for mobile devices, Nokia has launched Nokia Shorts 2004, 15-second short film competition. The winner, to be selected by the pubic via online voting, will be given the chance to direct a longer film with a professional crew and will receive film training courses courtesy of U.K. independent film company, Raindance.

Nokia Shorts was launched in June by Oscar-winning director Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas). The ten 2004 finalists employ a variety of techniques, including animation, with subjects ranging from an interesting take on speed dating to the driving test from hell. Chosen by an industry-led panel, the finalists were screened at this year’s 12th Raindance Film Festival, which took place at selected cinemas in London from Oct. 1-10.

The shorts can be viewed and voted on at www.nokiashorts.co.uk. The winner will be announced in early November. The two runners-up will also receive Raindance training courses and each finalist will take home a new Nokia 7610 imaging phone with a one megapixel integrated camera.