Institute History

  • 2007 Sundance Film Festival


MobiOpera is collective public cinema captured on the go and played back on the move with narrative episodes generated by mobile-phone cameras. By using the Web and Bluetooth upload, festivalgoers can participate in coscripting and shooting soapisodes for a collective narrative.

Mobile-phone users are invited to jointly script and shoot a narrative soaptravaganza as they move and wait around the Sundance Film Festival. The MobiOpera blog sets up a basic plot and characters to roam the Festival venues. Daily casting sessions add to the cast of characters. Find out who the latest characters are by checking the MobiOpera blog or the Festival Daily Insider, then watch for them while you wait on line, walk down Main Street, or party.

Shoot your soapisode on your phone and upload the footage at kiosks at New Frontier on Main or with the onsite MobiCrew. A Web site timeline sequences and shuffles daily uploads to create a jumbled narrative. Each soapisode can be downloaded and viewed on mobile screens. A final MobiSlam party brings together all authors to jam in a DJ/VJ session.


As you use our Online Archives, please understand that the information presented from Festivals, Labs, and other activities is taken directly from official publications from each year. While this information is limited and doesn't necessarily represent the full list of participants (e.g. actors and crew), it is the list given to us by the main film/play/project contact at the time, based on the space restrictions of our publications. Each entry in the Online Archives is meant as a historical record of a particular film, play, or project at the time of its involvement with Sundance Institute. For this reason, we can only amend an entry if a name is misspelled, or if the entry does not correctly reflect the original publication. If you have questions or comments, please email [email protected]