Redford backs making films for mobiles

Redford backs making films for mobiles


Actor Robert Redford is putting his considerable movie industry weight behind the making of short films for mobile phones. Redford’s Sundance Institute will commission a total of six independent filmmakers to make movies specifically for the smaller screens of mobiles and handhelds. Such a move brings added spotlight to an already burgeoning trend, of developing increasingly complex content for very small screens.

The films, which will be just 3 to 5 minutes long, will make their premiere at a GSM conference in Barcelona in February. Among the filmmakers tapped to produce one of the new films is Valerie Faris, whose debut feature film Little Miss Sunshine has become a mainstream hit.

A spokesman for GSM said that mobile phone customers would not pay extra charges for downloading the films.