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APRIL 28 & 29, 2018 in San Diego


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Promoting Art, Technology & Education

S. Botello Productions™ is forming a mobile film resource center for the world to access. A strong emphasis is on connecting the world of filmmaking to mobile filmmakers around the globe via new technological advances with mobile phone cameras. You can contact us if you'd like to get involved. We still have room for you to join a group of global innovators collaborating on mobile film. We are much more than a mobile film festival!

Our Mission

The purpose of our mobile film festival is not only to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources, but to actually inspire creative filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfill their dream. ​The International Mobil Film Festival™ is for everyone around the world! All ages welcome. Our mission is our passion and we are sharing mobile filmmaking internationally with our collaborators, sponsors and partners.

Heartland Films partners with the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego! Read on their website.


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OPEN CALL: JUNE 19, 2017

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"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

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MFF2017 in San Diego April 28-30, 2017 | MFF2018 Open Call for films is June 19, 2017


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Our Team

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Global Collaborator Team

Our team is collaborating on programs for mobile filmmakers around the world. We are ensuring a global resource for mobile film-making to encourage and inspire filmmakers to create films, tell stories and realize their dream.

"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

S. Botello Productions™ is committed!

S. Botello Productions™ created the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego to create a platform for filmmakers of all ages to showcase their talents creatively by replacing the need for film/video cameras with what most people already have in their pockets and enter a film festival where only those who shoot their films with mobile cell and smartphones could compete and showcase their work. Our work in mobile filmmaking is more than the film festival. It is about creating a global mobile film resource center with many programs revolving around mobile film.

Below is our team of collaborators for S. Botello Productions™ programs. We take our relationships seriously and provide our team with respect and dignity in what they do and their passion as collaborators. Together we can accomplish more and benefit from the rewards collectively.


Susan Botello

Susan Botello | Founder & CEO

With more than eighteen years in video production, Susan built SBP (S. Botello Productions™ est. 2006) around a network of experienced professionals, Susan is a creative writer with an A.S. degree in Media Communications. Her experience includes video production, not limited to PSA's, promos, documentaries, training, and funding videos. Susan has experience with short and full feature films working on production sets as Director of Photography, Script Supervisor, Production Coordinator and of course, as Production Assistant (PA). She has worked with kids and teens teaching them the skills of producing their own projects. Susan works well with kids and teens and has great communication skills to promote, enhance and inspire the creative talents of youth and children, and people around the world. The exciting world of mobile filmmaking is intriguing even to the youngest, who make great story-tellers! Her mission with the International Mobile Resource Center is to empower everyone in the world through storytelling with the best storytelling medium: Filmmaking.

Don't hesitate to contact Susan Botello today. Available for speaking engagements and interviews.



Gerry Williams  

Gerry Williams | Filmist Cinematographer
Gerry Williams is a filmmaker with 16 feature-length films to his credit as a Director of Photography. He produces, directs, shoots and edits corporate/industrial films and commercials.

"It's not the camera that takes amazing pictures - the camera is just another tool. You don't tell a painter that it's the brush that makes a great painting, or the paints used. It's the filmmaker's knowledge, experience and vision that makes an awesome film, no matter the tools."

Gerry also hosts a monthly Mars Movie Night and the San Diego Vintage Sci-Fi movies.

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Conrad Mess | Mobile Film School

Conrad Mess, was born February 23, 1974 in Zaragoza, Spain.
“It's hard for me to express how I feel right now. Who was going to tell me less than a year ago, when I was shooting "The Fixer," that I was going to be directing an iPhone short film in Hollywood? Who was going to tell me that I was going to meet a lot of people in the industry? Who was going to tell me that they would become my friends? Who was going to tell me less than a year ago that I was going to be screening my iPhone films in San Francisco? Who was going to tell me that I was going to be having fun in Las Vegas? And now, who was going to tell me less than a year ago that I'm going to be the co-leader of the first Mobile film school, working with Susan Botello, one of the producers that has always had trust in me? I'm very excited because I'm going to be able to help others like me, help them to live what I've lived. For sure, this is the American dream come true.” Conrad Mess, September 4, 2012

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Max Schleser

Dr. Max Schleser | Mobile Film School

“In 2006 I started experimenting with two megapixel camera phones making short films. Some folks said cell phones are not made to make films, but I thought, let’s see what’s possible. Three years later I was in Japan producing my first feature on a cell phone, which was screened at film festivals and in the Museum of Moving Image in San Paolo. is Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa [MINA] which creates interactions between people, content and the creative industries.


Vesna Ristovska

Vesna Ristovska | Liaison Mobile Festival in Macedonia
Vesna is from Macedonia. She is our liaison with Mobile Festival in Skopje, Macedonia, which one of our strongest supporters.

Vesna completed her studies and achieved her masters from Southwest University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad, R. Bulgaria. Vesna is an active filmmaker. She directed short student films and has accumulated credits such as, assistant director, script, casting director and more. She also volunteered at the Manaki Film Festival in Bitola. Currently, Vesna works with the Mobile Film Festival in Skopje Y as a web administrator on a news website. She also works on multimedia projects with Media Solutions firm.

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Rick Narvaez | San Diego, CA
Rick’s experience is art and film. He coordinates art events and galleries at UCSD (University of California in San Diego). We appreciate having Rick in our team of collaborators in San Diego and value his skills and talents. 

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"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

We designed programs around mobile cell and smartphone film as a platform. When we designed our film festival exclusively for films shot with mobile and smart phones we envisioned the benefits to the entire world regardless of the industry which included journalism and business beyond cinematic and documentary filmmaking. While we are not going to design a program around every industry in the world, we decided to concentrate on the following.

S. Botello Productions' model for mobile film has three core elements:

Educating, Showcasing and Distributing (ESD)

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The International Mobil Film Festival™ is an annual event that takes place in San Diego, California. The festival showcases mobile films on big screens and has an awards ceremony with a red carpet "walk" with the filmmakers and actors. Participants also enjoy networking with industry professionals and other filmmakers.

MFF2017 will take place in San Diego the last weekend in April 2017. Opening Day is Friday, April 28. Film screenings and filmmaking workshop Saturday, April 29. Sunday, April 30 will include featured speakers, Q&A panel and the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. 

MFS Workshop 

Via the Mobile Film School (non-accredited)S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) hopes to Educate, Inform and Train filmmakers and the general public on creating visual stories using their mobile phones as the most accessible current mobile technology through apps and creative means to give filmmakers an opportunity to create awesome mobile films which depict their artistic talent and skills in filmmaking and storytelling. 


MobileChannel.TV is our Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel available for all devices with screens with web access of all sizes to watch films shot with phones on phones on the go or wherever you want to watch. We believe it is a choice the consumer has the right to make and be a part of if you are inspired to make your own.


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We decided to promote a very important cause that is taking place in just about, if not all, communities around the globe: Story Telling. Yes. Story telling has been going on since the beginning of time. But today any person, whether a child, an elderly person, a homeless person, a college student or professional…can simply take their cell phone out of their pocket, and if it has a video camera and online access, share the story with the world.

Community Stories Program Open to the World!

International Mobil Film Festival™ is opening its doors to the entire world to enter films shot on mobile phones, edited by any means, in order to showcase the films for recognition. We decided to make this category from our film festival into a featured program for the Mobile Film Resource Center.

Personal Community Story films are to bring awareness of the personal experiences involving communities around the globe as we are in such turmoil and economic chaos.

We really feel this venue platform needs to exist, and since we always think as innovators, we are opening our doors and our arms to these stories told by people who are right in the middle of it. You have to be a part of the community or culture whose story you are sharing through this program. We can train people who have never made a film to share their story using their smartphone's video camera.

We hope these stories will shed light to the heads of governments around the world to finally "feel" the experiences of people everywhere and make a positive impact by lobbying or literally creating and passing bills that truly bring empathy and happiness to our world.

If you are an organization or individual, school or company with a need to promote your community and culture through your own voice you have found your solution with this program available to everyone. We are creating a channel for community stories on our website and our Mobile Film Distribution Network Channel - MFTV. Your story can be a part of it and the world can be a part of your story from your own perspective.

The maximum length of a community story for this exclusive program should not exceed 25 minutes and the best stories are about 5 minutes long. All films to be shot with only mobile phones. Audio can be external. Editing does not have to be done on a phone. All stories must be told from someone within the community or culture and abide by copyright laws. These rules are exclusive to the program and are separate from our film festival competition category. However, all videos must be shot using mobile phones and be shot in horizontal format.

We hold workshops and we can present an inspiring program to a group or organization. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be a part of what makes the world go around -- storytelling.

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