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Judge Panel MFF2017
This year's Judge Panel for the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is comprised of a diverse group of individuals in the mobile film and traditional film industry professionals. Our judge panel agrees to our ethics policy in order to select the best films. We invite judges to attend the event to receive special recognition and meet the attending filmmakers during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.
This year we are introducing a separate Mobile Feature Film competition and our traditional Mobile Short Films competition.
Craig Prater, President Hearland Film Festival | Indianapolis, Indiana
Mobile Feature Film Competition
Prater began his international film festival career as executive director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Palm Springs, California), where he co-founded the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Film Noir Festival before being recruited by the Royal Thai government to lead their new Bangkok International Film Festival as executive director.
Prater also founded the Festival of Festivals, whose debut coincided with the opening of the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, California, and served as the director/producer of the Latino Film Festivals for the National Hispanic American Educational Foundation in Indio, California and Tampa, Florida. Most recently, Prater served as executive VP, strategic partnerships for the San Diego International Film Festival and director of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.
Robert David Duncan, Founder Miniature Film Festival | Vancouver, Canada
Mobile Short Film Competition
Actor and storyteller, Robert David Duncan became a filmmaker almost by accident when he saw an abandoned, sunken sailboat one morning and shot some smartphone footage of it bobbing in the surf. After going home, he crafted and recorded a narrative story about the boat and its imaginary owner and edited it together into a film, “Every Boat is a Dream.” To his happy surprise, that first film went on to be accepted in a film festival and got nominated for an award. Now, some 20+ films and 100+ official festival selections later, Robert has established himself as an award-winning filmmaker, and founder-director of his own Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. His message remains the same: everybody has a story to tell, and people should use whatever means they have at hand (a smartphone for example) to tell that story and share it with the world!
Robert has written books on both acting and filmmaking and enjoys sharing his knowledge through his teaching and guest speaking. You can check him out on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017
Ali Crew, Co-Founder SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest | Syney, Australia
Mobile Short Film Competition
Ali spent her childhood in Hobart performing as an actress, dancer and singer, touring New Zealand and Japan and around Australia with the Australian Rosny Children's Choir. While still in Hobart, she performed in a number of productions with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Theatre Now Youth Theatre Company and Playback Theatre Company. After moving to Sydney, Ali performed in several plays with ATYP, including The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other,directed by Michael Gow for the Sydney Theatre Festival. Ali then turned her focus to working in radio as an announcer and news presenter on stations around Australia and overseas. She later made a return to theatre, starring in WAGS - Wives and Girlfriends at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Ali has also since appeared in the award winning Short and Sweet play, Weeing on a Stick, which has now been made into a short film. She has also finished shooting the short film Jimbra. Ali has recently performed in the last two Mongrel Mouth productions of The Age of Entitlement and LikeMe. During the day Ali keeps herself busy producing and presenting for ABC NewsRadio and Channel Seven's Sunrise breakfast television program. She is the Co-Founder of SF3-SmartFone Flick Fest, Australia's smartphone film festival and is also working on a wonderful project with Susy so stay tuned!
Angela Blake, Co-Founder SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest | Sydney, Australia
Mobile Short Film Competition
Angela is a Sydney girl who grew up dancing, singing and acting from the age of four. She has worked as a performer on stages all over the world for companies including Princess Cruise Lines, M.E.I., The Entertainment Store and many others. She lived in LA from 2010-2012, graduating from The New York Film Academy's Acting for Screen Program. She then went on to shoot countless shorts and web-series, many touring the festival circuit. She has also worked extensively in theatre and her credits include: The Silence Came, Love Game, Surprises, The Odyssey, The Crucible, The Silence Came, Popesical-The Musical and the Off-Broadway Production of Sex, Relationships and Sometimes Love in NY.
Robert Cox, Screenplay Author | San Diego, California
Mobile Short Film Competition
I have written in various genres since my teen age years, notably scientific journals and business publications, as well as plays, opera libretti and short stories. In the late seventies to early eighties, I sent ideas to various television shows in the form of synopses, treatments, and spec scripts, and had several produced. When the spec market dried up in the mid-eighties, I stopped writing and went into education. When I retired in 2009, I decided to go back into writing, and since then I have written fourteen full length scripts, two hour-length pilots, and 8 shorts, three of which have been filmed. At this point, I have several full-length scripts that have been optioned by various production companies and have worked, when asked, as a writer-for-hire and script consultant.
I hold a BA in English from San Diego State College as well as a BA in music and a Masters in Botany.
Jefferey Turboff, Professional News Editor | New York, New York
Mobile Short Film Competition
Jeffrey Turboff is a highly decorated video editor in the world of news and documentary, with awards including Emmy, Cronkite, Murrow, Peabody, Deadline Club, and more. He's also active in the world of independent film as a writer-director, with projects including his highly touted iPhoneography music video "Fools Parade" for the band Trumpeter Swan, an independent documentary, Modworld, a short horror, Jimbo, and his latest, a short comedy, Existence. Jeffrey is driven as an actor too, and has had a lot of good fortune to be cast in quality student and independent films, and he's always looking for more and better projects to come.
Smartphone Movies: A Global Rising in Filmmaking
It’s the biggest award in the world for movies shot with the world's smallest and most innovative movie cameras…smartphones!
S. Botello Productions™ has created a new platform for mobile filmmakers around the world. The founder of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, Susan Botello, has created an international awards event celebrating the best of the best in the mobile/smartphone film industry with the brand new Global Mobile Film Awards™ (GMFA).
GMFA is open to filmmakers who shoot their films with only mobile phones and who have won official awards at any film festival or film/video contest around the world which has accepted and awarded a film shot with mobile phones. There are no time limits and more than one film can be submitted by the same filmmaker.
Any film festival or contest can become a member of GMFA to include free submissions to GMFA for mobile winning films from their competitions. This provides all film festivals and organizations with film/video contests to provide a prestigious benefit to their winning filmmakers who have shot their films and videos with only mobile phone cameras at no cost to the awarded filmmaker. It also encourages traditional festivals and contests to open their door to mobile filmmakers.
Films may be submitted to GMFA and nominated for the categories of best film, best director, best cinematography, best music video, best documentary, best news story and best experimental film. GMFA is an online competition with a special session to be included in the annual International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. The dates are tentatively set for next fall.
Susan Botello has brought the SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest in Sydney, Australia on board as the very first member mobile film festival. SF3 Co-Founders Angela Blake and Ali Crew say they are thrilled to be involved.
“SF3 is about making filmmaking affordable and accessible and we can think of no better way forward for this dream than by joining with Susy in this amazing venture, the GMFA.” said Angela Blake. "Together we share the vision of fostering the careers of talented smartphone filmmakers and now we have the opportunity and the space to showcase their films to a truly international audience, helping to nurture their careers and the place of smartphone filmmaking in the film industry. We couldn't be more excited!.” Ali Crew, Co-Founder, SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest, Sydney, Australia. SF3.com.au
Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana has also joined GMFA to be the very first traditional film festival to become a member. Heartland Film Festival is the largest and longest-running film festival across Indiana celebrating their 26th anniversary in October.
“As soon as I learned of the Global Mobile Film Awards from Susy Botello, I wanted our film festival to be involved and show our support. I have followed Susy with her International Mobile Film Festival for a number of years and she has enlightened and educated me tremendously about the capabilities of filmmaking with mobile phones. Susy always seems to be one step ahead of filmmaking technology.” Craig Prater, President/CEO, Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana. HeartlandFilm.org
One of the awards that winning filmmakers from GMFA will receive is to form a unique judging panel to offer a special honorary award to one attending filmmaker during the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.
Susan has enormous respect for mobile filmmakers and is on a mission to help realize their dreams.
“GMFA provides an opportunity to filmmakers who have won awards with a film or video shot with smartphones to excel in the industry and claim an exceptional award for their hard work, skills and talents. Mobile filmmakers are independent filmmakers and their films can captivate, entertain, inform, educate, provide awe, amusement, can provoke empathy and can inspire just as any good film shot with any camera.”
International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego began forming in 2009 and has consistently grown throughout the years with an unaccredited Mobile Film School as a part of a Mobile Film Resource Center by S. Botello Productions™.
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