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Judge Panel IMFF 2018

This year's Judge Panel for the official International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is comprised of 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. 

 

 Penny Styles

Penny Styles | Producer and Line Producer

After working for the London Stock Exchange and Merchant Bankers, NM Rothschild & Sons; Penny Styles began her film and television career in London working with cross-platform advertising & marketing. Then, a move to the US, perfectly coupled her financial and creative background into Producing Film and Television. Thirty years later, she is an award winning Producer & Line Producer, who has worked on over 25 Feature Film and TV shows in Tennessee, Florida and California including Disney, CMT & Discovery. Adept and comfortable in all production genres, she develops budgets ranging from Micro upward to $56 mil. 

Penny has also received multiple Film Festival, Addy and Industry awards. She is most proud of her community involvement, garnering a ‘Movie Production Award’ from the California State Senate, California Legislature Assembly, and a ‘Service to the Community Though Film Production’ Special Congressional Award from the United States Congress. The African American Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce recognized with her a ‘Contribution to the Community’ award for hiring a majority of African-American actors for the movie, ‘Reunion’.

Penny moved from LA to Nashville in January of 2015, has worked non-stop as a producer and is in development for three television series and two motion pictures to be shot primarily in Tennessee.

She was recently elected Vice-President of the Media, Entertainment & Technology Alliance (META), a Tennessee non-profit Business Alliance serving businesses that operate in the creative economy.

 

 Jana Ondrechen Hallford

Jana Hallford

Jana earned her entertainment credentials early, covering rockstars of the art world like Andy Warhol, Christo, and Robert Rauschenberg for her college newspaper and the La Jolla Light. She also wrote features about the still-developing San Diego Comic-Con before it became the cultural phenomenon that it is today. Parlaying her art writing into public relations work, she went on to do direct marketing and trade show exhibits for a book publisher. In 1994, she provided background material to the SciFi Channel for their marathons of the original Beauty and the Beast TV series, and in 2007 co-directed an independent web series which provided more history and insights in Beauty and the Beast: 20 Years of Remembering. Along with Neal, she co-authored the book Swords & Circuitry: A Designer's Guide to Computer Role-Playing Games, which became the foundation upon which the studio was originally built. In addition to her producer's responsibilities for Swords & Circuitry, she is an award-winning artist and photographer, has had her work shown in national and international juried shows, and she is a Diamond Level CTSM, making her one of the most highly certified trade show marketers in the United States. She teaches annually at the ExhibitorLIVE trade show in Las Vegas.

 

 Neal Hallford

Neal Hallford
Armed only with a Super8 movie camera and a stack of CINEMAGIC magazines, Neal delved into the world of indie filmmaking at the tender age of thirteen (even though no one had yet coined that term). At seventeen, he wrote, produced, and directed the first iteration of Uncharted Regions, a Twilight Zone-like radio drama series which aired on a radio station in Tulsa, Oklahoma. After getting a degree in radio, television, and film production from the University of Oklahoma, Neal leapt into the world of computer gaming development where he was involved in the creation of several role-playing games including Betrayal at Krondor, Dungeon Siege, Champions of Norrath, and others. In 2007, he returned to his filmmaking roots to shoot the online documentary series Beauty and the Beast: 20 Years of Remembering. He continues to work as a game designer, film producer, media consultant, and fiction writer.

 

The Official International Mobile Film Festival takes place Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, 2018 in San Diego, California. 

Event Information and details.

PRESS RELEASEGMFA logo

FEBRUARY 19, 2017
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SMARTPHONE MOVIES: A GLOBAL RISING IN FILMMAKING
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A.

www.GlobalMobileFilmawards.com 

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 VectorSF3 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

HeartlandFilm LogoHeartland 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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transfer the materials to another person or "mirror" the materials on any other server.

This license shall automatically terminate if you violate any of these restrictions and may be terminated by S. Botello Productions™ at any time. Upon terminating your viewing of these materials or upon the termination of this license, you must destroy any downloaded materials in your possession whether in electronic or printed format.

3. Disclaimer

The materials on S. Botello Productions™'s website are provided on an 'as is' basis. S. Botello Productions™ makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties including, without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights.
Further, S. Botello Productions™ does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its website or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

4. Limitations

In no event shall S. Botello Productions™ or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on S. Botello Productions™'s website, even if S. Botello Productions™ or a S. Botello Productions™ authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.


5. Accuracy of materials

The materials appearing on S. Botello Productions™'s website could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. S. Botello Productions™ does not warrant that any of the materials on its website are accurate, complete or current. S. Botello Productions™ may make changes to the materials contained on its website at any time without notice. However S. Botello Productions™ does not make any commitment to update the materials.


6. Links

S. Botello Productions™ has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its website and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by S. Botello Productions™ of the site. Use of any such linked website is at the user's own risk.


7. Modifications

S. Botello Productions™ may revise these terms of service for its website at any time without notice. By using this website you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these terms of service.


8. Governing Law

These terms and conditions are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of California and you irrevocably submit to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts in that State or location.

 

9. Privacy and Your Data

We don't collect and we don't ask for personal information from our visitors. If you use our service such as submit a film, we are required to collect information but we never have and never will share it with anyone. If we need to share it for any reason, we will contact you and ask your permission and you can choose to not allow it. You can always contact us. Our contact information is on this page.