International Mobile Film Festival San Diego since 2009
IMFF is a Gold Member Film Festival on FilmFreeway.com
What people are saying about the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego
The following are a selection of testimonials. Learn about our transformation beginning with IMFF 2022, our 11th edition.
The following reviews were submitted to our film festival submission platform on FilmFreeway:
"The International Mobile Film Festival was amazing well run and organized by Susy Botello and her staff and judges from around the world. They built an interactive website that was deeply thought out yet easy to comprehend and be instantly involved. Hats off to this film fest for making such an enjoyable event happen online during these times of world health issues. I can’t thank them enough for including my family’s pandemic short: “Don’t Tell Mom!”"
Karl Niemiec | IMFF 2021
"Fantastic festival! Very good communication. Thanks so much."
Paul London | IMFF 2021
"A fabulous festival. Adapted for Covid times. Friendly and supportive of filmmakers. Thank you!"
Anne Taylor | IMFF 2021
"Super Festival! Susy is amazing ! She's taking care of you and she gives you a great support! Very well organised! I highly recommend this festival"
Jake Meniani | IMFF 2021
"IMFF was my first film festival. Susy Botello is a gracious host and responds to questions quickly. The IMFF team was wonderful! I highly recommend this event!!!!"
Lillian Carter | IMFF 2021
"Brilliant communication, organization and the offers of opportunity."
Michèle Jedlicka | IMFF 2021
"Recommended festival. One of the coolest! and I am grateful to have been included in the 10th edition, a large community of mobile filmmakers that Susy and her crew have been following for several years."
Sigfrido Giammona | IMFF 2021
"Great festival, great communication an all around great experience"
Amhalise Morgan | IMFF 2020
"I had a wonderful experience dealing with Susy and the IMFF. From start to finish the communication was excellent. I felt like my film was in good hands, and the support was amazing. This year's festival was forced to be online, but I have no doubt the hospitality and networking would have been top-notch had I been able to attend in person in San Diego. Highly recommend joining this family of mobile filmmakers."
Ian Leer | IMFF 2020
"A great festival to be apart of! The team is great at communicating and providing opportunities for the filmmakers to share and discuss their film, especially shooting on mobile devices. The line up this year was fantastic, and though we were not able to attend a live event (because of the pandemic) we look forward to meeting everyone in person in future years. If you're a filmmaker who made your movie with a mobile device, this festival is a must!"
Ryan McDonald | IMFF 2020
"I absolutely loved this festival! Susy Botello does an incredible job hosting and making the festival much more than a film showing. It was inspiring to meet the other filmmakers, presenters, and sponsors and to share in our love for making mobile films."
Alexandra Guillossou | IMFF 2019
"I wasn't able to attend this year, but I was thrilled with the ease of communication and celebratory spirit that came through emails and on social media. I hate to have missed out because everything I experienced and heard sounds like this is a can't-miss event."
John G. | IMFF 2019
"Amazing film festival. Excellent communication in the lead-up. If you're lucky enough to attend, organizer Susy Botello will go out of her way to make sure you have the best film festival experience you could ever expect. Features include great workshops, taking part in filmmaker Q&As, and ample networking opportunities. Susy is a true champion of the smartphone filmmaking community. Don't hesitate to enter!"
Brian Hennings | IMFF 2018
"It was great being part of it! Thank you very much, hope to participate again!"
Vilma Kartalska | IMFF 2018
"This is the best film festival I ever attended in person. Film makers are well treated. Susy is a great human being. Everyone are super friendly. I had a blast attending the film festival screening and award functions. RED CARPET treatment of filmmakers is a grand finale!"
Prakash Gandhi Natarajan | IMFF 2018
"Simply the best. Festival Director Susy goes above and beyond to make filmmakers feel special and valued. Highly recommend this film festival. Attended the weekend long festival in April in San Diego which included screenings, workshops/lectures and a red carpet award ceremony. Will forever remember the experience and taking home third place for my film 'The Actor', many thanks!"
Narelle Nash | IMFF 2018
"This was my first festival experience and it was great. very well run and very communicative."
Chuck Copeland | IMFF 2018
"Great Film Festival! I am glad to have attended."
Seth Dacio | IMFF 2018
"Absolutely wonderful. Hope to be back!"
Javier Augusto Nunez | IMFF 2017
"Thank you for the opportunity."
Stefano Pelleriti | IMFF 2017
"It was a great festival. Looking forward for more such editions."
Confluence India Films | IMFF 2017
"Amazing and fantastic festival and a big hug to Susan that loves her work a lot!!"
Nacho Recio | IMFF 2017
"Susy is the star, her dedication to the filmmakers and her passion for the festival is undeniable. I'm a first time filmmaker and to receive 3rd place and receiving my first ever filmmaking award is a very special moment for me... I will hopefully get the pleasure to attend your festival in the future and get to meet the star of the show..."
Adrian Jeffs | IMFF 2017
"This festival is a great place to show your story. The festival team is awesome. It's one of the most important place to send films for mobile film makers. I really appreciate to IMFF San Diego, for their effort and their interest to my short documentary. A special thanks for Susan who runs the festival. She is amazing. Dont hesitate and just send your movie!"
Beraat Gökkuş | IMFF 2017
"They did a great job!"
Radim Zbořil | IMFF 2016
Kellen Phillips | IMFF 2016
The Following are testimonials from winners of the inaugural IMFF 2012:
"iPhone filmmaking is quickly emerging as the new entry point for an energetic breed of storytellers. Filmmaking used to require thousands of dollars, but now is accessible through a device over 400 million people carry in their pocket."
Michael Koerbel, Apple Of My Eye: IMFF 2012 First Prize Winner
“Since I was a boy I loved film. I would create stories in my head like movies. When I grew up, I dreamed of directing my own movie. I would imagine people liking my movie and receiving an award and giving a thank you speech. But it was nothing more than a dream, a wish, something you fall asleep with every night....motivated by your response...it [The Fixer] didn’t come out bad. And thanks to that, the three-minute version of “The Fixer” won the iPhone film festival of Singapore and was a finalist in OIFF in San Francisco and the Shorts-nonstop, competing with “real cameras.” So thanks to the Mobil Film Festival of San Diego, and thanks to you, Susan Botello, The Fixer has won three times. Thank you, my friend. So now, it doesn’t matter wether you have the education or experience. All you need is your imagination and your dedication. So don’t be afraid and go for it. Our moment has come!”
Conrad Mess (First Film Submitted to IMFF in 2011) | The Fixer: IMFF 2012 Second Prize Winner
The following testimonial is from 2012 - Grossmont College, Venue Sponsor 2012-2015:
“As a member of the Media Communications Department here at Grossmont College, we have always been happy to follow, encourage and support the projects of current and former students. Although the focus of our classroom experience is on teaching students to use “professional equipment” we have certainly been aware of the financial challenges facing students and emerging filmmakers today. The rapid changes in technology and the escalating costs of equipment is difficult for us to keep up with as well. The development of phone technology which takes both still and video images in very high quality has inspired many to consider using phones to acquire video footage to tell stories. Applications for editing, special effects, and post-production are now available, which makes story telling with phone images possible for competition and festivals. The results have been anything but amateurish. We support Susan’s forward thinking vision of a global cell-phone video festival and would encourage others to grab their phone and make a movie. I believe there is a place other than YouTube for films made with cell-phone technology to be shown and recognized for their inspiration and quality.”
William Snead, Media Communications Department, Grossmont College
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Judge Panels IMFF 2020
This year's Judge Panels for the official International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego are comprised of film industry professionals. Our judge panels agree 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. NOTE: The panels are not complete and "Under Construction."
There are two competitions: Mobile Feature Film and Mobile Short Film. Each are judged separately, by a separate panel. The Feature Film competition selects not more than three exceptional narrative feature films.
Join us April 25 & 26, 2020 to meet filmmakers from around the world, special speakers, presentations, network and join Q&A Sessions, a red carpet extravaganza and the awards ceremony.
Special VIP Guest Speaker: Actor Jed Brophy best known as Nori from The Hobbit films and Lord Of The Rings and other films will be presenting viral feature iPhone film from New Zealand, Blue Moon by Stef Harris. Jed stars in the film with Mark Hadlow also known for his role as Dori in The Hobbit. Jed Brophy is an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival and looks forward to meeting the mobile filmmaking community and all the filmmakers in San Diego.
Mobile Feature Film Judges
Stephanie Reibel | Actor
Stephanie Reibel is an actress, known for Two and a Half Men (2003), The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2011) and Mobster (2013) amongst many others.
Steven Palmer Peterson | Writer, Director
Despite growing up in Los Angeles, Steve Peterson did not see any movie stars until he left the state. After high school he joined the army, where he served at Fort Benning, Georgia, did two tours on the demilitarized zone in South Korea, and served in the OPFOR at Fort Irwin's National Training Center. After leaving the army he realized that sitting in a classroom wasn’t so tedious after all and studied philosophy at UCLA, USC, and Rutgers University. He specialized in philosophy of science—which has actually figured prominently in several of his screenplays: such as testing the limits of what can be sentient, self-consistent accounts of closed time-like loops, and the intersection of many worlds theory and Gödel's incompleteness theorem. That philosophical training makes Steve perhaps the only person in the world who actually went with a less risky career choice when he switched to screenwriting.
Steve has written 16 films in a variety of genres, including family, comedy, horror, thriller, and science fiction. Most recently he directed a feature film from his own script, Consensus Reality, about a schizophrenic architect’s odyssey through New York City. Also, Steve wrote Assimilate, a sci-fi horror feature starring ... that updates Invasion of the Body Snatchers for the YouTube generation.
Mobile Short Film Judges
Demetrius Witherspoon | Director, Writer and Producer
Demetrius was born in Louisville, KY and went on to be an RnB Singer and in 2013 film screenwriting, cinematographer, producer, Director, Editor. He has always loved films since he was 5 years old. Inspired by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams. Demetrius wants to take the audience on a journey that they never been on before with his films. He has created commercials, and Award-Winning short films and Music Videos. He helmed 2013 Music Video As Pure: The Trilogy, short films Submerge: The Chronicles of Ni're, 2014 Submerge: The Frozen Land, Ville (cinematographer), Submerge: Ni're Reborn.
Demetrius Sci-Fi installments Submerge: Echo 51 has a worldwide distribution and he has won "Best Director" and other Awards for the film. His next 2 Sci-Fi film projects are "Submerge: Blue Star" due out Spring 2020 and the Feature-length film Submerge: Galaxy of Subversion do to be Released in 2021. Demetrius is building his Submerge Franchise not only with films but Comics, Submerge Card Games, Action Figures, Novels and more.
Maxim Mussel | Director, Writer, Producer & Filmmaking Instructor
Maxim Mussel is the author of the book: Mobile Filmmaking: 100 steps to making a movie with your smartphone. He is also the official founder of Mobile Filmmaker’s International Festival in Moscow, Russia.
The Official International Mobile Film Festival takes place April 24, 25 and 26, 2020 in San Diego, California.
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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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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. Also, you may tell us to delete what we collect directly from you, and ask us never contact you after the time our "business" is completed. You can always contact us. Our contact information is on this page.
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