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