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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


"Great festival!"

Kellen Phillips | IMFF 2016


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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 [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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