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Save the dates April 24, 25 & 26 for #MFF2020SanDiego!

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9th Annual International Mobile Film Festival

presented by S. Botello Productions™

APRIL 24-26, 2020 in San Diego

Officially launched in 2009

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1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, California 92109

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S. Botello Productions™ is forming a mobile film resource center for the world to access. A strong emphasis is on connecting the world of filmmaking to mobile filmmakers around the globe via new technological advances with mobile phone cameras.

Our Mission

The purpose of our mobile film festival is not only to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources but to actually inspire creative filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfill their dream. The International Mobil Film Festival™ is for everyone around the world! All ages welcome. Our mission is our passion and we are sharing mobile filmmaking internationally with our collaborators, sponsors and partners.


Imagine that you are on the red carpet in our film festival with a famous director like Steven Spielberg who shot a film with a mobile phone as well. We provide a venue for all humans to make a mobile film regardless of experience. This is an equal arena for all filmmakers all around the world, famous and not so famous alike. The competition is on! This is your time to shine on the red carpet! All things being equal...


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Festival Theme 2020

The theme for the 2020 International Mobile Film Festival is Hindsight 2020 #HindsightMobileFilm. We will take a look back to how far mobile filmmaking, smartphone video and storytelling has come since we launched our platform in 2009 to the present. We'll discuss the way forward with you as a part of it. 

Part of the presentation brings a special showcasing of some of the films which have won awards in previous years in our film festivals.

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Honorary Ambassadors

Actors Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow best known as Nori and Dori from The Hobbit trilogy films are principal actors of Blue Moon, feature mobile film shot in New Zealand with iPhone. 

We welcome our Ambassador and Guest of Honor Jed Brophy for a special screening of the feature film Blue Moon (shot with iPhone) with a Q&A to the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego April 24-26, 2020! Blue Moon was shot with an iPhone in New Zealand. Jed Brophy is best known as Nori from The Hobbit trilogy and The Lord Of The Ring films.

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"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

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Testimonials from Attending Filmmakers

"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, Attended IMFF 2019 from Montana, U.S.A.

"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, Attended IMFF 2018 from Sydney, Australia

“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, Attended IMFF 2017 & 2018 from Perth, Australia

“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 Natarajan, Attended IMFF 2015 & 2018 from Texas, U.S.A.

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Our Team

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Our team is collaborating on programs which benefit mobile filmmakers around the world. We are building a global resource focused on mobile filmmaking to encourage and inspire filmmakers to create films, tell stories and realize their dream using the smartphone camera.

"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

S. Botello Productions™ is committed!

We presented a mobile filmmaking panel at San Diego's Comic-Con International for three consecutive years and we presented a workshop seminar in Indianapolis for the inaugural IndyShorts by Heartland Film. Get details.

In August 2018, we taught mobile filmmaking to the Carlsbad Film Academy's Summer Camp.

We are available to present workshops, teach mobile filmmaking with iPhones and include an inspiring speaking presentation by founder Susy Botello whose vision for making films and videos after September 11 and the rise of social media led her to launch the International Mobile Film Festival in 2009 as a pioneer in the industry.

If you are a company looking for a solution to video production without the high cost of services and training, we can fulfill your need. Contact us with your information to schedule a conversation.

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S. Botello Productions™ created the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego to create a platform for filmmakers of all ages to showcase their talents creatively by replacing the need for film/video cameras with what most people already have in their pockets. To enter a film festival where only those who shoot their films with mobile cell and smartphones could compete and showcase their work. Our work in mobile filmmaking is more than the film festival. It is about creating a global mobile film resource center with many programs revolving around mobile film.

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Below is our team of collaborators for S. Botello Productions™ programs. We take our relationships seriously and provide our team with respect and dignity in what they do and their passion as collaborators. Together we can accomplish more and benefit from the rewards collectively.

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Susan Botello | Founder & CEO

Owner/CEO of S. Botello Productions™ (2006) created International Mobile Film Festival (2009) as the centerpiece of an organic strategy to expand and support mobile filmmaking as a distinctive art form worldwide. She also created programs like the Mobile Film School (2012) and is host of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking (2017).

Susy is passionate about storytelling and film. She is an avid speaker and storyteller spreading the message of the mobile film community worldwide.

Susan built SBP around a network of experienced professionals. Susan is a creative writer with an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Media Communications. She has 20 years experience in video production, not limited to PSA's, promos, documentaries, training, and funding videos. Susan has experience with short and full feature films, working on production sets as Director of Photography, Production Coordinator, and Script Supervisor, among other crew and production roles throughout her career.

She's worked with kids and teens on a professional level, teaching video and film production. Susan works well with kids and teens. She has great communication skills to promote, enhance and inspire the creative talents of teen youth and children, and adults. The exciting world of mobile filmmaking is intriguing from the youngest, who make great story-tellers, to the eldest members in society!

Susan is also the host and creator of the SBP Podcast "The Voice for Mobile Film" launched in October 2017, which is available in various podcast platforms such as iTunes, Spotify and Google.

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Don't hesitate to contact Susan Botello today. Susan is available for speaking engagements, presentations, and interviews. 


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Lin Lloyd, Executive Producer | S. Botello Productions™

Lin Lloyd, is an experienced public media executive with over 25 years mentoring and managing television broadcasting and production activities from live television to award-winning documentaries. Lin has a B.A. from the University of Virginia in Asian Studies, masters work in public policy and an MBA from Marymount University.

Lin served as Executive Vice President and chief operating officer for WETA, the flagship public broadcasting station in Washington, D.C. He has consulted on management and production activities at most major public broadcasting stations including KCET in Los Angeles, WNEW in New York and KQED in San Francisco. Lin and his wife Janet live in Palm Springs, California.



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The Ambassador program for the International Mobile Film Festival has been in place since 2012. In 2016, we included SBP team members as part of the Ambassador program.


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Jed Brophy | Special VIP Ambassador International Mobile Film Festival San Diego

We are honored to have Jed Brophy as an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego. Jed Brophy has inspired many in the mobile film community as more filmmakers with a dream to make films share their stories by making films with smartphones. Jed Brophy will be attending the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego #MFF2020SanDiego.


Jed is a well-known accomplished actor in the film and theater industries. Alongside his good friend Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy was a principal actor in the feature length film Blue Moon, written and directed by Stef Harris. The film was filmed around one single location with a limited budget and shot with the iPhone by Ryan O’Rourke. 


As a big supporter of mobile film and storytelling, Jed has joined our team of ambassadors. You can listen to Jed speak about mobile filmmaking on SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Epidode 55


Jed Brophy is a film actor from New Zealand. He has appeared in several of Peter Jackson’s films, including Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Lord of the Rings film Trilogy, and King Kong. Jed Brophy also appears as the dwarf Nori in The Hobbit films. His son Sadwyn Brophy played Eldarion in Return of the King and other Lord of the Rings films.


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Mark Hadlow, NZOM (New England Order of Merit) | Special VIP Ambassador International Mobile Film Festival San Diego

It is a great honor to have Mark Hadlow as an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego. Mark is one of the principal actors in the feature length film, Blue Moon. The film inspired many in the mobile filmmaking community with a dream to make movies to use their smartphones as cameras to realize those dreams. 


Blue Moon also stars Jed Brophy, with whom Mark Played the dwarf Dori in The Hobbit film Trilogy. The Hobbit was Mark's third Peter Jackson movie. Blue Moon was written and Directed by Stef Harris. Mark’s daughter Olivia, plays a role in the film. Written and directed by Stef Harris, shot with the iPhone by Ryan O’Rourke and edited by Judd Resnick, Blue Moon is fast going viral with the mobile filmmaking community around the world.


Mark has joined our team of ambassadors. You can listen to Mark Hadlow speak about his role in Blue Moon and acting on SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 59


Mark Hadlow, ONZM, is one of New Zealand's best known actors. He has performed in countless theatre shows throughout New Zealand. Mark has made dozens of film appearances, several television series, commercials and radio voice-overs in the thousands.


He has directed many plays throughout New Zealand, some independent productions and for the Court Theatre in Christchurch.

In Meet the Feebles he voiced Heidi the Hippo and Robert the Hedgehog, and sang many of the songs. King Kong saw him rehearsing and performing the role of Harry in the vaudeville scenes opposite Naomi Watts and Bill Johnson.


The latest Peter Jackson movie just released “Mortal Engines” saw him playing the Auctioneer Stigwood.


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Vesna Ristovska | Brand Ambassador for S. Botello Productions™

Vesna is from Macedonia and travels to other countries throughout the region. She is a strong believer of mobile filmmaking. Vesna partnered with us in 2011 through Mobile Festival in Macedonia, as a liaison. As Brand Ambassador for SBP, she promotes our programs to others in the mobile film industry and the general public. We value her ambassadorship at S. Botello Productions™.

Vesna completed her studies and achieved her masters from Southwest University "Neofit Rilski" in Blagoevgrad, R. Bulgaria. Vesna is an active filmmaker. She directed short student films and has accumulated credits such as assistant director, script, casting director and more. She also volunteered at the Manaki Film Festival in Bitola. Currently, Vesna works with the Mobile Film Festival in Skopje, Macedonia as a web administrator on a news website. She also works on multimedia projects with Media Solutions firm. 

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Aaron Nabus | Brand Ambassador for S. Botello Productions™

Aaron Nabus is Graphic Designer, Brand and Social Media Consultant and Podcaster from San Diego, CA.

From high school, where he was an editorial writer and Photography Editor to his professional career as a Graphic Designer – which included leading multiple design teams across the U.S. as the Design Manager at Autobytel/RPM and OneCommand (where he had a chance to work with large brands such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, Hyundai and Infiniti), he has always been fascinated with art, design, user experience, trends and storytelling.

As co-host of the Hall H Show (a comic book and pop culture podcast), he and co-host Alex Benedicto, have become a voice for independent creators and for artists in “artist alley” at various comic conventions. In fact, it was at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, where Aaron first met Susan, at her panel that showcased how smartphone technology has now gotten to a point where anyone in the world with a smartphone, can now make a movie that can be shown on the big screen. All you need is a compelling story!

As a frequent collaborator with Susan and supporter of the growing mobile film movement, Aaron is honored to be a Brand Ambassador for the International Mobile Film Festival.

Ambassador since February 2018



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"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

We are the world's official International Mobile Film Festival and began in the Spring of 2009 as the first film festival to screen films shot with mobile cell phones on a big screen in a traditional film festival setting. Our brand, International Mobil Film Festival™ is an annual event that takes place in San Diego, California. The festival showcases mobile films on big screens and has an awards ceremony with a red carpet "walk" with the filmmakers and actors. Participants also enjoy networking with industry professionals and other filmmakers.

International Mobile Film Festival is a GOLD Member Film Festival on and an IMDb qualifying film festival.

We are presented mobile filmmaking panels at San Diego's Comic-Con International for the last three years. We are also presented a presentation and seminar on mobile filmmaking in Indianapolis for IndyShorts by Heartland Film. Get details.

We taught a summer camp to teens on mobile filmmaking organized by Carlsbad Film Academy's Summer Camp in Carlsbad High School.

We are available to present workshops, teach mobile filmmaking with iPhones and include an inspiring speaking presentation by founder Susy Botello whose vision for making films and videos after September 11 and the rise of social media led her to launch the International Mobile Film Festival in 2009 as a pioneer in the industry.

If you are a company looking for a solution to video production without the high cost of services and training, we can fulfill your need. Contact us with your information to schedule a conversation.

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We designed programs around mobile cell and smartphone film as a global community platform. When we designed our film festival exclusively for films shot with mobile and smart phones we envisioned the benefits to the entire world regardless of the industry beyond cinematic and documentary filmmaking. Our model for mobile film programs has three core elements: Educating, Showcasing and Distributiing (ESD).





We are the official pioneer Mobile Film School (non-accredited) organized in 2011 and launched officially by S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) in September 4, 2012.

SBP's Mobile Film School Educates, Informs and Trains filmmakers and the general public on creating visual stories using their mobile phones as the most accessible current mobile technology promoting professional and creative hands-on techniques to give filmmakers an opportunity to create awesome mobile films and videos which depict their artistic talent and skills in filmmaking and storytelling. 


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Our new podcast,, officially launched October 2017.

The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.

Mobile Film and Video is our focus and innovation is what drives us.

"My passion for storytelling and technology brings me to connect my experience in video and film to storytelling for everyone—using mobile phones." Founder and Podcast Host Susy Botello

S. Botello Productions is a pioneer in the mobile film industry since 2009.

Our podcast was created to promote and share stories by and for people who are making films using smartphones from all over the world. Its purpose is to inspire people of all ages to realize their dream to make films and get involved in this emerging new industry. We want to share information and stories about mobile filmmaking.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is available on just about all podcasting platforms including, Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotify.



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Global Mobile Film Awards™ is an Awards Ceremony, and not a film festival. GMFA is for mobile films which have already won awards in any film festival, such as traditional film festivals like Sundance, and mobile film festivals like IMFF. Details on the website.



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MobilizeStories is a hashtag community with monthly contests, events and more. The International Mobile Film Festival has been a part of a growing global community of mobile filmmakers since inception in 2009. As such, we wanted to continue our support and give the community a place, both online and IRL, to connect, communicate, learn, share and support each other. IMFF is presenting events to inspire people of all ages to use their smartphone cameras to make films and videos to share their stories. It is giving the community opportunities to engage and be a part of our annual global film festival. #MobilizeStories continues to be a part of our mobile filmmaking presentations and workshops such as San Diego Comic-Con International 2018, Indy Shorts International Film Festival in Indianapolis and others. Use the hashtag #mobilizestories in social media to gain recognition and support.

Check out the website at for all the details on how to be a part of it.




MobileChannel.TV is our Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel launched on Independence Day: Celebrating the Independence of filmmakers and video content creators.If you are a shooting your films and videos with your smartphone, we would like to include you in our network. Network Distribution is part of MFTV. We invite you to join MFTV as an opportunity to distribute your film online to all devices.



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We decided to promote a very important cause that is taking place in just about, if not all, communities around the globe: Story Telling. Yes. Storytelling has been going on since the beginning of time. But today any person, whether a child, an elderly person, a homeless person, a college student or professional…can simply take their cell phone out of their pocket, and if it has a video camera and online access, share the story with the world.

Community Stories Program is Open to the World!

International Mobil Film Festival™ is opening its doors to the entire world to enter films shot on mobile phones, edited by any means, in order to showcase the films for recognition. We decided to make this category from our film festival into a featured program for the Mobile Film Resource Center.

Personal Community Story films are to bring awareness of the personal experiences involving communities around the globe as we are in such turmoil and economic chaos.

We really feel this venue platform needs to exist, and since we always think as innovators, we are opening our doors and our arms to these stories told by people who are right in the middle of it. You have to be a part of the community or culture whose story you are sharing through this program. We can train people who have never made a film to share their story using their smartphone's video camera.

We hope these stories will shed light to the heads of governments around the world to finally "feel" the experiences of people everywhere and make a positive impact by lobbying or literally creating and passing bills that truly bring empathy and happiness to our world.

If you are an organization or individual, school or company with a need to promote your community and culture through your own voice you have found your solution with this program available to everyone. We are creating a channel for community stories on our website and our Mobile Film Distribution Network Channel - MFTV. Your story can be a part of it and the world can be a part of your story from your own perspective.

The maximum length of a community story for this exclusive program should not exceed 15 minutes and the best stories are about 5 minutes long. All films to be shot with only mobile phones. Audio can be external. Editing does not have to be done on a phone. All stories must be told from someone within the community or culture and abide by copyright laws. These rules are exclusive to the program and are separate from our film festival competition category. However, all videos must be shot using mobile phones and be shot in the horizontal format.

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