Welcome to the 11th Edition of the International Mobile Film Festival


The Red Carpet is in your pocket™

11th Annual Edition

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April 29-May 1, 2022

Location: San Diego, California

presented by S. Botello Productions™

We are anIMDb Logoqualifying Film Festival since IMFF 2016

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 Learn about the IMFF Transformation! 

Notice: In regards to our live event, we are adhering to the laws and recommendations from the state of California and San Diego. Currently, all systems are go, for an in-person event April 29-May 1, 2022. We will keep you updated!

All film competition submissions for feature and short films are now closed. We will open again June 19, 2022 for IMFF 2023.

A word from our sponsor, Film Convert:

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Our Sponsor FilmConvert is providing its software prizes for each: Best Feature Film Award; Short Film Awards: First, Second and Third Short Film Awards. Listen to FilmConvert and Filmic Pro talk about how Cinematch is a game changer for mobile filmmakers in the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 98. Filmic Pro and FilmConvert have partnered to bring cinematic filmmaking with smartphones to a new level. 

Filmic Pro is providing their entire Filmic Suite (Filmic Pro, Remote, CineKit, DoubleTake, and Firstlight apps) to all winners: Best Feature Film; Short Film Awards: First Place, Second Place, Third Place; and The Rookie Award.  

Exciting News! Sponsor Moondog Labs is providing $150 Gift Certificates to each: Best Feature Film Award, First Place Award, and The Rookie Award. 



The Judges are now seated in their panels. Your films are in great hands! 

Feature Film Judges: Jennifer Zhang | Errol Trotman Harewood | Randy Davison | Steven Palmer Peterson

Short Film Judges: Maxim Mussel | Ant Pruitt | Ross Perkins | Robert David Duncan | Kimberley Hart



A platform for mobile film story tellers from everywhere in the world was launched by in 2009 by founder Susy Botello with S. Botello Productions™ in San Diego. IMFF is raising the bar for mobile filmmakers beginning with IMFF 2022 as it emerges from the pandemic. Learn about what has changed. 



The Feature Film Competition seeks high quality well produced story based narrative feature length films. Three films will be selected to screen and compete for the Best Feature Film Award.

The Short Film Competition seeks short high quality films from 1-5 minutes, of all genres. Winners in each of the categories in the short film competition (see FilmFreeway) will compete for the top three awards: First, Second, and Third Place.

Both feature and short film competiton selected films will screen during our main event screening in our film festival. 

The Rookie Award is a separate competition for less experienced, and new mobile filmmakers to showcase their films in a separate session during our film festival. The length of the short films in this category/competition is 1-5 minutes. All genres accepted. One of a handful of selected films will receive special recognition during the awards ceremony with The Rookie Award. One film will be selected to receive a prize from Moondog Labs.


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About IMFF in San Diego, California

The world's official International Mobile Film Festival is a pioneer in the smartphone filmmaking industry. Only films shot with mobile phones qualify to participate in our film festival. The live venue film festival takes place during the last weekend in April annually. We embraced a community building platform since launching in 2009. It has grown with our support of other mobile film festivals and filmmakers around the world. 

Participating filmmakers from all over the world attend the festival in San Diego to screen their smartphone films, participate in Q&A Sessions, workshops, network with each other and industry professionals, participate in our unique the Red Carpet Extravaganza! & Awards Ceremony. As a global film community, filmmakers and attendees celebrate smartphone mobile filmmaking around the world in America's Finest City. Our live event is an extraordinary festival with an incredible vibe and unforgettable experience. Watch Festival Video.

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Most attending official filmmakers IMFF 2019, Marina Village Conference Center San Diego, California.

Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steven Palmer Peterson (California), Ross Perkins, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia, Oleg and Sofiia Loparev. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.



All participating filmmakers from the Short Film and Feature Film competitions participated in the Red Carpet Extravaganza! escorted by members of the Star Wars Steampunk Universe, prior to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 26, 2019. We cannot wait to do it again in our next live event film festival, once we are given the green light and it's safe for all attendees to come together in person.

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Star Wars Steampunk Universe and festival founder Susy Botello. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.

A unique red carpet experience for attending filmmakers each year since 2017. 

The Red Carpet Extravaganza! is unique to IMFF in San Diego since 2017. Sponsored by Star Wars Steampunk Universe.The group caught the eye of Lucas Film when they teamed up for a panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015. They soon began to form the Star Wars Steampunk Universe and their debut as a group was at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016 where they received an award as the Best Costume Group from the Hollywood Costume Designer’s Guild. Join us during our live event festivals to be escorted by this Southern California famed group! Read and/or listen to their story: SBP Podcast Episode 52.

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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! All ages welcome.

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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IMFF 2019 was our last live event before the pandemic. It brought filmmakers and participants from Australia, Italy and the UK along with several from other parts of the United States and California. We look forward to a live in-person event in April 2022, coming back from event restrictions due to the pandemic.

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 Australia


Want to support storytellers and filmmakers of all ages around the world? We provide a platform and a voice to mobile filmmakers. If you would like to sponsor, we urge you to contact us.

Every year our film festival grows. Our slogan is The red carpet is in your pocket!™

We are pioneers in the mobile film industry helping people of all ages, from many places around the world realize dreams since 2009, from a vision after 9/11.

Become a Patron!

Anyone can support our ongoing mobile film industry projects, including the film festival and podcast on Patreon or BuyMeACoffee.


IMFF 2021: 50 Short Films & Three Feature Films Shot with Smartphones Around the World!

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Jennifer Zhang came to San Diego on July 20, 2021 and received her trophy for "Best Feature Film" for her film, Charon in person.

We also presented Jennifer with the "Feature Film Pioneer" award for being the first in the world to have shot AND edited an entire feature film (73 minutes) on a smartphone. WATCH!


Congratulations to the winners 2021!

Charon (iPhone 8 Plus) - Best Feature Film - by Jennifer Zhang, California
War Is Not A Game (iPhone 11 Pro) - First Place Short Film - by Arthur Mikheev, Russia
A Train To Home (iPhone 6 & 7) - Second Place Short Film (featured Community Stories) by Razi Uddin, Pakistan
Shifted (iPhone 11 Pro) - Third Place Short Film by Ben Treston, United Kingdom


Watch highlights of #MFF2021SanDiego

Did you miss the Online IMFF 2021 Festival? You can watch the intro video, awards ceremony and a jubilee of movies from the festival, now streaming VOD. Watch now.


Feature Film Award

Congratulations to Best Feature Film Winner: Jennifer Zhang! Her film Charon, was shot and edited on her iPhone by Jennifer as she directed and played the protagonist. NEWS! Avatar Entertainment has taken foreign sales rights and is shopping Charon at Cannes film market during the Cannes Film Festival. Be inspired to shoot your film with your smartphone camera!

Charon was one of three narrative feature films in the competition, which also included: So Sicily by Jai Sharma and Chandan Roy Sanyal from India. And Threshold by Patrick R Young and Powell Robinson from California.

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Listen to Episode 94: SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking with Jennifer Zhang - Charon & read the article


Short Film Competition Awards

Congratulations to the winners!

War Is Not A Game - First Place Short Film - by Arthur Mikheev, Russia

A Train To Home - Second Place Short Film (featured Community Stories) by Razi Uddin, Pakistan

Shifted - Third Place Short Film by Ben Treston, United Kingdom


50 Short Films (1-5 minutes) All shot with smartphones were showcased in the festival onlineduring our 10th Anniversary edition of the 2021 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Read more on the Event Program Page.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who worked hard, persisted, overcame obstacles, persevered and stayed creative to complete their films.

Alexandra Guillossou - Out of Thin Air | Sigfrido Giammona & Clara Congera - The Meeting | Lionel Nakache - After You | Emma Asquith - It's Your Turn | Cassius Rayner - London Falls Silent | Beraat Gökkuş - Paris Confinée | Anthony Bradford - Raider of the Last TP | Jason Hargreaves - Ahy-suh-ley-shuh n | Dalia El-Akkad - Jungle Law | Paul London - Lockdown | Lillian Carter - Woman | Ben Treston - Shifted | Brian Plonka - In Plane English | Jake Meniani - I Just Need Love | Neil Walshe - Dawn Heist | Karl J. Niemiec - Don't Tell Mom | Anne Taylor - The Beautiful Picture | Sonia Violeta Rodrigues Müller - No Turning Back | Shirin Afrand - Lyrics of Life | Seth Dacio - Against the Grain: What is a Startup | Razi Uddin - A Train To Home (Featured Community Story) | Patty Babin - Shelter in Place | Narelle Nash - The Doll | Lucy Grossi - What the Heck? | Jiaoyang Li - I Promise to Enter the Oversized Hat | Colin Babcock - Too Young | Charise Greene - Off The Grid | Athena Efter - Love and Sacrifice | Anne Leigh Cooper - Anna | Aïda Touihri - From Mother to Daughter (Featured Community Story) | Adam Rettek - Lasagna Meditation | Jiaqing Chen and BlueOnPink - AAAngsty AAAlice | Michèle M Jedlicka - And So It Went | Lansy Fent - Of Course I Speak French | Derek Penn DeRoche - Heading Out | Brandie Rich - Quiet On Set | Arthur Mikheev - War is Not A Game | Bjørn Erik Pihlmann Sørensen - Hockey | William Thomas Pisciotta - The Yeti | Riyadh Haque - Audrey | Winston GelderbloemAcceptance | Cody TarboxLa Fiesta | Ryan Taeck-gyu. KIM - A Special Gift | Talin Agon - Touch/Screen | Lawrence Chandam - The Bird Song | Jonathan Croft - Herman Faustus Chatman Pt. 2: The Music Team | Nicholas Shoesmith - Cell | Prakash Gandhi Natarajan - Out Of Our Windows | Dimple Devadas - Flashover | Simon Lex - Emily


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"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 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

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