"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 FilmFreeway.com 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.
“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, IMFF 2012 First Submitted Film
Our video story: Watch it now
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)
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.
SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking The Voice of Mobile Film™
Our new podcast, www.SBPpodcast.studio, 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 Spotify.
GLOBAL MOBILE FILM AWARDS™
Global Mobile Film Awards™ is an Awards Ceremony, not a film festival. Founding Members are SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest in Australia & Heartland Film in Indiana. In 2018 Cinephone.es in Spain became the first European GMFA Member. Winners from member film festivals will be elligible for a free nomination into the Global Mobile Film Awards™. If you are a film festival, contact us to register for membership.
If you are a filmmaker whose film(s) have won official awards but the film festival(s) who awarded you are not members of GMFA, you may submit your films for a fee. Details on the website.
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 www.MobilizeStories.com for all the details on how to be a part of it.
MobileChannel.TV is our Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel available for all devices with screens with web access of all sizes to watch films shot with phones on phones on the go or wherever you want to watch. We believe it is a choice the consumer has the right to make and be a part of if you are inspired to make your own.
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 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 25 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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