About the Founder

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Susy Botello aka Susan Botello is the founder of International Mobile Film Festival. Susy created IMFF (2009) with her company S. Botello Productions™ (2006), from a vision during the events of 9/11 in 2001 during her studies in Media Communications, which included journalism, film, audio, multimedia and video.

Her passion for storytelling goes back to early childhood.

Susy Botello
Smartphone Film Industry Pioneer Film Festival Founder, Advocate & Podcaster inspiring storytellers globally.

Through her work on the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking and her contributions to the mobile filmmaking community, Susy Botello has become a respected and beloved figure in the world of film. Her passion for storytelling and her commitment to empowering aspiring filmmakers have made her an inspiration to countless individuals around the world.

Susy is a Mobile Film Advocate & Podcaster passionate about storytelling and film. She’s a pioneer, an avid speaker, and storyteller spreading the message of the mobile smartphone film community worldwide.

Susy Botello during IMFF 2024 Kick Off Meet and Greet filming Sohibanoo Zolghadr who won the Best Feature Film Award for “A Long Afternoon.” Susy is using the Zacuto Smart Z-Finder and Micro Boom mic.

There are three steps to becoming an expert. Experimenting leads to experience and the experience makes you an expert: Experiment = Experience = Expert.


“Want to make a movie on your iPhone? Experts told me their secrets” by Nadeem Sarwar on Digital Trends published December 8, 2023.


“How do I produce and host my podcast without going crazy while running a film festival? What quality gear do I use that‘s cost effective? What really good software do I use that costs almost nothing and is not a subscription? I researched podcasting for a year so you don’t have to. I have no affiliates to sell products to you. I’ve been hosting my podcast for six years and I’m always researching to improve it. I’ll share my podcasting secrets with you!”

Susy Botello, SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking

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Documentary in Production

Susy is in pre-production of a documentary series shot with her iPhone. The series tells the story of art and community through six unique episodes filmed in San Diego.

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Follow Susy

You can find out more about Susy through her podcast, her writing, and her live speaking engagements.

Susy Botello was on Ant Pruitt‘s Hands On Phogography Show.

Susy has spoken in-person about self-empowerment through storytelling and smartphone film and video, and presented lectures and workshops at San Diego Comic-Con International for several years from 2016 through 2019.

Susy presented a smartphone filmmaking lecture at the inaugural Indy Shorts International Film Festival (2018) in Indianapolis by Heartland Film, and several local venues.

Virtually, Susy has presented at the MOJO Conference in Amsterdam in October 2021, and in March 2023 at The iconic Manchester Central Library in UK during a Women In Creative Industries event organized by Carol Ann Whitehead.

Susy’s most active publication is on Substack, where she shares personal stories under her passionate theme of storytelling, film and the empowerment of smartphone video and filmmaking.

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Susy Botello capturing a sunset in the rain with palm trees wearing ski hat and jacket, holding a smartphone horizontally.
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