About

We created the world’s official International Mobile Film Festival and began in the Spring of 2009 as the first film festival to screen only films shot with only mobile phones of all brands on a big screen in a traditional film festival setting.

New theme for International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego: REVEL.

2023 FESTIVAL THEME IS REVEL

WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING FILMS, SCREENPLAYS AND SMARTPHONE PHOTOS FOR THE 12TH EDITION!

As one of the longest established festivals in the world for mobile smartphone filmmakers, we transformed our film festival for the 2022 11th edition and beyond, as a leading global film festival for professional mobile films for both, short and feature film competitions. We’ve added a separate competition for less experienced filmmakers: The Rookie Award.

We continue our reputation of professionalism within the industry and continue to raise the bar.

Our brand, International Mobil Film Festival™ is an annual event that takes place in San Diego, California. The festival brings people together to celebrate storytelling through mobile filmmaking. We showcase short and feature films shot with smartphones on a big screen. In 2023 we bring a short screenplay and smartphone photo contest to the lineup.

We present a unique awards ceremony with our “Red Carpet Extravaganza!” honoring contenders from all competitions; actors, and crew of all ages. All participants are escorted by sponsors Dude Vader and members of the Science Fiction Coalition on the red carpet.

Each year, the festival recruits a number of volunteer judges with no interference from our festival, or each other, to select the winners for each competition.

Participants in our film festival enjoy networking with industry professionals, learning through workshops and special presentations, and make new friends and genuine connections.

Submit your projects before the deadlines. Get details.

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

NEW 2023 Competitions

Smartphone Photo Contest

Short Screenplay Contest 6-8 pages.

NEW IMFF TRANSFORMATION 2022

All categories and new competitions are on FilmFreeway.com

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 of all genres. Winners in each of the categories in the short film competition (see categories in FilmFreeway.com) will compete for the top three awards: First, Second, and Third Place. 2023 new time limits are 3-10 minutes!

Both feature and short film competition 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 and one film will be recognized as the winner of The Rookie Award.