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International Mobile Film Festival to Screen 6 Feature Length Films and 25 Short Films All Shot on Smartphones; Award Top Categories



SAN DIEGO – Leading mobile moviemakers from across the globe will walk the red carpet at the 2022 International Mobile Film Festival (IMFF) on April 29 to May 1 at the Marina Village Conference Center (Room E1), 1936 Quivira Road. Further information and tickets for this interactive event are available at

The IMFF is uniquely tailored to indie filmmakers, media producers, content creators, student filmmakers, video producers, video marketers, teachers, as well as anyone interested in video and film shot exclusively with the latest cutting-edge smartphone camera technology. This year’s 11th annual event marks the first in-person gathering since 2019 due to covid restrictions, as the 2021 and 2020 festivals took place online. Founded in 2009, the IMFF is a pioneer in the global smartphone filmmaking industry. “We are very excited to roll out the red carpet to showcase the best mobile films and filmmakers worldwide, such as the UK,” said Susy Botello, whose San Diego-based company S. Botello Productions™ runs the annual event. “This special gathering is like a cross between The Oscar Awards and the Sundance Film Festival, albeit for mobile moviemakers and all fans of film. The advent of mobile filmmaking puts the red carpet in your hands.”

The IMFF has undergone a transformation as the leading festival of its kind for professional and independent filmmakers making feature length and short films using the camera in their smartphones. The festival offers the opportunity to interact with mobile filmmakers and content creators coming together from around the world to celebrate sharing stories as films using smartphone cameras. 


Attendees can watch films, interact with Q&A panels, attend a hands-on mobile filmmaking workshop, and participate in an exciting Red Carpet Extravaganza show. There are also raffles and discussions of industry trends and progress from a national and international perspective. The IMFF will introduce its new Rookie Award, showcasing 4 short films outside competition from 4 novice and youth mobile filmmakers.

You won’t believe all the films were shot with mobile phones,” said Botello. “Attending are professional movie producers and actors, as well as novice filmmakers and industry experts.Come for the fun and leave inspired. Are you ready to be a part of the global mobile filmmaking community?”


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International Mobile Film Festival launched in 2009 in San Diego County by S. Botello Productions™ (2006). Founder Susy Botello created the International Mobile Film Festival as the centerpiece of an organic strategy to expand and support mobile filmmaking as a distinctive art form worldwide. IMFF brand name International Mobile Film Festival ™. Susy Botello and SBP created the non-accredited San Diego Mobile Film School (2012); Mobile Film Stories, the first streaming service for smartphone films and videos (2020); and hosts the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking (2017).

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International Mobile Film Festival

San Diego, California


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August 16, 2021

CONTACT: Susy Botello

S. Botello Productions


S. Botello Productions™ Presents 11th Edition International Mobile Film Festival


International Mobile Film Festival is San Diego's smartphone film festival which only accepts films shot with mobile phone cameras

SAN DIEGO - S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) presents the 11th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival, taking place at Marina Village Conference Center on April 29, 30 & May 1, 2022, featuring international smartphone filmmakers and industry participants.

IMFF is the first film festival to encourage making cinematic movies with phones in a traditional live in-person film festival event that only accepts films shot with mobile phone cameras.


IMFF seeks film submissions for narrative Feature Films and Short Films of all genres. Regular deadlines are October and November 2021.


Sponsors FilmConvert, Moondog Labs, and Filmic Pro will provide prizes to the winners. Trophies are provided by Engraving Pros.


IMFF is a unique platform and global pioneer launched in 2009 by Susy Botello, in San Diego. The festival attracts international filmmakers to San Diego each year to screen their films and celebrate the smartphone film making movement.


Tickets prices range between $25 - $60. The festival is open to all age groups, with discounts for children.


Attendees will meet and discuss making movies directly with filmmakers, watch films, learn how to make their own films using their smartphone cameras. SBP is organizing the program.


All short films range between 1 and 5 minutes each with the exception of three narrative feature films.


The Awards will be presented Sunday, May 1st. Attendees of all ages leave the festival inspired to make movies with their own smartphones.


IMFF hosts a very unique red carpet show titled the “Red Carpet Extravaganza” with sponsors Star Wars Steampunk Universe, a cosplay charity group that includes "Dude Vader." Group members accompany each participating filmmaker on the red carpet as spectators cheer them. The red carpet goes beyond posing for photographers!


More information is available on their website:


Alexandra Guillossou in Missouri, USA says, "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.”


"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!” said Brian Hennings in Perth, Australia.


Festival Sponsors 2022: FilmConvert | Engraving Pros | Moondog Labs | Filmic Pro | Mobile Film Stories | Star Wars Steampunk Universe | Swords & Circuitry Studios


International Mobile Film Festival launched in 2009 in San Diego county by S. Botello Productions™ (2006). Founder Susy Botello created International Mobile Film Festival as the centerpiece of an organic strategy to expand and support mobile filmmaking as a distinctive art form worldwide. IMFF brand name International Mobil Film Festival ™. Susy Botello created the non-accredited San Diego Mobile Film School (2012), Mobile Film Stories as the first streaming service for smartphone films and videos (2020), and is the host of SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking (2017).


Follow IMFF on social media: Facebook @MobilFilmFestival | Instagram @MobileFilmSD | Twitter @MobilFilmFest and @MobileFilmSD

Hashtags: #MobileFilmSD #MFF2022SanDiego

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Market Demand Growing Globally for Smartphone Movies and Videos 

SAN DIEGO – S. Botello Productions™ today announced the groundbreaking launch of, the first-ever Pay Per View multimedia platform for production, distribution and viewing of mobile films nationwide and internationally. 


“Mobile films are the next big thing for the future of the film industry,” says Susy Botello, the pioneering founder and CEO of S. Botello Productions™ (SBP), which in 2009 established the critically acclaimed annual International Mobile Film Festival. “ allows people to view the best mobile films and videos from around the world, support their favorite filmmakers through our Pay Per View showcase, and learn more about the expanding field of smartphone filmmaking.”


The innovative platform offers an online video-streaming service and community uniquely positioned for smartphone filmmakers and their diverse audiences. (MFS) provides an open space for the public and filmmakers – aspiring, novice and seasoned alike – to learn more about the mobile filmmaking process through best practices and educational resources. MFS also supplies the latest news and information, interactive communication, collaboration and unique networking opportunities for the emerging global mobile film market.


“With the exponential growth of smartphone usage, the market and consumer demand for mobile films is on the verge of skyrocketing internationally, especially with new advances in mobile, digital and virtual technology,” notes Botello, who also hosts the popular SBP Podcast


The number of smartphone users worldwide is estimated to be nearly 4 billion by 2021, according to, and “is forecast to further grow by several hundred million in the next few years.” Moreover, about 96% of Americans across a broad range of demographic groups own smartphones, according to Pew Research.


Some of the mobile films on MFS are available for anyone to view free of charge. Others are placed behind a paywall, based on the length of the film or video – with unlimited viewing within a specified time period. Mobile filmmakers may submit their films and videos for consideration to be featured on the platform for Pay Per View (PPV) streaming and receive payment. Films selected for PPV are prominently featured on MFS and widely promoted on social media. 


“ is the best platform for smartphone filmmakers to gain global recognition and increase their earnings,” said world-renowned director Conrad Mess, the most awarded iPhone filmmaker throughout the industry.


Mess, who is based in Spain, added: “I have known and worked with Susy Botello for more than 10 years. She is a visionary pioneer who is one of the most passionate professionals in the mobile film industry.” 

Among its many benefits, MFS allows mobile filmmakers to:


  • Showcase their films on an internationally-recognized and accessible platform, 
  • Generate PPV revenue from their projects on a recurring basis, 
  • Inspire others by example to use smartphones to tell their own stories, and
  • Find potential collaborators worldwide for mobile film projects. 

“As trailblazers in this trending industry, we are well ahead of the curve and well connected to the increasing community of mobile filmmaking professionals around the world,” says Botello. “We are excited to empower storytellers anywhere on the planet to reach their full creative potential through the novel art of mobile filmmaking.”


Additional information about MFS is available at Further information about SBP, based in San Diego, can be found online at S. Botello ProductionsInternational Mobile Film Festival (including procedures and submission deadlines for 2021), SBP Blog and Medium. You can also find SPB on social media via FacebookTwitterInstagramPinterestYouTube and Vimeo.


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Our Story

Our story began long ago from a vision which came about after September 11, 2001. The vision where journalists and filmmakers would use cameras on their phones to share stories. However, it did not take. In 2005 & 2006, Susan Botello began to research the idea of moving the vision forward by creating a film festival to give credibility to the vision. However, the only way to do that considering the quality of phone cameras was not realistic as she wanted to give respect to filmmakers by putting their films on a big screen and rolling out the red carpet for them. So she waited.

Then in 2009, she decided to just do it and launched the festival idea officially. She believed it was just a matter of time before an HD phone camera would be available and she already knew HD cams were "good enough" for a big screen. Just as she began to organize the festival and look for support to find a venue where she could screen films on a big screen, the iPhone 4 arrived giving the world the first HD camera on a phone. Due to the phone being a smartphone she was very optimistic. 

The world around her seemed to be skeptical. She was told to just make an "online" film festival but she was unwilling to have her first film festival without providing a venue and a big screen with a red carpet award ceremony. Finally, in 2012 just a few weeks before she thought she may have to postpone the dates again for her festival brand, International Mobil Film Festival™, she found a venue through Grossmont College. With only a few weeks to get everything ready, she was able to pull it off. MFF2012 may have been the first mobile film festival which treated mobile films and filmmakers just as any traditional film festival would do and still does by screening films on a big screen, networking, the red carpet, Q&A and an awards ceremony. It even included a mobile filmmaking workshop.

Some of the filmmakers who attended the festival traveled from Macedonia. Others came from Los Angeles and northern San Diego. During the film festival, an announcement was made that the Mobile Film School, a non-accredited film school for mobile phone filmmaking would also be a part of S. Botello Productons' plan for moving the mobile film industry into a reality. 

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MFF2012 Attending Filmmakers representing Macedonia, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

In 2016 we made a public announcement that we would experiment accepting "mobile features" between 20-60 minutes in length. After a successful IMFF 2017 we raised the length of a mobile feature film to 40-90 minutes. This is the set standard length of feature films for our film festival. We select no more than three feature films for the feature mobile film competition. The short mobile film competition remains at 1-5 minutes.

Susan believes the push for feature films shot with smartphones by mobile and smartphone film festivals is going to progress mobile filmmaking forward to give the industry more respect and growth.

The sophistication of making mobile features is something she plans to expand as the industry itself expands the growth of mobile filmmaking all around the world. SBP considers what this film festival and others like it have done has been to provide credibility to filmmakers who shoot their films on mobile phones by providing incentive and a venue to compete and for exposure. In 2019 we find other mobile and smartphone film festivals following our lead to accept feature length mobile films.

The short film competition of mobile films is one to five minutes and is an opportunity for all "earthlings" to get a foot in the door of the film industry by sparking creativity and providing the opportunity for exposure to anyone and everyone with a mobile phone of any brand or make. Submissions for the traditional short film competition by the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is free with a *scholarship so anyone can do it. *See Rules for details.

While other mobile film festivals accept films shot with other devices, IMFF has always narrowed the competition by only accepting films shot with the most popular device in the world regardless of the brand. This provides an equal arena for contestants and at the same time is inclusive to everyone around the world.

We find not everyone has DSLR cameras, iPods, tablets and GoPros. However, everyone has access to smartphones. Therefore, filmmakers using smartphones are only competing with other smartphone cameras and don't need to burden themselves by purchasing other mobile devices. We find, however, that people who have DSLRs and GoPros also have access to smartphones. This is why we focus on smartphone shot films and how we democratize storytellers and filmmakers with our platform as an all inclusive festival for people around the world to share their stories.

For a list of all the official awarded films in our film festival through the years you can visit the Awards Page here.

If you are a journalist and you have a smartphone you may consider submitting to the Journalism and Current Events category of our film festival which was created before MFF2012. We invite journalists to walk the red carpet and include your stories in our film festival. #MOJO (Mobile Journalist).

International Mobile Film Festival has been an IMDb qualifying film festival for a number of years.

We have had the pleasure of being asked to share our film festival in local news stations. Our latest working links are KUSI and CBS News 8

Watch our latest promo video sharing the International Mobile Film Festival event in beautiful San Diego at the Marina Village Conference Center.

Are you interested in being a Mobile Smartphone Journalist or Reporter? Contact us!


Our slogan: The red carpet is in your pocket!™

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Our tags: #MobileFilmSD #MFF2022SanDiego Next edition is 11th year festival to take place on April 29-May 1, 2022 in San Diego. Details about IMFF 2022 are here and the rules and categories are here.

Listen to the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking hosted by founder Susy Botello since 2017


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