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September 8, 2020
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LAUNCH OF FIRST STREAMING PLATFORM FOR MOBILE FILMS IS GAME CHANGER FOR EMERGING INDUSTRY
Market Demand Growing Globally for Smartphone Movies and Videos
SAN DIEGO – S. Botello Productions™ today announced the groundbreaking launch of MobileFilmStories.com, 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. “MobileFilmStories.com 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. MobileFilmStories.com (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 Statistica.com, 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.
“MobileFilmStories.com 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 MobileFilmStories.com. Further information about SBP, based in San Diego, can be found online at S. Botello Productions, International Mobile Film Festival (including procedures and submission deadlines for 2021), SBP Blog and Medium. You can also find SPB on social media via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube and Vimeo.
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Film Daily News: The International Mobile Film Festival: Embracing smartphone creators by Frankie Stein | Jan 23, 2020
Press Release IMFF 2020 published 4/27/20 | Virtual Film Festival Features Smartphone Movies
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.
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.
Watch our latest promo video sharing the International Mobile Film Festival event in beautiful San Diego at the Marina Village Conference Center.
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