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Judge Panel MFF2017

This year's Judge Panel for the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is comprised of a diverse group of individuals in the mobile film and traditional film industry professionals. Our judge panel agrees to our ethics policy in order to select the best films. We invite judges to attend the event to receive special recognition and meet the attending filmmakers during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.

This year we are introducing a separate Mobile Feature Film competition and our traditional Mobile Short Films competition. 


 Craig Prater MFF2017

Craig Prater, President Hearland Film Festival | Indianapolis, Indiana

Mobile Feature Film Competition

Prater began his international film festival career as executive director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival (Palm Springs, California), where he co-founded the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films and the Film Noir Festival before being recruited by the Royal Thai government to lead their new Bangkok International Film Festival as executive director.

Prater also founded the Festival of Festivals, whose debut coincided with the opening of the Mary Pickford Theatre in Cathedral City, California, and served as the director/producer of the Latino Film Festivals for the National Hispanic American Educational Foundation in Indio, California and Tampa, Florida. Most recently, Prater served as executive VP, strategic partnerships for the San Diego International Film Festival and director of the San Diego Jewish Film Festival.


 Robert David Duncan MFF2017

Robert David Duncan, Founder Miniature Film Festival | Vancouver, Canada

Mobile Short Film Competition

Actor and storyteller, Robert David Duncan became a filmmaker almost by accident when he saw an abandoned, sunken sailboat one morning and shot some smartphone footage of it bobbing in the surf. After going home, he crafted and recorded a narrative story about the boat and its imaginary owner and edited it together into a film, “Every Boat is a Dream.” To his happy surprise, that first film went on to be accepted in a film festival and got nominated for an award. Now, some 20+ films and 100+ official festival selections later, Robert has established himself as an award-winning filmmaker, and founder-director of his own Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. His message remains the same: everybody has a story to tell, and people should use whatever means they have at hand (a smartphone for example) to tell that story and share it with the world!

Robert has written books on both acting and filmmaking and enjoys sharing his knowledge through his teaching and guest speaking. You can check him out on IMDb at


 Alison Crew MFF2017

Ali Crew, Co-Founder SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest | Syney, Australia

Mobile Short Film Competition

Ali spent her childhood in Hobart performing as an actress, dancer and singer, touring New Zealand and Japan and around Australia with the Australian Rosny Children's Choir. While still in Hobart, she performed in a number of productions with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, Theatre Now Youth Theatre Company and Playback Theatre Company. After moving to Sydney, Ali performed in several plays with ATYP, including The Hour We Knew Nothing of Each Other,directed by Michael Gow for the Sydney Theatre Festival. Ali then turned her focus to working in radio as an announcer and news presenter on stations around Australia and overseas. She later made a return to theatre, starring in WAGS - Wives and Girlfriends at the Adelaide Fringe and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. Ali has also since appeared in the award winning Short and Sweet play, Weeing on a Stick, which has now been made into a short film. She has also finished shooting the short film Jimbra. Ali has recently performed in the last two Mongrel Mouth productions of The Age of Entitlement and LikeMe. During the day Ali keeps herself busy producing and presenting for ABC NewsRadio and Channel Seven's Sunrise breakfast television program. She is the Co-Founder of SF3-SmartFone Flick Fest, Australia's smartphone film festival and is also working on a wonderful project with Susy so stay tuned!


 Angela Blake MFF2017

Angela Blake, Co-Founder SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest | Sydney, Australia

Mobile Short Film Competition

Angela is a Sydney girl who grew up dancing, singing and acting from the age of four. She has worked as a performer on stages all over the world for companies including Princess Cruise Lines, M.E.I., The Entertainment Store and many others. She lived in LA from 2010-2012, graduating from The New York Film Academy's Acting for Screen Program. She then went on to shoot countless shorts and web-series, many touring the festival circuit. She has also worked extensively in theatre and her credits include: The Silence Came, Love Game, Surprises, The Odyssey, The Crucible, The Silence Came, Popesical-The Musical and the Off-Broadway Production of Sex, Relationships and Sometimes Love in NY.

As a director, Angela's first play was Eating Out, which she also co-wrote and produced in LA. Since then she has won the Wildcards and Audience Favourite Award for the short play Weeing on a Stick at the 2012 Short and Sweet Festival. She worked with writer, Adele Shelley to turn this into a film and she has just wrapped the shoot and plans to send it out to festivals world-wide later this year. Earlier in 2015 she direted her very first Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet, for Sydney Classic Theatre Company and she was also Assistant Director for immersive theatre company, Mongrel Mouth's The Age of Entitlement and co-wrote and acted in their last play Like Me, which played in The Rocks mid 2015. As an actor she has also shot ads for Elgas, Keystart, Queensland Bananas and Verizon Wireless, and played guest roles in Channel 9's Love Child and Jane Campion's Top of the Lake. Angela also has her Bachelor's Degree in Communications and Journalism and is in the development phase for her first feature film, Burnu, plus a stack of shorts she plans to shoot on her iPhone! She is the Co-Founder of SF3-SmartFone Flick Fest, Australia's smartphone film festival and is also working on a wonderful project with Susy so stay tuned!
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 Robert Cox MFF2017

Robert Cox, Screenplay Author | San Diego, California

Mobile Short Film Competition

I have written in various genres since my teen age years, notably scientific journals and business publications, as well as plays, opera libretti and short stories. In the late seventies to early eighties, I sent ideas to various television shows in the form of synopses, treatments, and spec scripts, and had several produced. When the spec market dried up in the mid-eighties, I stopped writing and went into education. When I retired in 2009, I decided to go back into writing, and since then I have written fourteen full length scripts, two hour-length pilots, and 8 shorts, three of which have been filmed. At this point, I have several full-length scripts that have been optioned by various production companies and have worked, when asked, as a writer-for-hire and script consultant.

I hold a BA in English from San Diego State College as well as a BA in music and a Masters in Botany.


 Jeffrey Turboff MFF2017

Jefferey Turboff, Professional News Editor | New York, New York

Mobile Short Film Competition

Jeffrey Turboff is a highly decorated video editor in the world of news and documentary, with awards including Emmy, Cronkite, Murrow, Peabody, Deadline Club, and more. He's also active in the world of independent film as a writer-director, with projects including his highly touted iPhoneography music video "Fools Parade" for the band Trumpeter Swan, an independent documentary, Modworld, a short horror, Jimbo, and his latest, a short comedy, Existence. Jeffrey is driven as an actor too, and has had a lot of good fortune to be cast in quality student and independent films, and he's always looking for more and better projects to come.