International Mobile Film Festival
The Red Carpet is in your pocket™
April 24-26, 2020
Venue: Marina Village Conference Center
1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109
Rooms E1 & E4
2020 Festival Theme: Hindsight 2020 #HindsightMobileFilm
presented by S. Botello Productions™
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News Update: We want to send our sympathies to everyone affected by the COVID-19 situation. We are working behind the curtains with the filmmakers and participants to provide an alternative to the planned festival. IMFF 2020 was scheduled to take place as a Live Event, in the way we have provided the physical space in San Diego every single year since our commemorative film festival. The challenge is being met wholeheartedly. We appreciate the response from all the filmmakers and participants, including the judges. Stay tuned for more announcements as we provide information on how to experience the "virtual" version of #MFF2020SanDiego which will take place April 25 & 26.
Welcome to the 9th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego!
All films shot with smartphones!
You are invited to join us April 24, 25 & 26 to celebrate 11 years since we launched our unique festival. Dedicated to inspire and realize dreams. Exclusively created for films and videos shot with only mobile phones for the big screen. Our unique Red Carpet Extravaganza! with Star Wars Steampunk Universe cosplay charity group. View or download a brief schedule of each day. View the complete Program Book.
Learn in our workshops. Be inspired during special presentations. Meet VIP speakers. Celebrate during the Awards Ceremony. Marvel at the films during two film global competitions screening short and feature length films shot with smartphones. Meet many of the filmmakers in person. Network with industry professionals and pioneers. #MFF2020SanDiego is open to all ages.
The theme this year is Hindsight 2020 hashtag #HindsightMobileFilm.
View Program for IMFF 2020
Film Daily News: The International Mobile Film Festival: Embracing smartphone creators by Frankie Stein | Jan 23, 2020
Announcing a very special presentation of Blue Moon, the viral feature film shot with the iPhone in New Zealand by Stef Harris. Presented in person by one of the principal actors of the film: Jed Brophy best known as Nori from The Hobbit Trilogy. The film also stars Mark Hadlow who plays Dori in The Hobbit. Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow are Ambassadors to the International Mobile Film Festival.
Feature Film Competition
The Feature Film Competition brings two feature length films to San Diego for IMFF 2020. We received more feature films than ever before and the good news is that more people are taking the plunge and making feature films.
Congratulations to Inga Vosk for her feature film, Stealth from St. Petersburg, Russia.
Inga will be flying to San Diego to attend #MFF2020SanDiego to present her film with a Q&A. Her film was shot with iPhones.
Synopsis: Cucumber (Vasya) arrives in St Petersburg in search of his brother, Alec. Picked up by Alec's girl, Alla, he is carted around the city, encountering different characters, on a day that will affect all their lives. 1hr. 30 min.
Congratulations to Ryan McDonald from Ogden, Utah for his feature film, Married and Loving It! shot with the iPhone 6S.
Ryan will be attending #MFF2020SanDiego from Utah to present his film with a Q&A.
Synopsis: Set on the eve of their ten year anniversary a Husband and Wife struggle to keep love and passion alive while their marriage rest on the fence between romance and toxicity. Married and Loving It is told in five separate, explosive chapters that tip toe the line between the obscene and the funny, between dramatic and offensive, and with an explosive finale never before seen in cinematic history. 1hr. 25 min.
*This page will be updated as we get closer to the event.
Short Film Competition
26 short films between 1 & 5 minutes in length have been officially selected to screen during #MFF2020SanDiego. The quality of the films this year has surpassed our expectations! That is saying a lot, because we have been watching and selecting mobile films since you could only find a handful of them.
The quality of this year's films include aesthetics, visual effects, story, and the overall inspirational factor most mobile films possess. The films are entertaining, moving and evoke an emotional reaction accross a spectrum from delightful to thrilling.
Most of the films are unique in their ability to showcase the benefits of smartphone filmmaking and storytelling. We are honored to include them as a part of our film festival in San Diego and look forward to sharing them with attendees and filmmakers.
Join IMFF founder Susy Botello and FilmicPro Founder/CEO Neill Barham for a special presentation with Q&A followed by a selection of short films which won awards in our festival over the last ten years.
Celebrating a new decade of mobile filmmaking in the upcomimg IMFF 2020 in April. The theme for this year's film festival is Hindsight 2020 hashtag#HindsightMobileFilm. Join us as we look in the rearview mirror during a special presentation of the journey since we launched in 2009 to reflect on the past and move into the future of mobile filmmaking in 2020 and beyond!
Neill Barham, Founder/CEO Filmic Pro
Founder/CEO of Filmic, maker of Filmic Pro app, in 2011 for IOS and Android in 2015, based in Seattle, Washington. Neill Barham is the visionary behind the company. Filmic Pro is known as the app director Sean Baker of Tangerine used to shoot his film with an iPhone 5s. He used the Filmic Pro app to control automatic exposure in the native camera app. Later, other directors, such as Steven Soderbergh used Filmic Pro to shoot Unsane and High Flying Bird.
Filmic Pro has garnered a reputation over the years as the go-to app for serious filmmakers and videographers using mobile phone cameras. Neill Barham is a passionate pioneer in the mobile filmmaking industry.
Susy Botello, Founder/Director International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, California
Owner/CEO of S. Botello Productions™ (2006) created International Mobile Film Festival (2009) as the centerpiece of an organic strategy to expand and support mobile filmmaking as a distinctive art form worldwide. She also created programs like the Mobile Film School (2012) and is host of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking (2017).
Susy is passionate about storytelling and film. She is an avid speaker and storyteller spreading the message of the mobile film community worldwide.
View/Download List of Films
Coming to the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego!
Learn to shoot your film using your iPhone camera with John Woosley! John Woosley will show you the technical details involved in making cinematic films using apps and accessories he uses to make his films. John will also present his latest short film, Mason and Jay Save the World!
Learn to write a screenplay with Steven Palmer Peterson in the Screenplay Writing for the Mobile Filmmaker workshop! Steve wrote Assimilate, directed by John Murlowski starring Joel Courtney, Calum Worthy and Andi Matichak available on Netflix. Steve will present a screenplay writing workshop during the festival. The budget for mobile films means most screenplays will be filmed, so make it good!
Learn to fund your projects! Ready to go into production? Keithan Jones, founder of Kid-Comics in San Diego, will present the Kickstarter Funding Campaigns for the Mobile Filmmaker workshop and show you how to succeed in a funding campaign like Kickstarter using your smartphone camera. Keithan has created several successful campaigns on Kickstarter. Keithan Jones created The Power Knights line of comics and is the founder of BlackCom!xDay in San Diego February 22-23, 2020.
Every year our film festival grows. Our slogan is The red carpet is in your pocket!™
We are pioneers in the mobile film industry helping people of all ages, from many places around the world realize dreams since 2009 from a vision after 9/11.
VIP NEWS: IMFF 2020 welcomes actor Jed Brophy best known for his roles in The Hobbit and Lord Of The Ring films. Mr. Brophy is an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival and will be in attendance in San Diego to present the viral award-winning feature film, Blue Moon, shot with the iPhone 7S in New Zealand. Jed Brophy stars in the film with Mark Hadlow aka Dori in The Hobbit trilogy, who is also an ambassador to IMFF.
We welcome San Diego based Sandmarc® as an exhibitor to IMFF 2020 on Friday, April 24.
We, at SANDMARC®, design premium photography products for iPhone, GoPro, DJI & DSLR cameras. We enable photographers, filmmakers & travelers capture next-level content.
Anyone can support our ongoing mobile film industry projects, including the film festival and podcast on Patreon and receive exclusive benefits.
RED CARPET EXTRAVAGANZA!
All participating filmmakers from the Short Film and Feature Film competitions participated in the Red Carpet Extravaganza! escorted by members of the Star Wars Steampunk Universe, prior to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 26.
IMFF 2019 red carpet with Star Wars Steampunk Universe and festival founder Susy Botello. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography
A unique red carpet experience for attending filmmakers each year since 2017. Watch our exclusive Red Carpet Extravaganza!
The Red Carpet Extravaganza! is unique to IMFF in San Diego since 2017. Sponsored by Star Wars Steampunk Universe.The group caught the eye of Lucas Film when they teamed up for a panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015. They soon began to form the Star Wars Steampunk Universe and their debut as a group was at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016 where they received an award as the Best Costume Group from the Hollywood Costume Designer’s Guild. Join us in 2020 to be escorted by this Southern California famed group! Read and/or listen to their story: SBP Podcast Episode 52.
A platform for mobile film story tellers from everywhere in the world is in San Diego giving a voice to the individual through the technology available to almost anyone anywhere in the world: Mobile cell and Smartphones.
Your sponsorship would enable these programs to thrive and provide a global platform where everyone has a voice through film and the novice and experienced filmmakers around the world can get a foot into the door of the film industry by showcasing their skills and talents by using their phones' cameras to capture their footage. We open the door to the world of filmmaking through the creativity of the technology in mobile phones.
The world's official International Mobile Film Festival is a pioneer in the smartphone filmmaking industry. Only films shot with mobile phones qualify to participate in our film festival. The live venue film festival takes place during the last weekend in April annually.
Participating filmmakers from all over the world attend the festival in San Diego to screen their smartphone films as we present them on a big screen, they participate in Q&A Sessions, participate in the Red Carpet Extravaganza! and the Awards Ceremony, network and join us to celebrate smartphone mobile filmmaking around the world in America's Finest City.
Most of the attending filmmakers from IMFF 2019 at Marina Village Conference Center. Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steven Palmer Peterson, Ross Perkins, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia, Oleg and Sofiia Loparev. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography
Why be a part of San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival?
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The purpose of our mobile film festival is not only to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources, but to actually inspire creative filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfill their dream. The International Mobil Film Festival™ is for everyone! All ages welcome.
Imagine that you are on the red carpet in our film festival with a famous director like Steven Spielberg who shot a film with a mobile phone as well! We provide a venue for all humans to make a mobile film regardless of experience. This is an equal arena for all filmmakers all around the world, famous and not so famous alike. The competition is on! This is your time to shine on the red carpet! All things being equal...
"Simply the best. Festival Director Susy goes above and beyond to make filmmakers feel special and valued. Highly recommend this film festival. Attended the weekend long festival in April in San Diego which included screenings, workshops/lectures and a red carpet award ceremony. Will forever remember the experience and taking home third place for my film 'The Actor', many thanks!" - Narelle Nash, Attended IMFF 2018 from Australia
“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!” - Brian Hennings, Attended IMFF 2017 & 2018 from Australia
Judges for MFF2019SanDiego
Some winners of #MFF2019SanDiego received a nomination for the Global Mobile Film Awards™ 2019. The 2019 Award Ceremony took place on the eve of December 27, 2019 online.
Press Release 12/28/19
"The Oscars" of the mobile film industry, Global Mobile Film Awards™ was officially launched in February 2017. GMFA takes place online every year in December with an award ceremony.
Mad House by Ross Perkins shot with iPhone 6S | Sydney, Australia - GMFA Winner 2019 Best Acting & Best Director
The Deepest Cut by Alexandra Guillossou shot with iPhone 6 | St. Louis, Missouri - GMFA Winner 2019 Best Documentary
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