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International Mobile Film Festival


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Tim Russ aka Star Trek:Voyager's Lieutenant Commander Tuvok



April 28 & 29, 2018

Marina Village Conference Center

San Diego, California 92109

Room E1

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Event Address: 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109

Program & Schedule


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IMFF2017 brought filmmakers from Canada, Australia, Chile and Germany to San Diego. Plans are underway for IMFF2018. Every year our film festival grows. "The red carpet is in your pocket!™"

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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 7th Annual 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. 


Saturday, April 28 11:00AM - 9PM

Sunday, April 29 11:30AM - 8PM


Meet filmmakers from all over the world celebrating their smartphone films as we present them on a big screen, they participate in Q&A Sessions, walk the red carpet during the Awards Ceremony and network. IMFF 2018 Program.


  • Saturday, Day 1: Opening, Special Screening feature-length film, Killer's Requiem, shot with iPhone by Brian McLane with lecture and actor Special VIP Guest Speaker Tim Russell (Tuvok) from Star Trek Voyager with Q&A, Special Presentations, Official International Mobile Film Screening Sessions, Mobile Filmmaking Workshop.
  • Sunday, Day 2: Presentations, Mobile Film Q&A Panel, Red Carpet Walk with Filmmakers and Star Wars Steampunk Universe, Awards Ceremony.

#MFF2018SanDiego presents a Celebration of Mobile Filmmaking in San Diego. Meet people in the global mobile film community in San Diego and be inspired. Bring your smartphone and celebrate storytelling through film and video using smartphones. All ages welcome. Free parking in parking lot. Deli Restaurant on site.


Listen to the SBP Podcast's Episode 22 as we discuss the upcoming #MFF2018SanDiego with our Brand Ambassador Aaron Nabus




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IMFF 2018 Sponsors: 

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Billy Leroy

Jessica Nicole
Anthony Bradley
Edgar Mifsud
Jules Bartkowski
Sonic Barometer
Melissa Brattoni
Adrian Jeffs
Seth Dacio

Dimple Devadas
Belal Taheri
Prakash Natarajan
Miranda June Mullings
Brian Hennings
Narelle Nash
Charles Copeland
Vilma Kartalska

Congratulations to the filmmakers whose films made the official selection for our 7th Annual International Mobile Film Festival. Your films will screen on a big screen during the film festival. Although we know some of you cannot make it to San Diego for the event we will share what we can on our social media so you can keep up with the events throughout the festival. We will do all we can to share the event as it happens.

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Our Mission

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...


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 Feature Presentation Global Mobile Film Awards

A presentation about the "Oscars" of the mobile film industry, Global Mobile Film Awards™.

Congratulations to GMFA winners nominated by IMFF 2017:

Figment - Best Film by Mithran Maharajan, How I Became A Movie Theatre Murderer - Best Director by Aris Tyros & No Budget - Best Experimental by Christopher Stollery.


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  • Featured VIP Guest Brian McLane will give a lecture on how to make a feature length film using an iPhone and working with professional Hollywood actors. Mr. McLane's presentation will include a Special Screening of the film, A Killer's Requiem. The film's cast includes celebrities such as Lloyd Kaufman, the founder of Troma Entertainment whose fame goes back to Rocky and The Karate Kid. Jean Beauvoir of the band Plasmatics has a history that includes The Ramones, and Tim Russ.
  • Special VIP Guest Speaker Tim Russ known for his role as Star Trek: Voyager's "Tuvok" will be a part of the lecture and available for a Q&A Session with filmmakers and attendees. Saturday, April 28 at 11AM.

Get details about Brian McLane. Subscribe to our podcast and listen to our interview with Brian McLane in Episode 7.

     Special Screening TIM RUSS



  • Featured Guests Star Wars Steampunk Universe (SWSU) will escort filmmakers on the red carpet prior to the awards ceremony. Each filmmaker will be accompanied by one cosplayer from the group. SWSU have earned fame as one of the most popular professional cosplay groups in the region. They will also answer your Cosplay questions as we introduce you to our new Cosplay Category mobile films for next year's #MFF2019SanDiego.

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Special Presentation

Jason van Genderen's Filmbreaker! 

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The International Mobile Film Festival will see the USA premiere of this controversial, polarising discussion amongst creative communities. Sydney-based Writer/Director/Producer Jason van Genderen will deliver this stirring, impassioned and eye-opening keynote speech on why the smartphone you film with WILL change cinema history forever, and how you can be a part of it. Don't miss out on being in the audience of this career-changing presentation packed with surprises! Sunday, April 29 at Noon.

Filmbreaker Movement
Everyday, in far flung corners of the world, a new legion of storytellers prime their tools. Democratised from the lottery system of finance. Liberated from the large screens of cinema. Empowered with a new vision, a new bold hope... a new vanguard of smartphone filmers is making it's mark on the history of cinema, an inclusive history. Join the first people-powered cinematic movement designed to represent YOUR screen future.

About Jason van Genderen
When your childhood saw you move to a country who's language you couldn't speak.
When you spent your teenage years bullied in a metal back brace.
When you cut your first business deal aged just 12 years old.
It comes as no surprise that Jason only became a filmmaker when he threw away his camera. Ten years on, his smartphone films have won countless festivals, inspired TED talks, study papers and sparked a creative career as a mentor, presenter and advocate. In 2018 Jason controversially down-sized his thriving video production studio's tools to a 100% smartphone ecosystem, experiencing both the scorn of industry colleagues as well as the admiration of new creatives all over the world. His films have helped pave the way for a new generation of storytellers, his sellout talks explain his process why.

Jason was a guest in the SBP Podcast aired March 13th. Listen to Episode 21. SBP Podcast: The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.


Swagffle Raffle

*Each paid ticket holder will receive a raffle ticket to win a mobile filmmaking swag prize. Children 7 and older are elligible with paid ticket. Must be present to win on Sunday, April 29 8pm after awards ceremony.



Meet the Judges for IMFF 2018

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Back in Time

Check out some films from previous festivals below.

Captain Justice (Capitan Justicia) - David Muñoz from Barcelona, Spain shot this fun superhero movie with both the iPhone 4 & Sony Ericsson Xperia. 

Wow Mom - RoseAnn Votel Sky and her children, from San Diego, California star in this short film shot with an iPhone 4, edited on iMovie and with audio created using GarageBand. Read about how it was made from a Mom's perspective! Mom and Kids Walk the Red Carpet in San DIego

The Girl with the Red Balloon - Nathalie Giraud & Timothée Corteggiani from Paris, France shot this short film with an iPhone 4S.

Trapped! - Gregory W. Armstrong & Alise Anderson from Berkley, California shot their film with an iPhone 4s and also used iMovie and GarageBand to complete their production. Alise created the characters in the film as well!

Normal Wheels - Milad Kasaian from Tehran, Iran shot this film with a Samsung Galaxy S4. It was a big hit during one of our festivals and very creative. 

Glen Etive - Laura Birek from Los Angeles, California shot this film using an iPhone 5 and proves magic is real.