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International Mobile Film Festival




April 25 & 26, 2020

 Marina Village Conference Center

1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109 

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Submit your short film shot with smartphone with minimal drone footage *Rules apply. Extended Deadline Open thru 12/30/19


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Want to support storytellers and filmmakers of all ages around the world? We provide a platform and a voice to mobile filmmakers. If you would like to sponsor, we urge you to contact us.

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.

Breaking 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.


Anyone can support our ongoing mobile film industry projects, including the film festival and podcast on Patreon and receive exclusive benefits.


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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 28. 

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IMFF 2019 red carpet with Star Wars Steampunk Universe and festival founder Susy Botello. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography


Watch our exclusive Red Carpet Extravaganza!

A unique red carpet experience for attending filmmakers each year since 2017.


About Us

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. 


Watch the Official IMFF 2019 Trailer 

Trailer Music Composed by Sean Thomas of The Fuzz Studio




Submissions Closed October 19, 2019 at Midnight (PST) for the Feature Film Competition

We proudly presented the Mobile Feature Film Contestants for #MFF2019SanDiego. The filmmakers were in attendance April 27 & 28 in San Diego.

San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival 2019 screened two selected full length feature films in it's Featurre Mobile Film Competition:

Mad House by Ross Perkins from Australia & Consensus Reality by Steven Peterson from Los Angeles 


Mad House: Dale Mortimer is a successful businessman, with a wife and daughter. His happy home life is destroyed when three junkies use Dales smartphone to use his personal information against him and hold his family hostage. 1 hour 23 minutes. Attendees met Ross Perkins and producer Kimberley Hart and watched Mad House during #MFF2019SanDiego 


Consensus Reality: A schizophrenic architect must embrace his madness in order to uncover the secrets of New York and prevent the Demiurge, an ancient Gnostic god that's imprisoned beneath the city, from escaping. 1 hour 22 minutes. Attendees met Steve Peterson and watched Consensus Reality during #MFF2019SanDiego. 

We look forward to another great Feature Film Competition in IMFF 2020! Congratulations to Ross Perkins for winning Best Feature Film Awards during #MFF2019SanDiego!

Listen to a podcast with Ross Perkins talk about the film, winning the award and his time in San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival. SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 61 - Australian Film First Screening Wins First Full Feature Mobile Film Award in San Diego.



Regular Subissions closed 11/19. Extended Deadline Submissions Close December 30, 2019 for the Short Film Competition

We proudly present the official Mobile Short Film Contestants from #MFF2019SanDiego. 

Films from the following filmmakers screened in San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival 2019:

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IMFF 2019 at Marina Village Conference Center. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography

IMFF 2019 April 27 & 28, 2019 at Marina Village

Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. Some of the attending IMFF 2019 Filmmakers at the Marina. Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steve Peterson, Ross Perkins, Aleaxandra Guillossou, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia Loparev, Sofiia Loparev and Oleg Loparev.

Awards presented during 2019 edition of the International Mobile Film Festival:

First Prize
Blake Worrell for Upend, Los Angeles & Spain

Second Prize
Alexandra Guillossou for The Deepest Cut, Montana, U.S.A.

Third Prize
Francisco Lidon Plaza for Dulcinea, Spain

Best Feature
Ross Perkins for Mad House, Australia

2018 Global Mobile Film Awards™ Winners Brian Hennings and Matteo Tibiletti selected a short film from attending filmmakers. Matteo Tibiletti came from Italy to present the Honorary Award in person to Alexandra Guillossou for her film, The Deepest Cut.

Listen to First Prize Winner Blake Worrell on the SBP Podcast talk about his awarded film, Upend and some of the struggles he encountered on episode 60 of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.

Second Prize Award went to The Deepest Cut by Alexandra Guillossou. Listen to her talk about the film, attending the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, her experience making a mobile film and when she shared the award with her brother, who has MS and was the subject of her film: SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 63 - A Story Told Through A Smartphone Camera Makes An Impact.


Special Guest Speaker Presentations

Our mobile film community network program #MobilizeStories presented the International Mobile Film Festival 2019 Guest Speaker Presentations focused on Stories.


Special Guest Speaker | CK Goldiing - Sheffield, United Kingdom

Straight through the heart of storytelling using his smartphone camera, CK Goldiing was given a challenge. Hug 61 strangers between two locations. 61 Hugs is a film which has garnered media attention and moved everyone who watches it. We are honored that CK will be flying in from the UK to San Diego to present his film and an inspiring talk with attending filmmakers and attendees with 61 Hugs. He shot his film using an Android smartphone. CK's presentation and film moved attendees to share the video on their social media. 

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CK Goldiing is in the SBP Podcast Episode 57 recorded in San Diego the day he left San Diego to go back to the UK. He speaks about his film, the reception he received during the International Mobile Film Festival and San Diego. 


Special Guest Speaker | John Woosley - Kansas City, Missouri 

Stories can have a big influence on our emotions. Join filmmaker John Woosley for a special screening of his film Alex & The Firefly which he shot and edited with an iPhone. The story was originally 34 minutes long but he's cut a 15 minute version exclusively to share during #MFF2019SanDiego and present a Q&A session where you can learn how to create a cinematic film using your iPhone. Alex & The Firefly is a teen romance, "First love changes everything." As an experienced filmmaker, John accepted the challenge head on with the mind-set of a professional filmmaker. Filmmakers and attendees learned about pre-production, production and post-production in this powerful presentation by John Woosley.

A bit about John’s background: John Woosley (Writer/Director, Alex & The Firefly)- John has been making films for over ten years and holds a degree in Film & Theater from The University of Kansas. While attending, John studied with Kevin Willmott (Writer, BlacKkKlansman) and directed his debut feature Angel of Music. Additional credits include Loves Fate and the web series Fit Trip with Kimber Westphall. All titles can be streamed on Amazon Prime Video. John holds an MBA from the University of Missouri in Kansas City and works in management consulting.

John's workshop seminar was thorough, entertaining and interactive. Everyone enjoyed it and got a lot out of it.

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 John Woosley was featured in the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking before he came to San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival to present a mobile filmmaking workshop and screened the 15 minute version of his film, Alex and the Firefly. Listen to episde 48 and take the tour - Grand Tour Of The Mobile Filmmaking Process.


Special Global Mobile Film Awards™ Guest | Matteo Tibiletti

short presentation by Global Mobile Film Awards™ with Matteo Tibiletti flying into San Diego from Italy for the International Mobile Film Festival. Matteo won the 2018 Best Experimental Film Award. Matteo presented an Honorary GMFA Award to one attending filmmaker from the short film competition: Alexandra Guillossou for her film, The Deepest Cut.

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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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"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

This is the best film festival I ever attended in person. 
Film makers are well treated. 
Susy is a great human being. 
Everyone are super friendly. 
I had a blast attending the film festival screening and award functions. 
RED CARPET treatment of filmmakers is a grand finale!” - Prakash Natarajan, Attended IMFF 2015 & 2018 from India lives in Texas

“Since I was a boy I loved film. I would create stories in my head like movies. When I grew up, I dreamed of directing my own movie. I would imagine people liking my movie and receiving an award and giving a thank you speech. But it was nothing more than a dream, a wish, something you fall asleep with every night....motivated by your [The Fixer] didn’t come out bad. And thanks to that, the three-minute version of “The Fixer” won the iPhone film festival of Singapore and was a finalist in OIFF in San Francisco and the Shorts-nonstop, competing with “real cameras.” So thanks to the Mobil Film Festival of San Diego, and thanks to you, Susan Botello, The Fixer has won three times. Thank you, my friend. So now, it doesn’t matter wether you have the education or experience. All you need is your imagination and your dedication. So don’t be afraid and go for it. Our moment has come!”– Conrad Mess, IMFF 2012 First Submitted Film from Spain


 Judges for MFF2019SanDiego

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Some winners of #MFF2019SanDiego received a nomination for the Global Mobile Film Awards™ 2019

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The "Oscars" of the mobile film industry, Global Mobile Film Awards™ takes place online in December with a awards ceremony.

Congratulations to Nominees by Global Mobile Film Awards™ 2019:

Mad House by Ross Perkins shot with iPhone 6S | Sydney, Australia

The Deepest Cut by Alexandra Guillossou shot with iPhone 6 | St. Louis, Missouri



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