International Mobile Film Festival
April 25 & 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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Welcome to the 9th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego!
You are invited to join us and 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.
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.
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.
*This page will be updated as we get closer to the event.
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.
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!
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.
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
Watch our exclusive Red Carpet Extravaganza!
A unique red carpet experience for attending filmmakers each year since 2017.
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. 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
“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 response...it [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
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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