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International Mobile Film Festival


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April 27 & 28, 2019

San Diego, California



Want to support people of all ages all over 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. "The red carpet is in your pocket!™"

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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 8th 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. 

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.


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IMFF 2018 filmmakers on red carpet. Pictured bottom left: Seth Dacio,  Prakash Gandhi Natarajan right. Top left to right: Chuck Copeland, Brian Hennings, Narelle Nash (winners), Anthony Bradley, Pamela Bradley & Miranda J. Mullings. Photo credit: Dean Curry Photography

Listen to the Roundtable Podcast with some of the attending filmmakers recorded at #MFF2018SanDiego.



IMFF 2019 Sponsors: 

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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...



Global Mobile Film Awards

The "Oscars" of the mobile film industry, Global Mobile Film Awards™.

Members for 2018 are Heartland Films' IndyShorts, Indianapolis, Indiana | Cinephone Film Festival, Barcelona, Spain | SF3 Smartphone Flick Fest Sydney, Australia | International Mobile Film Festival, San Diego, California

Nominees to GMFA by IMFF 2018:

Focus - Nominated for Best Cinematography by Brian Hennings from Perth, Australia

The Actor - Nominated for Best Comedy by Narelle Nash from Sydney, Australia


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INTERNATIONAL MOBILE FILM FESTIVAL 2018 took place in San Diego on April 28 & 29, 2018      

Special Presentation

Jason van Genderen's Filmbreaker! 

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The International Mobile Film Festival saw the USA premiere of this controversial, polarising discussion amongst creative communities. Sydney-based Writer/Director/Producer Jason van Genderen delivered his 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.

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.


Judges for IMFF 2018

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Back in Time

Check out some films from previous festivals below.


Featured Play List 


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.