Welcome to the 12th Edition of the International Mobile Film Festival


The Red Carpet is in your pocket™

12th Annual Edition 



 #MFF2023SanDiego is April 28-30, 2023

Location: Marina Village Conference Center

San Diego, California

presented by S. Botello Productions™


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CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WINNERS! You can now go to the AWARDS PAGE and find the films that won, the names of the filmmakers and the phones they used to create their masterpieces.


IMFF 2022

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who worked hard, persisted, overcame obstacles, persevered, and stayed creative to complete their films. Let the celebrations begin!

WATCH the IMFF 2022 Celebration of Mobile Filmmaking in San Diego, California! 

WHAT IS CHANGING FOR IMFF 2023? Read the announcement published 4/18/2022



Sigfrido Giammona - I Feel I have Lost Something, Italy, 1hr 15 min, iPhone 12 Pro Max | James Smith & Caroline Spence - Surveilled, United Kingdom, 1hr 46 min, Samsung S9 Plus | James Demitri - Misplaced, Australia, 1 hr 25 min, iPhone 11 | Travis Mills - The Woman Who Robbed the Stagecoach, Arizona, 1hr 22 min, iPhone 11 Pro Max | Darcy Yuille -  One Punch, Australia, 1 hr 14 min, iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X | Oleg Loparev - Beyond, California, 1 hr 12 min, iPhone 11 Pro 

*Names in red received awards.

Get programming details and schedule for fetaure films 


SHORT FILM SELECTEES: All short films are (1 to 5 minutes)

Michelle Cameron - Wild Woman, New York, iPhone 11 Pro Max | Ryan Camp - 2AM, North Carolina, iPhone 12 Pro Max | Taylor Buoro - Packet Mix, Australia, Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra | Sergio M. Villar - Sea, Spain, iPhone 11 | Brionne Olsen - Finding Freedom, South Africa, iPhone 11 | Alexander Abramov - No Kissing, Russia, Samsung M21 | Hannah Westbrook - All She Holds, California, Google Pixel 4a | Clint Cark - Dream Come True, California, iPhone XS Max | Dorothea Drake - LOVED, California, iPhone 11 | Martin Dominguez Ball - Motel, New York, iPhone 11 Pro | Sean Danganan - Commissioner Gordon: Oh Snap, Virginia, iPhone 10XS Max | Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar - The Secret Life of Bees, iPhone XS Max | Jon Gill - Working At Home, United Kingdom, iPhone XR | Randy Zuniga - The Foot Fetisher, California, iPhone 11 Pro Max | Haneef Bhatti - Dateman, California, iPhone XS Max | Niles Larson - Schollay Square Station, Massachusetts, iPhone 12 Pro Max | Cara Hagan - Holocene Dreams, Ohio, iPhone 11 | Joseph Antony - Wanderer: The Short Film, Canada, Google Pixel 5 | Marcelo Ignacio Lagreze - (Pause), Chile, iPhone XR | Javier Otero - Perpetual Loop, Spain, iPhone 12 Pro Max | Daniel Michael Tomcik - To Dust I Shall Return, Ohio, iPhone 8 | Philip Pugh - The Maroon Jumper, United Kingdom, 10 iPhones & 1 Android Smartphone | Alexandra Guillossou - Bee-Roll, Montana, iPhone XR and iPhone 12 Pro Max | Xiaolong ZHU - Ban On Return, China, Huawei P30 Pro & Huawei Mate 30 Pro | Daniel Beals - Don't Be Afraid, California, iPhone XR

*Names in red received awards.


ROOKIE AWARD SELECTEES: (1-5 minutes will be showcased outside competition)

Elina Madison & Linda Palmer - #LWL Laugh with Lillian , New York, iPhone 12 Pro Max | Devansh Pawan - Passerine's Call, India, OnePlus 6T | Drex Lee - Find You, California, Samsung S21 Ultra | Quinn Friedman - A Boy's Best Friend, California, iPhone 12 Pro Max

*Names in red received awards. 


SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Features IMFF Participants

Listen to some of the filmmakers, judges, sponsors and the instructors who are all participating in the 2022 edition of the IMFF. We've made a list of episodes featuring each one of them in the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. 

Listen now on Podchaser!



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The Feature Film Competition seeks high quality well produced story based narrative feature length films. Three films will be selected to screen and compete for the Best Feature Film Award.

The Short Film Competition seeks short high quality films from 1-5 minutes, of all genres. Winners in each of the categories in the short film competition (see FilmFreeway) will compete for the top three awards: First, Second, and Third Place.

Both feature and short film competiton selected films will screen during our main event screening in our film festival. 

The Rookie Award is a separate competition for less experienced, and new mobile filmmakers to showcase their films in a separate session during our film festival. The length of the short films in this category/competition is 1-5 minutes. All genres accepted. One of a handful of selected films will receive special recognition during the awards ceremony with The Rookie Award. One film will be selected to receive a prize from Moondog Labs.




Sponsored by the San Diego Mobile Film School

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Join attendees and filmmakers during the 11th edition of the San Diego International Mobile Film Festival April 29, 30 & May 1, 2022 to learn mobile iPhone filmmaking with the multi award winning mobile feature filmmakers of Married and Loving It! Ryan and Brandie are flying in from Ogden, Utah to instruct a one hour workshop with Q&A. Your ticket to IMFF includes this must-attend workshop!



Our Sponsor FilmConvert is providing its software prizes for each: Best Feature Film Award; Short Film Awards: First, Second and Third Short Film Awards. Listen to FilmConvert and Filmic Pro talk about how Cinematch is a game changer for mobile filmmakers in the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 98. Filmic Pro and FilmConvert have partnered to bring cinematic filmmaking with smartphones to a new level. 

Filmic Pro is providing their entire Filmic Suite (Filmic Pro, Remote, CineKit, DoubleTake, and Firstlight apps) to all winners: Best Feature Film; Short Film Awards: First Place, Second Place, Third Place; and The Rookie Award.  

Exciting News! Sponsor Moondog Labs is providing $150 Gift Certificates to each: Best Feature Film Award, First Place Award, and The Rookie Award. 


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The Judges are now seated in their panels. Your films are in great hands! 

Feature Film Judges: Jennifer Zhang | Errol Trotman Harewood | Randy Davison | Steven Palmer Peterson 

Short Film Judges: Maxim Mussel | Ant Pruitt | Ross Perkins | Robert David Duncan | Kimberley Hart



Our platform for mobile film story tellers from everywhere in the world launched in 2009 by founder Susy Botello with S. Botello Productions™ in San Diego, California.

IMFF is raised the bar for mobile filmmakers with IMFF 2022 as it emerges from the trenches of the pandemic. Learn about what has changed. 


Sponsors 2022: 

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About IMFF in San Diego, California

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. We embraced a community building platform since launching in 2009. It has grown with our support of other mobile film festivals and filmmakers around the world. 

Participating filmmakers from all over the world attend the festival in San Diego to screen their smartphone films, participate in Q&A Sessions, workshops, network with each other and industry professionals, participate in our unique the Red Carpet Extravaganza! & Awards Ceremony. As a global film community, filmmakers and attendees celebrate smartphone mobile filmmaking around the world in America's Finest City. Our live event is an extraordinary festival with an incredible vibe and unforgettable experience. Watch Festival Video!

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Most attending official filmmakers IMFF 2019, Marina Village Conference Center San Diego, California.

Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steven Palmer Peterson (California), Ross Perkins, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia, Oleg and Sofiia Loparev. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.



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, 2019. We cannot wait to do it again in our next live event film festival, once we are given the green light and it's safe for all attendees to come together in person.

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Star Wars Steampunk Universe and festival founder Susy Botello. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.

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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 during our live event festivals to be escorted by this Southern California famed group! Read their story.


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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IMFF 2019 was our last live event before the pandemic. It brought filmmakers and participants from Australia, Italy and the UK along with several from other parts of the United States and California. We look forward to a live in-person event in April 2022, coming back from event restrictions due to the pandemic.

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


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.

Become a Patron!

Anyone can support our ongoing mobile film industry projects, including the film festival and podcast on Patreon or BuyMeACoffee.


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Jennifer Zhang came to San Diego on July 20, 2021 and received her trophy for "Best Feature Film" for her film, Charon in person.

We also presented Jennifer with the "Feature Film Pioneer" award for being the first in the world to have shot AND edited an entire feature film (73 minutes) on a smartphone. WATCH!


Awards 2021

Charon (iPhone 8 Plus) - Best Feature Film - by Jennifer Zhang, California, USA
War Is Not A Game (iPhone 11 Pro) - First Place Short Film - by Arthur Mikheev, Russia
A Train To Home (iPhone 6 & 7) - Second Place Short Film (featured Community Stories) by Razi Uddin, Pakistan
Shifted (iPhone 11 Pro) - Third Place Short Film by Ben Treston, United Kingdom


50 Short Films and 3 Feature Films Screened 2021 All films were shot with smartphones were streamed online by Mobile Film Stories Streaming Service during our 10th Anniversary edition of the 2021 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.

Find out more on the Event Program Page.



"A great festival to be apart of! The team is great at communicating and providing opportunities for the filmmakers to share and discuss their film, especially shooting on mobile devices. The line up this year was fantastic, and though we were not able to attend a live event (because of the pandemic) we look forward to meeting everyone in person in future years. If you're a filmmaker who made your movie with a mobile device, this festival is a must!"

Ryan McDonald | IMFF 2020

"I had a wonderful experience dealing with Susy and the IMFF. From start to finish the communication was excellent. I felt like my film was in good hands, and the support was amazing. This year's festival was forced to be online, but I have no doubt the hospitality and networking would have been top-notch had I been able to attend in person in San Diego. Highly recommend joining this family of mobile filmmakers."

Ian Leer | IMFF 2020

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