International Mobile Film Festival San Diego since 2009
IMFF is a Gold Member Film Festival on FilmFreeway.com
What people are saying about the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego
The following reviews were submitted to our film festival submission platform on FilmFreeway:
"I absolutely loved this festival! Susy Botello does an incredible job hosting and making the festival much more than a film showing. It was inspiring to meet the other filmmakers, presenters, and sponsors and to share in our love for making mobile films."
Alexandra Guillossou | IMFF 2019
"I wasn't able to attend this year, but I was thrilled with the ease of communication and celebratory spirit that came through emails and on social media. I hate to have missed out because everything I experienced and heard sounds like this is a can't-miss event."
John G. | IMFF 2019
"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 | IMFF 2018
"It was great being part of it! Thank you very much, hope to participate again!"
Vilma Kartalska | IMFF 2018
"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 Gandhi Natarajan | IMFF 2018
"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 | IMFF 2018
"This was my first festival experience and it was great. very well run and very communicative."
Chuck Copeland | IMFF 2018
"Great Film Festival! I am glad to have attended."
Seth Dacio | IMFF 2018
"Absolutely wonderful. Hope to be back!"
Javier Augusto Nunez | IMFF 2017
"Thank you for the opportunity."
Stefano Pelleriti | IMFF 2017
"It was a great festival. Looking forward for more such editions."
Confluence India Films | IMFF 2017
"Amazing and fantastic festival and a big hug to Susan that loves her work a lot!!"
Nacho Recio | IMFF 2017
"Susy is the star, her dedication to the filmmakers and her passion for the festival is undeniable. I'm a first time filmmaker and to receive 3rd place and receiving my first ever filmmaking award is a very special moment for me... I will hopefully get the pleasure to attend your festival in the future and get to meet the star of the show..."
Adrian Jeffs | IMFF 2017
"This festival is a great place to show your story. The festival team is awesome. It's one of the most important place to send films for mobile film makers. I really appreciate to IMFF San Diego, for their effort and their interest to my short documentary. A special thanks for Susan who runs the festival. She is amazing. Dont hesitate and just send your movie!"
Beraat Gökkuş | IMFF 2017
"They did a great job!"
Radim Zbořil | IMFF 2016
Kellen Phillips | IMFF 2016
The Following are testimonials from winners of the inaugural IMFF 2012:
"iPhone filmmaking is quickly emerging as the new entry point for an energetic breed of storytellers. Filmmaking used to require thousands of dollars, but now is accessible through a device over 400 million people carry in their pocket."
Michael Koerbel, Apple Of My Eye: IMFF 2012 First Prize Winner
“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 (First Film Submitted to IMFF in 2011) | The Fixer: IMFF 2012 Second Prize Winner
The following testimonial is from 2012 - Grossmont College Media Communications Department in San Diego:
“As a member of the Media Communications Department here at Grossmont College, we have always been happy to follow, encourage and support the projects of current and former students. Although the focus of our classroom experience is on teaching students to use “professional equipment” we have certainly been aware of the financial challenges facing students and emerging filmmakers today. The rapid changes in technology and the escalating costs of equipment is difficult for us to keep up with as well. The development of phone technology which takes both still and video images in very high quality has inspired many to consider using phones to acquire video footage to tell stories. Applications for editing, special effects, and post-production are now available, which makes story telling with phone images possible for competition and festivals. The results have been anything but amateurish. We support Susan’s forward thinking vision of a global cell-phone video festival and would encourage others to grab their phone and make a movie. I believe there is a place other than YouTube for films made with cell-phone technology to be shown and recognized for their inspiration and quality.”
William Snead, Media Communications Department, Grossmont College
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Judge Panel IMFF 2019
This year's Judge Panel for the official International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego is comprised of traditional film industry professionals. Our judge panel agrees to our ethics policy in order to select the best films. We invite judges to attend the event to receive special recognition and meet the attending filmmakers during the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.
There are two competitions: Mobile Feature Film and Mobile Short Film. Each are judged separately, by a different panel. We decided to select not more than three exceptional feature films.
Join us April 27 & 28, 2019 in San Diego to meet filmmakers from around the world, special speakers, presentations, network and join Q&A Sessions, a red carpet extravaganza and the awards ceremony.
Mobile Feature Film Judges
Avaah Blackwell | Actor
Avaah Blackwell is the daughter of two Canadian Military personnel. Born in Calgary, Alberta, Blackwell relocated to the Netherlands as a teen to fulfill her role as a Rotary Youth Ambassador. Later she went to Germany with her family. In 2009, Blackwell was one of 10 actors globally selected to participate in the Prague Film School's renowned "Acting for Film" program. Graduating at the top of her class, she worked as a professional actor in central Europe before moving to Toronto where she has lived since 2014.
Avaah utilizes her international training and experience to infuse her work with unique physical, emotional, and mental discipline. Versatile in her character choices, Blackwell is known best for playing strong female leads, as well as interesting supporting characters. Blackwell's performances are described as "magnetic, electric and enchanting" by producers and audiences across Europe (Cannes Film Festival, The Bear Theatre Company), Asia (Pi Fan) and North America (12 Monkeys, Los Angeles International Short Film Festival, New York City International Film Festival, Calgary International Film Festival, Golden Panda, Studio 35 Festival, et al.). Blackwell's exceptional comedic performance in the Winnipeg Fringe Festival earned her recognition from CBC. Blackwell's love for improvisation and comedy allows her amiable personality to shine both on and off camera.
Raphael Corkhill | Actor
Raphael Corkhill is an award-winning stage, screen and voice actor. Born and raised in the UK, Raphael graduated from Princeton University then gained his MFA in acting from the University of Southern California.
Raphael’s film and television credits include THE GOLDFINCH (Warner Bros.), HAPPY! (SyFy), and BURNING AT BOTH ENDS alongside Cary Elwes. His extensive voice credits include billion-dollar video game franchises: UNCHARTED 4 (BAFTA “Best Game” winner), THE ELDER SCROLLS ONLINE and TITANFALL 2, as well as the recent blockbusters ESO: MORROWIND and UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY.
Raphael also starred in TIME TO PAY OFF DEBTS by the pioneering mobile filmmaker Conrad Mess. From understanding the intricacies of performing for a mobile film production to being directed remotely via Skype, Raphael’s work with Conrad Mess offered extensive insight into the unique elements of mobile filmmaking.
Mobile Short Film Judges
Demetrius Witherspoon | Director, Writer and Producer
Demetrius was born in Louisville, KY and went on to be an RnB Singer and in 2013 film screenwriting, cinematographer, producer, Director, Editor. He has always loved films since he was 5 years old. Inspired by George Lucas, Steven Spielberg, JJ Abrams. Demetrius wants to take the Audience on a journey that they never been on before with his films.
He has created commercials, and Award-Winning short films and Music Videos. He helmed 2013 Music Video As Pure: The Trilogy, short films Submerge: The Chronicles of Ni're, 2014 Submerge: The Frozen Land, Ville (cinematographer), Submerge: Ni're Reborn. Demetrius is a member of the IFN (Indiana Filmmakers Network). Demetrius Sci-Fi installments Submerge: Echo 51 has worldwide distribution and he has won "Best Director" and other Awards for the film. His next 2 Sci-Fi film projects are "Blue Star" and the Feature Submerge: Galaxy of Subversion do to be Released in 2020. Demetrius is building his Submerge Franchise in Indiana.
Stephanie Reibel | Actor
Stephanie Reibel is an actress, known for Two and a Half Men (2003), The Legend of Awesomest Maximus (2011) and Mobster (2013) amongst many others.
Anthony Montes | Actor, Writer and Director
Anthony is an Award Winning Actor, Writer & Director. His Award Winning film which he Wrote & Acts, The Last Night Inn, can be seen on Amazon. He has 16 Books available on Amazon. He teaches he’s technique of acting, the Montes Method Internationally & Domestically.
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Robert Cox | Writer, Actor & Producer
Robert Cox has “successfully written in various literary genres since his teenage years, notably in scientific journals and business publications, as well as plays, opera librettos, song lyrics and short stories. In the past, he has sent ideas to various television shows in the form of synopses, treatments, and scripts, had several considered and a few filmed.” Robert has a long list of awards, including screenplay awards at many film festivals and competitions around the world.
The Official International Mobile Film Festival takes place Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2019 in San Diego, California.
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Smartphone Movies: A Global Rising in Filmmaking
It’s the biggest award in the world for movies shot with the world's smallest and most innovative movie cameras…smartphones!
S. Botello Productions™ has created a new platform for mobile filmmakers around the world. The founder of the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego, Susan Botello, has created an international awards event celebrating the best of the best in the mobile/smartphone film industry with the brand new Global Mobile Film Awards™ (GMFA).
GMFA is open to filmmakers who shoot their films with only mobile phones and who have won official awards at any film festival or film/video contest around the world which has accepted and awarded a film shot with mobile phones. There are no time limits and more than one film can be submitted by the same filmmaker.
Any film festival or contest can become a member of GMFA to include free submissions to GMFA for mobile winning films from their competitions. This provides all film festivals and organizations with film/video contests to provide a prestigious benefit to their winning filmmakers who have shot their films and videos with only mobile phone cameras at no cost to the awarded filmmaker. It also encourages traditional festivals and contests to open their door to mobile filmmakers.
Films may be submitted to GMFA and nominated for the categories of best film, best director, best cinematography, best music video, best documentary, best news story and best experimental film. GMFA is an online competition with a special session to be included in the annual International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. The dates are tentatively set for next fall.
Susan Botello has brought the SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest in Sydney, Australia on board as the very first member mobile film festival. SF3 Co-Founders Angela Blake and Ali Crew say they are thrilled to be involved.
“SF3 is about making filmmaking affordable and accessible and we can think of no better way forward for this dream than by joining with Susy in this amazing venture, the GMFA.” said Angela Blake. "Together we share the vision of fostering the careers of talented smartphone filmmakers and now we have the opportunity and the space to showcase their films to a truly international audience, helping to nurture their careers and the place of smartphone filmmaking in the film industry. We couldn't be more excited!.” Ali Crew, Co-Founder, SF3 SmartFone Flick Fest, Sydney, Australia. SF3.com.au
Heartland Film Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana has also joined GMFA to be the very first traditional film festival to become a member. Heartland Film Festival is the largest and longest-running film festival across Indiana celebrating their 26th anniversary in October.
“As soon as I learned of the Global Mobile Film Awards from Susy Botello, I wanted our film festival to be involved and show our support. I have followed Susy with her International Mobile Film Festival for a number of years and she has enlightened and educated me tremendously about the capabilities of filmmaking with mobile phones. Susy always seems to be one step ahead of filmmaking technology.” Craig Prater, President/CEO, Heartland Film Festival, Indianapolis, Indiana. HeartlandFilm.org
One of the awards that winning filmmakers from GMFA will receive is to form a unique judging panel to offer a special honorary award to one attending filmmaker during the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.
Susan has enormous respect for mobile filmmakers and is on a mission to help realize their dreams.
“GMFA provides an opportunity to filmmakers who have won awards with a film or video shot with smartphones to excel in the industry and claim an exceptional award for their hard work, skills and talents. Mobile filmmakers are independent filmmakers and their films can captivate, entertain, inform, educate, provide awe, amusement, can provoke empathy and can inspire just as any good film shot with any camera.”
International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego began forming in 2009 and has consistently grown throughout the years with an unaccredited Mobile Film School as a part of a Mobile Film Resource Center by S. Botello Productions™.
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