Rules & Categories

IMFF 2023 is the 12th Annual Edition

You need to know the rules before you submit your film. International Mobile Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Check all the details below! The rules and criteria are all updated for 2023.

How do you submit? Click the button below to submit your films, screenplays and smartphone photos.

We’re giving back to the mobile filmmaking community with gift discount codes for feature and short films. See the News for the article.

In order not to overwhelm you on our website. Check these links below for more details.


All about the Short Film Categories

Narrative – Documentary – Ultimate Mobile – Cosplay – Screendance – Geography, Wildlife and Travel – Experimental – Music Video

IMFF 2022 San Diego, California

Changes we made for 2023: The Entire Book of Rules and Categories on our Knowledge Base.

Time Limit for the Short Film Competiton minimum 3 minutes and maximum 10 minutes.

Read about our festival’s new transformation which began in 2022.

Rookie Award Films (no change) minimum 1 minute and maximum 5 minutes.

Feature length films (no change) minimum 40 minutes and maximum 120 minutes (2 hours).

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. 


Mobile Screenplay Competition: Even though screenwriters don’t write for a camera brand, we are introducing a screenwriting competiton for short narrative films. One screenplay per submission. 

Frame A Story (One story in one frame)
Storytelling with a photo: Your photo should inspire the imagination of the viewer and it tells a story. Photos will be incorporated into a video montage sharing your photo and name on the large screen during the festival. Up to the limit allowed by FilmFreeway with a maximum of six photos. Get the details!

Smartphone Photo Contest
Smartphone Photo Contest: Frame A Story (One Story in One Frame)

Listen to one of the judges for the Smartphone Photo Contest share many great photography tips! Ant Pruitt has a show on TWIT TV (This Week In Tech podcast): Hands On Photography.

Below are the dates you need to keep tabs with:

October 19, 2022 Mobile Features Deadline

November 19, 2022 Mobile Shorts Deadline

November 19, 2022 Rookie Award Deadline

November 20, 2022 Short Screenplay Deadline

November 21, 2022 Photo Deadline

December 22, 2022 Extended Photo Deadline

December 23, 2022 Extended Short Screenplay Deadline

December 24, 2022 Extended Features Deadline

January 13, 2023 Extended Shorts Deadline

January 13, 2023 Extended Rookie Award Deadline

April 28 – 30, 2023 Festival Event Dates in San Diego, California