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It's going to be greater than last year! This year's #MFF2018SanDiego brings about a dozen participating mobile filmmakers to the event in San Diego. We have selected 17 short films to screen during the festival. Filmmakers come from as far as Australia, and some are returning. Speaking of returning, Star Wars Steampunk Universe is returning to again to escort filmmakers on the red carpet before the awards ceremony. They will light up the scene with their unique and awesome costumes. They will also be announcing the new Cosplay Category to promote their stories as films to participate in our film festival, beginning #MFF2019SanDiego. Join us Saturday & Sunday, April 28 & 29 at the Marina Village Conference Center!


We will open our festival doors at 11AM on Saturday, April 28, with a special screening of a feature-length film shot with an iPhone by Brian McLane from New York. Brian will be giving a short lecture on how he opened the doors to smartphone filmmakers working wtih the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) so mobile films qualify to work with professional and Hollywood actors. But wait, there is more!

One of the actors in Brian's film is Tim Russ best known for his role as Tuvok from the Star Trek Voyager television series. Mr. Russ has agreed to make an appearance with a Q&A Session. So if you arrive for the opening on Saturday to watch Brian's film The Killer's Requiem, you won't miss the Q&A with Tim Russ. 

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We are very excited to be the first in the U.S. to premier the global Filmbreaker Movement from Sydney, Australia. Jason van Genderen, a pioneer filmmaker since 2008, will present an inspiring and passionate keynote about the changes in the cinematic industry thanks to smartphone cameras. Remember back when people would ask "who has a smartphone?" Today, everyone has one...the question is: who doesn't have a mobile phone!

Jason's Filmbreaker keynote presentation is one you'll want to be present for because, you may receive some gifts from Filmbreaker just for attending the presentation. How cool is that? Make sure you are there before Noon on Sunday, April 29 so you can grab a seat up front!

On Saturday, we are going to feature a short video sent to us from Nigeria by the UR4Africa organization as part of our annual Community Stories program. In the program, the filmmaker is a part of the community or culture she or he is sharing through film or video shot with mobile phones. 

At the end of the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, the last part of our festival event, we plan to raffle some prizes. Everyone who purchases a ticket will be given a raffle-Swagffle ticket. These prizes are tools to make mobile films and are child friendly (about 6yrs+). You must be present to receive your prize.

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Along with these special presentations, we will include a Mobile Filmmaking Workshop by the Mobile Film School (non-accredited) with attending participating filmmakers on Saturday. Their films will be showcased on Saturday and you will get to meet most of the filmmakers whose films will be screening. You will have a chance to meet the filmmakers and connect with them.

Our Brand Ambassador, Aaron Nabus will be in charge of our social media sharing moments on our social media, mainly our Facebook page @MobilFilmFestival. You can meet some of the attending filmmakers through our podcast SBP Podcast: The voice of mobile film™ on iTunes and other podcast platforms, or on your browser.

We are proud of the intimate setting and design of the International Mobile Film Festival. Our venue is beautiful with boats on the docks at the Marina Village Conference Center which has a big green and beautiful park for children, an informal restaurant for hungry attendees and beautiful sunsets. The festival room gives attendees room to network, take photos on a backdrop, with festival and sponsor logos, and to watch the films and presentations in a theater style and is designed so that everyone is a part of it. We have a philosophy about our film festival being traditional in the sense that we have a red carpet and awards ceremony, that films are showcased on a big screen, that we include a Q&A with attending filmmakers and allow networking between participants and attendees. However, all the films are shot with smartphones and that means that makes it unique.

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In traditional film festivals, most of the attendees don't have access to a camera to make films like the films they celebrate. In our film festival, you will leave inspired to make your own films and videos with the phone in your hand. You are going to leave empowered and inspired to make films and share your stories using your smartphone. Whether you want to make a corporate video for your small business, a brand video for your group, a music video for your band, a documentary of your great gandmother or a community member, a creative and imaginate film or share a story you imagined through film, you have access to the tools right now. Our film festival is designed to bring you into the world of mobile film and you are going to have a chance to ask questions and get answers on just how to even begin. Consider us your mobile film in-person search engine with added entertainment and hands-on!

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Are you ready for the wekend? We are super ready and we welcome everyone of all ages to celebrate making movies with smartphones all over the world with us in San Diego. Join us and be inspired to make your own. Cosplayers welcome in costume. 

Get your *tickets today! 

Location: 1936 Quivira Way, San Diego, CA 92109 Map

Room: E1

Saturday, April 28 11:00AM - 9PM

Sunday, April 29 11:30AM - 8PM

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*Ages 6 & under free. Parental supervision required for all films and attendance.

Special thank you to KUSI and News8

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