The cheers were heard throughout San Diego’s Marina Village during the International Mobile Film Festival’s 8th edition, April 27 & 28 at Marina Village Conference Center.
- Photo credit: S. Botello Productions™. Red Carpet Extravaganza! took place on Sunday, April 28 prior to the Awards Ceremony.
We would like to thank everyone who attended the 8th edition of the annual International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego this past weekend. The red carpet rocked the entire universe with an epic and unforgettable show. This year’s Red Carpet Extravaganza! was epic.
The showcase of films screened was a remarkable experience which brought us all through a range of laughs, thrills and tears. One of the films, was selected to showcase the Community Stories program. The film was The Deepest Cut, by Second Prize Award-Winner, Alexandra Guillossou.
The festival opened with a special treat: A video message from Jed Brophy of Blue Moon exclusively to #MFF2019SanDiego filmmakers. His message was followed with a special screening of the trailer. We’d like to send a special thank you to Jed Brophy, Richard Vizor, Stef Harris, and the entire team for your inspiration to our film festival filmmakers.
- Photo credit: S. Botello Productions™. Jed Brophy's video message to #MFF2019SanDiego Filmmakers followed by Blue Moon trailer, shot with iPhone.
The official opening kicked off with the feature film, Consensus Reality by Steve Peterson, starring Garret Richmond, Christina Toth and Gopal Divan. Steve came from LA and held a Q & A with attendees. Steve explained his process for turning a complex book into a film. You can find out more about his process in a podcast interview with SBP Podcast prior to the festival.
The screening day ended with the feature, Mad House by Ross Perkins who came from Australia, followed by a Q & A with producer Kimberley Heart. Ross Perkins’ Mad House received Best Feature Film Award. We realized during his acceptance speech that this was the premier screening anywhere in the world. You can listen to Ross share the process on how he made his film on the SBP Podcast.
Both films were over 1 hour 20 minutes long and received a great response from the audience.
Between both Feature Films, were the short 1-5 minute films.
- Photo Credit: Art Essence Photography. Ross Perkins and Kimberley Hart of Mad House awarded Best Feature Film, shot with an iPhone.
The official selection of 29 short films screened were created by Seth Dacio, Patrick Carelsz, The Real TALAI - Patricia Anderson, Prakash Gandhi Natarajan, Alexandra Guillossou, Makena Harkins, Smail Jarrou, Dania Eliot Smith, Oleg Loparev, Joyce Axelrod, Blake Worrell, Narelle Nash, Max Schleser, Alex Hrisanthopoulos & Josh Bryant, Beraat Gökkuş, Mickey Harrison, Payson R. Stevens, Ryan Ruffing, Frank Benitez, Amingo Thora, Dimitri Castiglioni, Mehmet Mıcık, Mohamad Mahfouz, Francisco Lidon Plaza, Georgie Barnes, Ryan Phillips, Francesco Faralli, John Gardiner & Hassan Kelydari.
All the short films were showcased in one session and everyone’s reaction was superb. We first showcased the films from the all ages session and then warned parents about the nature of the films from the “Freaky Films” session.
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. Some of the attending IMFF 2019 Filmmakers at the Marina. Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steve Peterson, Ross Perkins, Aleaxandra Guillossou, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia Loparev, Sofiia Loparev and Oleg Loparev.
On Sunday, the program included two presentations, the Red Carpet Extravaganza! and Awards Ceremony.
John Woosley from Missouri brought a special screening of Alex and the Firefly to the festival with a very thorough mobile filmmaking workshop. His interactive workshop included a Powerpoint presentation, a technical Q & A, and a very enlightening demonstration with attending participants, explaining some FilmicPro app features for filmmaking.
- Photo Credit: Art Essence Photography. John Woosley demonstrates some of the FilmicPro app features to attendees during #MFF2019SanDiego.
The moving viral film 61 Hugs by CK Goldiing brought warmth and happiness to everyone in the audience. CK’s Q & A session was very well received by everyone. CK provided an inspiring Q & A presentation. Most people in the audience went on to share the film in their social media channels after his session.
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. CK Goldiing (right) shares special screening of his viral film 61 Hugs with Q & A session during #MFF2019SanDiego.
Nathan Bechtold, the president of Indiana Filmmaker’s Network and fiscal sponsor of the festival, partnered with the #MobilizeStories Community Network and hosted a mobile filmmaking contest for Hoosiers from Indiana. He showcased a few of the short films and the films were very entertaining.
- Photo Credit: Art Essence Photography. President of Indiana Filmmakers Network, Nathan Bechtold (right),
Matt Huang from Free Vision provided everyone a great opportunity to try their gimbals hands-on with an exhibit during both days of the festival. FreeVision is offering a 10% Discount off entire purchase with promo code "susy" right now.
- Photo credit: Aaron Nabus. FreeVision Exhibitor Matt Huang (center) gimbal demo with Steve Peterson and Dania Eliot filmmakers.
Judge for the Short Films Competition Anthony Montes came from Los Angeles. Anthony was present both days of the festival, providing support, meeting filmmakers and asking questions during the Q & A sessions.
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. Judge for Short Film Competition Anthony Montes accepts certificate of appreciation during awards ceremony.
Some of the sponsors of this year’s festival came to celebrate with us the decennial anniversary since we launched in 2009. Our theme was Stories!
Sponsors Swords and Circuitry Studios and Uncharted Regions by Neal and Jana Hallford, Nathan Bechtold of Indiana Filmmakers Network, Aaron Nabus and Alex Benedicto of Hall H Show Podcast, and part of the Star Wars Steampunk Universe group were in attendance.
Big thank you's to our photographers Art Essence Photography and Dean Curry Photography!
- Alexandra Guillossou (center) walked away with two awards including Second Place for her film The Deepest Cut which shares the story of her brother and family's experience with Multiple Sclerosis. The film was selected and featured as a Community Stories program film. Alexandra is pictured with her husband Frederic and daughter Nathalie.
Awards presented during 2019 edition of the International Mobile Film Festival:
Blake Worrell for Upend, Los Angeles & Spain
Alexandra Guillossou for The Deepest Cut, Montana, U.S.A.
Francisco Lidon Plaza for Dulcinea, Spain
Ross Perkins for Mad House, Australia
2018 Global Mobile Film Awards™ Winners Brian Hennings and Matteo Tibiletti selected a short film from attending filmmakers. Matteo Tibiletti came from Italy to present the Honorary Award in person to Alexandra Guillossou for her film, The Deepest Cut.
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. 2018 Global Mobile Film Awards™ winner of Experimental Film Yes, No, Matteo Tibiletti presents GMFA Honorary Award to attending short film contestant Alexandra Guillossou for her film, The Deepest Cut, on behalf of GMFA honorary panel with Brian Hennings, 2018 Best Cinematography award by GMFA.
Thank you to everyone who participated and Star Wars Steampunk Universe for escorting all the attending filmmakers on the red carpet again this year!
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. Red Carpet with Star Wars Steampunk Universe group with IMFF founder, Susy Botello (center).
- Watch the Red Carpet Extravaganza! in San Diego!
Submissions for 2020 begin June 19, 2019 and end November 19, 2019 for shorts and October 19 for features.
We hope we created long-lasting and inspiring memories for everyone who participated with their attendance and their inclusion even if you could not attend.
- Photo credit: Art Essence Photography. Hall H Show Podcast sponsors with SBP IMFF Ambassador Aaron Nabus (center) and Alex Benedicto.
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