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Our team collaborates on programs that benefit mobile filmmakers around the world. We're building a global resource focused on mobile smartphone filmmaking to encourage and inspire filmmakers to create films, tell stories and realize their dream using smartphone cameras.

"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

S. Botello Productions™ is committed!

We presented a mobile filmmaking panel at San Diego's Comic-Con International for four consecutive years and presented a mobile filmmaking lecture in Indianapolis for the inaugural IndyShorts International film Festival by Heartland Film.

We've taught mobile filmmaking like in Carlsbad Film Academy's Summer Camp.

We're available to present workshops and teach mobile filmmaking with iPhones. We are available for inspiring speaking presentations by our founder Susy Botello. Her vision for making films and videos after September 11 and the rise of social media led her to launch the International Mobile Film Festival in 2009 as a pioneer in the industry.

If you are a company looking for a solution to video production without the high cost of services and training, we can fulfill your need. Contact us with your information to schedule a conversation.

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S. Botello Productions™ created the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego to create a platform for filmmakers of all ages to showcase their talents creatively by replacing the need for film/video cameras with what most people already have in their pockets. To enter a film festival where only those who shoot their films with mobile smartphones could compete and showcase their work.


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Below is our team of collaborators for S. Botello Productions™ programs. We take our relationships seriously and provide our team with respect and dignity in what they do and their passion as collaborators. Together we can accomplish more and benefit collectively.

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Susan Botello | Founder & CEO

Owner/CEO of S. Botello Productions™ (2006) created International Mobile Film Festival (2009) as the centerpiece of an organic strategy to expand and support mobile filmmaking as a distinctive art form worldwide. She also created programs like the Mobile Film School (2012) and is host of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking (2017).

Susy Botello is the president of Mobile Film Stories. MFS is the world's first and only smartphone streaming service (2020).

Susy is passionate about storytelling and film. She's an avid speaker and storyteller spreading the message of the mobile film community worldwide.

"At the center of everything we experience is a story. Stories are always evolving. The only beginning and end to a story is the one that is told or the one we perceive." Susy Botello, January 2, 2020

Susan built SBP around a network of experienced professionals. She's a creative writer with an Associate of Science (A.S.) Degree in Media Communications. She has 20 plus years experience in video production not limited to PSA's, promos, documentaries, training, and funding videos. She is experienced with short and full feature films. Susy's worked on production sets as Director of Photography (DP), Production Coordinator, and Script Supervisor.

Susy's worked with kids and teens on a professional level, teaching video and film production. Her communication skills and talents allow Susy to promote, enhance, and inspire the creative talents of youth and adults.

Susy is also the host and creator of the SBP Podcast "The Voice for Mobile Film" launched in October 2017. The SBP Podcast has over 105 episodes exclusive to the mobile filmmaking industry and is considered one one of the top podcasts in the mobile smartphone filmamking niche industry. www.sbppodcast.studio

The SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is on IMDb. You'll find it on every popular podcasting app from Apple Podcasts to Amazon Music; iHeart Music to Pandora, and Spotify.

Don't hesitate to contact Susan Botello today. Susan is available for speaking engagements, presentations, and interviews.


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The Ambassador program for the International Mobile Film Festival has been in place since 2012. In 2016, we included SBP team members as part of the Ambassador program.


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Jed Brophy | Special VIP Ambassador International Mobile Film Festival San Diego

We are honored to have Jed Brophy as an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego. Jed Brophy has inspired many in the mobile film community as more filmmakers with a dream to make films share their stories by making films with smartphones. Jed Brophy will be attending the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego #MFF2020SanDiego.

Jed is a well-known accomplished actor in the film and theater industries. Alongside his good friend Mark Hadlow, Jed Brophy was a principal actor in the feature length film Blue Moon, written and directed by Stef Harris. The film was filmed around one single location with a limited budget and shot with the iPhone by Ryan O’Rourke. 

As a big supporter of mobile film and storytelling, Jed has joined our team of ambassadors. You can listen to Jed speak about mobile filmmaking on SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Epidode 55

Jed Brophy is a film actor from New Zealand. He has appeared in several of Peter Jackson’s films, including Braindead, Heavenly Creatures, The Lord of the Rings film Trilogy, and King Kong. Jed Brophy also appears as the dwarf Nori in The Hobbit films. His son Sadwyn Brophy played Eldarion in Return of the King and other Lord of the Rings films.

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Follow Jed Brophy on Facebook | Twitter | Instagram and IMDb 


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Mark Hadlow, NZOM (New England Order of Merit) | Special VIP Ambassador International Mobile Film Festival San Diego

It is a great honor to have Mark Hadlow as an Ambassador to the International Mobile Film Festival based in San Diego. Mark is one of the principal actors in the feature length film, Blue Moon. The film inspired many in the mobile filmmaking community with a dream to make movies to use their smartphones as cameras to realize those dreams.

Blue Moon also stars Jed Brophy, with whom Mark Played the dwarf Dori in The Hobbit film Trilogy. The Hobbit was Mark's third Peter Jackson movie. Blue Moon was written and Directed by Stef Harris. Mark’s daughter Olivia, plays a role in the film. Written and directed by Stef Harris, shot with the iPhone by Ryan O’Rourke and edited by Judd Resnick, Blue Moon is fast going viral with the mobile filmmaking community around the world.

Mark has joined our team of ambassadors. You can listen to Mark Hadlow speak about his role in Blue Moon and acting on SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking Episode 59

Mark Hadlow, ONZM, is one of New Zealand's best known actors. He has performed in countless theatre shows throughout New Zealand. Mark has made dozens of film appearances, several television series, commercials and radio voice-overs in the thousands.

He has directed many plays throughout New Zealand, some independent productions and for the Court Theatre in Christchurch.

In Meet the Feebles he voiced Heidi the Hippo and Robert the Hedgehog, and sang many of the songs. King Kong saw him rehearsing and performing the role of Harry in the vaudeville scenes opposite Naomi Watts and Bill Johnson.

The latest Peter Jackson movie just released “Mortal Engines” saw him playing the Auctioneer Stigwood.

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Aaron Nabus | Brand Ambassador for S. Botello Productions™

Aaron Nabus is Graphic Designer, Brand and Social Media Consultant and Podcaster from San Diego, CA.

From high school, where he was an editorial writer and Photography Editor to his professional career as a Graphic Designer – which included leading multiple design teams across the U.S. as the Design Manager at Autobytel/RPM and OneCommand (where he had a chance to work with large brands such as Mitsubishi, Toyota, Hyundai and Infiniti), he has always been fascinated with art, design, user experience, trends and storytelling.

As co-host of the Hall H Show (a comic book and pop culture podcast), he and co-host Alex Benedicto, have become a voice for independent creators and for artists in “artist alley” at various comic conventions. In fact, it was at San Diego Comic-Con 2016, where Aaron first met Susan, at her panel that showcased how smartphone technology has now gotten to a point where anyone in the world with a smartphone, can now make a movie that can be shown on the big screen. All you need is a compelling story!

As a frequent collaborator with Susan and supporter of the growing mobile film movement, Aaron is honored to be a Brand Ambassador for the International Mobile Film Festival.

Ambassador since February 2018


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Richard Vizor | Brand Ambassador for S. Botello Productions™

Richard Vizor is an Executive Producer based in London, England. Richard “Rich” Vizor has been extremely supportive to the S. Botello Productions™ brand since 2019 and has become a friend to SBP and the mobile filmmaking community using smartphones to make films.

Rich has been a persistent participant in our efforts to expand opportunities for people using smartphones to make films through the SBP brand of programs like International Mobile Film Festival, SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking and our newest platform: Mobile Film Stories, an online film and video streaming distribution and collaboration website.

He has experience working for prestigious corporations including but not limited to, Virgin, Universal Studios, BBC film, Warner Bros, and other film and TV production companies. His skills are grounded in all aspects of corporate management, lean and process application, finance, film studio management, and B2B marketing.

Rich started his career as a runner and worked his way up through being trained as a Studio Manager at the world renowned and prestigious Pinewood studios, the heart of filmmaking in the UK. In the last 15 years he has been an Executive Producer on 15 film, TV and Theatre productions.

Richard Vizor brings his extensive media corporate knowledge and business skills to the team of ambassadors at S. Botello Productions™ based in San Diego, California. 

Find out more about Rich Vizor on LinkedIn® and follow him on Twitter.

Ambassador since December 2020


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"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™

We created the world's official International Mobile Film Festival and began in the Spring of 2009 as the first film festival to screen films shot with mobile cell phones on a big screen in a traditional film festival setting.

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As one of the longest and established festivals in the world for mobile filmmakers, we have transformed our film festival for the 2022 11th edition and beyond, into a leading global film festival for professional mobile films for both, short and feature film competitions. We have added a separate competition for less experienced filmmakers: The Rookie Award.

As one of the world's oldest film festivals for smartphone films, we continue our reputation of professionalism within the industry and continue to raise the bar.

Our brand, International Mobil Film Festival™ is an annual event that takes place in San Diego, California. The festival brings people together to celebrate storytelling through mobile filmmaking. We showcase short and feature films shot with smartphones on a big screen.

We present a unique awards ceremony with our "Red Carpet Extravaganza!" honoring mobile filmmakers from all competitions; actors, and crew of all ages. All participating filmmakers are escorted by Red Carpet Sponsors Star Wars Steampunk Universe on the red carpet.

Each year, the festival recruits a number of volunteer judges with no interference from the festival to select the winning films for shorts and feature films.

Participants in our film festival enjoy networking with industry professionals and make new friends and genuine connections.

International Mobile Film Festival is aGOLD Member Film Festival on FilmFreeway.com and an IMDb qualifying film festival.


Festival founder Susy Botello has presented mobile filmmaking panels at San Diego's Comic-Con International each year from 2016 until the pandemic in 2020. She also presented a seminar on mobile filmmaking in Indianapolis for IndyShorts by Heartland Film.

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Susy Botello's Mobile Filmmaking Seminar Indianapolis IndyShorts Inaugural festival by Heartland Film.

Susy taught a summer camp to teens on mobile filmmaking organized by Carlsbad Film Academy's Summer Camp in Carlsbad High School with middle-schoolers. Susy Botello is the host of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking with over 100 episodes of inspiring and informative discussions with mobile filmmakers and others around the world. The podcast is for everyone who is making smartphone films and videos, or is interested in doing so. It aims to inspire its listeners and is available in all major podcasting apps, including iHeart, Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Podcasts, via Alexa and more.

Susy is available to present workshops, teach mobile filmmaking with iPhones, and inspiring speaking seminars. Susy Botello's vision for making films and videos after September 11 and the rise of social media led her to launch the International Mobile Film Festival in 2009 as an empowering medium for storytellers.

In 2009, IMFF was for only films shot with mobile phones to present on a big screen during a live film festival event in San Diego and established IMFF a pioneer in the industry.


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We designed programs around mobile cell and smartphone film as a global community platform. When we designed our film festival exclusively for films shot with mobile and smart phones we envisioned the benefits to the entire world regardless of the industry beyond cinematic and documentary filmmaking. Our model for mobile film programs has three core elements: Educating, Showcasing and Distributing (ESD). 

Watch our story about our film festival in San Diego. We went out one afternoon with our iPhone and some gear, shot the video and by the next afternoon published our story. Be inspired and watch.

Streaming Service for Smartphone Films and Videos

On September 8, 2020, we announced the groundbreaking launch of MobileFilmStories.com, the first-ever Pay Per View multimedia platform for production, distribution and viewing of mobile films nationwide and internationally.

The innovative platform offers an online video-streaming service and community uniquely positioned for smartphone filmmakers and their diverse audiences. MobileFilmStories.com (MFS) provides an open space for the public and filmmakers – aspiring, novice and seasoned alike – to learn more about the mobile filmmaking process through best practices and educational resources. MFS also supplies the latest news and information, interactive communication, collaboration and unique networking opportunities for the emerging global mobile film market. 

Find out more on MobileFilmStories.com


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We are the official pioneer Mobile Film School (non-accredited) organized in 2011 and launched officially by S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) September 4, 2012.

SBP's Mobile Film School Educates, Informs and Trains filmmakers and the general public on creating visual stories using their mobile phones as the most accessible current mobile technology promoting professional and creative hands-on techniques to give filmmakers an opportunity to create awesome mobile films and videos which depict their artistic talent and skills in filmmaking and storytelling.

You can watch a testimonial short video from one of our workshops. 



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The SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking, www.SBPpodcast.studio, officially launched October 2017 and it's listed in IMDb.

The Voice of Mobile Film™ is for everyone who ever wanted to or is curious about making movies and videos using smartphones.

Mobile Film and Video is our focus and innovation is what drives us.

"My passion for storytelling and technology brings me to connect my experience in video and film to storytelling for everyone—using mobile phones." Susy Botello

S. Botello Productions is a pioneer in the mobile film industry since 2009.

Our podcast was created to promote and share stories by and for people who are making films using smartphones from all over the world. Its purpose has been to inspire people of all ages to realize their dream to make films and get involved in this emerging new industry. We want to share information and stories about mobile filmmaking.

SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is available on just about all podcasting platforms including, Apple PodcastsiHeart RadioSpotify.





MobileChannel.TV is our Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel launched on Independence "Indie-pendence" Day: Celebrating the Independence of filmmakers and video content creators. If you are a shooting your films and videos with your smartphone, we would like to include you in our network. Network Distribution is part of MFTV. We invite you to join MFTV as an opportunity to distribute your film online to all devices.



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We are delighted to promote a very important cause that is taking place in just about, if not all, communities around the globe: Storytelling.

Storytelling has been going on since the beginning of time. But today any person, whether a child, an elderly person, a homeless person, a college student or professional…can simply take their cell phone out of their pocket, and if it has a video camera and online access, share the story with the world.

Community Stories Program is Open to the World!

International Mobil Film Festival™ is opening its doors to the entire world to enter films shot on mobile phones, edited by any means, in order to showcase the films for recognition. We decided to make this category from our film festival into a featured program for the Mobile Film Resource Center.

Personal Community Story films are to bring awareness of the personal experiences involving communities around the globe as we are in such turmoil and economic chaos.

We really feel this venue platform needs to exist, and since we always think as innovators, we are opening our doors and our arms to these stories told by people who are right in the middle of it. You have to be a part of the community or culture whose story you are sharing through this program. We can train people who have never made a film to share their story using their smartphone's video camera.

We hope these stories will shed light to the heads of governments around the world to finally "feel" the experiences of people everywhere and make a positive impact by lobbying or literally creating and passing bills that truly bring empathy and happiness to our world.

If you are an organization or individual, school or company with a need to promote your community and culture through your own voice you have found your solution with this program available to everyone. We are creating a channel for community stories on our website and our Mobile Film Distribution Network Channel - MFTV. Your story can be a part of it and the world can be a part of your story from your own perspective. Community Stories was designed by Susy Botello at the onset of the IMFF launch in 2009.

The maximum length of a community story for this exclusive program should not exceed 15 minutes and the best stories are about 5 minutes long. All films to be shot with only mobile phones. Audio can be external. Editing does not have to be done on a phone. All stories must be told from someone within the community or culture and abide by copyright laws. These rules are exclusive to the program and are separate from our film festival competition category. However, all videos must be shot using mobile phones and be shot in the horizontal format.



We are available for workshops and lectures to present an inspiring program to a group or organization. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and be a part of what makes the world go around and connects us -- storytelling.


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NOTICE: New Update to the film festival's model through a transformative new design for the film competitions has been implemented.

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Promoting Art, Technology & Education

S. Botello Productions™ is forming a mobile film resource center for the world to access. A strong emphasis is on connecting the world of filmmaking to mobile filmmakers around the globe via new technological advances with mobile phone cameras.


Our Mission

Through the new competition for less experienced filmmakers: The Rookie Award, IMFF continues to fulfill its mission while continuing to raise the bar for the mobile filmmaking industry as a world leader in mobile smartphone filmmaking. Learn more about our transformation to attract and inspire good filmmakers sharing great stories with smartphone filmmaking. Quinn Friedman received the inaugural Rookie Award in-person during IMFF 2022 Sunday, May 1.

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 around the world! All ages welcome. Our mission is our passion and we are sharing mobile filmmaking internationally with our collaborators, sponsors and partners.


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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We are global pioneers based in America's Finest City, San Diego, California. Our film festival is well known around the world as the longest running live venue event movie film festival for only films shot with smartphones.

Contact Us to sponsor the International Mobile Film Festival in April 2023 and support the future of filmmaking today!

THANK YOU to our sponsors who have confirmed sponsoring IMFF 2023 taking place April 28, 29 & 30! We've confirmed FilmConvert, Swords & Circuitry Studios, Star Wars Steampunk Universe and Dude Vader, and ProductionHUB.


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FilmConvert has been a sponsor of IMFF since 2017 and has confirmed 2023.

Moondog Labs joined as a sponsor of IMFF 2022.

Filmic Pro supports IMFF 2022 as sponsor.

Engraving Pros has been providing Trophies for our festival since the innaugural event. 

Star Wars Steampunk Universe has been sponsoring our unique Red Carpet Extravaganza since 2017 and has confirmed 2023.

Swords and Circuitry Studios has been sponsoring the audio & visual equipment since 2018 and has confirmed 2023.


WATCH: Fun event video celebrating mobile smartphone filmmaking during IMFF 2022 in-person in San Diego! 


"Excellent communication and incredibly supportive of the work. Would highly recommend this festival!"

Daniel Tomcik | IMFF 2022


"San Diego has a hidden gem with the International Mobile Film Festival. Founder, Susy Botello has created not just a niche but a standard for other festivals to follow. Thank you choosing my short film and I hope to return in the future."

Niles Larson | IMFF 2022


"We recently attended the IMFF with our film Surveilled, which screened on the first day, and we loved every minute. It's in a beautiful location (Mission Bay, San Diego), and the welcome from festival director, Susy Botello, was warm and welcoming. The standard of films selected was very high, as was the projection and sound systems. The networking opportunities at this festival are very good, and we attended a fascinating workshop by filmmakers Ryan and Brandie McDonald. If you get accepted into this festival, I would highly recommend you attend!"

Caroline Spence | IMFF 2022


"The International Mobile Film Festival was amazing well run and organized by Susy Botello and her staff and judges from around the world. They built an interactive website that was deeply thought out yet easy to comprehend and be instantly involved. Hats off to this film fest for making such an enjoyable event happen online during these times of world health issues. I can’t thank them enough for including my family’s pandemic short: “Don’t Tell Mom!”"

Karl Niemiec | IMFF 2021


"Fantastic festival! Very good communication. Thanks so much."

Paul London | IMFF 2021


"A fabulous festival. Adapted for Covid times. Friendly and supportive of filmmakers. Thank you!"

Anne Taylor | IMFF 2021


"Super Festival! Susy is amazing ! She's taking care of you and she gives you a great support! Very well organised! I highly recommend this festival"

Jake Meniani | IMFF 2021


"IMFF was my first film festival. Susy Botello is a gracious host and responds to questions quickly. The IMFF team was wonderful! I highly recommend this event!!!!"

Lillian Carter | IMFF 2021


"Recommended festival. One of the coolest! and I am grateful to have been included in the 10th edition, a large community of mobile filmmakers that Susy and her crew have been following for several years."

Sigfrido Giammona | IMFF 2021

"Brilliant communication, organization and the offers of opportunity."

Michèle Jedlicka | IMFF 2021

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SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is The Voice Of Mobile Film™ now playing on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and many more podcast platforms and apps. The SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking is officially listed in the greatest movie and entertainment database IMDb.



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