Mobile Filmmaking news from S. Botello Productions™ concerning our programs, events & community. We will occasionally share updates and other important news affecting the mobile film & video community in general. 

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Film Daily News: The International Mobile Film Festival: Embracing smartphone creators by Frankie Stein | Jan 23, 2020

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The mobile filmmaking panel during the LockDownCon, a virtual conferenece organized by Neal and Jana Hallford of Swords and Circuitry Studios, based in San Diego took place Sunday, June 28, 2020. It was "simulcast" on Facebook and YouTube LIVE Featuring Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow of "Blue Moon" by Stef Harris and "The Hobbit" by Peter Jackson.


All humans are invited to make a movie with mobile phone cameras for the International Mobile Film Festival. Our challenge to make films begins at That's right. We refuse to put an age limit on our film festival criteria. We have invited kids and teens to take part in our film festival since the beginning of time. Okay since the beginning of "our" time in 2009, at least. We'd like to share a few stories about what makes our Youth Film Category special.

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This summer, S. Botello Productions™ are proud sponsors of a special virtual conference: LockDownCon June 26-28, 2020 created and organized by IMFF sponsors Swords and Circuitry Studios from San Diego. 


Enlightened and inspired, we introduced a new category to the 2021 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. For IMFF 2022 this unique Dance Category is one of 12 categories in the newly transformed International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego.

Virtual IMFF 2020 web 

Events like film festivals are planned throughout the year with deadlines. Most film festivals traditionally take place around the same time every year. The International Mobile Film Festival has consistently taken place every year during the last weekend of April. IMFF 2020 was the 9th year of the event. It was set to be a very cool event and was ready to go as scheduled April 24-26, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Then, as someone put it, a huge wrench was thrown in the middle of it at the last minute and disrupted all the plans that we had worked so hard to organize. The wrench's name? COVID-19.