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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 first Connect and Meet Up Mobile Filmmaking San Diego Community #MobilizeStories Event took place September 19, 2018. We had a great turnout of people from San Diego who came to be a part of it. Everyone who came had a great time and was inspired to be a part and join the movement to make smartphone films and videos using smartphones.

If you are a storyteller and content creator, you already know video and film are the winning platform with the biggest reach. Since launching the International Mobile Film Festival in 2009, it has taken almost ten years for people to take notice at the power of mobile phone cameras in the quest to enter the film and video industries. Our film festival was a film festival determined to prove films shot with the phone that fits in your pocket could make great films worthy of a big screen.

Of course, that also means it is good enough for the journalsm and media industry including business and marketing industries as well. So what is keeping you from using your smartphone's camera to create films, videos and social media content? You most likely will not say that you need to purchase one because most everyone in the world has a smartphone. Does the tech involved keep you away? Are you intimidated? Do you feel like it's a lot of work? Are you hearing that you need this app or that gear and it's confusing you?

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Q&A Session during International Mobile Film Festival on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Photo credit: Dean Curry Photography

Sunshine, San Diego marina with boats, amazing sunsets, great films, workshops, Q&A Sessions, mobile film presentations, awesome people from around the world and inspiration. That was the scene at the 7th edition of the International Mobile Film Festival on April 28 & 29, 2018. The word is that everyone who spent the entire weekend with us loved the experience and being a part of the celebration. The highlights are worth noting along with a few deserving mentions. 

We have a lot to share in July, and it's not all in San Diego. First, we are going to present our Mobile Filmmaking Panel during San Diego Comic-Con International. Then we are off to Indianapolis to present a workshop at IndyShorts by Heartland Film. June 21st, we launched the new #MobilizeStories movement. 

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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!