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Below, you’ll find news and updates with links to articles, podcast episodes, details about our film festival and our projects from our advocacy for smartphone filmmaking.

Saturday, February 24 San Diego, California

Meet the Judges for IMFF 2024

Jed Brophy, Mark Hadlow, Jennifer Zhang, Caroline Spence, Levi Austin Morris, Michael Koerbel, Ross Perkins | Jeremy Gladen, Ant Pruitt and Jack Lugar have confirmed their seats on the Judging Panels for IMFF 2024.

Announcing this year’s Smartphone Live Action Filmmaking Workshop. We are truly honored that Joey Min and Stephanie Pham are coming from the east coast in New Jersey to share this incredible workshop.

Joey Min and Stephanie Pham are the founders of Art School Dropouts and their workshop will highlight their techniques for live action filmmaking. Their film, “No Budget Zorro” shot entirely with an iPhone will be showcased during the workshop. Stay tuned for exact day and time. The festival takes place April 26-28.

image promoting smartphone live filmmaking workshop at the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in April.

IMFF 2024 Official Selections

Congratulations and huge thanks to everyone for finalizing the selection process. Official contestants for IMFF 2024.

Everyone who submitted but didn’t make it has also received individual emails. Now that we have completed phase one we move on to phase two. Stay tuned!

Our theme for the festival’s 13th Edition April 26-28 is ILLUMINATE!

Latest Podcast Episode

Episode 174 just released, “Community and Industry for Smartphone Filmmakers” Susy Botello shares a message and a secret announcement about the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.


We begin 2024 with some outstanding news, stay tuned!

About our film festival in San Diego, watch the video

Shot with iPhone, edited in iMovie and music created with Garageband. No ads or distractions, watch our story.

Our Story Begins with September 11, 2001

Have you heard the origin story of how our pioneering film festival was conceptualized? Did you know the idea of making movies for the big screen in the future began on September 11th, 2001?

Listen to festival founder Susy Botello share her personal story.

You can listen to episode 143 online, download or listen in your own app.

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A screen grab from a post on LinkedIn in the San Diego Video Production Network group, dated July 3, 2009. "Enter your mobile film shot on your mobile phone into the International Mobil Film Festival™ in San Diego's Community Stories Category free."
Above is a screen grab from years ago, months after promoting our new film festival for films shot with mobile phone cameras for the big screen in San Diego. We created our first category: Community Stories. It was the only category we had for a few years because we didn’t want to limit you to specific categories as long as you shot your films with your phone. The date on the image is from July 3, 2009.
MOBILE FILMMAKING PODCAST HISTORY: This logo was created by Susy Botello September 9, 2012. An idea to start a podcast for mobile filmmakers in 2012? She let it rest four years before diving in again about a year before publishing it October 2017 as the SBP Podcast. Never give up on your ideas. The SBP Podcast is thriving with over 165 full episodes.


If you are interested in learning how to start a podcast and bring a voice to your community or company, contact Susy Botello for a consultation.

Listen to the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking in your favorite podcast app: Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, iHeart, and more!

ARE YOU AWARE OF OUR SPECIAL PROGRAM? Community Stories is a program that launched almost concurrently with our film festival. We launched this program in July 2009. The program was the first category in the festival. Now it’s a stand-alone program included in the festival when appropriate. The concept is that stories told from within a community or culture are the most powerful. Read more.

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Social Media apps and websites are limiting content creators’ reach with their community by making it harder to see each other.

The most popular social media platforms are increasingly becoming undependable. It’s having an increasing negative effect on small independent creators and companies like ours, that support filmmakers, artists and creators.

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Hi there! I’m Susy Botello, Smartphone Film Industry Pioneer and Advocate, and the International Mobile Film Festival Founder & a Podcaster, inspiring storytellers globally.

I’m passionate about my work in my advocacy to empower storytellers, artists and filmmakers. I give a voice to our community of storytellers and filmmakers through my podcast, the festival, and other programs and platforms.

My passion keeps growing stronger over time. Since the Spring of 2009, when I launched our film festival, I’ve been advocating for mobile filmmakers, artists and content creators.

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