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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.

Tuesday, November 28 San Diego, California

Where do ideas for movies come from? Listen to episode 167 with the Fade In To Film panelists on the SBP Podcast. Subscribe to the podcast newsletter to receive it in your inbox as soon as it’s published today.

Go behind the scenes and follow the making of this project with Susy Botello. Be inspired.

Submit your feature films, short films, smartphone photos and short screenplays to the 13th Edition of San Diego’s International Mobile Film Festival.

Extended deadline for feature films is December 24. Extended deadline for short films is January 13. Check all other deadlines for photos and screenplays.

When you submit your project to IMFF, you’ll be automatically entered into our Grow Your Passion Raffle! *U.S. Mailing address only.

Zacuto is having a big sale! Get the Smart Z-Finder for $189 on Black Friday’s discount, still available!

“This rig is a mobile filmmaking game-changer! Once you use it, you’ll feel a renewed inspiration to film with your smartphone!” Susy Botello

FilmConvert are currently running a 40% off Black Friday sale which ends November 30!

Both FilmConvert Nitrate and CineMatch are on sale now.

Also from FilmConvert: Halation has also officially been launched for Nitrate!

One of the most inspiring discussions with the Fade In To Film panelists on the SBP Podcast! Listen to episode 165: Planning A Smartphone Feature Film – A Pre-Productio Walk-thru with Susy Botello, Levi Austin Morris, Ryan McDonald and Jason Rivera.

Listen now and you can also read an exclusive article. We also sent a friend link to our newsletter sign ups. Friend links for our publication, allow you to read more than three articles free on Medium.

Subscribe to the Smartphone Filmmaking publication on Substack by Susy Botello.

The SBP Podcast is free to the public with no ads. Help us keep it going with a paid membership and become a patron. Unlock exclusive episodes with the $5 a month membership, less than the price of a taco or a coffee per month. Listen to 25 exclusive episodes.


Our friends at Engraving Pros confirmed their sponsorship for IMFF 2024! We are extremely grateful to this local small business. Their reputation is exceptional.

Engraving Pros became our go-to for trophies beginning with the inaugural IMFF. In 2020, they began to sponsor the trophies including our logo and year with the names of the winning filmmaker on each trophy.

FilmConvert confirmed their sponsorship for IMFF 2024, their 8th annual sponsorship! We are truly honored.

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?

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

Listen to festival founder Susy Botello share her personal story.

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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.

The Misconception of Mobile Film

“Oh, yeah a found footage film, that’s incredible how far smartphone cameras have become!” Is this you? Have you heard this?

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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.

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.

TAKE NOTE: Submissions for IMFF 2024, our 13th edition opened June 19, 2023. The next festival dates are April 26, 27 & 28, 2024. Check Deadlines to all contests and competitions.

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