"We empower the storyteller inside you through filmmaking with your smartphone." - S. Botello Productions™
We designed programs around mobile cell and smartphone film as a 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 which included journalism and business beyond cinematic and documentary filmmaking. While we are not going to design a program around every industry in the world, we decided to concentrate on the following.
S. Botello Productions' model for mobile film has three core elements:
Educating, Showcasing and Distributing (ESD)
The International Mobil Film Festival™ is an annual event that takes place in San Diego, California. The festival showcases mobile films on big screens and has an awards ceremony with a red carpet "walk" with the filmmakers and actors. Participants also enjoy networking with industry professionals and other filmmakers.
MFF2017 will take place in San Diego the last weekend in April 2017. Opening Day is Friday, April 28. Film screenings and filmmaking workshop Saturday, April 29. Sunday, April 30 will include featured speakers, Q&A panel and the Red Carpet Awards Ceremony.
Via the Mobile Film School (non-accredited), S. Botello Productions™ (SBP) hopes to Educate, Inform and Train filmmakers and the general public on creating visual stories using their mobile phones as the most accessible current mobile technology through apps and creative means to give filmmakers an opportunity to create awesome mobile films which depict their artistic talent and skills in filmmaking and storytelling.
MobileChannel.TV is our Mobile Film Network Distribution Channel available for all devices with screens with web access of all sizes to watch films shot with phones on phones on the go or wherever you want to watch. We believe it is a choice the consumer has the right to make and be a part of if you are inspired to make your own.
We decided to promote a very important cause that is taking place in just about, if not all, communities around the globe: Story Telling. Yes. Story telling 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 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.
The maximum length of a community story for this exclusive program should not exceed 25 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 horizontal format.
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