Welcome to the 10th Edition of the International Mobile Film Festival


The Red Carpet is in your pocket™

10th Anniversary



Theme for 2021: YOUR STORY

April 23-25, 2021

 Venue: Your Screens

presented by S. Botello Productions™

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50 Short Films & Three Feature Films Shot with Smartphones Around the World!

Notice: We want to send our sympathies to everyone affected by the COVID-19 situation. We are working with filmmakers and participants to bring the event online due to the crisis with the pandemic. We are adhering to the laws and recommendations from the state of California and San Diego.


Congratulations to the winners 2021!

Charon (iPhone 8 Plus) - Best Feature Film - by Jennifer Zhang, California
War Is Not A Game (iPhone 11 Pro) - First Place Short Film - by Arthur Mikheev, Russia
A Train To Home (iPhone 6 & 7) - Second Place Short Film (featured Community Stories) by Razi Uddin, Pakistan
Shifted (iPhone 11 Pro) - Third Place Short Film by Ben Treston, United Kingdom

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Feature Film Competition

Congratulations to Best Feature Film Winner: Jennifer Zhang! Her film Charon, was shot and edited on her iPhone by Jennifer as she directed and played the protagonist. 

Charon was one of three narrative feature films in the competition, which also included: So Sicily by Jai Sharma and Chandan Roy Sanyal from India. And Threshold by Patrick R Young and Powell Robinson from California.

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Listen to Episode 94: SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking with Jennifer Zhang - Charon & read the article


Short Film Competition

Congratulations to the winners!

War Is Not A Game - First Place Short Film - by Arthur Mikheev, Russia

A Train To Home - Second Place Short Film (featured Community Stories) by Razi Uddin, Pakistan

Shifted - Third Place Short Film by Ben Treston, United Kingdom


50 Short Films (1-5 minutes) All shot with smartphones were showcased in the festival onlineduring our 10th Anniversary edition of the 2021 International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego. Read more on the Event Program Page.

Congratulations to all the filmmakers who worked hard, persisted, overcame obstacles, persevered and stayed creative to complete their films.

Alexandra Guillossou - Out of Thin Air | Sigfrido Giammona & Clara Congera - The Meeting | Lionel Nakache - After You | Emma Asquith - It's Your Turn | Cassius Rayner - London Falls Silent | Beraat Gökkuş - Paris Confinée | Anthony Bradford - Raider of the Last TP | Jason Hargreaves - Ahy-suh-ley-shuh n | Dalia El-Akkad - Jungle Law | Paul London - Lockdown | Lillian Carter - Woman | Ben Treston - Shifted | Brian Plonka - In Plane English | Jake Meniani - I Just Need Love | Neil Walshe - Dawn Heist | Karl J. Niemiec - Don't Tell Mom | Anne Taylor - The Beautiful Picture | Sonia Violeta Rodrigues Müller - No Turning Back | Shirin Afrand - Lyrics of Life | Seth Dacio - Against the Grain: What is a Startup | Razi Uddin - A Train To Home (Featured Community Story) | Patty Babin - Shelter in Place | Narelle Nash - The Doll | Lucy Grossi - What the Heck? | Jiaoyang Li - I Promise to Enter the Oversized Hat | Colin Babcock - Too Young | Charise Greene - Off The Grid | Athena Efter - Love and Sacrifice | Anne Leigh Cooper - Anna | Aïda Touihri - From Mother to Daughter (Featured Community Story) | Adam Rettek - Lasagna Meditation | Jiaqing Chen and BlueOnPink - AAAngsty AAAlice | Michèle M Jedlicka - And So It Went | Lansy Fent - Of Course I Speak French | Derek Penn DeRoche - Heading Out | Brandie Rich - Quiet On Set | Arthur Mikheev - War is Not A Game | Bjørn Erik Pihlmann Sørensen - Hockey | William Thomas Pisciotta - The Yeti | Riyadh Haque - Audrey | Winston GelderbloemAcceptance | Cody TarboxLa Fiesta | Ryan Taeck-gyu. KIM - A Special Gift | Talin Agon - Touch/Screen | Lawrence Chandam - The Bird Song | Jonathan Croft - Herman Faustus Chatman Pt. 2: The Music Team | Nicholas Shoesmith - Cell | Prakash Gandhi Natarajan - Out Of Our Windows | Dimple Devadas - Flashover | Simon Lex - Emily


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Want to support storytellers and filmmakers of all ages around the world? We provide a platform and a voice to mobile filmmakers. If you would like to sponsor, we urge you to contact us.

Every year our film festival grows. Our slogan is The red carpet is in your pocket!™

We are pioneers in the mobile film industry helping people of all ages, from many places around the world realize dreams since 2009, from a vision after 9/11.

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All participating filmmakers from the Short Film and Feature Film competitions participated in the Red Carpet Extravaganza! escorted by members of the Star Wars Steampunk Universe, prior to the Awards Ceremony on Sunday, April 26, 2019. We cannot wait to do it again in our next live event film festival, once we are given the green light and it's safe for all attendees to come together in person.

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Star Wars Steampunk Universe and festival founder Susy Botello. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.

A unique red carpet experience for attending filmmakers each year since 2017. 

The Red Carpet Extravaganza! is unique to IMFF in San Diego since 2017. Sponsored by Star Wars Steampunk Universe.The group caught the eye of Lucas Film when they teamed up for a panel at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in 2015. They soon began to form the Star Wars Steampunk Universe and their debut as a group was at the San Diego Comic-Con International in 2016 where they received an award as the Best Costume Group from the Hollywood Costume Designer’s Guild. Join us in 2020 to be escorted by this Southern California famed group! Read and/or listen to their story: SBP Podcast Episode 52.



About Us

A platform for mobile film story tellers from everywhere in the world was launched by in 2009 by founder Susy Botello with S. Botello Productions™ in San Diego. IMFF gives a voice to the individual storyteller through mobile phone camera technology available to almost anyone anywhere in the world. With some experience and skill, everyone has an opportunity to share stories through film and video.

Our platforms include our festival (IMFF), our podcast (SBP Podcast), and our newest platform: Mobile Film Stories (Mobile Film Video Streaming Community).

Your sponsorship and support enables our programs to thrive and provide a global platform where everyone has a voice through film and the novice and experienced filmmakers around the world can get a foot into the door of the film industry by showcasing their skills and talents using their phones' camera to capture their footage. We open the door to the world of filmmaking through the creativity of the technology in mobile phones. 

The world's official International Mobile Film Festival is a pioneer in the smartphone filmmaking industry. Only films shot with mobile phones qualify to participate in our film festival. The live venue film festival takes place during the last weekend in April annually. We embraced a community building platform since launching in 2009. It has grown with our support of other mobile film festivals and filmmakers around the world. 

Participating filmmakers from all over the world attend the festival in San Diego to screen their smartphone films as we present them on a big screen, they participate in Q&A Sessions, workshops, participate in the Red Carpet Extravaganza! & Awards Ceremony, network, and celebrate smartphone mobile filmmaking around the world in America's Finest City. 


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Most attending filmmakers IMFF 2019, Marina Village Conference Center San Diego, California.

Left to right: Kimberley Hart, Steven Palmer Peterson, Ross Perkins, Mickey Harrison, Georgie Barnes, Seth Dacio, Joyce Axelrod, Dania Eliot, Nataliia, Oleg and Sofiia Loparev. Photo credit: Art Essence Photography.


Our Mission

The purpose of our mobile film festival is not only to create interest and spark creativity in people of all ages with limited income or resources, but to actually inspire creative filmmakers to live to their potential and realize the opportunity to fulfill their dream. ​The International Mobil Film Festival™ is for everyone! All ages welcome.

Imagine that you are on the red carpet in our film festival with a famous director like Steven Spielberg who shot a film with a mobile phone as well! We provide a venue for all humans to make a mobile film regardless of experience. This is an equal arena for all filmmakers all around the world, famous and not so famous alike. The competition is on! This is your time to shine on the red carpet! All things being equal...


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"A great festival to be apart of! The team is great at communicating and providing opportunities for the filmmakers to share and discuss their film, especially shooting on mobile devices. The line up this year was fantastic, and though we were not able to attend a live event (because of the pandemic) we look forward to meeting everyone in person in future years. If you're a filmmaker who made your movie with a mobile device, this festival is a must!"

Ryan McDonald | IMFF 2020

"I had a wonderful experience dealing with Susy and the IMFF. From start to finish the communication was excellent. I felt like my film was in good hands, and the support was amazing. This year's festival was forced to be online, but I have no doubt the hospitality and networking would have been top-notch had I been able to attend in person in San Diego. Highly recommend joining this family of mobile filmmakers."

Ian Leer | IMFF 2020

Amazing film festival. Excellent communication in the lead-up. If you're lucky enough to attend, organizer Susy Botello will go out of her way to make sure you have the best film festival experience you could ever expect. Features include great workshops, taking part in filmmaker Q&As, and ample networking opportunities. Susy is a true champion of the smartphone filmmaking community. Don't hesitate to enter!” - Brian Hennings, Attended IMFF 2017 & 2018 from Australia

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