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In 2009, Susy Botello launched an idea she had been holding on to since 2003 with her company, S. Botello Productions™ based in San Diego, California.

She stalled launching it in 2004-2005 because movies shot with cell phone cameras would not be impressive on a large screen. Her mission was set to prove you could start as a filmmaker and be inspired to make films by respecting filmmakers and storytellers around the globe using the most accessible device, cell phones.

It took until April 2012 to realize the festival as she had intended, a genuine respectable live film festival to screen all the films, have workshops, Q&A’s and roll out the red carpet with an awards ceremony. Having promised filmmakers around the world that if they made films with any cell phone she would put them up in the festival in San Diego, she was able to deliver on the promise in April 2012.

The following is the story of how the festival has evolved and how it has consistently brought this unique event to San Diego with filmmakers attending from all over the world.

This video was created to share on the opening day of the 2020 edition of the festival. Unfortunately, the pandemic caused California to shut down the festival in March just a few weeks before the festival was scheduled. Although, the festival quickly switched gears and took place online, with an awards ceremony and virtual red carpet on schedule, this video did not make it into the festival.

The International Mobile Film Festival has continuously been held every year since 2012. In 2022 it marks its 11th annual edition and is scheduled to take place April 29, 30 and May 1st in beautiful San Diego, California.

Sponsors for #MFF2022SanDiego: FilmConvert, Moondog Labs, Filmic Pro, Star Wars Steampunk Universe, Engraving Pros, Swords and Circuitry Studios, Kid Comics, Hall H Show Podcast, Mobile Film Stories.

View the program and schedule for the in-person film festival April 29, 30 & May 1, 2022 in San Diego!

Get Your Tickets! Don’t miss the opportunity to celebrate and elevate mobile filmmaking in person in San Diego, California.

Watch an entertaining story about IMFF in San Diego: Shot by Susy Botello with an iPhone 6s in one afternoon and published the following day, we now present…the story. Buy Susy A Coffee!

Special thank you to our on-camera talent Aaron Nabus and Anthony De La Cruz.

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