Program Schedule IMFF 2022
Photo by Dean Curry Photography, edited by S. Botello Productions™
Left to right back row: Cooper Friedman, Madison Friedman (front), Quinn Friedman, Niles Larson, Caroline Spence, James Smith, Kelly Calabrese, Dave Calabrese, Randy Zuniga, Julia Zuniga, Alison Kohlhardt; Center front row: Clint Clark (left), Preston Meneses (right).
The 11th edition of San Diego's International Mobile Film Festival took place in-person in San Diego April 29, 30 & May 1. Filmmakers and industry pros came out to our beautiful city to celebrate mobile filmmaking and the global community of storytellers and filmmakers making films using smartphone cameras. An online will follow. Dates are being determined.
Feature Film Competition Winner
Best Feature Film: Darcy Yuille | One Punch (iPhone 8 Plus & iPhone X)
Runner Up: James Smith and Caroline Spence | Surveilled (Samsung S9+)
Mobile Short Film Competition Winners
First Prize: Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar | The Secret Life of Bees (iPhone 11 XS Max)
Second Prize: Taylor Buoro | Packet Mix (Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra)
Third Prize: Marcelo Ignacio Lagreze | (PAUSE) - (iPhone XR)
Innaugural The Rookie Award Short Film Competition Winner
The Rookie Award: A Boy's Best Friend by Quinn Friedman (iPhone 12 Pro Max)
Best of Category Winners
Daniel Michael Tomcik | Best Experimental Short Film, To Dust I Shall Return.
Clint Clark | Best Music Video Short Film, Dream Come True
Marcelo Ignacio Lagreze | Best Documentary Short Film, (PAUSE).
Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar | Best Geography, Wildlife and Travel Short Film, The Secret Life of Bees.
Jon Gill | Best Ultimate Mobile Short Film, Working At Home.
Cara Hagan | Best Screendance Short Film, Holocene Dreams.
Taylor Buoro | Best Narrative Short Film, Packet Mix.
#MFF2022SanDiego Live In Person April 29-May 1, 2022
We worked hard to bring back the LIVE IN PERSON International Mobile Film Festival to San Diego! Join us for a very special event.
Our theme this year: Elevate!
Viewer discretion is advised for all films. Many films are suitable for all audience levels. You can decide which films may not be suitable for younger audiences. *Some sessions may run a little shorter or longer.
Six feature films, 25 short films plus four short Rookie films, a mobile filmmaking workshop, Q&A Panels are just some of the highlights of this year's back in person festival in San Diego!
Raffle: Winners must be present to receive a prize and must provide proof of a ticket for the day of the raffle. Congratulations to the winners!
FRIDAY, DAY ONE: APRIL 29
11:00AM to 8:00PM
11AM - 12:30PM: Meet and Greet the filmmakers and VIPs.
12:30PM - 3:00PM: Surveilled, feature film by James Smith & Caroline Spence, in attendance with actors Robert Roworth and Kelly Calabrese.
Q&A with Surveilled filmmakers from United Kingdom in person.
30 minute break: Mingle and networking.
3:30PM - 5:00PM: I Feel I have Lost Something, feature film by Sigfrido Giammona in Italy.
5:00PM - 6:30PM: *Chill Gala and raffle!
Winner must be in attendance.
6:30PM - 8:00 PM: Misplaced, feature film by James Demitri in Australia.
SATURDAY, DAY TWO: APRIL 30
10:00AM to 7:30PM
10:00AM - 11:00AM: Opening remarks and greetings.
11:00AM - 1:00PM: Beyond, feature film by Oleg Loparev in California.
1:00PM - 2:00PM: Lunch break. Several dining options on the premises.
2:00PM - 3:00PM: Rookie Award Showcase.
Q&A with attending Rookie filmmakers moderated by Susy Botello.
30 minute break: Mingle and networking.
3:30PM - 5:00PM: Short Film Screening! 25 films between 1 & 5 minutes each.
5:00PM - 6:00PM: *Mingling session and raffle.
Winner must be in attendance.
6:00PM - 7:30PM: One Punch, feature film by Darcy Yuille in Australia.
SUPER SUNDAY, LAST DAY: MAY 1
11:00AM to 9:00PM
11:00AM - 12:00PM: Brun-Chill & Greets!
12:00PM - 1:30PM: The Woman Who Robbed the Stagecoach, feature film
by Travis Mills in Arizona.
30 minute break: Mingle and network.
2:00PM - 3:00PM: Hands-On Mobile Filmmaking Workshop with Ryan and Brandie McDonald from Utah.
30 minute break: Mingle and network.
3:30PM - 4:30PM: RED CARPET Extravaganza! Show with filmmakers and Star Wars Steampunk Universe Cosplay Group!
4:30PM - 5:30PM: Lunch Break. Don’t be late for the Filmmakers’ Q& A Panel!
5:30PM - 6:30PM: Q&A Panel with filmmakers from the official screening.
6:30PM - 7:00PM: Photo Shoot with participating filmmakers and Dean Curry Photography at the Marina. Attendees, take a breather.
7:00PM - END: AWARDS CEREMONY with closing remarks by festival founder and director Susy Botello.
That's a wrap!
News Update: April 1, 2022
We'll comply with the most recent guidelines set by the County of San Diego and the California Department of Public Health regarding COVID-19 for small events. Please be courteous.
Feature Film Competition 2022
Watch SIX full feature length narrative films. One film will receive the Best Feature Film Award to be presented during the live Awards Ceremony at the festival in San Diego on Sunday, May 1.
All films were shot with smartphones. Not more than 10% total drone footage is acceptable.
RUNNER UP AWARD
James Smith and Caroline Spence - ATTENDING IN PERSON
FRIDAY 12:30 PM
Inspired by popular crime novels depicting a violent serial killer, a copycat murderer emerges to terrorize the town of Clairmont.
Mystery, Horror, Spy | 1 hour 46 minutes 11 seconds
Credits: James Smith, Director
Caroline Spence, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Johnny Kinch "Frank" | Robert Roworth "William Marshall" | Melanie Aumann "Dr Laura Carlyon"
I Feel I Have Lost Something
FRIDAY 3:30 PM
iPhone 12 Pro Max
The evolution of humanity has come to the point of making the entire population immortal, to put an end to the suffering caused by death, disease, and wars. Michele, tired of the monotony of his own existence, enters a mysterious house, one of the last places where, whoever wishes, can still exercise the right to die. Looking around upon arrival, Michele realizes the house is nothing more than a pleasant place, suspended between reality and dream, where the memories gradually erased by eternity come to life.
Drama | 1 hour 15 minutes 15 seconds
Credits: Sigfrido Giammona, Director, Producer, Editor
Writer: Fabio Appetito, Mariano Macale
Director of Photography: Massimo Amaro
Audio Engineer & Mixing: Marco Trapani
Composer: Emanuele Buonocunto | Original Music Composer: Sigfrido aka Retro F Giammona
Producers: Cinzia Scardilli, Igor Petrotto, Fabio Appetito
Key Cast: Igor Petrotto "Michele" | Roberta Azzarone "Dafne" | Alessandro Marverti "Attilio" | Eletta Del Castillo "Isadora" | Lorenzo Parrotto "Mr. Smith"
FRIDAY 6:30 PM
A man consumed by grief, loses his ability to speak after the death of his mother. As his life begins to fall apart, and he detaches from the world around him, he seeks the help of an unconventional doctor. The results are dreamlike, reflective and often beautiful as he tries to come to terms with his loss and find his voice.
Poetic | 1 hour 25 minutes 48 seconds
Credits: James Demitri, Director, Writer, Producer, Editor
Key Cast: Matt Levett "Him" | Kate Box "Doctor"
SATURDAY 11:00 AM
iPhone 11 Pro
In real world we didn’t get used to question the reality of all that’s happening. That’s why even the most fantastic events look as reality to us in our dreams. Sometimes when we sleep we get ahold of our mind control and we start to understand what to do next. Unconscious dream turns into lucid dreaming.
SciFi, Drama | 1 hour 12 minutes 36 seconds
Credits: Oleg Loparev, Director, Writer
Key Cast: Nataliia Lopareva "Alissa" | Alexandru Achindinov "Bruce" | Nick Palma "Father" | Sofiia Lopareva "Alissa as a child # 1" | Liza Sitnikova "Alissa as a child # 2"
BEST FEATURE FILM AWARD
SATURDAY 6:00 PM
iPhone 8 plus and iPhone X
ONE PUNCH is a gritty, teen drama about Matt Mercado, a young Italian Australian man on the cusp of adulthood, struggling in his final year at high school and trying to hold on to the friendships and innocence of his youth.
Drama, Young Adult | 1 hour 14 minutes 6 seconds
Credits: Darcy Yuille, Director, Writer
Producers: Margaret Tillson, Sher Li Tan
Key Cast: Alex Arco "Matteo Mercado" | Mirko Grillini "Carlo Mercado" | Jessica Osrin "Teresa Scasi" | Sergej Arcaba "Antonio Mercado" | Jacob Ehlefeldt "Isaac Lee"| Stavros Psoras "Eledio Scasi " | Amanda Grillini "Tania Mercado"
The Woman Who Robbed the Stagecoach
SUNDAY 12:00 PM
iPhone 11 Pro Max
One of 12 Westerns made in 12 months during 2020, this film tells the true story of Pearl Hart, played by Lorraine Etchell, a woman who goes through a series of bad relationships with men, eventually turning to a life of crime with a European drifter named Joe Boot (Travis Mills). Together they decide to rob a stagecoach, leading Pearl to be one of the most famous female outlaws of all time.
Western, True Story, Historical | 1 hour 22 minutes 29 seconds
Credits: Travis Mills, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Lorraine Etchell "Pearl Hart" | Travis Mills "Joe Boot"
Red Carpet Extravaganza and Awards Ceremony
The awards ceremony for the International Mobile Film Festival celebrates all the filmmakers, participants, judges, Speakers, ambassadors and Sponsors. The red carpet is one of the funnest and most entertaining portions of each year's festival. Thanks to sponsors Star Wars Steampunk Universe and Dude Vader, participating filmmakers receive the star treatment during our red carpet show. Everyone who attends enjoys the unique celebratory show!
Thank you to IMFF honorary ambassadors, Jed Brophy and Mark Hadlow in New Zealand best known as Nori and Dori in "The Hobbit" films by Peter Jackson.
Thank you to our brand ambassadors & teammates, Aaron Nabus in San Diego and Rich Vizor in the United Kingdom.
We are grateful for the judges for the 11th Edition of the International Mobile Film Festival. You can read about all of them on our website.
Our festival ensures there are plenty of opportunities for filmmakers, VIPs and attendees to engage one-on-one in person. One of the most valuable benefits of our live events includes a space and vibe that encourages supportive human interaction.
You won't know what you're missing until you've attended the festival. Those who attend like to return.
Festival Founder & Director, Susy Botello, takes time before the red carpet show each year as a tradition, to meet privately with all the filmmakers to thank them personally.
11th Edition & Transformation
What did we do?
IMFF is raised the bar for mobile filmmakers with IMFF 2022 as it emerges from the trenches of the pandemic.
"The one thing that supersedes the ability to be a contender with some of the best independent films of today, is not the camera. It is the skills and talents of the filmmaker to bring a great story to its audience and master the skills and technical requirements needed in both production and post production to bring their film to the highest level." Susy Botello
Short Film Competition 2022
The Short Film Competition this year includes 25 short films between 1 and 5 minutes each. As with feature films, all films are shot with smartphones and not more than 10% drone footage is acceptable. Short films are from all genres.
See schedule for time.
Official short and feature filmmakers in attendance will take part in a Q&A on Sunday, May 1.
Ban On Return
Huawei P30 Pro & Huawei Mate 30 Pro
An alien who was infected with COVID-19 on earth, eager to return to his mother star, but eventually rejected by his mother star.
SciFi | 4:59 minutes
Credits: Director & Screenwriter: Zhu Xiaolong Liang
Key Cast: Liang En “Male Alien Agent” | Xu Xiaorui “Female Alien Agent” | Zeng Xiangfei “Young Security Guard” | Wang Huiyong “Middle Aged Security Guard”
Cinematography: Zhu Xiaolong, Zhu Minglu
Editor: Lu Falei
Gaffer: Mao Lei Ma Chunyang
Sound Designer: Zhu Xiaolong
Sound Recording: Ling Duanfeng
Script Supervisor: Lu Falei
Special Thanks: Zhou Wenhong, Su Chenming, Li Guoqing, Wang Luyao
The Foot Fetisher
A comic book store owner with a bizarre fetish lures customers into the back of his store where he cuts off their feet and eats them. He completely unravels when he eats the toes of a victim that were painted with green polish derived from a potent hemp.
Horror | 4:54 minutes
San Diego, California, USA
Credits: Written and directed by Randy Zuniga
Key Cast: Randy Zuniga, David Aguirre, Matthew Zuniga, Dolores Lawrence, Rozy Lawerence, and Julia Zuniga
SECOND PLACE AWARD
and Best Narrative Short Film
Samsung Galaxy S21 Ultra
A young woman attempts to uphold the traditions she shared with her beloved father.
Drama | 3:00 minutes
Credits: Writer, director, producer: Taylor Buoro
Producer: Elliot Roberts
Key Cast: Taylor Buoro
Commissioner Gordon: Oh Snap
Sean Michael Danganan
iPhone XS Max
What are you looking forward to again after the pandemic? What motivates you to strive for a better future? Anything is paw-sible when you find the right motivation. Discover how far one dog is willing to go for the love of his life.
Drama | 3:24 minutes
Credits: Credits: Sean Michael Danganan, Director, Writer
Producer: Melissa Borts
Key Cast: Melissa Borts, Michael Borts, Rhonda Borts, and Gordon "Commissioner Gordon"
Sergio M. Villar
Sea has led a life of perfection, but not for herself, for others, for work; She doesn't realize that this is weakening her health. As a result of a serious personal event, she begins to completely change her life habits, to connect more with herself and with nature.
Drama, Environment | 1:04 minutes
Credits: Sergio M. Villar, Director, Writer, Producer, Cinematographer
Amaia Irazabal "Itsaso"
Assistant Director: Laura España Salvado
Assistant Producer: Borja Cuervo
Composer: Javi Lost
The truth is that the pursuit of freedom has been a long journey from early civilisation to massive slavery for profits. Economic emancipation for women in the workplace to freedom under law where equal rights are not observed, time and time again we rise up when injustices is a spectacle for the world to see and nothing is done. Black Lives Matter. Asian Lives Matter. Women and Children’s Lives Matter *No animals were harmed in the making of this film.
Spoken Word | 3:00 minutes
Credits: Brionne Olsen, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Kyra Isaacs "As Herself"
The Maroon Jumper
Several iPhones & One Android Phone
Friendships and relationships are put to the test as the mystery surrounding the ownership of an ugly maroon jumper slowly unravels when a group of friends and acquaintances come together over a series of revealing, hilarious and snide FaceTime video calls.
Comedy | 1:42 minutes
Credits: Philip Pugh, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Mathew Waters “Nic” | Lillie Prowse “Jen” | Sally Wood “Laura”
Don’t Be Afraid
Haunted by her fears of a world rife with masks and disease, Lynn begs a neighbor to go pick up her meds for her, lest her worsening psychosis consumes her -- and possibly others
Horror, Thriller, Drama | 3:00 minutes
North Hollywood, California
Credits: Daniel Beals, Director, Writer, Producer
Producer: Alison Kohlhardt
Key Cast: Alison Kohlhardt “Lynn” | Rimarria Appling “Monica”
Music: Fernando Macias-Jimenez
iPhone 12 Pro Max
In a potential future world, digital technology offers new ways to convict rebels, criminals and minorities.
SciFi, Horror | 4:00 minutes
Credits: Javier Otero, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Lauren Gumuccio, Laura Expósito, Marcela Paoli, Carlos Ventura
THIRD PLACE AWARD
and Best Documentary Short Film Award
Marcelo Ignacio Lagreze
The city was quiet and hauntingly beautiful. Peace flooded on the places that before, had noisy crowds. We were experiencing the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic and the environment on the subway, was not different. A place that used to be flooded with people, became into an empty place that invited us to a parenthesis, a PAUSE to think and reflect...
Documentary, Experimental | 2:20 minutes
Credits: Marcelo Ignacio Lagreze, Director, Writer, Producer
Sound Post Production: Alejandra Oyarce
Voice Over: Christine Keitt, Tracey Jr Keitt
Graphic Design: Federico Andres Lagreze, Oannes Esteban Catoni
Tech Support: Jorge Díaz
Music: Maxence Cyrin
Google Pixel 5
A girl who turns to nature as a wanderer finds herself. At the same time, a photographer finds his muse in the girl and follows her, again as a wanderer. The film shows only one character - the girl who is in search of her inner self, but the film establishes both the girl and the photographer as a wanderer. After all, aren't we all wanderers in this world?
Music Video | 5:00 minutes
Credits: Joseph Anthony, Writer, Director, Cinematography, Editor
Key Cast: Tess Elizabath Tom
iPhone 11 Pro Max
A celebration of all types of "wild women" -- a cheeky commentary on gender stereotypes and the roles we're told we can, and cannot, play.
Music Video | 2:52 minutes
New York, USA
Credits: Michelle Cameron, Director, Writer, Director of Photography, Editor, Producer, Art Direction, Costume Design
Producer: Yuki Ledbetter
Key Cast: Lee Taylor
This is a music video for a one-man-band called "Mourning Exercises" and it's new album "Forking Snake". The video was shot on a smartphone within 3 hours and it took one month for animation. The hand drawn frames are aimed to increase madness and underline tough situation - as "No Kissing" lyrics are all about toxic relationship.
Music Video, Animation | 4:39 minutes
Credits: Alexander Abramov, Director, Writer, Producer, Editor, Animation, Music Composer
Key Cast: Alexander Abramov
Dream Come True
Best Music Video Short Film Award
iPhone XS Max
The official music video for Ana Vee's "Dream Come True". The style of music is island/Hawaiian where Ana is from.
Music Video | 4:58 minutes
West Hollywood, California
Credits: Clint Clark, Director
Writer: Ana VeeSong
Key Cast: Ana VeeKey "Starring" | Kaina Jacobs "Featuring" | Namahana "Featuring"
Preston Meneses, Creative Director, Hair & Makeup
Laurel Thomson, Choreography, Stylist
Alexandra Carson: Assistant Choreography
Production Assistant & BTS: Lana Hawelu
Song Producer: Leslie Ludiazo
Best Screendance Short Film Award
Artist Clayton Bailey left a collection of works behind after his death that invite us to imagine the world through the eyes of robots and mythical creatures. The Curated Storefront project in Akron, Ohio brings this work to downtown Akron in the fall of 2021. A group of UAkron dancers move in and around the exhibit. A fantastic journey leads the dancers to explore their relationship to reality and the role we play in creating the world we know.
Screendance, Experimental | 4:46 minutes
Credits: Cara Hagan, Director
All She Holds
Google Pixel 4a
“All she holds" was created in residence at Art Farm, Nebraska. Highly influenced by the surreal experience of living and working in “Victoria”, a 100+ year old house on the farm, this film is a visual collage investigating memory, lived history, sensation, and spirit of place.
Screendance, Experimental | 3:43 minutes
Credits: Hannah Westbrook, Director
Key Cast: Hannah Westbrook
The Secret Life of Bees
FIRST PLACE AWARD
and Best Geography, Wildlife and Travel Short Film Award
iPhone 11 XS Max
Have you ever wondered what happens inside a beehive? This is your chance to get up close and personal with one of nature's hardest little workers - the honeybee. The Secret Life of Bees is an intimate journey into the inner workings of a honeybee colony.
Geography, Wildlife and Travel, Documentary | 4:59 minutes
Credits: Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar, Director, Editor, Cinematographer, Producer
Key Cast: Cedar Anderson "Narrator"
Niall Fahy, Writer
Producer: Mirabai Nicholson-McKellar, Niall Fahy, Cedar Anderson
iPhone XR and iPhone 12 Pro Max
This short film reflects upon the love of nature and loss of innocence through the eyes of a young girl and her fascination with bees.
Geography, Wildlife and Travel | 3:00 minutes
Credits: Alexandra Guillossou, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Nathalie Guillossou
The Rookie Award Presentation
The New Rookie Award Category presents the inaugural showcase of four short films 1-5 minutes each by novice mobile filmmakers and Q&A with attending filmmakers moderated by Susy Botello, founder and host of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking.
See schedule for time.
#LWL Laugh with Lillian
Linda Palmer & Elina Madison
iPhone 12 Pro Max
A neurotic mom tries to keep her paranoid fears from her angelic daughter.
ROOKIE AWARD CATEGORY | 5:00 minutes
Los Angeles, California
Credits: Linda Palmer, Director, Producer
Elina Madison, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Elina Madison “Mom” | Lillian Trow “Lillian”
Timothy Cavanaugh, Producer
A Boy’s Best Friend
ROOKIE AWARD WINNER
iPhone 12 Pro Max
A boy tries to find adventure in his cabin during quarantine, but doesn't realize he has the best adventures right next to him.
ROOKIE AWARD CATEGORY | 4:00 minutes
Simi Valley, California
Credits: Quinn Friedman, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Cooper Friedman “Billy"
In this pandemic ridden world, there are many people out there stuck in isolation alone. This is a story about one such person who conquered loneliness and anxiety with repairing his bond with nature.
ROOKIE AWARD CATEGORY | 4:02 minutes
Credits: Devansh Pawan, Director, Writer, Producer
Key Cast: Eshaan Pawan
Susy is passionate about spreading the message of the mobile smartphone film community worldwide. She lives in San Diego, California. Storytelling has been a life-long passion for Susy. She grew up with an American father in the military and a mother from Spain. Experiencing life as a traveler between countries from a very early age she began to realize how much stories empower and connect people around the world.
She began to plan the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego for movies shot with mobile phones in 2004-05 but she did not bring it to the public because the technology was too primitive to make narrative films for the cinema. In 2009, she realized that she could at least launch the festival, through her company, S. Botello Productions™ (2006).
Throughout its thirteen years since launched, the IMFF has hosted filmmakers from all over the world in San Diego to celebrate smartphone filmmaking.
“At the center of everything we experience is a story. Stories are always evolving. The only beginning and end to a story is the one that is told or the one we perceive.” - Susy Botello, January 2020