Judge Panel

International Mobile Film Festival

MFF2016 Judges

Conrad Mess

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Conrad Mess: Zaragoza, Spain

Famed Multi Award iPhone Filmmaker

Conrad Mess aka Luis Mieses, was born February 23, 1974 in Zaragoza, Spain. With no formal film training, Conrad attempted to fulfill his dream of making movies for the first time at age 37, in February 2011. August 2011, Mr. Mess premiered his second short film The Fixer. However, this time, he filmed it with his wives’ iPhone. After The Fixer, He had the opportunity to shoot his next Short film in Hollywood, "The Russian Roulette" with Adi Spektor, whom he met thanks to Ruben Kasantsev, founder of the IPhone film festival.


In January 2012 Conrad was invited to the Macworld in San Francisco to screen The Fixer and the teaser of his movie "The Russian Roulette" along with other filmmakers as the Korean Wonsuk Chin. Since then, Conrad Mess has been making films of the highest caliber with iPhones and is considered the most awarded iPhone filmmaker in the world, always pushing the limits of filmmaking with iPhones to a higher level than any other iPhone filmmaker.


You can find out more about Conrad Mess on www.ConradMess.com

Max Schleser

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Max Schleser: Wellington, New Zealand

Co-Founder of MINA & Lecturer at Massey University: Wellington, New Zealand

Max is a mobile filmmaker who explores mobile devices as creative and educational tools. His portfolio includes various experimental and collaborative documentary projects, which are screened at film and new media festivals internationally. His mobile feature film Max with a Keitai is included in the public film archive in the Forum des Images in Paris. Max conducted his PhD research entitled Mobile Mentary – Mobile Documentaries in the Mediascape in the Centre for Research and Education in Arts and Media (CREAM) at the University of Westminster, London.


Before joining Massey University Max lectured at the University of East London and the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology in London and Kuala Lumpur. Max organizes the international mobile creative network FILMOBILE and is reviewer for the Informing Science Press and member of the Informing Science Institute. In the last few years Max worked on mobile media consultancy projects for Nokia and Frontier Strategy. He also conceptualised and conducted mobile filmmaking workshops with 21cc, the educational link of the BBC, local council authorities, community groups and film festivals in London. www.MINA.pro

Craig Prater

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Craig Prater: San Diego, California

Executive Vice President: Strategic Partnerships for The San Diego Film Foundation (dba) the San Diego International Film Festival
Craig Prater began his career with entertainer Sonny Bono where he served as the Executive Director of the Palm Springs International Film Festival for 8 years. During his tenure at PSIFF, he founded the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival and the Palm Springs Film Noir Festival. The three film festivals are major film festivals today.


After his tenure in Palm Springs, he served as the Executive Director of the Bangkok International Film Festival for the Royal Thai government for 5 years. After Bangkok, Prater spend time creating new film festivals for Mexico and Serbia and directed film festivals for The Film Forecast and The Museum of Tolerance.


Mr. Prater is the Executive Vice President of the San Diego Film Festival. He also serves on the board of directors for the Scottsdale International Film Festival and the National Hispanic American Educational Foundation.

Mark Benjamin

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Mark Benjamin: San Diego, California
Mark was born in Chicago, Illinois and attended Northern Illinois University where he studied theatre arts. He subsequently returned to Chicago honing his improvisation skills at The Second City Training Center upon graduation. In 1980 Mark moved to San Diego California where he began his acting career in 1985 appearing in the CBS mini-series SPACE. He gained a Master's Degree at USC shortly thereafter while continuing to build his acting skills in multiple Theatrical Plays. Mark most recently appeared in the Feature Films "Ghostline","Carving a Life", and "Blacklisted". He is scheduled to appear in the feature films "Kill Me Once", “Perpetual Nexus", and the television sitcom "King of Hollywood" this year.


Mark has also recently appeared in the ABC Drama series "Scandal", the Discovery Channel Show "Tabloid", Lifetime Channels "Deadly Wives", and The REELZ Channel show "Treasure King". www.imdb.com/name/nm4546223/

Rebecca Louise Webb

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Rebecca Louise Webb: San Diego, California
ArtPower at UC San Diego Film Curator
Rebecca is especially interested in digital technology and how it's shaping next-gen filmmaking, and exploring the connection between science and the cinematic arts. In 2014, she inaugurated the annual Filmatic Festival, a digitally-diverse festival that transforms passive film-going to an active and immersive experience. Rebecca enjoys providing young filmmakers opportunities to screen their work in a public arena at the Up&Coming Student Film Festival she founded in 2008, and teaches media and photography courses at UCSD.


Her fine art photography is exhibited in galleries and museums nationwide. www.artpower.ucsd.edu

Robert David Duncan

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Robert David Duncan: Vancouver, Canada
Actor and storyteller, Robert David Duncan became a filmmaker almost by accident when he saw an abandoned, sunken sailboat one morning and shot some smartphone footage of it bobbing in the surf. After going home, he crafted and recorded a narrative story about the boat and its imaginary owner and edited it together into a film, “Every Boat is a Dream.” To his happy surprise, that first film went on to be accepted in a film festival and got nominated for an award. Now, some 20+ films and 100+ official festival selections later, Robert has established himself as an award-winning filmmaker, and founder-director of his own Miniature Film Festival in Vancouver, Canada. His message remains the same: everybody has a story to tell, and people should use whatever means they have at hand (a smartphone for example) to tell that story and share it with the world!


Robert has written books on both acting and filmmaking and enjoys sharing his knowledge through his teaching and guest speaking. You can check him out on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/name/nm5399017

Miguel Rodriguez

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Miguel Rodriguez: San Diego, California
Miguel Rodriguez directs and hosts the Horrible Imaginings Film Festival and official Podcast, which analyzes stigmatized film, art, and literature in order to understand the misunderstood. His background in classic literature and education have helped make him San Diego's premiere cult cinema curator, hosting at least three screenings monthly for various venues and learning institutions. www.hifilmfest.com

Luis Mendes

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Luis Mendes: Brasília: Brazil

Founder of FilmeMobile & Co-Director at MObigraphia Mobile Film Festival
Luis is a mobile filmmaker from Brasília, and has been a fan of cinema and film his entire life. "My father is a photographer by profession and vocation and my mother for a taste and natural ability." He is a videographer and mobile filmmaker by profession and passion. in 2012, Luis began to shoot and edit with his iPhone and since then his passion grew. He believes that with the proper tools anyone is capable of producing great films which can be shared in real time. Luis has two websites, www.MiniMov.co and www.FilmeMobile.com devoted to mobile filmmaking. Luis has already presented his first workshop in Brazil and the first mobile film festival in Brazil. He is an avid shooter who shoots on the weekends and enjoys shooting and editing on his iPhone. He often combines several applications to achieve mixed results in short clips.

These Honorable Eight Judges will select the winning films of MFF2016 in San Diego. All films were shot with smartphones and were submitted by filmmakers from around the world. MFF2016 Filmmakers.

© S. Botello Productions™ 2016 All rights reserved.

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