Programming IMFF 2020
International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego
Program Book and Schedule
News Update: March 24, 2020
We want to send our sympathies to everyone affected by the COVID-19 situation. We are working behind the curtains with the filmmakers and participants to provide an alternative to the planned festival. IMFF 2020 was scheduled to take place as a Live Event, in the way we have provided the physical space in San Diego every single year since our commemorative film festival. The challenge is being met wholeheartedly. We appreciate the response from all the filmmakers and participants, including the judges. Stay tuned for more announcements as we provide information on how to experience the "virtual" version of #MFF2020SanDiego which will take place April 25 & 26.
Feature Film Competition
Filmmakers Inga Vosk and Ryan McDonald will be present for Q&A Sessions after each feature length film.
Cucumber (Vasya) arrives in St Petersburg in search of his brother, Alec. Picked up by Alec's girl, Alla, he is carted around the city, encountering different characters, on a day that will affect all their lives.
iPhone X, 6 & 8
St. Petersburg, Russia
Married and Loving It!
Set on the eve of their ten year anniversary a Husband and Wife struggle to keep love and passion alive while their marriage rest on the fence between romance and toxicity.
Short Film Competition
A Perilous Case Of Red Riding Hood
A dark twist on a well-known fairy tale, about a grandmother eaten by a wolf.
iPhone SE, iPhone 8
Inspired by a true friendship, this is a dog tale about humanity.
iPhone Xs, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7 Plus
Valley Village, California
A hot summer afternoon, a bored child who does not know how to spend the time at home and whose parents are intent on a lively discussion, are the backdrop to a profound reflection on the delicate issue of home security.
Samsung S9 Plus
Secondary Surfaces Redreamed
Shot entirely on mobile phones, Secondary Surfaces Redreamed, follow three women as they arduously traverse an expanse of white paper armed only with black charcoal and their bodies.
Fort Worth, Texas
A story about forgiving oneself and letting go of things that can't be changed.
Elizabeth Martínez López
Ananké Films Producción
The search of a life.
Mexico City, Mexico
Story of a woman athletic from Iran who is trying to get back in fields from her accident and also faces deprivation because she does not agree to compete with hijab in international events and she must confronts its aftermath.
Roshni "Rush" Bhatia
A part time drivers last ride of the night maybe the last ride of his life.
I'm going to mom's wedding.
Tom F. Pardo
Submerged by the noise of the city, a young woman finds refuge into a world of silence.
A senior prepares to face her greatest challenge: The Waterpik.
San Diego, California
RIFT (2019) is a collaborative mobile phone film project created with director Lia Bonfilio. In RIFT, a solo woman follows a magical force through portals that beckon her to an unknown society.
Brooklyn, New York
A satirical look at online presence vs reality. A couple use their baby to gain popularity on social media.
Sony Xperia XZ
Macquarie Park, Australia
Traveling gives us the opportunity to learn about new cultures but in the end it teaches us about our commonality. If we can transcend our differences and recognize that we all come from the same spark, it would unite us into a limitless harmony.
A mother and son are home alone for the evening, but their unsuspecting ways open the door to a mysterious masked lurker.
Samsung Note 9
Las Vegas, Nevada
Simeon is confronted by his oldest friend, Vincent, over his recent engagement. Eagerly listening in, Simeon's sister suspects Vincent's affection is for her brother's fiancé while the beloved maid is caught between the secrets and the truth in this comedy of manners.
Los Angeles, California
English Made Simple
In this absurd comedy, misfits Jake and James, entertain themselves at a pretentious party. 'English Made Simple' explores the complexities of defining yourself as an outcast.
Samsung Galaxy S9
Capetown, South Africa
The Exiled Heart
A woman contemplates her heart as she walks through the streets of the town (Soller) and the city (Palma) in Mallorca Spain.
Brooklyn, New York
How can I make jokes for you watching this movie while you watch it? This is the main theme of this film shot with students from an elementary class.
Never Wanna Grow Up
We don't wanna grow up - We just wanna have fun
Wild and free baby we can dream - Farther than our eyes have ever seen.
Sherman Oaks, California
A dude goes to London to film a music video and weird cartoons get on his way. It also rains. But nothing matters.
A woman tries to leave a room, but cannot. Made on an iPhone 11 Pro from start to finish in seven hours as a part of ‘We Make Movies’ Smartphone Studio.
iPhone 11 Pro
San Francisco, California
Benched is danced by Glasgow born dancer Jamie Reid, and is filmed within the grounds of the iconic Kelvingrove Park. The piece takes a look at themes of isolation, anxiety and frustration.
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Life is a lovely trap, nothing going to remain the same.
The way we love and the method we adopt will always shift our destination.
London, United Kingdom
It's a bad day for this lonely man when his daily things mysteriously start being replaced by descriptive paper cards.
After The Flood
An observational piece on two seemingly dissimilar St. Louis events that took place in June 2019. Man and nature can be equally explosive and yet only one has the option of choice.
St. Louis, Missouri
Thank you to the Judges for both competitions! Stephanie Reibel, Steve Palmer Peterson, Demetrius Witherspoon & Maxim Mussel.
Learn to write a screenplay from Hollywood screen writer Steven Palmer Peterson; Shoot a cinematic movie with your smartphone with experienced filmmaker John Woosley and create a successful funding campaign like Kickstarter with the owner and founder of KidComics Keithan Jones.
Come and learn during IMFF 2020.
*Exhibitor: Sandmarc® will be there on Friday, April 24.
Featured VIP Guest Jed Brophy presents feature film Blue Moon
New Zealand actor Jed Brophy, best known for The Lord Of The Rings; The Hobbit; King Kong; District 9; and other recognizable films, will be in attendance for the 9th Annual International Mobile Film Festival.
Serving as the festival’s Ambassador, Jed Brophy will be representing the viral film, Blue Moon written & directed by Stef Harris, which will be presented as a non-competing film with a Q&A by Jed Brophy himself. A believer in the IMFF’s mission, Mr. Brophy shares his excitement, “I’m honored to be an Ambassador and to continue to promote and highlight the ever-increasing level of excellence in films shot on mobile devices around the globe. See you all there!”
Red Carpet Extravaganza! with Star Wars Steampunk Universe
Celebrate Mobile Filmmaking with the red carpet walk starring attending mobile filmmakers escorted by members of Star Wars Steampunk Universe! Red is bold and so is making movies shot with smartphones. Hollywood is taking notice. The show is a must attend part of our festival each year growing in popularity.
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Mingle and Network
Will you be sitting next to a Hollywood screenwriter whose films are playing on Netflix with famous actors? Will you be enjoying a chit chat with an experienced filmmaker who can bring your film career to the next level? Maybe you will meet a famous actor?Will you meet your new BFF? It happens here! #MobileFilmSD
Special Presentation: Hindsight 2020
Join IMFF founder Susy Botello and FilmicPro Founder/CEO Neill Barham for a special presentation with Q&A followed by a selection of films which won awards in our festival over the last ten years. The presentation will take you through the mobile filmmaking phenomenon over the years. #HindsightMobileFilm
Awards Ceremony and Celebration
The awards ceremony for the International Mobile Film Festival celebrates all the filmmakers, participants, judges, Special Guests, Ambassadors and sponsors. It follows the Red Carpet Extravaganza! Showing our appreciation and handing out trophies, it marks the end of our first three-day film festival in San Diego. A celebration where everyone leaves inspired having had a uniquely energized and celebratory experience with memories that will last a lifetime. We will see some again next year with their new films! We are grateful and appreciative of this year's Judges for IMFF 2020.