Mobile Film Festivals News, , , , , — May 20, 2013 17:51 — 0 Comments

Filmmakers honoured with red carpet treatment at the second Mobil Film Festival

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Mobil Film Festival winners pose for cameras on the red carpet after receiving their award. Photo: Mobil Film Festival

Susy Botello, founder of the International Mobil Film Festival, shares her blog on the special awards ceremony in San Diego and tells us why she is already making preparations for next year’s event


The late April weather was perfect in ‘America’s finest city’ as the International Mobil Film Festival (MFF2013) kicked off at Grossmont College, San Diego.

The two-day event was lots of fun and inspiring to say the least. Watching the films on the screen was an eye-opener to those who attended that did not realize what the International Mobil Film Festival was really about.

Some of the films were created by people who have never created a film before – or at least not entered one in a film festival. Everyone was inspired to create more films, even the audience was inspired, and that was just one of the many positives from a wonderful weekend.

When one person in the audience began to ask questions about the criteria to enter the film festival next year and pulled out a pen and paper to take notes – we knew they were inspired.

We opened the door to just about anyone of any skill level, education or age to to try to tell a story using the video camera on their mobile phone and for the second year in a row we received some excellent mobile films.

We showcased 19 films during the festival. There were presentations by filmmakers with a special Q&A session from Mr Snead, instructor of media communications at Grossmont College and main sponsor of MFF2013.

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Susy Botello (in the background) gets in on the action at the Mobil Film Festival. Photo: Mobil Film Festival

As well as providing criticism and advice to the filmmakers who attended, we were grateful to Mr Snead for giving away a number of books relating to media production to our filmmakers.

We also gave all the attending filmmakers an iTunes card to purchase the app FilmicPro. FilmicPro is considered the most popular app for shooting video by mobile filmmakers.

The filmmakers who could attend our awards ceremony in San Diego received specially-designed shirts – and also got to walk a real red carpet!

Art King of DJ Art King, who provided music during our two-day event, also interviewed the filmmakers in front of a live audience.

The attending filmmakers and their films were: Landon Clark, Jamie Lynn Franklin and Jessica D Johnson of Los Angeles-based Peace Up! with their film Pass the Peace.

Dan Balcaban came from Canada with his film My Love and James and Steven Skarren came from New York with the film SEND.

Greg Armstrong and Alise Anderson who also picked up a runner’s-up trophy for their winning film Trapped!

First Prize went to French smartphone filmmakers Timothee Corteggiani and Nathalie Giraud for their film, The Girl with the Red Balloon.

Greg and Alise said it was an honour to win a prize and they have been inspired to make more mobile films.

Third Prize was given to Memory 22 by Bill Newsinger from England.

We were also grateful for JT Lighting for giving a special talk and demonstration on how to light up a film set.

For a full list of filmmakers involved in this year’s event and details of their films, please see our our website.

When you watch all the films from MFF2013, you will find a variety of genres. Lots of different categories and different devices were used including the Samsung S series.

All of the winning films were shot with the iPhone 4S and the criteria used was an overall best film taking everything into consideration from the filmmaker’s creativity combined with their skills and talents.

A special thanks goes out to MFF2013′s Judges Panel.

We are already planning next year’s film festival and have been contacted by online mobile film festivals from around the world to include them in our San Diego event.

So next year, it’s sure to be a bigger and even better event. We will also be featuring films by Conrad Mess, as one of our partners and from Dr Max Schleser from Mobile Innovation Network Aotearoa (Mina), who is also a partner.

Thank you to our sponsors: Grossmont College, Red Giant Software, Pirates Dinner Show and Gaslamp Popcorn.

You can now watch the films on our website or on our video channel here and follow us on
Facebook to keep up to date. There are lots of exciting things are happening already and you won’t want to miss any of it!

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.

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