Hey 👋 I'm Susy. I'm a Mobile Film Advocate & Podcaster.
Why should you buy me a coffee or become a member? Well...
It wasn't easy to promote and persist that making movies and videos with the camera on your phone would be possible and a real contender in the film and video production industry. Back in 2009, the iPhone 4 did not even exist. There was no Filmic Pro, no Moondog Labs providing the first anamorphic lens. People had to adapt filmmaking gear to their phones. I founded the International Mobile Film Festival in San Diego in the Spring of 2009 with my company, S. Botello Productions™.
Today, it's much easier to say you believe people can make movies with smartphones!
In 2012, we finally had a handful of short films, and a venue which allowed me to prove my vision of putting the few films I received on a big screen and host a traditional film festival which only accepted films shot with mobile phones.
People were watching. People I knew, and people I didn't also watched. After seeing it could be done, some of them followed my lead and created film festivals like this, as a live event in their location.
Today, making a feature film with your smartphone, any brand, has the same possibility of being distributed in Tubi, Amazon, and other streaming platforms. Again, I've been saying it for some time now, and hope you'll repeat it and make the announcement.
I'm very passionate about storytelling and film and enjoy spreading the message of the mobile smartphone film community worldwide. I am your biggest supporter and I've been giving my support, my belief and constantly worked to inspire you through the years to keep making better films. Keep sharing stories as films, even if you're not a filmmaker before you make one with your smartphone.
On October 27th, 2017 I published the first official episode of the SBP Podcast Mobile Filmmaking. Free for guests and listeners. I spent almost a year wrecking my brain to host guests who made films with smartphones to give them a voice as part of a growing community of mobile filmmakers.
I created the podcast to inspire you, and to share their stories with you because I knew you wanted to hear them and I wanted you to know you could do it and you could excel at it. I believe in you as a storyteller and I believe anyone can make a movie with a phone. I believe you have to start making mistakes before you can become an expert. I understand you don't have to put your mistakes out into the public before you finally create a film that you are proud of and that can make a difference in the world and the people who watch them. At the time of writing this, there are 134 full episodes.
I record, edit, manage and market our podcast myself. I continue to put on an annual live in person film festival each year in San Diego with the help of people who volunteer to be ambassadors and I love each one wholeheartedly. I hope one day I can pay them. They believe in you too. They believe in me.
But it's hard to do these things. It took lots of research, lots of believing when times were hard not to give up. And I've always felt personally, that if I gave up it would send a message that you could give up to. So don't. Let's do this together as a community.
I devote myself to provide these opportunities for you, these spaces and platforms, the festival and the podcast, the community platform, and you can give back if you can. Your support means the world to me and I thank you for "buying me a coffee." I'm here for you. It's hard to believe in this crazy world there are people like me in it, but it's the honest truth. I am pleased to see you succeed! If you've been a guest or are a subscribed listener of the podcast, if you've participated in our film festival, this is a way to say thank you in a way that helps me to keep it going. I do this for you to grow, to succeed and to be inspired, because you can inspire others.
You'll see two options on this page: Membership and Support. Click on Support to support one time and click membership to support monthly. Thank you.
Listen to my audio story in a personal podcast where I share the story of how this vision began and transformed my journey into what I started in 2009. It began on September 11, 2001.