36th Annual

Miami Film Festival

March 01, 2019 to March 10, 2019

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IMDbPro Shorts Competition
The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any Festival category will compete for a cash prize.


MIAMI DADE COLLEGE'S Miami Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American film. Presenting its 36th edition in March 2019, the Festival showcases the work of the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers to the diverse cosmopolitan community of Miami. With its special focus on Ibero-American cinema, Miami Film Festival has become the natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Cash awards totaling more than $70,000 are given in competition categories.


The 2018 Miami Film Festival attracted approximately 60,000+ people and 300 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals from around the world. The Festival presented more than 100 films from 40 countries, including several international prizewinners, and numerous US, North American and World premieres. Headquartered in the heart of Miami Beach, the Festival has had the privilege of hosting a noted group of filmmakers and talent, including Pedro Almodóvar, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Alfonso Cuaron, Lawrence Kasdan, Terence Davies, Francois Ozon, Fernando Trueba, Kate Hudson, Jonathan Demme, Liv Ullman, Luc Besson, Hector Babenco, Willem Dafoe, Demi Moore, Kevin Kline, Richard Gere, Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Cooper, Helen Hunt, Rossy de Palma, Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer.

Major trade publication such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen and Indiewire attend for In loco coverage and reviews of the films

Declared in 2018 as “One of the 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee” by Moviemaker Magazine (https://www.moviemaker.com/archives/news/50-film-festivals-worth-the-entry-fee-in-2018/), Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival will make an open call for submissions for its 36th annual edition, March 1 – 10, 2019, as follows:

- IMDbPro Short Film Competition: The Festival will accept submissions from May 1 – September 28, 2018.

- Feature Film Categories: The Festival will accept open submissions beginning July 2nd, until September 28th, 2018.

- Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition: The Festival will accept open submissions beginning in October 2018, until January 11, 2019.

The IMDbPro Short Film Competition features a cash prize of $5,000. The following category rules will apply:

(1) World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 20, 2018;

(2) Maximum running time is 30 minutes;

(3) There is no specific premiere requirement for this category, and films that are available online are eligible to submit and compete for the award, so long as they are in compliance with rules (1) and (2). However, the Festival will give programming preference to World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program films that have a premiere status available, or are not yet available online.

(4) Exhibition format must be delivered on DCP.

Friday, June 29, 2018 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (Shorts)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (Shorts)
Friday, August 31, 2018 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (Shorts)
Friday, September 28, 2018 | Extended Deadline | $100.00

Thank you for your interest in the Festival!


Diana Cadavid (Associate Director, Program and Industry); Jaie Laplante (Executive Director)



- SECURE ONLINE SCREENER - We only accept submissions via Withoutabox's Secure Online Screener.


*NOTE: If your film is selected, the Miami Film Festival will provide one-way shipping only.

** Festival Off-Season
Please note that films not selected for the 2019 Festival will be considered for Off-Season Programs. Should your submission be selected for off-season programming, you will receive an invitation between March and November.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:

1. I have read, understood, and comply with all eligibility requirements of the categories for which I would like this film to be considered;
2. To the best of my knowledge, all of the statements in this document are true;
3. Neither this film or any of its components is subject to litigation nor is threatened by any litigation;
4. I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Festival and its Competition;
5. I hold the Miami Film Festival ("Festival") and Miami Dade College harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the Festival's possession of the film;
6. All items submitted to the Festival are non-returnable.