36th Annual

Miami Film Festival

March 01, 2019 to March 10, 2019

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The $10,000 Documentary Achievement Award
The $10,000 Documentary Achievement Award is a cash prize given to one documentary film as voted upon by the Festival audience, awarded to the film’s lead producer (production company). All feature-length documentary (50 min or longer) playing in the Festival’s Official Selection are eligible for this Award.
HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award presents $10,000 cash, courtesy of HBO, to the jury-selected best U.S. Hispanic or Ibero-American feature film (60 min or longer) in the Official Selection, awarded to the lead producer (production company).
Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Jordan Ressler First Feature Award presents $10,000 cash to the filmmaker (director, or writer/director) of the jury-selected best film made by a filmmaker making his or her feature narrative (60 min or longer) film debut. The Award is courtesy of the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter whose life was tragically cut short before he could realize his dream.
IMDbPro Shorts Competition
The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any Festival category will compete for a cash prize.
The $10,000 Made in MIA Award
The $10,000 Made in MIA Award is a cash prize to the filmmaker of the jury-selected best film of any genre and any length in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm to the Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community.
Zeno Mountain Award
Zeno Mountain Award presents $5,000 cash, courtesy of Fringe Partners, to the filmmaker of a jury-selected film of any genre and any length that best celebrates the diversity of abilities and disabilities and helps to break down barriers to our understanding of people living with disabilities. The award is named after Zeno Mountain Farm in Lincoln, VT, and inspired by the actors and filmmakers in the 2016 documentary film Becoming Bulletproof.
Cinema 360° (Non-competition)
Cinema 360° features narratives (30 min or more) from both masters and up-and-coming filmmakers from every country in the world, including an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, neo westerns, and innovative docudramas.
REEL Music Scene (Non-competition)
REEL Music Scene features narrative or documentary films of any length with music-themed content.
MIFFecito (Non-competition)
MIFFecito features films for the entire family, open to films of any length and any genre.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

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 is currently accepting submissions (until September 28, 2018) for its 36th annual edition, March 1 – 10, 2019 and GEMS Festival, October 11-14, 2018.

The following category rules will apply universally to all competition and non-competition categories, unless specifically noted in the individual category description:

1. World premiere must have occurred no earlier than January 1, 2018

2. There is a minimum Florida premiere requirement for films (60 min or more, 50 min or more for documentaries) to compete in all Feature Film Award categories. However, all things being equal, the Festival will give programming preference to films that offer a World, International, North American or US premiere status.

3. There is no specific premiere requirement for short or medium length films of less than 60 minutes submitted to Made in MIA Award or Zeno Mountain Award categories, or films of 30 minutes or less submitted to IMDbPro Short Film Award. Films of these lengths that are actively streaming online are eligible to submit and compete in these categories, so long as they are in compliance with rule #1. However, all things being equal, the Festival will give programming preference to World, International, North American and US Premieres or to works that will not yet be available online during the Festival dates.

4. There is no specific premiere requirement for films in non-competition categories.

5. Exhibition format must be delivered on DCP.


FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES

The $30,000 MARIMBAS Award* is Miami Film Festival’s top award, presenting $30,000 cash to the jury-selected feature film (60 min or longer) that best exemplifies richness and resonance for cinema’s future. The cash prize will go to the lead producer (production company), but is eligible to be split with a US distributor, if there is a US company that has made a commitment to release the winning film in US theaters prior to a VOD release.

The $10,000 Documentary Achievement Award is a cash prize given to one documentary film as voted upon by the Festival audience, awarded to the film’s lead producer (production company). All feature-length documentary (50 min or longer) playing in the Festival’s Official Selection are eligible for this Award.

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award presents $10,000 cash, courtesy of HBO, to the jury-selected best U.S. Hispanic or Ibero-American feature film (60 min or longer) in the Official Selection, awarded to the lead producer (production company).

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award presents $10,000 cash to the filmmaker (director, or writer/director) of the jury-selected best film made by a filmmaker making his or her feature narrative (60 min or longer) film debut. The Award is courtesy of the South Florida family of the late Jordan Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter whose life was tragically cut short before he could realize his dream.

The $10,000 Made in MIA Award is a cash prize to the filmmaker of the jury-selected best film of any genre and any length in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm to the Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community.

Zeno Mountain Award presents $5,000 cash, courtesy of Fringe Partners, to the filmmaker of a jury-selected film of any genre and any length that best celebrates the diversity of abilities and disabilities and helps to break down barriers to our understanding of people living with disabilities. The award is named after Zeno Mountain Farm in Lincoln, VT, and inspired by the actors and filmmakers in the 2016 documentary film Becoming Bulletproof.

IMDbPro Short Film Award presents $5,000 cash, courtesy of IMDbPro, an Amazon company, to the filmmaker of a jury-selected short film (30 min or less) of any genre.

The $2,500 Poster Design Award is a cash prize split between the producer and the poster designer of the jury-selected best poster (representation of its film for marketing purposes) of all films, regardless of genre or length, with completed posters in the Official Selection.

The $2,500 Trailer Award is a cash prize split between the producer and the trailer editor of the jury-selected best trailer (representation of its film for marketing purposes) of all films, regardless of genre or length, with completed trailers in the Official Selection.

Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition is a cash-competition prize open to all Miami-area film students. The Festival will detail prizes and entry requirements, as well as open submissions, beginning in October 2018, until January 11, 2019.

Feature Film Audience Award and Short Film Audience Award are two separate awards presented to the filmmakers of the Festival audience’s choice of best non-documentary feature (60 min or more) and best non-documentary short (30 min or less) of the entire Official Selection.

Rene Rodriguez Critics Award is presented to the filmmaker of one film of any genre and any length voted on by all accredited film critics covering the annual Festival, for the film they consider the best of that year’s selection.


FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES

Cinema 360° features narratives (30 min or more) from both masters and up-and-coming filmmakers from every country in the world, including an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, neo westerns, and innovative docudramas.

REEL Music Scene features narrative or documentary films of any length with music-themed content.

MIFFecito features films for the entire family, open to films of any length and any genre.

DEADLINES & ENTRY FEES
Friday, June 29, 2018 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (Shorts), $55.00 (Features)
Tuesday, July 31, 2018 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (Shorts) , $65.00 (Features)
Friday, August 31, 2018 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (Shorts), $75.00 (Features)
Friday, September 28, 2018 | Extended Deadline | $100.00

Thank you for your interest in the Festival!

*A marimba is a variation of a xylophone that produces a deeper, richer and more resonant tone that a traditional xylophone. The marimba originated in Guatemala and Central America approximately 400 years ago and remains popular to this day in a wide variety of musical disciplines. The name of Miami Film Festival’s top award is inspired by the 2011 winner of the Festival’s top award, Julio Hernandez Cordon’s Marimbas from Hell, which embodies the spirit of forward-looking cinema.


ORGANIZERS

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

GENERAL RULES

SUBMISSION CHECKLIST

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

- DON'T FORGET TO ADD INFORMATION ON YOUR PREMIERE STATUS


*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.


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

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.