34th Annual

Miami Film Festival

March 03, 2017 to March 12, 2017

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Knight Competition
Dramatic works that will compete for $40,000 in prizes courtesy of Knight Foundation. Open to all film directors who have presented a feature-film at a previous Miami Film Festival edition (year and title will be required to verify eligibility).
Knight Documentary Achievement Award
Engaging and thought-provoking feature-length documentaries created by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons and/or inspiring people, that will compete for $10,000 courtesy of Knight Foundation.
Lexus Competition
Feature filmmakers from U.S. Hispanic; Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, or any Latin American country, will compete for a $10,000 USD cash prize
Jordan Ressler Award
First-time screenwriters presenting their debut feature-length screenplay will compete for a $10,000 USD cash prize
Shorts Competition
The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any Festival category will compete for a cash prize.
Shorts out of Competition
For shorts films available on the internet for public consumption or previously screened in a public setting in Miami, FL
Cinema 360º
Feature narratives 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
Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content
Florida Focus
Films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is originally from or current resident of Florida
MIFFecito (KIDS)
Narrative films for the entire family
ENCUENTROS, now in its fourteenth year, is a program of the Festival’s Industry Center, VeoMiami. ENCUENTROS consists of 4 feature films produced partially or entirely by Ibero-American-based production companies currently in post-production stage. The films are workshopped with industry professionals and a jury will grant one project with a $10,000 cash prize in completion financing.

A component of the Festival’s Florida Focus program, CinemaSlam, Miami International Film Festival’s film school competition, aims to discover, showcase, and celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students in Miami/South Florida film schools. Open to any student enrolled in a participating South Florida college/university on the completion date of the film. Miami/South Florida schools include Barry University, Center of Cinematography Arts & Television Miami (CCAT-Miami), Florida International University, Miami Dade College, Miami International University, New World School of the Arts (University of Florida), St. Thomas University, and the University of Miami.


Miami Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American film. Presenting its 34th edition in March 2017, 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 International Film Festival has become the natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Cash awards totaling more than $60,000 are given in competition categories. Save-the-date: March 3-12, 2017


34th edition - March 3-12, 2017

The 2016 Miami International 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, Robert Loggia, Viggo Mortensen, Patricia Clarkson, Chris Cooper, Helen Hunt, 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

For all categories unless otherwise noted:
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 20, 2016
• MiamiFF will not screen features in competition that have played at other Florida festivals or screened publicly in a theater in Florida (including a one night only screening in a rented space).
• We prefer World, North American and US Premieres and all things being equal, will often opt to program the film that has not yet had a release over one that has played several festivals.
• Feature films (50 minutes or greater) must not have been or be scheduled for public consumption through any form of public broadcast (including internet) or commercial theatrical engagement in the US prior to March 20, 2017.
• Short films available on the internet for public consumption will be considered for the official selection in non-competitive categories only
• Exhibition format must be DCP

Knight Competition, Knight Documentary Award, Lexus Competition, Shorts Competition, Jordan Writer’s Award, Lexus Audience Award for Best Feature and Short Film, Cinemaslam.

Knight Competition presents $40,000 in prizes courtesy of John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. All feature films directed by filmmakers who have presented at least one feature as part of the Festival’s Official Selection are eligible in this category. Competing films are eligible for a $30,000 Knight Grand Jury Prize that will be split between the producer and the U.S. distributor of the film. If no U.S. distributor is secured before April 16, 2017 then the full award will be made to the producer. The Grand Jury, in its own discretion, will also award up to a total of $10,000 additional funds for distinctions for Best Performance and Best Director.

Knight Documentary Achievement Award is a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, given to one documentary film as voted upon by the Festival audience. All feature-length documentary (50 min or longer) playing in the Festival’s Official Selection (except for “From the Vault” screenings) are eligible for this Award.

Lexus Competition is open to all U.S. Hispanic and Ibero-American films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000.
Jordan Writer’s Award is for screenwriters who have a first-produced feature film screenplay credit in the Official Selection (excluding “From the Vault” screenings) competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000.

Shorts Competition presents to the jury-selected winner a TBD cash prize.

Lexus Feature Film Audience Award and the Lexus Short Film Audience Award All Festival Features and Short films are eligible as voted upon by the Festival audience.

Cinemaslam film school competition, aims to discover, showcase, and celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students in Miami/ South Florida film schools (submissions will open late 2016).

Cinema 360°, Florida Focus, REEL Music Scene, MIFFecito, Shorts out of Competition


Thursday, June 30, 2016 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (SOS)
Friday, July 29, 2016 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (SOS)
Wednesday, August 31, 2016 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (SOS)
Friday, September 30, 2016 | Extended Deadline | $100.00 (SOS)

Thank you for your interest in the Miami international Film Festival.


Betsey Greene-Freeman (Associate Director, Administration & Miami Film Society); Eloisa Lopez-Gomez (Associate Director, Industry & Programs); Jaie Laplante (Executive Director); Rachel Bleemer (Associate Director, Brand); Sarah Roffman (Associate Director, Activation)


Please be sure you include the following:

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

- Film Stills: high resolution, clearly labeled.
***NOTE: Should your film be chosen for the 2016 Festival, film stills should be at least 8 x 4.5 and 300 dpi at this size in inches or larger, AND, horizontal in orientation if possible.

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

* Festival Off-Season
Please note that films not selected for the 2017 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 International 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. Should this film receive any award at the Miami International Film Festival, I understand that the director will be the sole recipient;
7. All items submitted to the Festival are non-returnable.