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31-Mar-2015 5:39am PDT  

 

Miami International Film Festival

32 Annual March 06, 2015 to March 15, 2015

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600 Biscayne Boulevard, 5th Floor
Miami FL 33132
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Phone: 305-237-3456
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Knight Competition
Dramatic works that will compete for $40,000 in prizes courtesy of Knight Foundation
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• This category is open to any film directors
• Preference will be given to World, International, North American and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015.
• 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, 2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Knight Documentary
Engaging and thought-provoking feature-length documentaries created by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons and/or inspiring people

• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition
First-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America will compete for a $5,000 USD cash prize

• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• This category is open only to first-time filmmakers from Ibero-America
• Preference will be given to World, International, North American and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015.
• 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, 2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Projects must originate from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, or any Latin American country, OR originate from the US and contain a central Latino theme or character
• Exhibition format must be DCP

** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Cinema 360
Feature narratives from both masters and up-and-coming filmmakers, including an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, neo westerns, and innovative docudramas
• Out of Competition category
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


**Limited exceptions granted. See Category Rules.
Florida Focus
Films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is a current resident of Florida.
• Category is open to films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is a current resident of Florida
• Category is open to films of any length
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP

** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema
Infusing the best international cuisine through film. Narrative or documentary films with culinary content

• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Shorts Competition
The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any MIFF category eligible for a Grand Jury Prize of USD$ 2,500

• Must be 30 minutes or less in TRT
• Documentary, Dramatic and Animated films are accepted
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP

** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Reel Music Scene
Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content
• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP

** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
America the Beautiful
A masterful display of film Americana (US indie titles only)
• Out of Competition category
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


**Limited exceptions granted. See Category Rules.
Visions
Provocative and stirring feature-length visual experiences guaranteed to test limits and take viewers to the extreme
• Out of Competition category
• Category is open to radical and/or experimental works, either narratives or documentaries
• Category is open to films of any length
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP


** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Mayhem
A late night helping of the most thrilling and chilling films from around the world, where terror and dark, twisted senses of humor run rampant throughout this first look at tomorrow’s cult classics and midnight favorites.
• Out of Competition category
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2015
• 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 20,2015**
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 7, 2014
• Exhibition format must be DCP

** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres
Cinemaslam
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, 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.

FilmFlorida will be offering a $500 cash Sara Fuller Scholarship to the Grand Prize winning filmmaker at Cinemaslam

• Films may be a narrative short, documentary short, experimental short, or animation.
• Category is open to a maximum runtime of 15-20 minutes.
• Film completion date must be October 2013 or later. Films submitted in a prior year are ineligible.
• Submissions are OPEN until January 5, 2015.
• Submission deadline Friday January 5, 2015 is FINAL we cannot consider submissions after this date.
• Films submitted may be part of a class project or an independent piece.
• Submissions MUST be uploaded to the Withoutabox platform in an acceptable resolution.
• Students must pay a submission fee of $10 to enter the competition.
• Exhibition format if selected as “a finalist” must be BluRay or digital file.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American film. Presenting its 32nd edition in March 2015, MIFF 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 5-16, 2015

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
32nd edition - March 5-16, 2015


The 2014 Miami International Film Festival attracted approximately 60,000+ people and 300 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals from around the world. MIFF presented more than 100 films from 40 countries, including several international prizewinners, and 49 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, Lawerence 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 MIFF for In loco coverage and reviews of the films

FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Knight Competition, Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition, Knight Documentary Award, Shorts Competition

Knight Competition presents to the films competing $40,000 in prizes courtesy of James L. & John S. Knight Foundation. Competing films are eligible for a $30,000 USD 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, 2015 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 to two other films in the Knight Competition for distinctions of the Jury’s selection.

Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition presents to the jury-selected winner a minimum cash prize of $5,000.

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


FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Cinema 360°, Doc-You-Up, Florida Focus, Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema, REEL Music Scene, America The Beautiful, Visions, Mayhem


DEADLINES & ENTRIES FEES

Monday, June 30, 2014 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (SOS)
Monday, July 28, 2014 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (SOS)
Friday, August 29, 2014 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (S0S)
Tuesday, September 30 2014 | Extended Deadline | $100.00 (S0S)


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

ORGANIZERS
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)

GENERAL RULES
SUBMISSION CHECKLIST
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 2015 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.

*MIFF Off-Season
Please note that films not selected for the 2015 Festival will be considered for MIFF 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 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.