33rd Annual

Miami International Film Festival

March 04, 2016 to March 13, 2016

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OPEN CALL FOR ENTRIES • Select a Category of Entry to continue.

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 all film directors who have presented a film at a previous Miami International 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
• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition
Feature filmmakers from U.S. Hispanic; Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America will compete for a $10,000 USD cash prize
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• This category is open only to US Hispanic and Ibero-american filmmakers
• 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
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
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
Florida Focus
Films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is originally from or current resident of Florida
• Category is open to films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is originally from or a current resident of Florida
• Category is open to films of any length
Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema
Narrative or documentary films with culinary content
• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
• Films with a world premiere date of January 1, 2014 or after, are eligible in this category.
Shorts Competition
The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any Festival category
• Must be 30 minutes or less in TRT
• Documentary, Dramatic and Animated films are accepted
• Florida Premieres and above compete for a Grand Jury Prize of $2,500
Reel Music
Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content
• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
Cinemaslam
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, 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.
• 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 2014 or later. Films submitted in a prior year are ineligible.
• Submissions will open from October 2, 2015 until January 8, 2016.
• 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.
GEMS
Feature narratives from both masters and up-and-coming filmmakers, including an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, neo westerns, and innovative docudramas. Submissions accepted until August 31, 2015 only.
• Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than September 1, 2014
• Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at GEMS scheduled for October 22-25, 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 October 30, 2015**
Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award
Completed films with a script by first-time screenwriters will compete for a $5,000 USD cash prize
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• This category is open only to films written by screenwriters that represent their first-produced feature-length screenplay
MIFFecito
Narrative films for the entire family
• Category is open to films of any length

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

Miami International Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American film. Presenting its 33rd edition in March 2016, 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 4-13, 2016

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
33rd edition - March 4-13, 2016


The 2015 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, 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 for In loco coverage and reviews of the films

For all categories unless otherwise noted:
• World premiere must have occurred no earlier than March 6, 2015
• Preference will be given to World, International, North American and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at the 2016 Festival.
• Films of 30 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 18, 2016. 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


FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Knight Competition, Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, Knight Documentary Award, Shorts Competition, Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriter Competition, Lexus Audience Award for Best Feature and Short Film.

Knight Competition presents $40,000 in prizes courtesy of John S. &James L. Knight Foundation. All feature films directed by filmmakers who have directed at least one previous Official Selection (feature or short) of Miami International Film Festival are eligible in this category. 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, 2016 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.

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 (50 min or longer) documentary films playing in the Festival’s Official Selection (except for From the Vault screenings) are eligible for this Award.

Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film 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 Alexander Ressler Screenwriter Competition All screenwriters who have a first-produced feature film screenplay credit in the Official Selection (excluding From The Vault screenings) are eligible for a jury-selected cash prize of $5,000.

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 2015)


FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Cinema 360°, Florida Focus, Lee Brian Schrager's Culinary Cinema, REEL Music Scene, MIFFecito, GEMS

DEADLINES & ENTRIES FEES

Monday, June 29, 2015 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (SOS)
Monday, July 27, 2015 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (SOS)
Monday, August 31, 2015 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (S0S)
Wednesday, September 30, 2015 | 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 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 2016 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 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.