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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 ... More
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). Less

Engaging and thought-provoking feature-length documentaries created by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons an... More
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. Less

HBO Competition is open to all U.S. Hispanic and Ibero-American films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award ... More
HBO 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. Less

First-time screenwriters presenting their debut feature-length screenplay will compete for a $10,000 USD cash prize
First-time screenwriters presenting their debut feature-length screenplay will compete for a $10,000 USD cash prize Less

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

For shorts films available on the internet for public consumption or previously screened in a public setting in Miami, FL
For shorts films available on the internet for public consumption or previously screened in a public setting in Miami, FL Less

Feature narratives from both masters and up-and-coming filmmakers from every country in the world, including an international selection of dramas, com... More
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 Less

Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content
Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content Less

Courtesy of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, this category features a $10,000 cash prize, is open to any film - short or feature, documen... More
Courtesy of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, this category features a $10,000 cash prize, is open to any film - short or feature, documentary or narrative – 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. Less

Narrative films for the entire family
Narrative films for the entire family Less

Zeno Mountain Award is a $5,000 cash prize open to all Festival entries courtesy of Fringe Partners. This jury-selected award celebrates the diversity... More
Zeno Mountain Award is a $5,000 cash prize open to all Festival entries courtesy of Fringe Partners. This jury-selected award celebrates the diversity of abilities and disabilities and seeks to reward the film that helps break down barriers to our understanding of people living with disabilities. The award is named after Zeno Mountain Farm in Lincoln, VT. Inspired by the actors and filmmakers in the documentary “Becoming Bulletproof“. Less


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