Call for Entries

2012 Entries

Programmers of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 30th edition, March 1 – 10, 2013. As the premiere venue in the U.S. for launching new Ibero-American cinema and an important showcase for international films entering the United States as well as American independent and documentary cinema, the Festival seeks the latest works by debut, emerging and veteran filmmakers for various competition and non-competition categories and genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, experimental cinema and Florida-centric stories.

We strongly encourage and prefer submission via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener (SOS) system, a secure alternative to traditional hard-copy DVDs. Films submitting via this method will enjoy significant discounts on our regular submission fees, and have an extended timeframe in which to submit the work.

If you are not able to submit your film as a Secure Online Screener, the Festival will accept a limited number of DVD submissions, up until August 27th. For DVD entries, you must complete the DVD Submission Form and send with a credit card payment and your DVD. No checks, money orders or other forms of payment will be accepted. Download the DVD Submission Form here.

Questions? Please consult our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

DEADLINES & ENTRIES FEES

INDUSTRY ONLY (DOES NOT SCREEN PUBLICLY) - OPEN
VeoMiami (Digital Market)

FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES - CLOSED
Knight Ibero-American Competition, Knight Documentary Competition

FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES - CLOSED
Cinema 360°, Doc-You-Up, Mayhem, America The Beautiful, REEL Music Scene, Cutting the Edge, Florida Focus, Shorts

Monday, June 25, 2012 | Early Deadline | $45.00 (SOS) | $65.00 (DVD)

Monday, July 23, 2012 | Regular Deadline | $55.00 (SOS) | $75.00 (DVD)

Monday, August 27, 2012 | Late Deadline | $65.00 (S0S) | $85.00 (DVD)

Friday, September 28, 2012 | Extended Deadline | $100.00 (S0S) | NO DVD ACCEPTED AFTER AUG. 27TH

Wednesday, November 21, 2012 | VeoMiami Deadline | $100.00 (SOS only) | NOT A FESTIVAL-CATEGORY

ONLY VEOMIAMI SUBMISSIONS ACCEPTED AFTER SEPT. 28TH - OPEN

For CinemaSlam 2013 entries, please visit http://www.miamifilmfestival.com/program/cinemaslam.aspx

VEOMIAMI DIGITAL MARKET

Ibero-American feature projects, either completed or in post-production, seeking exposure to sales, distribution, and programming professionals

  • Feature projects (at least 60 minutes or longer in TRT), either completed or in post-production, seeking exposure to sales, distribution, and programming professionals
  • At the time of MIFF 2013, must have, at minimum, theatrical exhibition and/or broadcast rights available in at least 2 out of 3 of the following territories: US, Latin America and/or India
  • Completion date must be after March 2012 (NOTE: does not apply to works-in-progress)
  • For inclusion in the Ibero-American exclusive section within the Digital Market, 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 (Genre and commercial films from Latin America seeking foreign territory sales are particularly encourage to submit)
  • US and International genre and commercial films seeking Latin America sales are particularly encouraged to submit
  • Submissions will be accepted until November 21, 2012. All entries in the VeoMiami Digital Market are curated and reviewed by MIFF programmers.

KNIGHT IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION

Dramatic works from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, as well as Latino-themed works produced in the United States, that will compete for $40,000 in prizes courtesy of Knight Foundation, and a $5,000 Screenwriting Award from the Jordan A. Ressler Foundation

  • Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
  • This category is open to any film directors
  • Preference will be given to World, International and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013.
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • 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

LEXUS 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 sponsored by Lexus

  • 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 and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013.
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • 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

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION

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
  • Preference will be given to World, International and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013.
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP or HD CAM only (not HDCAM-SR)

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

  • Cinema 360°: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

DOC-YOU-UP

Engaging and thought-provoking feature-length documentaries created by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons and/or inspiring people

  • Doc-You-Up: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP or HD CAM only (not HDCAM-SR)

REEL MUSIC SCENE

Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content

  • REEL Music Scene: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

CUTTING THE EDGE

Provocative and stirring feature-length visual experiences guaranteed to test limits and take viewers to the extreme

  • Cutting the Edge: 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 FL Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

FLORIDA FOCUS

Films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is a current resident of Florida.

  • Florida Focus: Out of Competition category
  • Category is open to films partially or wholly shot in Florida or by a filmmaker (director/producer) who is a currentResident of Florida
  • Category is open to films of any length
  • Must be at minimum a FL Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

SHORTS

The latest in short films from around the globe, appropriate for any MIFF category

  • Shorts: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 40 minutes or less in TRT
  • Documentary, Dramatic and Animated films are accepted
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15, 2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

MAYHEM

Suspenseful Thrillers That'll Rock your Cortex. Slashers, killers and all psychopaths are welcome

  • Mayhem: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15,2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • Exhibition format must be DCP

AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL

A masterful display of film Americana (US indie titles only)

  • America the Beautiful: Out of Competition category
  • Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
  • Must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2013
  • 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 15,2013**
  • Completion date must be after March 2012
  • 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

Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2013.