Call for Entries

Programmers of Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, are now accepting official entries for the 32nd Edition, March 6-15, 2015.

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.

MIFF only accepts submissions via Withoutabox’s Secure Online Screener (SOS) system, no submissions on DVDs will be accepted.


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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)

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

KNIGHT DOCUMENTARY

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
  • 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

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

SHORTS COMPETITION

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

  • 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

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

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

LEE BRIAN SCHRAGER’S CULINARY CINEMA

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

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

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

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

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

Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2015.