2016 Call for Entries

Programmers of Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival, are now accepting submissions for the 33rd Edition, March 4-13, 2016

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. The Festival seeks top-quality films in all genres for various competition and non-competition categories, including features, documentaries, shorts, experimental cinema and Florida-centric stories.

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

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


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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)

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

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

JORDAN ALEXANDER RESSLER SCREENWRITING AWARD

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

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

CINEMA 360°

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.

REEL MUSIC

Narrative or documentary films with music-themed content

  • Must be 50 minutes or longer in TRT

MIFFECITO

Narrative films for the entire family

  • Category is open to films of any length

GEMS – OCTOBER 22 to 25, 2015

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**

Notifications will be sent by January 15, 2016.
** Exceptions may be made for films with limited VOD releases outside of Florida or limited online releases associated with international Festival premieres

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.