Miami Future Cinema Critics

Miami Future Cinema Critics

For the second successive year, Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), March 7 –16, 2014 will be accepting submissions for Miami Future Cinema Critics (MFCC) program. The aim of the program is to provide Miami-based film aficionados with a fascinating opportunity to discover new cinema - outside of the roughly 600 films that are commercially released in the U.S. annually, and learn new ways to develop their voice and attract new audiences for their own critical work.

Through an application process (deadline February 7, 2014), a group of seven (7) Miami writers (between the ages 21 and 30) will blog (written, audio or video) about films from a select playlist of 8-10 titles, curated by MIFF’s 2014 programming team. . In addition to blogging, the MFCC will designate one film in their playlist as an overall “best film”, based on the Critics’ own criterion of artistic merit. The Miami Future Cinema Critics Best Film of 2014 Award will be announced and presented as part of MIFF’s official Awards Night program on Saturday, March 15, 2014 at 7:00pm, at Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts.

MFCC Jury Members (Justin James & Juan Barquin)


Applicants must demonstrate a committed interest in written or video film criticism and/or journalism, be 21 or over by March 7, 2014. If you are interested in applying please email the following to

(a) Cover letter outlining who you are, and why you are interested in becoming a Miami Future Cinema Critic. Please let us know whether you are a video or a written word blogger, and what makes you an ideal candidate for consideration. Let us know your specialized area of interest, as we’re interested in a forming a critics group made up of diverse interests.

(b) Resume: A basic one-page resume (include your date of birth to ensure you are within the age eligibility parameters – must be between 21 and 30 on March 7, 2014).

(c) Three writing samples about film (for written-word bloggers) 500 words or less OR three audio samples of podcasts OR three video samples of broadcast streaming video about film that feature you speaking about film (mpg or .mov file limited to 2 ½ minutes) OR radio/podcast review (mp3 or .mov file limited to 2 ½ minutes).

(d) Evidence of undergraduate study (international study is also accepted).

Submissions: November 11, 2013 – Friday, February 7, 2014.


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