Submissions for the Official Selection of the 35th Edition, March 9-18, 2018, are now CLOSED. All eligible entries are being reviewed, and rightsholders will be notified of their status no later than Friday, January 19, 2018.
Submissions for CINEMASLAM, the Miami Student Film Competition, are currently open until Monday, January 15, 2018, exclusively via Without-a-Box
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FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES
Knight Competition presents $40,000 in prizes courtesy of John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. All feature films directed by filmmakers who have presented at least one feature as part of the Festival’s Official Selection are eligible in this category. Competing films are eligible for a $30,000 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 15, 2018 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 for distinctions for Best Performance and Best Director.
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 documentary (50 min or longer) playing in the Festival’s Official Selection (except for “From the Vault” screenings) are eligible for this Award.
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.
Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition is for screenwriters who have a first-produced feature film screenplay credit in the Official Selection (excluding “From the Vault” screenings) competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000.
Knight Made in MIA Award, courtesy of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. The award category, which 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.
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“.
IMDbPro Shorts Competition presents to the jury-selected winner a $2,500 cash prize.
Feature Film Audience Award and the Short Film Audience Award All Festival Features and Short films are eligible as voted upon by the Festival audience.
Rene Rodriguez Critics Award All critics covering the annual Festival will be invited to cast their vote for the film they consider the best of that year’s selection.
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 2017).
FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES
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.
REEL Music Scene features narrative or documentary films with music-themed content.
MIFFecito features narrative films for the entire family. Category is open to films of any length
Shorts out of Competition for shorts films available on the internet for public consumption or previously screened in a public setting in Miami, FL