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CinemaSlam 2015


A component of the Festival’s Florida Focus program, CinemaSlam, Miami International Film Festival’s 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, Center of Cinematography Arts & Television Miami (CCAT-Miami), 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, documentary, experimental, or animated short.
  • Category is open to a maximum runtime of 20 minutes.
  • Film completion date must be October 2013 or later. Films submitted in a prior year are ineligible.
  • Submissions are OPEN until Friday, January 5, 2015.
  • Submission deadline Friday, January 5, 2015 is FINAL; we cannot consider submissions after this date.
  • 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.

The 2015 “CinemaSlam Champion” will receive:

  • Sara Fuller Scholarship – $500 Cash Prize, courtesy of Film Florida
  • MiamiFF32 All-Access pass to winning director, courtesy of Miami Film Society
  • Engraved Award


For further details email:
MiamiFF Submissions Team



Jury members Aaron Moorhead, Ayoub Qanir and Melissa Ader announced the winners in all categories in the Miami student film competition, at a presentation ceremony at MDC’s Tower Theater on March 6th. The audience award winner was announced by Festival director Jaie Laplante during the Patrón Opening Night Party at MDC’s Freedom Tower later that same evening.

  • Grand Prize winner: “The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College), produced by Rita Pereyra, Martin Castañeda and Andrea Estrada
  • Audience Award winner: “The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College)Best Documentary: “Romana” (University of Miami), produced by Barrett Dennison, Luis J. Galvis, Chantale Glover and Nick Katzenbach
  • Best Drama: “The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College)
  • Best Actor: Juan Jimenez, “The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College)
  • Best Actress: Valentina Jimenez, “The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College)
  • Best Director:  Rita Pereyra,“The First Day” (“El primer dia”) (Miami Dade College)
  • Best Technical Achievement:  Timothy Wilcox, “Top Shelf” (Miami Dade College)



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