Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation
CinemaSlam Competition 2020

Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in Florida film schools/programs are welcome to apply for $42,500 in cash prizes from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation CinemaSlam Competition 2020 at Miami Film Festival. The purpose of CinemaSlam is to foster excellence in student filmmaking, encourage the utilization of archival footage* in visual storytelling, and expose students to the value of film festivals in connecting their work with public audiences and industry professionals.

*Archival footage is pre-existing historical content that is incorporated into a new production of any genre for the purpose of enhancing story, theme and/or style. Archival footage differs from “stock footage” in that archival footage illuminates a historical context, whereas stock footage is created for the commercial purpose of replacing the need for original footage that is called for by a script.    

CinemaSlam 2020 is now open only to films using archival footage from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College. For information on how to locate, browse, research and find archival footage to fit your script or project, please visit this link for instructions: bit.ly/WolfsonArchivesGuide

NOTE: This is a change from previous editions of CinemaSlam in prior years.

The winning projects will be selected by a jury of industry professionals appointed with the collaboration of the Festival, the Family Foundation and the Media Center.

CATEGORIES:

The Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition is open to COMPLETED SHORT FILMS as well as WORKS IN PROGRESS (in development, script, pre-production, production or post-production). Below are the detailed Regulations and Awards for each category:

COMPLETED SHORT FILMS:

Prizes:

The winning student project will receive $7,500 cash. Additionally, four runners-up will be acknowledged with cash prizes of $5,000 each.


Regulations:

  • To be eligible, films must contain some meaningful use of archival footage, from the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives at Miami Dade College, within their film. There is NO requirement for a minimum or maximum percentage of the film’s running time dedicated to archival footage.
  • Films may be in the narrative, documentary, experimental, animated or hybrid genres.
  • Film completion date must be October 2018 or later. Films submitted to a prior year of the CinemaSlam are ineligible.
  • Students must have been enrolled at the participating school on the completion date of their finished films.
  • Films submitted may be part of a class project or an independent piece.
  • Submissions are OPEN until Friday, January 18, 2020.
  • Submissions MUST be uploaded to the FilmFreeway platform in an acceptable resolution.
  • Students must pay a submission fee of $10 to enter the competition. Winning Works-in-Progress projects from Cinemaslam 2019 may submit their completed films with a fee waiver, upon request at info@miamifilmfestival.com
  • The exhibition format of films selected must be a digital file, resolution 1920×1080 or higher. Quicktime is preferred, as Miami Film Festival will be converting it to DCP for exhibition.

WORKS IN PROGRESS (WIP) PROJECTS:

Prizes:

Up to 15 “seed money” awards of $1,000 cash will be awarded, to be used toward competition of the student’s project. Should the jury find less than 15 projects for consideration, the $15,000 cash awards funds will be evenly split among the jury’s selection of finalists.

Regulations:

  • Projects will make any use of archival material from Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Archives in a way that is essential to the student’s content.
  • Projects may be in development, script, pre-production, production or post-production.
  • Projects may be in the narrative, documentary, experimental, animated, or hybrid genres.
  • There is no minimum or maximum required percentage of the planned production running time devoted to archival material.
  • Projects will not be finished before March 10, 2020.
  • The completed film MUST be submitted to the 2021 Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition (submission fee will be waived).
  • Submissions are OPEN until Friday, January 18, 2020.
  • Students must pay a submission fee of $10 to enter the competition.
  • Projects in development, script, pre-production and production, can submit the following material for consideration:
    • One-page Treatment (in PDF format and in English language)
    • Director and Producer Note of Intention (Max. one page in PDF format and in English language)
    • Script (in PDF format and in English language)
    • Video excerpt or scene (Max. 5 minutes as a private, shareable link)