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Festival Program

Miami Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American films. During its 37th edition from March 6 – 15, 2020, the Festival will present more than 125 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 30 different countries, showcasing the work of the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers to the diverse cosmopolitan community of Miami.

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Festival Highlights

Featuring some of the most buzzed-about events of the 2020 Festival.

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Program Search

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Sev DeMyers

“{Black Title Here}” chronicles a surreal day-in-the-life of James, a Los Angeleno on his day off from work. Dealing with friends, an ever-present girlfriend and an unexpected visit by his ex, his day is…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Aeden O'Connor Agurcia

90 Minutes, a rare film from Honduras, tells four interlinking stories of drama, romance and suspense all tied together by Honduras and the world’s greatest passion…

Knight Marimbas Award
Suman Ghosh

There are 1.3 billion people living in India, but in some rural areas, very few of them have a government-issued Aadhaar ID card. This dilemma forms the basis for…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
Paula Cury Melo

In the Dominican Republic, sexual education is almost nonexistent, teen pregnancy rates are staggeringly high, and abortion is illegal in all circumstances…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Astrid Pérez Durán

Yudelkis is a gold digger from Santo Domingo, but when she loses her sugar daddy, she is determined to get him back by any means. She decides to…

Short Film Award
Raul Prado

17-year-old Alberto decides to leave Cuba in 1980 without telling his family and, along with many other refugees, endures harsh abuse from the government…

Knight Marimbas Award
Leticia Jorge Romero

AL stands for Alba and Alfredo, E for Ernesto and LI for Lilian. The initials of everyone conform the sign that hangs at the entrance of the family beach…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Christopher Irarrazabal

While MMA fighter Javier Cordero trains for a big fight, he struggles to bring order to his life at home. As things start spiraling out of control, someone…

Marquee, Precious Gem Award

Knight Marimbas Award
Louise Archambault

In the wild and beautiful Quebec country side, three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. Tom…

Knight Marimbas Award
Manele Labidi

Tunisia set off a wave of change known as the Arab Spring in 2012 and in Manele Labidi‘s delightful debut comedy we get a window…

Masterclasses & Talks

A great film poster can be like a great painting – a stand-alone work of art unto itself. However, the art of creating a film poster must balance many…

Masterclasses & Talks

Trailers are of vital importance in a film’s marketing campaign and have tremendous impact on its success. Join us for an intensive Oolite Arts Skills…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Adrian Cardenas

Daniel, a local artisan, reluctantly journeys through the tight-knit community of Gibara, Cuba, confronting the loss of his wife one year after…

Documentary Achievement Award
Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi

Director Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi has spent much of his young, globetrotting career exploring the intersection between culture and…

Documentary Achievement Award
Bao Nguyen

Bruce Lee became a 20th century icon for a handful of iconic kung fu movies made before his untimely death at age 32 in 1973. Be Water gives us a rich portrait of Lee’s circuitous path to success, growing up in…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
Ingride Santos

During a high school literature exam, rebellious high school student Melisa confronts her teacher in front of her classmates. She questions…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Cathleen Dean

During his monthly therapy session, our protagonist, unnamed like many of his kind, recounts and relives a terrifyingly traumatic moment in his life…

Documentary Achievement Award
Jesse Moss, Amanda McBaine

Set in Texas, Boys State follows a program that teaches high school students about civics by putting them through the weeklong immersion…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Maya Margolina

Bud is a 60 year-old bar mitzvah DJ and armchair philosopher. His father, a filmmaker, has just passed away. Bud reckons with the death the only…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Opening Night Film
Giuseppe Capotondi

The late, great Miami writer Charles Willeford’s classic art world noir thriller The Burnt Orange Heresy has been updated…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Jokes Yanes

Carolina is a well-known, has-been actress who’s taken a career hiatus to recover from a public mental health breakdown. When given the opportunity…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, Zeno Mountain Award
Bill Crossland

First-time feature director Bill Crossland graces us with one of the most moving romantic comedies of the year in the heartfelt…

Cinema 360
Angel Manuel Soto

In 2013 Lofty Nathan’s acclaimed documentary 12 O’Clock Boys brought to the big screen the story of Pug, a boy allured with urban…

Special Events

The new iteration of one of our most cherished spots for a true local vibe, established at 1306 N. Miami Ave. This night, compare notes on how “the other half” lives at…

Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Tom Musca

The prolific, Miami-based screenwriter and producer Tom Musca first captivated Miami Film Festival audiences with his exceptionally powerful…

Special Events

Presented by the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Calling foodies of all ages – for a night of fun, food and film in…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Carla Forte

Venezuelan filmmaker Carla Forte trained initially as a dancer — her dance video works have been featured in countless festivals…

Soiree

Join film lovers and filmmakers in beautiful Miami Beach inside The Confidante’s 1930s Spanish-style bungalow. The unique and intimate ambiance…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Brad Abrahams

The (partly) true story of a cruise ship vacation for conspiracy theorists that takes a turn for the surreal when their most outlandish theories come…

Masterclasses & Talks

Josh Fox turned from theater to filmmaking activism with his Oscar-nominated film Gasland that woke up the world to the dangers of…

Documentary Achievement Award, Zeno Mountain Award
Nicole Newnham, Jim LeBrecht

The liberation movements around race, gender and sexuality have been well-documented. Now Crip Camp shines a light on the overlooked…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
N.P. Novak

For people who get up early, by taste or necessity, the moments before dawn can be a source of deep anxiety. In this memorable short film, a lonely…

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award, Zeno Mountain Award
Gabriel London, Charlie Sadoff

Filmmakers Gabriel London and Charlie Sadoff focus on an inspiring story at the intersection of two American…

Knight Marimbas Award
John Hsu

It is 1962 and Taiwan is going through the White Terror period. A sense of desolation and tension permeate Taiwan’s society, in fear because of political…

Special Events

Academy Award-winner Juan José Campanella (The Secret in Their Eyes (El secreto de sus ojos) headlines this epic night in the chic…

Knight Marimbas Award
Alankrita Shrivastava

Dolly Kitty and Those Twinkling Stars, we follow the lives of cousins Dolly and Kazal. Living in the suburbs of New Delhi, Dolly is a middle-class…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Jessica Henric

Following a bitter divorce, a young woman returns to her reservation and realizes that a legendary evil spirit known as the Skin-Walker has been…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
René Sampaio

One of the greatest poets of Brazilian rock music of all time, Renato Russo’s lyrics tell richly detailed and unforgettable stories in a style reminiscent of…

Knight Marimbas Award
Pablo Larrain

Adoptive parents Ema (Variety’s 10 Latinxs To Watch 2020’s Mariana Di Girolamo) and Gastón (Gael García Bernal) are artistic…

Precious Gem Award

Preceding the Thursday, March 12 screening, lead actress Emma Suárez will receive a Career Achievement Tribute, sponsored by Estrella Damm, and the…

Zeno Mountain Award
Isaac Mead-Long

A heartwarming film about two disabled military veterans, Danny and Frances, who go out sailing together in Biscayne Bay off the coast of Miami, Florida…

Masterclasses & Talks

Is Experiential Storytelling defining the future of entertainment? Four interactive story architects discuss how creators are pushing boundaries and crafting cutting-edge narrative structures. By blending traditional…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Melanie Charbonneau

In a world where value depends on how many “likes” you receive online, three millennial women are about to discover what lengths they’ll go to to…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Kali Kahn

An impressionistic journey into the internal world of Joey, 15, through a seemingly mundane day at summer camp in the Florida Everglades as she…

Documentary Achievement Award
Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg, Eli Despres

The filmmaking team behind Weiner, about the disgraced politician Anthony Weiner, turn to a more uplifting story. The Fight

Short Film Award
Alison Klayman

Japanese artist Azuma Makoto has sent his floral sculptures into space and sunk them to the bottom of the ocean, but most of the time, he thinks about…

Documentary Achievement Award
Alberto Arvelo

Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez is one of the most beloved and renowned Latin American artists of all time. His iconic works have been celebrated…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award
Julio Mendez

Esther and Cristhian face a complicated life situation forcing them to wonder: God, why me? After going through a complicated process, they discover…

Documentary Achievement Award
Beat Oswald, Samuel Weniger

In Golden Age, we’re drawn into the lavish world of The Palace in Coral Gables, a buzzing and luxurious senior living community that…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Ana Garcia Blaya

Director Ana García Blaya’s first feature film, inspired heavily by her own childhood, is an authentic feel-good coming-of-age drama that marks…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Camrus Johnson

In this retelling of his dad’s relationship with his best friend, “Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad” is Camrus Johnson’s gift to his grieving father and a…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Santiago Requejo

There are few human drives stronger than the need to feel useful; and that impulse is the engine that moves Grandpas, a crowd-pleasing…

Masterclasses & Talks

Producing in Florida and Beyond ninth edition in conjunction with CineVisun and the BFMG presents a masterclass and conversation with writer and…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award

This program includes the following short films: “Adrift,” “Beef,” “La Deuda,” “La Gloria” and “Marisol.”

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Sebastián Borensztein

Sebastián Borensztein’s classic comedy Chinese Take-Out (Un cuento chino), starring Ricardo Darin played to an electric sold-out…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Veronica Chen

Laura has lost control. After she sleeps with Weisman, the lead contractor building a barbecue shed in the backyard of her beach house, the other…

Special Events

Presented by the South Beach Wine & Food Festival Calling foodies of all ages – for a night of fun, food and film in…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Marcos Carnevale

Legendary Argentinian filmmaker Marcos Carnevale (a Miami Film Festival Precious Gem Awardee in 2017) is a master of the feel-good comedy…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Frantzy Moreau

Filmed in Miami, this short film focuses on Olly and Ade, two friends who cherish their bond and relationship. Problems arise, however, when one…

Documentary Achievement Award
Patricia Pérez Fernández, Heidi Hassan

In a Whisper is a deeply personal documentary exploring themes particularly relatable to Cuban expatriates – the sense of loss…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Lucia Alemany

Fresh off of a critically-acclaimed premiere at the San Sebastian International Film Festival and two Goya Nominations (including Best Breakout…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Halina Reijn

Nicoline (Game of Thrones, Carice van Houten) is an experienced psychologist that is embarking on a new job at a penal institution…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Gracia Querejeta

Gracia Querejeta is a beloved Spanish filmmaker whose films have won the Special Jury Award at the San Sebastian International Film…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Monika Jordan-Mlodzianowska

Monika Jordan-Mlodzianowska’s feature film directorial debut, The Iron Bridge, centers on the dramatic events set in motion by a love…

Documentary Achievement Award
Adrian Geyer

In this personal, haunting, and atmospheric documentary, first-time documentary feature director Adrián Geyer mixes a mystical search with…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Caitlyn Sponheimer

An aspiring law student resorts to selling her dirty underwear online, accidentally balancing the scales of justice with her ex at the same time…

Masterclasses & Talks

After the success of last year’s Knight Heroes, the series returns to the Miami Film Festival to spotlight the boldest and brightest talents in film today…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Meg Shutzer

A short documentary about AJ Andrews, the first woman to win a Rawlings Gold Glove, and her struggle to make it as one of the best professional…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
Jeff Prahl

In a small village outside Tijuana, a young Mexican boy named Victor lives with his father and beloved pet goat, Isabel. But when his father’s debts…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
Mary Evangelista

In the days following her suicide attempt, a queer lovelorn teen finds connection and solace with her Abuela through the secret language of dreams…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Jayro Bustamante

Writer-Director Jayro Bustamante has become one of the premiere voices in Latin American cinema since his debut feature Ixcanul shook…

Knight Marimbas Award
Jan Ole Gerster

It’s Lara’s sixtieth birthday, and it is surely no coincidence that her son Viktor is giving the most important piano concert of his career. After all, it was…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Carlos Rafael Betancourt, Oscar Ernesto Ortega

After risking his life crossing the Florida Straits on a raft, a young Cuban searches Miami for his long-absent father. When a political shift makes him…

Special Events

Ready, set, party! Miami’s newest neighborhood hotspot, the Arts & Entertainment District, is anchored by one of the city’s most creative spaces…

Documentary Achievement Award
Adriana Bosch

Filmmaker Adriana Bosch has chronicled the lives and historical importance of countless figures throughout her three-decade career as producer…

Documentary Achievement Award
Dennis Scholl

Jackson Pollock said, “he makes the rest of us look academic,” Mark Rothko acknowledged him as a “myth-maker” and Clement Greenberg called him…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
María Paz Gonzalez

Chilean filmmaker María Paz González has made documentaries like Daughter that have been widely acclaimed in her…

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Juliana Tafur

It is no secret that we live in extremely polarizing times, with hot-button political issues weaving their way into the fabric of every aspect of our lives and…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Héctor Silva Núñez

Up above, flying objects cross the skies of Miami. On land, Luisa and Camila, two Latino immigrants, spend their last day together in the same city…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Samuel Kishi

When director Samuel Kishi Leopo was five years old, his mother convinced him and his younger brother to journey from Mexico to Albuquerque with…

Documentary Achievement Award
Nicholas Brennan

Cuba is world-renowned for its music, but ask almost anyone which music and they’ll name Mambo, Danzón, Guaracha, or any…

Marquee, Precious Gem Award
Liz Garbus

Based on Robert Kolker’s 2013 true-crime novel of the same title, Lost Girls is a searing look at a mother’s relentless fight for justice against …

Special Events

Feel the love in the stars as we toast the award-winners of our 37th year. Immerse yourself in glitz and glamour inspired by the subject of our closing…

Cinema 360
Rodrigo Sorogoyen

Two years after his stunning, adrenaline-pumping short film “Madre” won the top prize for Short Films at the Miami Film Festival and went on to an Academy Award nomination, Rodrigo Sorogoyen has returned with a feature film that asks…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Carmen Pelaez

A recent Cuban refugee arrival, Raul, is hunting for mangoes he can hustle to local bodegas for some cash when he inadvertently becomes octogenarian…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
J.R. Poli

Inspired by the award-winning short film of the same name that won acclaim throughout the country, Miami filmmaker J.R. Poli returns to the Miami…

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award
Zoe Salicrup Junco

When a young mother takes a risk to provide for her daughter, a stranger turns her transgression into a nightmare…

Documentary Achievement Award
John Carluccio

Maurice and Gregory Hines were a dazzling sibling act of tap dancers, notably in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Cotton Club. Throughout…

Cinema 360
George Armitage

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the release of Miami Blues, the classic 1990 black comedy thriller starring Alec Baldwin

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Susan Froemke, Kirk Simon

It is hard to imagine Miami’s rich, cosmopolitan cultural landscape without the contributions of one conductor and musical director: Michael Tilson…

Cinema 360
Peter Cattaneo

With their husbands away serving in Afghanistan, a group of military wives decide to make the best out of their situation in this joyous, feel-good comedy…

Documentary Achievement Award
Maite Alberdi

Chilean filmmaker Maite Alberdi won MFF’s 2015 Documentary Audience prize for Tea Time. Now she returns with “the most…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award, Zeno Mountain Award
Diógenes Cuevas

Alejandro, the youngest of his recently deceased father’s two sons, is brimming with anger, upset that his father and older brother have for so long…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Cristina Costantini, Kareem Tabsch

Cristina Costantini and Miami’s own Kareem Tabsch have crafted one of the most talked-about documentaries of the year. Extravagant Puerto Rican…

Cinema 360
Julie Gilbert, Frédéric Choffat

Alex and Bernardo are two European men with separate lives but one thing in common: they both once loved a woman named Jade, who has now sent…

Documentary Achievement Award
Anabel Rodríguez Ríos

Venezuelan filmmaker Anabel Rodríguez Ríos accomplishes the rare feat of giving us an independent documentary perspective on…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Zeno Mountain Award
David Ilundain

In 2015, director David Ilundain made a name for himself in Spanish cinema with his debut feature with a political bent, B

Knight Marimbas Award
Dominik Moll

Veteran French filmmaker Dominik Moll has adapted Colin Niel’s 2018 French novel Seules les bêtes into a visually-stunning thriller…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
César Diaz

Guatemala’s bloody civil war is little-talked about, but the two-decade conflict which started in the 1970’s claimed 200,000 victims — most of them…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Benito Zambrano

Writer-director Benito Zambrano first made a distinct mark on Spanish cinema with his critically-acclaimed debut Solas, which played…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Manuel Ferrari

Argentinian director Manuel Ferrari’s striking debut feature from a decade ago, Como Estar Muerto, chronicled…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Paxton Winters

Winner of the Golden Shell Grand Prize at the 2019 San Sebastian Film Festival, Paxton Winters’ Pacified is a miraculous and…

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Alexandra Codina

Paper Children explores America’s invisible refugee crisis through the eyes of one Miami family who navigate a broken system with…

Cinema 360
Armando Iannucci

The Personal History Of David Copperfield re-imagines Charles Dickens’ classic ode to grit and perseverance through the comedic lens…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Alicia Harris

A young girl wears her afro to school on picture day and has to deal with the unexpected consequences…

Knight Marimbas Award
Céline Sciamma

Set in 18th century Brittany, Portrait of a Lady on Fire is an exquisitely elegant French drama, an enigmatic romance between a painter and…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Ezra Remer, Alexander Musca

In the tragic aftermath of category five Hurricane Maria, the small island nation of Dominica is faced with a difficult path towards recovery and climate resiliency.

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Elaine Del Valle

In the Hamptons, a tough blue collar girl from town and an uptight debutante out-of-towner find common ground… until one of them winds up…

Knight Marimbas Award
Alice Winocour

Anyone who has had to balance a demanding career with lovingly raising children knows how daunting the task can be. But imagine the psychological…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Bryan Burton

Set between the worlds of fandom and pop culture, this musical short film follows on-line gamers through their squad-based mission — working on…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Jessica Kavana Dornbusch

Israel “Reefa” Hernandez is an 18-year-old Colombian immigrant and award-winning artist with a bright future. He is spending his last summer in…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Knight Marimbas Award
Jonathan Jakubowicz

Marcel Marceau’s influence as a mime artist is legendary. But as an underground French Resistance fighter during WW2, the untold story of his youth…

Documentary Achievement Award
Andy Señor Jr., Victor Patrick Alvarez

Andy Señor Jr. was born and raised in Miami to a family of Cuban immigrants. In Revolution Rent, we watch him undertake a passion…

Documentary Achievement Award
Marlon Johnson, Anne Flatté

Marlon Johnson and Anne Flatté are veteran documentary filmmakers whose exquisite work has been a staple at the Miami Film Festival. With…

Shorts Program

This program includes the following short films: The Dawn, Mango Season, Princess Cut, Valerio’s Day Out and Wound Riders.

Shorts Program

This program includes the following short films: {Black Title Here}, Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Father, Push the Point (Rated T For Toxic), Sororal, Still and Third Trinity.

Shorts Program

This program includes the following short films: Agua ‘e Panty, Carolina, Kitty’s Naughty Knickers, Knocking Down the Fences and Wax Paul Now.

Shorts Program

This program includes the following short films: Alexa Off, Buddy Boca, Conspiracy Cruise, Don’t Let It In, In a Lifetime and The Woman Under the Tree.

Shorts Program

This program includes the following short films: The Artisan, Being, Fairchild, Look Up, Pick and T.

Documentary Achievement Award
Pablo Croce

The old adage is that if you can make it in New York, you can make it anywhere. But what, exactly, does it take to make it in New York? And what does the attempt take out of you? Siudy Between Worlds, a riveting…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Knight Marimbas Award
Paula Hernandez

Argentinian director Paula Hernandez has built a distinguished career – through films like Herencia, Lluvia, and…

Documentary Achievement Award
Lance Oppenheim

Harvard-educated South Florida native Lance Oppenheim has made a justifiable splash since completing his debut feature documentary…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Frédéric Even, Louise Mercadier

Facing an impending natural disaster, the bond amongst three sisters is tested as they each confront the proximity of death…

Documentary Achievement Award
Matt Wolf

Deep in the Arizona desert, there’s an enormous glass terrarium where a miniature replica of earth’s ecosystem lives called…

Cinema 360
Andrea Dorfman

Gaby, unceremoniously dumped on her 39th birthday, is petrified she’ll be alone forever. Inching closer and closer towards the big 4 0, she embarks…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Constanza Majluf

When Mili visits the isolated town where her grandmother recently passed away, she meets a man who is mysteriously acquainted…

Special Events

The Festival kicks off with an extravagant opening night party presented at The Historic Alfred I. duPont Building courtesy of The Tilia Family of…

Soiree

INDIA! The colors, the vibrancy, the passion of one of our world’s oldest and richest cultures…our first Festival Soiree Presentation of 2020 celebrates…

Knight Marimbas Award
Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

Filmmaking duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, known as Moorhead&Benson to their ever-growing list of fans, have developed a cult…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Keisha Rae Witherspoon

In this creative and innovative short film, a film crew follows three grieving participants of Miami’s annual T Ball, where people assemble to model RIP…

Cinema 360
Julio Vincent Gambuto

11-year old Marco is obsessed with his electronics — his iPad, his Xbox, his VR headset — and hardly leaves the house. But when his grandmother dies…

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Jean-Simon Chartier

Dr. Miami (a.k.a. Michael Salzhauer) is the most famous surgeon in America. Millions of loyal followers from around the world tune in daily as he live…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Yara Travieso

A wise Puerto Rican santera bestows a puzzling premonition upon her pregnant daughter, who fears losing her artistic practice to the demands of…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Gonzalo Maza

Gonzalo Maza is renowned as one of the great screenwriters of Latin American cinema. A co-writer on four Sebastian Lelio films, including the…

Documentary Achievement Award
Garrett Bradley

New Orleans based filmmaker Garrett Bradley is a rising star, directing for The New York Times Op-Docs, collaborating with Ava DuVernay and receiving…

Soiree

This party may be the Festival’s real showstopper. The historic Jewel Box at YoungArts will come alive with the street art energy that marks the true color…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Rodrigo Bellot

Filmmaker Rodrigo Bellott has been one of the driving forces behind Bolivia’s nascent film industry; writing and directing domestic…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Kim A. Snyder

In the aftermath of the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, filmmaker Kim Snyder follows the student survivors who turned…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Michael Arcos

A young jaguar (Valerio) goes on a killing spree when he escapes from his enclosure at the zoo. After he’s caught, sedated, and relocated, he makes…

Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Val Bodurtha, Rebecca Shaw, Sophie Mann

After visiting Madame Tussauds, three friends answer the museum’s call for ideas about which celebrity should next be turned into one of their…

CINEDWNTWN Gala, Knight Marimbas Award, Marquee
Juan José Campanella

Juan José Campanella has created some of the most beloved films in recent Argentinian cinema, from the hilarious tear-jerker Son of the Bride…

Documentary Achievement Award
David France

Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France (How to Survive a Plague) delivers a suspenseful real-life thriller that will have you on the edge…

Documentary Achievement Award, Knight Made in MIA Feature Film Award
Dudley Alexis

Documentary filmmaker Dudley Alexis returns to the Miami Film Festival with an incredibly incisive and illuminating look into one of…

Knight Marimbas Award
Alejandro Amenábar

Set in the first months of the Spanish Civil War, this riveting and timely chamber drama from acclaimed writer-director Alejandro…

Knight Marimbas Award
Calvin Thomas, Yonah Lewis

Katie is something of a public figure on her college campus. Everyone knows her name; everyone knows her story. Or at least they think they do…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award
Miguel Ángel Jiménez

Legendary actress Emma Suárez has played some of the most memorable roles in Spanish cinema. Nominated for six Goya Awards over her…

Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition

The purpose of CinemaSlam is to foster excellence in student filmmaking, encourage the utilization of archival footage in visual storytelling and…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Karishma Kohli

Lucia, a homeless woman in South Beach, spends much of her time sitting under a tree, watching the life of a family unfold in a house across the…

HBO Ibero-American Feature Film Award, Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
David Zonana

Francisco and his brother are part of a group of construction workers building a massive home for a wealthy man in Mexico City. When Francisco’s…

Knight Made in MIA Short Film Award, Shorts Program
Angel Barroeta

When a young woman ventures into unknown nocturnal corners of the city in this incredibly atmospheric short film, she unexpectedly finds…

Jordan Ressler First Feature Award
Martin Busker

Zoro is a 13-year-old refugee from Afghanistan living in an emergency shelter in Germany and dealing with a frosty relationship with the citizens of…