|Miami, FL — May 7, 2018 — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival and IMDbPro (www.imdbpro.com), the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, today opened their call for submissions for the second year of the Festival’s IMDbPro Short Film Competition by announcing they would double the category’s cash award to $5,000 and expand eligibility by dropping premiere requirements and allowing streaming short films to submit for consideration.The 36th edition of the internationally renowned Miami Film Festival will take place March 1 – 10, 2019. Finalists for the IMDbPro Short Film Competition will be selected by a programming committee of filmmakers, cinephiles and film industry professionals in Miami and internationally, under the direction of the Festival’s Director of Programming, and will all screen theatrically at the Festival in March. The Short Film Competition Grand Jury will be announced next year, and their votes will determine the best short film, with the winning filmmaker receiving $5,000 cash.
“The first edition of the IMDbPro Short Film Competition received submissions from immensely talented artists working around the world, and we are pleased to again offer independent filmmakers the opportunity to be discovered at MDC’s Miami Film Festival by submitting via our Withoutabox service,” said Matt Kumin, Head of IMDbPro.”
“The short film is where some of the most innovative creatives of the art form thrive,” said Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. “With the ongoing support of IMDbPro and the opening of the category to embrace all eligible short films regardless of their distribution status, we will attract the best new works to compete for the 2019 title and prize money.”
The winner of the Festival’s inaugural IMDbPro Short Film Competition at the 2018 edition was “Mother” (“Madre”) from Spain, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.
To qualify for the 2019 Festival, all short films must be 30 minutes or less and have realized their world premiere after March 2018. The Festival exclusively accepts submissions via Withoutabox (https://www.withoutabox.com/miami).
The Festival will announce a separate Call for Entries for its feature film categories later in the summer.
For a complete set of official rules and regulations, visit miamifilmfestival.com. For additional information: firstname.lastname@example.org or +1 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.