As always, Miami Dade College students received foregrounded access to educational opportunities via Miami Film Festival and Tower Theater Miami. Miami Dade College students were invited free-of-charge, simply by showing their current MDC ID card, to all Master Classes and Seminars that took place during the Festival dates. Through our Faculty distribution program and via activation through the 8 Student Life centers at each MDC campus, the Festival provided MDC students with an additional 1,227 complimentary tickets to film screenings of their own choice.
For the ninth year, the Wolfson CinemaSlam Competition (the Festival’s all-Miami-film-student short film competition) was held, and two of MDC’s School of Entertainment, Design & Technology (SEDT) student films were chosen as finalists, each winning several prizes, including the top award. In 2019, a new addition to the program was the introduction of Works in Progress grants for films that made use of archival footage from the Wolfson Moving Images Archive, and two MDC students received cash grants toward completion of their projects.
Miami Film Festival brought visiting filmmakers to the North Campus’ School of Entertainment & Design Technology for special class visits and guest lectures, including Spanish filmmakers Celia Rico Clavellino (Journey to a Mother’s Room) and Amanda Sans (Last Street). For the third consecutive year, SEDT offered a first-time Film Festival Experience class where 22 students studied the film festival industry, including hands-on experience at Miami Film Festival via first-tier volunteer and internship opportunities.