Miami Dade College students receive foregrounded access to educational opportunities via Miami Film Festival and Tower Theater Miami. Miami Dade College students are invited free-of-charge, simply by showing their current MDC ID card, to all Master Classes and Seminars that take 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 annually provides MDC students with approximately 1,500 complimentary tickets to film screenings of their own choice.
Every year, the CinemaSlam Competition (the Festival’s film-student short film competition) is held, and MDC’s School of Entertainment, Design & Technology (SEDT) student films are traditionally strong contenders, winning several prizes over the years. In 2019 and 2020, 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 five MDC students received cash grants toward completion of their projects.
Miami Film Festival annually takes visiting filmmakers to the North Campus’ School of Entertainment & Design Technology for special class visits and guest lectures. In 2019, Spanish filmmakers Celia Rico Clavellino (Journey to a Mother’s Room) and Amanda Sans (Last Street) were among those making in-person visits Since 2017 , SEDT annually offers a Film Festival Experience class in the Spring semester, where up to 25 students study the film festival industry, including hands-on experience at Miami Film Festival via first-tier volunteer and internship opportunities.
Festival sponsors value MDC students and provide access to special offers. For the Summer of 2020, American Airlines offers this to MDC students.