The ASFI Future in Films Festival is a single day cultural event celebrating the artistic and technical achievements of young (13-18 years old) filmmakers from South Florida. Taking place in Miami, the event consists of short film screenings, filmmaker Q&As, and an opportunity for young filmmakers to network.

In addition to acknowledging and celebrating South Florida's up-and-coming cinematic talent, the event aims to connect the arts community as well as the local industry with the plethora of talented youth available throughout South Florida, in an effort to create mentorship and development opportunities for young filmmakers interested in pursuing a career in the industry.

The event also aims to create a network of young filmmakers and parents who all share a passion and desire to create artistic cinema at a variety of levels, nurturing young filmmakers to continue to create and develop together across the region, and showing parents the importance of community involvement and partnership in the development of their young artists.

This event seeks to build on the great work being done by local film institutions by including and highlighting the work and talent of young artists throughout South Florida and making these works available to the community. In giving these young artists a platform, as well as inviting industry professionals to participate in the event, ASFI hopes to foster a mentorship culture between notable industry figures in South Florida and young artists yearning to create and participate in the larger industry.

It is our goal that this event will result in ongoing relationships between student filmmakers, parents, industry professionals, and local productions; the sustained goal remains in line with ASFI's mission of constructing mentorship and professional guidance pipelines from local public schools and youth organizations to the larger industry.

ASFI in partnership with FIU, will hold the festival at the FIU Biscayne Bay Campus. Event doors will open at 9:00 AM with the shorts block screening beginning at 9:30 AM, with a total estimated runtime of 60 minutes, followed by a 20-30 minute Q&A with the audience and participating filmmakers. Because the event will be during a school day, ASFI will be supplying buses for some underserved schools.

This festival is a special event for student filmmakers to gather together and celebrate their films, their present, and their future.

Best Picture Award

Best Screenplay Award

Best Director Award

Best Cinematography Award

Best Editing Award

Best Sound Mixing Award

Audience Choice Award

Best Music Video

The Festival will only allow filmmakers between the ages of 13-18 to submit for consideration to the festival. The Festival will also exclusively consider short films produced after January 2023 for "Official Selection" and screening.

This project is created to serve the young audio-video artists and filmmakers of South Florida, as well as connect the industry at large with a pool of upcoming talent that is otherwise underserved and under-acknowledged. As such, the Festival will only be accepting submissions for projects from South Florida young filmmakers and will be open to admission for anybody in the area.

ASFI Future In Films Festival will define “South Florida filmmakers” as filmmakers currently residing in one of the following: Monroe County (the Keys), any of the three metropolitan counties of Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach, as well as the three "Treasure Coast" counties of Indian River, St. Lucie, and Martin.




Overall Rating
  • Luciano Alzate

    Overall, I had a great experience at the ASFI Future In Films Festival. The experience was very accommodating, I felt like everyone was there to help make the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. I really enjoyed talking to everyone and even was able to win a really cool lavalier mic! This was my first time attending a screening of my film, so it was really cool to see how people reacted to what I made.

    February 2024