Cine de los Muertos is a new showcase for filmmakers. We are kicking off our inaugural year in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Florida Day of the Dead Celebration. Our goal is to showcase films and videos that celebrate the ideology of Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead.

Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead is a Mexican holiday to celebrate loved ones who have died. Our ancestors believed that on every Day of the Dead, the gateway between Mictlan, the ancient Aztec Land of the Dead, and our world opens so we may celebrate with our lost loved ones for one special time of year. The prayers and rituals during Day of the Dead help our loved ones during their spiritual journeys. It is a day of memorial for the dead, but a day of joy and love that celebrates the lives of our ancestors.

Film themes should center around the cultures and traditions of the Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead holiday. The interpretation of the theme can be literal, including aspects of the holiday and rituals like the memorial for a loved one, building of ofrendas, or documenting a festival. Themes can also be conceptual. Themes may include (but are not limited to); death, grief, loss, memorial, heritage, family traditions, death rituals, afterlife/soul, While Dia de los Muertos / Day of the Dead is traditionally a latino holiday, all people deal with death and loss, and all people from all cultures are encouraged to submit their own interpretations related to the Day of the Dead holiday.

*Please note this is a celebration of life and memory - horror films will not be considered. If you are unsure of content appropriateness, you can send a brief description of your film to to determine if your film is suitable for this showcase.

Films will be showcased at various venues throughout the festival, including the NSU Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale and ArtServe of Fort Lauderdale. Award Winners will be announced at the Museum of Art during the festival.

This festival is managed by Florida Day of the Dead, Inc; Ecke Studios, Inc; and Puppet Network, Inc

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All entrants agree to adhere to the following rules, terms, and conditions:

1) Duration: All films must be 20 minutes or under. No exceptions. Total running time includes all opening and closing end credits.

2) Language: All languages are accepted. English subtitles are required for submissions with languages other than English.

3) Only submissions through FilmFreeway will be accepted. No DVD/BD screeners. All selected films must be available for a high quality digital download.

4) All films and videos must be completed on or after January 1, 2016.

5) Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances.

1) For films to qualify, the submission must relate to the theme of the day of the dead. The panel of judges will determine appropriateness all decisions are final.

2) You must have exclusive rights to your film as well as any pertinent releases, including but not limited to actors images, location image, trademarked or copyrighted image and music.

3) By submitting your film, you agree to allow Florida Day of the Dead Celebration to exhibit your film in venues during its 2019 festival. You further agree to allow usage of clips from the film and all related publicity material submitted for promotional use on television, radio, in print, web and at live festival events.

4) You authorize the use, without additional compensation, of your name, likeness, and/or voice and photograph for promotion and/or advertising purposes in any manner and in any medium now known or developed in the future throughout the world as Florida Day of the dead Celebration deems appropriate.

1)All notifications will be emailed by October 19th