Coconut Grove Film Festival by Voices Beyond Borders Art Foundation, this festival is a non-profit vibrant celebration of storytelling and creativity, where we showcase exceptional films from around the globe with a special focus on Latin American voices and Florida filmmakers. Our festival is a unique gathering of artists and audiences in Miami's historic Coconut Grove, uniting diverse cultures through the power of cinema. Join us in experiencing films that not only entertain but also inspire meaningful dialogue and social change.

We are thrilled to welcome Academy Award-winning director and celebrated Coconut Grove local, David Frankel, as a key panelist at the Coconut Grove Film Festival. David, alongside a lineup of prominent film industry professionals, will be at the heart of our festival's mission to amplify Florida voices and redefine the narrative around Latin cinema. This special panel, which includes Felipe Torres Urso and Xavier Manrique among others, will delve into breaking Latin clichés and presenting new, authentic perspectives in filmmaking. Join us for this unique opportunity to explore and discuss the evolving landscape of cinema, as we commit to fostering diverse, innovative, and meaningful storytelling in the heart of Florida.

Best Latin Short

Best Latin Feature

Best Floridian Filmmaker Award

Best Comedy Award

Jury Award for Best Short Film

Jury Award for Best Feature Film

Submission Deadlines and Fees:

Deadline for Submissions: December 20, 2023. Please note that we do not accept late submissions.

Short Film Submissions: $25 per entry.

Feature Film Submissions: $40 per entry.

Submission Platform: All submissions must be made via FilmFreeway. Please visit our FilmFreeway page for detailed instructions and to submit your film.

Festival Dates and Venue: Join us on January 12-14, 2024, at the luxurious Cinepolis Movie Theater in Cocowalk, the heart of Coconut Grove, for a showcase of extraordinary films.

Eligibility Requirements:

Films must have been completed within the last 18 months.

We accept only fully finished films.

Short Films: Maximum length of 25 minutes.

Feature Films: Minimum length of 70 minutes.

Accepted film formats for screening: DCP or QuickTime.

Additional Guidelines:

All films must be in English or Spanish, or contain English subtitles.

Filmmakers are responsible for the shipment of the film to the festival. The festival will not cover shipping costs.

By submitting, filmmakers grant the Coconut Grove Film Festival the rights to use clips and stills of the film for promotional purposes.