The FilmGate Festival is the longest-running monthly short film series in Florida, created to celebrate local culture, diversity and regional creativity. Every month, FilmGate Miami highlights Florida's community of actors, filmmakers, and video + audio production studios. We accept short films, documentaries, music videos and web series from Florida or made by a Florida citizen, 20 minutes or less.

This Festival will be taking place at the Silverspot Cinema located at 300 SE 3rd St #100, Miami, FL 33131.

- For Florida Filmmakers only or Florida-based films (at least for now)
- 20 minutes or less
- free submissions for Filmgate Miami members and students, ask us for a waver
- Florida producer or Director needs to be present at the screening of their film and for the Q&A

The screening takes place on the last Wednesday of each month.

The event also features our famous Percolator networking event, where you can meet Florida's film scene face-to-face and pitch your film ideas to the broad community of talent!

Stick around after the screening for some more networking

Submit your short film, documentary, music video or web series today and see your work on the biggest screen in Miami.

Now accepting:
January - Short Films "Free-for-all"
February - Short Films "Social Justice"
March - Short Films "Female Directors"
April - Short Films "Comedy"
May - Short Films "Documentaries"
June - Short Films "Free-for-all"
July - Short Films "Films with Subtitles"
August - Short Films "Free-for-all"
September - Short Films "Music Videos"
October - Short Films "Horror"
November - BEST OF THE BEST (Only winners from previous editions of the year are selected)

Please note that we select our films as they arrive, to allow us more time to promote this festival. Submit your films as early as possible to improve your chances of being selected.

If you have any trouble with entering your film or using a waiver code, please contact us at or

Monthly Awards include Best Film Award (which is a 1 year FilmGate membership) and Best Audience Award!

We also have our FilmGate Staff Awards which include:
-Best Actor
-Best Screenplay
-Best Sound Edit
-Best Edit
-Best Photography
-Best Director

Best Film Winner will automatically go into November's Best of Competition!!!
Grand winner will be taking the Crystal Pink Kraken Award!

- Films must be less than 20 minutes
- Films may only be submitted by filmmakers living in Florida
- Filmmakers MUST attend the event in person, or send a representative who can participate in a Q&A
- Filmmakers must submit their social media handles and tag @filmgatemiami
- Filmmakers get FREE ENTRY - family & friends are able to get a DISCOUNT CODE (code limit 3)
- Stay to network. Local film studios and local investors make it monthly to our events to meet emerging talent.

Overall Rating
  • Never got tired of being showing my work in this Festival. You guys are amazing!!!!

    April 2023
  • Darmyn Calderon

    Great festival, with great films, and lots of creative love being shared here. So proud to have my work included in this top selection of films. Thank you, FilmGate.

    April 2023
  • Adriana Bermudez

    Great Experience!!! Thank you for the opportunity!!!

    March 2023
  • Kathleen Krenitsky

    A very fun festival and a wonderful live screening, what a dedicated team!! I would certainly recommend to others, as the whole organization has a lot of heart 🎉

    February 2023
  • Daniel Russo

    A wonderful experience. Well put together and exciting for everyone. Love the staff and the organization!

    October 2022