The FilmGate Festival (formerly known as I'm Not Gonna Move to L.A!" N.O.L.A) 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 (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 fourth 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 or @filmgate_interactive
- 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
  • The whole experience was AMAZING!! Top-notch all around and the event definitely had a very cool vibe and opportunity to showcase/meet fellow filmmakers in the South Florida area! FIlmGate Miami is the BEST!

    March 2022
    Response from festival:

    We <3 you too!

  • This festival is exactly what South Florida needs to promote local filmmakers. I had the joy of intimately screen my short film before an exquisite audience, and got to witness their reactions, something that's very well cherished by FIlmmakers.
    The venue is really cool and the event is very well organized. I look forward to other activities there. Kudos to everyone at FilmGate!

    September 2021
  • Annik Babinski

    Fantastic film festival! We were so glad they were able to offer it virtually and in-person. Next time we hope to attend in person! Thank you FilmGate! We love you!

    June 2021
  • What an incredible film festival experience! I am so glad that my wife (plus size model/inspirational speaker/actor) Nikkie Bendross and I were able to attend the World Premiere of our docushort My Skin Is Not A Sin in person at FilmGate Miami Film Festival - Documentary Month. Because we were welcomed with so much hospitality, respect and love. The other films were well selected and we enjoyed them very much. Everything just went off without a hitch and the Q&A was quite productive, although, I wish we could have spent a little more time with that portion. However, I completely understand because we couldn't be there all night lol And so, now I am totally stoked about attending another event put on by these incredible artists and industry pros.

    June 2021
  • Gregory Gunder

    Thanks to FilmGate for supporting my project and giving me the opportunity to screen my short documentary! It is important to independent filmmakers to have this venue to grow and network.

    June 2021