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.

- 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 at the luxurious Silverspot Cinema Downtown Miami.

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:
Short Films - Fiction
Short Films - Documentaries
Short Films - Women Directors
Short Films - Horror
Music Videos
Web Series
Short Films - LGBTQ
Short Films with Subtitles
Short Films Comedy

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 Judges Award Best Film and Best Audience Award.

Judges Award Best Film winners receive $150 value FilmGate 1 year Membership

All winning films compete for the PINK KRAKEN AWARD on November 20, 2019.

- 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.
- Reach out to FilmGate Studios team - tell us about an upcoming film project , we listen

Overall Rating
  • A great festival at a quality venue, the screen is gorgeous and people are warm and welcoming a blessing in this city to have an event like this

    February 2020
  • Luis Paez

    Couldn't be more grateful for events like this. From the brand new state of the art theater, to the great networking opportunities and hospitality. It's a great place to showcase your film and to see how the audience reacts to it, as well as meeting other creators and forge new industry relationships; even if you don't have a film playing. Truly honored and humbled to have won for Best Music Video. Shy Monster Thanks you

    September 2019
  • NOLA is a really great festival! I submitted my first short FIRE to NOLA, and connected with other Miami filmmakers who later helped me make MALABAR, my second short. MALABAR recently won the Audience and Judges Award at NOLA and has been acquired by HBO. Five years ago that would have seemed like a long shot. NOLA without question is the most important film festival in Miami. It is where Miami filmmakers connect to each other in a real and meaningful way. And Filmgate has done an exceptional job at building a filmmaking community that was disconnected and disjointed before they came along.

    July 2019
  • Jose Navas

    I can't say how great this festival is and what an incredibly important organization FilmGate is. Definitely one of the major organizations and festivals that you need to align yourself with when coming in Miami. All the major players will be here.

    June 2019
  • This was absolutely great experience!!
    Great turn out, great films in a very unique setting 👍👍👍

    November 2018