The Flamingo Film Festival is dedicated to exhibiting international short films produced by student filmmakers. For the past nine installments, this event, held in-person and online from sunny South Florida, has honored outstanding dramatic, documentary, experimental, music video, and animated projects created by students while enrolled in a college, university, or other post-secondary institution. It's the goal of the Flamingo Film Festival to encourage student creativity and recognize achievements in film and video.

In 2020 and 2021, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, the 7th and 8th editions of the festival moved to Twitch. The 2022 festival, the 9th, was a hybrid event, showcasing student films both in-person and online. For 2023, our celebratory 10th year, we will be back to a face-to-face event.

This year’s festival is scheduled to start at 10 AM (ET), Saturday, April 22, 2023, at FAU's MetroLab in downtown Fort Lauderdale. The film program is TBD. Times, days, delivery methods, locations, etc., are subject to change. In-person events will follow COVID-19 guidelines set by FAU, the State of Florida, and the CDC.

Upcoming Flamingo Film Festivals
10th Annual Flamingo Film Festival (2023)
MetroLab @ FAU FTL Campus
#FFF2023 #FFF23 #FFF10 #FFFX

Past Flamingo Film Festivals
2022 – FAU FTL Campus MetroLab/Twitch (Hybrid)
2021 – Twitch (Livestream)
2020 – Twitch (Livestream)
2019 – FAU Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Auditorium (Davie, FL)
2018 – ArtServe (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2017 – FAU Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Auditorium (Davie, FL)
2016 – FAU Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Auditorium (Davie, FL)
2015 – No Festival
2014 – No Festival
2013 – FAU Askew Tower Film Studio, SCMS Studio (Fort Lauderdale, FL)
2012 – Cinema Paradiso (Fort Lauderdale, FL) * Year of rebranding. *
2006 – FAU Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Auditorium (Davie, FL)
2005 – FAU Davie Campus, Liberal Arts Auditorium (Davie, FL)

We're partnering with Videomaker again this year to provide complimentary digital magazine subscriptions to filmmakers submitting to the 2023 Flamingo Film Festival. This $30 value includes 6 digital editions of Videomaker’s bi-monthly magazine. How does it work? Once a film is submitted, Videomaker will contact you sometime after the submission deadline with instructions on how to activate your complimentary subscription. You can opt out at any time.

What is Videomaker? Videomaker has been the go-to video production magazine since 1986, with instructional courses, educational articles, virtual events, The Videomaker Podcast, buyer’s guides, product reviews, and more. Videomaker is the ultimate resource for filmmakers. For more info, go to www.videomaker.com.

Best Overall
Best Fiction
Best Documentary
Best Experimental
Best Animation
Best Music Video

Best Cinematography (Camera/Lighting)
Best Editing (Picture Edit/Transitions)
Best Sound Design (Sound Edit/Mix)
Best SFX (Practical/Props/Makeup)
Best VFX (Digital Compositing/Mo-Cap/Matte)
Best Art Direction (Set Design/Costuming/Lighting)

Audience Favorite

* See Rules & Terms below for info on Awards & Prizes. *

2023 FFF Submission Guidelines
* Carefully read the guidelines before submitting your film. *

1 – Entrant must be enrolled as a student at a university, college, or other post-secondary institution at the time of production. Therefore, the entrant must include proof of student status at the time of production. Include a copy of a current student ID with your entry or email it to flamingofilmfest@gmail.com. FAU students and alum are encouraged to submit.

2 – Films are limited to 20 minutes or less.

3 – Multiple submissions are allowed. However, each submission must be accompanied by the USD entry fee, determined by Festival Organizers.

4 – Films must be completed on or after JANUARY 1, 2021. Rough cuts may be considered, provided that if selected, a final cut is made available before scheduled programming.

5 – Foreign language films must be subtitled and/or captioned in English.

6 – A completed entry form must accompany films. All forms, fees, and films must be received by the submission deadline. Only completed entries will be processed.

7 – Entrant confirms and warrants the required legal authority to submit the entry into the festival and to use all music, images, and content within the entry.

8 – Entrant permits usage of video clips and production stills (photos) from the film submission for promotional use online, on television and radio, in print, and at events.

9 – Entrant confirms that the submission is not publicly available online nor on any paid or free video-on-demand services.

1 – All submissions will be through FilmFreeway. The extended deadline for submissions is April 10, 2023. Deadlines and waivers, including GOLD, are at the discretion of Festival Organizers and may be adjusted at any time.

1 – All entrants will be notified by email or FilmFreeway when a film has been received.

2 – For publication purposes, entries selected will be required to supply three high-resolution stills from the film and at least one high-resolution photograph of the film’s director. Publicity and press materials will not be returned and become the property of the film festival. The Flamingo Film Festival has permission to use excerpts from any accepted film for promotional purposes.

3 – If accepted, entrants will be notified by email around April 16th, 2023. Within 24-72 hours of notification, entrants must provide relevant film info and a downloadable .mov or .mp4 via Dropbox, Google Drive, FilmFreeway, or Vimeo.

4 – If a film is not accepted, the festival does not offer refunds or technical, or critical feedback.

1 – Submission fees may follow different deadlines and are in USD per entry unless otherwise noted. GOLD members receive a 50% discount. That's cheap! Discounts and fee waivers are at the discretion of Festival Organizers.

1 – Due to a large number of entries, no physical submissions of materials will be accepted.

1 – Flamingo Film Festival reserves the right and has the discretion to change the submission category for an entry. Further, the festival reserves the right and has the discretion to add award categories and suspend award categories.

2 – The Festival strives to recognize student achievements in film, video, and media. Ergo, the festival is juried and competitive. Payment of the entry fee does not guarantee a screening. Funds collected go to festival expenses. (We work on a micro-budget and have expenses!) The festival jury will present awards to films selected as "best" in whatever categories they see fit. There are no cash awards or honorariums.

2023 TBD

2023 TBD

1– Event Date: Saturday, April 22, 2023. (Subject to change.)

2 – Start & Run Times: 10 AM thru 8 PM. (Films TBD.)

3 – Location: FAU MetroLab, Fort Lauderdale, FL. (Subject to change.)

4 – Price: FREE! (Donations are graciously accepted at the door.)

5 – Parking: FAU staff, faculty, and students may park for free. Paid street and garage parking are also available.

1 – The festival is not responsible nor is able to provide monetary assistance for an attendee's travel or hotel accommodations. This includes travel from a hotel to the event. However, if you shoot us an email we might be able to assist in other ways. Uber, Lyft, Tri-Rail, Brightline, taxi services, shuttles, and public transportation is available in and around Fort Lauderdale's downtown core and surrounding areas.

2 – If attending the event in person, please let us know if you have any food allergies.

3 – Please abide by pending FAU, Florida, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines.

4 – The festival follows ADA and fire prevention guidelines. Service animals only. Smoking is prohibited.

5 – If/when live-streaming, a trusted network connection is needed.

1 – The 10th Annual Flamingo Film Festivals thanks the following for the continued support: Florida Atlantic University, Florida Atlantic University Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts & Letters, Florida Atlantic University School of Communication & Multimedia Studies, Florida Atlantic University MetroLab, FilmFreeway, Twitch, Black Iron Films, Videomaker, and our private donors.

2 – If you're interested in sponsoring, feel free to email us. All sponsors will be verbally thanked prior to screenings and placed in the festival program and on festival posters, postcards, websites, video promos, and social media platforms.

flamingofilmfest@gmail.com | #FFF2023 #FFF23 #FFF10 #FFFX

Overall Rating
  • Isabelle Delgado

    The Flamingo Film Festival experience was awesome! Thank you so much for featuring and nominating my film for an award!

    April 2023
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for your film, Isabelle!

  • Flo Humberstone

    Thank you for including me! Loads of really lovely work! Will deffo tune in next year!

    April 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thanks for joining us and the kind words, Flo! And apologies for the network delays. 😖


    👍👌✨ Great!! it was a good festival. Thanks!

    July 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Gul!

  • Leila Ahang

    I am so glad to be nominated in this amazing festival. Thank you Flamingo Film Festival for well planning and organized, In pandemic time.

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Leila!

  • A really nice way to showcase international student films right from home!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks, Lauren!