"I'm Not Gonna Move to L.A!" N.O.L.A is the longest running monthly short film series in Miami, created in celebration of local culture and regional creativity. Each month, we highlight Florida's community of filmmakers, actors, and content creators. We accept short films, documentaries, music videos and web series from Florida.

The screening takes place on the first Wednesday of each month at O Cinema (90 NW 29th street, Miami, FL 33127)

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 community!

Stick around after the screening for some more networking and free wine/champagne!

Submit your short film, documentary, music video or web series today and see your work on the big screen!

Now accepting:
July - Free-for-All World Showcase
August - Web Series
September - Music Video
October - Horror

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 liam@film-gate.org.

Awards include: Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Actor or Actress, and the Audience Award.

The winner of Best Film is selected by a group of industry professionals and participated in the best of N.O.L.A. screening at the end of the year.

- Films must be less than 25 minutes
- Films may only be submitted by filmmakers from Florida
- Filmmakers must attend the event in person, or send a representative who can participate in a Q&A

Overall Rating
  • Alfredo Abaunza

    Great experience and great opportunity to network with other filmmakers.

    November 2017
  • Junette Reyes

    So happy to have participated twice in this festival. Looking forward to next year!

    November 2017
  • Jonathan Vargas

    Great film Festival! Is a place that I recommend all up and coming filmmakers in south florida to submit!

    November 2017
  • isis masoud

    This is the 2nd time I've had the honor of being a part of this festival. Both times it was a wonderful opportunity to see incredible work in many different genres and to meet fellow filmmakers and future collaborators. The festival producers are organized, efficient, and absolutely wonderful people. Diliana has been incredibly helpful in guiding the future trajectory of my film and offering great advice on how to navigate the festival circuit. I simply cannot recommend this festival enough! If you're on the fence about submitting, just do it!

    July 2017
  • Patryk Godlewski

    Fantastic gem in gorgeous Miami, FL! Staff is friendly, professional and very welcoming. The presentation was top notch and the film selection was very good. I highly recommend it because it has a bit of everything and offers so much to the film community in Florida. Thank you for giving us an opportunity to screen our film. Will be back again!

    June 2017