Every year, the MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL represents the best short form films from around the globe, showcasing up-and-coming directors, producers, and actors. Based in Miami, Florida the festival features short films of 20-minutes or less, and nurtures a growing movement to exhibit and expand the art form of short film making by providing a venue to build community around the arts.

Our Philosophy: Short films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a venue dedicated to their exhibition. Our mission is to support the next generation of filmmakers by providing a platform for them to present quality films, and to recognize and honor them through our various showcases.

MiamisFF/LATAM Category Mission:

La misión del MiamisFF/LATAM es construir puentes de dialogo e intercambio cultural entre los realizadores cinematográficos y la audiencia a través de experiencias cinematográficas en corto que promuevan una visión enfocada en las buenas causas haciendo uso de formas estéticamente innovadoras. Estamos comprometidos con la búsqueda de nuevos talentos que puedas hacer una diferencia con su arte.
Podemos ofrecerles un espacio dedicado para presentar su talento a una nueva audiencia, representantes de la industria cinematográfica y distintas organizaciones.
Estamos ubicados en la ciudad de Miami, Florida y el festival proyecta cortometrajes de 20 minutos o menos y apoya el creciente movimiento para exhibir y expandir el arte cinematográfico en formato corto proporcionando un espacio para construir una comunidad comprometida con las artes, ya que nuestra filosofía consiste en concebir al cortometraje como verdaderas obras de arte que me merecen su propio espacio de exhibición.

We award films in 6-10 different categories, depending on that year's submissions. Award categories may include:

Best Narrative
Best Music Video
Best Experimental
Best Documentary
Best Animation
Best New Media
Best Mobile Short
Best Foreign Short
Best LATAM Short
Best Student LATAM short
Best Local South Florida
Best Student High School
Best College University Student
Judge's Award
Directors' Choice

We also may offer cash prizes depending on sponsorship.

I, the undersigned, do hereby consent and agree that Miami Short Film Festival and its employees, or agents have the right to present my film and to use these in any and all media, now or hereafter known, and exclusively for the purpose of show case and promote the Miami Short Film Festival.

I further consent that my name and identity may be revealed therein or by descriptive text or commentary. I do hereby release to Miami Short Film Festival, its agents, and employees all rights to exhibit this work in print and electronic form publicly or privately.

I understand that there will be no financial or other remuneration for showcasing the film, either for initial or subsequent transmission or playback. I represent that I am at least 18 years of age, have read and understand the foregoing statement, and am competent to execute this agreement.

The Miami short Film Festival is under no obligation to provide to the Applicant or any other representative of the Project any comments or feedback regarding the submitted Project.

MiamisFF/LATAM Consentimientos:

1) Yo, (El firmante), por este medio declaro que: El Miami Short Film Festival/LATAM y sus empleados o agentes tienen el derecho de presentar mis cortometrajes en cualquier medio o plataforma a partir de este momento y en el futuro, exclusivamente con la finalidad de presentar y promover el festival.
2) Yo, (El firmante), consiento que mi nombre, identidad y trabajo puedan ser revelados exclusivamente con la finalidad de presentar y promover el festival a partir de este momento y en el futuro.
3) Yo, (El firmante), consiento que: Por lo que por medio de esta declaración otorgo al Miami Short Film Festival/LATAM, sus empleados y agentes del festival todos los derechos inherentes a la exhibición de mi trabajo por medio digital o impreso de forma pública o privada.
4) Yo, (El firmante), entiendo y consiento que la exhibición en el festival o eventos relacionados con el festival de mi trabajo artístico será a titulo gratuito y no recibiré ningún tipo de remuneración en este momento o en el futuro.
5) Yo, (El firmante), declaro que: Soy mayor de edad y legalmente capaz y competente para ejecutar el presente acuerdo. Entiendo y he leído con detenimiento el contenido de este documento.
6) Yo, (El firmante), declaro que: El Miami Short Film Festival/LATAM no tiene obligación de proveer al aplicante o su representantes comentarios o explicaciones sobre la decisión sobre la participación o no en el Festival.


* Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2021
All non-English films must have English sub-titles.
Previewing films must be submitted electronically true FilmFreeway system.
* We will only consider works with a maximum running time of 20 minutes or less (15 minutes for College students and 10 minutes for High School students). There is no minimum running time.
* Works-in-progress will be considered, provided they will be completed prior to the Festival.
* We do not allow multiple category entries.
* Please do NOT send stills or press kits. If your film is selected we will ask you to email us a still image.
* Exhibition format will have to be uploaded on the MiamisFF server if selected to be screen.
* You will be notified of acceptance by or before August 5th, 2023
* We accept films shot on 35mm, 16mm, 8mm, or HD.
* All films selected for the Festival grant MiamisFF the rights to use them for promotional purposes.
* MiamisFF is permitted to retain copies of each film selected as part of our festival library and for media educational use or for MiamisFF event true out the year.
* All films selected for the Festival grant MiamisFF the rights to upload a clip/trailer online for promotional purposes.
* Though not a requirement, we prefer that films NOT have previously screened in a public theatrical setting in Dade or Broward County FL prior to their screening at MiamisFF.
* Our selection committee will factor in previous screenings in the Dade or Broward area when determining a film’s potential invitation.
* You may submit more than one film, but each one must be on a separate and must be accompanied by its own completed submission form and entry fee.
* The Festival will not confirm receipt of film by telephone.
* You have the option of paying with credit card online after you fill out and submit entry form.
* All fees are non-refundable
* Entries will not be viewed without entry fee payment


* Film selection for the Festival will be made by the Festival Committee.
* The entrant will be responsible for ALL SHIPPING FEES.
* All filmmakers will be notified via email of acceptance.
* The MiamisFF cannot be held liable for print/tapes which may be lost or damaged.

Overall Rating
  • Steve Wieclaw

    Thanks to the Miami Short Film Festival for selecting my film Agua Eterna. I had an incredible experience throughout the festival and was amazed at the outdoor venue for opening night! The staff was friendly and communicative. Looking forward to attending again in the future.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Thank you, Steve, it was our honor to screen your film at the MiamisFF 2021. We hope to see you at this year festival Nov 11,12,13 2022.


    Great experience! Very nice people and organization. I got the sweet filmmaker packet and the beautiful award trophy soon. It's my honor to be a part this year! Will definitely attend next year.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you very much RUI. It was our honor to screen your film at our festival this year. Please send us a pic of yourself holding the trophy if you can to info@miamishortfilmfestival.com

  • I am happy to be in the Quarter-Finalist

    November 2021
  • Anthony Devlin

    We are honored that ICON was among the finalist of this Miami Short Film Festival Edition. Thank you very much. It means a lot to us.

    November 2021
  • This has been an unforgettable experience! Effective communication, networking opportunities, welcoming hospitality, quality live events and projection on theaters. Everything a filmmaker hopes and deserves for it films. I'm honored to be part of the official selection among great films from around the world and to celebrate Miami Short Film Festival 20th Anniversary!!!. The joy to see our work on the big screen is indescribable. Absolutely recommended. Long live short films.

    November 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for your kind words, Mariana. It was our pleasure to have you and your film at our festival this year. We hope you continue producing more short films to submitted to our festival. Best Regards, MiamisFF.