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.

We award films in 6-8 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
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.


* Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2019
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 3rd, 2020
* 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.


* Winners considered for Award nominations the following awards will be presented:
o Best Foreign Film
o Best Animation
o Best Experimental
o Best Documentary
o Best Narrative
o Best Local South Florida
o Best Music Video
o Best Cell or Mobile short
*Judge's Award
*Directors' Choice

Overall Rating
  • samantha phillips

    Friendly and the movie theater is in the heart of South Beach!

    December 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Samantha we are glad you enjoy the festival and like our new location.

  • Dara Jeffries

    We were delighted to have "The Nun's Kaddish" selected. The quality of the selected films was very high, and you could not get a better venue. Thanks again!

    November 2019
  • This was an awesome festival. It was an excellent experience having our short film shown in the city we filmed it, and where the majority of us were from.

    November 2019
  • Nicolas Costes

    What a great short film festival! The communication was excellent, they love films and every aspect of this festival shows they care much about the films they select! Great work William, thank you once again for appreciating my film. Hope to see you next year!

    November 2019
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Nicolas! We love to hear such amazing feedback from our filmmakers. Our goal is to make this festival the best showcase of up-and-coming, independent short filmmakers and we’re delighted that you enjoyed our selection of shorts! Hope to see you next year as well.

  • Rosa Rodriguez

    We attended this year's Miami short Film Festival with our short film "Hi, I'm Dan" and can't say enough good things about them.
    They lined up an impressive list of films, grouped in a way that truly enhanced the enjoyment. We could tell they put a lot of thought and work into it.
    Communication was not only efficient but also warm, friendly and personalized. They made sure every filmmaker felt welcome and appreciated and made efforts to have us all meet and mingle.
    The venue they used this year, Silverspot Cinemas in Downtown Miami, was modern and gorgeous and the quality of the screenings was top notch.
    It was a fantastic experience and a pleasure to meet William Vela and his team.

    November 2018
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Rosa, we were happy to have you in Miami for our 17th edition and proud to screen your film to our audience. Hope to see you next year with another amazing film.