Miami short Film Festival is a film festival based in Miami, Florida that features short films of 20-minutes or less each. A growing movement to exhibit and expand the art form of short film making 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 present quality films from around the world as well as support, recognize and honor filmmakers creating a films under 20 minutes.

We grant certificates of participation, trophy's and different prices including cash depending on our sponsors.

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, 2018
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. 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 September 1st, 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 Environmental
o Best Local South Florida
o Best Music Video
o Best Cell or Mobile short

Overall Rating
  • 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.

  • Miguel Endara

    The festival's curators lacked the ability to choose decent short films worthy of festival consideration. Most of the films were poorly made and did not contain the correct volume parameters (audio was uncomfortably loud and should have been controlled by the festival). Will not submit to this festival again.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Dear Mr. Endara,

    Thank you for the comments and in the name of the festival I want to apologize for the inconvenience we cause you.

    The night we screen your film was “THE LOCAL FLAVOR #1” and yes we did have a lot of issues with volume and this is something we should have been able to controlled. Please accept my excuses.

    Can I ask how many night you attended the festival? Fortunately we did not have any other issue the rest of the week..

    William Vela Director/Founder

  • André Heizer

    Amazing festival and great experience meeting some very talented filmmakers starting their careers. I am looking forward to next year.

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Andre, it was a pleasure screening your film to our audience. Hope to receive your work next year.

  • An excellent learning and networking experience. Well organized event

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Daniel, It was nice to screen your film at our festival. Hope to see more of your work next year.

  • My short film "Lullaby" is selected for the festival. Even though I didn't get to go to the festival in person, the festival leave a positive impression on me as it is nicely organised. Also, the selected films were also marketed extensively on social media. Thank you for the selection, and I hope to screen my future films there again if possible! =)

    November 2017
    Response from festival:

    Thank you Xu, it was an honor to screen your film to our Miami audience. Hope to see more of your work in the future.