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.

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.


* Films must have been completed after Jan. 1, 2020
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, 2022
* 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
*Judge's Award
*Directors' Choice

Overall Rating
  • Joshua Jaillet

    The Miami short Film Festival - what an awesome experience!
    Most of our team on "The Mechanical Dancer" call South Florida home, so submitting to this event had been a goal for a long time. We were thrilled to find out we'd be selected, but we only grew more impressed from there - William and the team led the way with effective promotion, excelled at communication throughout, and succeeded in finding outdoor venues for safe screening in a difficult year. After all this, winning the award for animation was truly an honor, but taking part in an event so well managed would've been enough for us - thanks for all the hard work in putting this together!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    "The Mechanical Dancer" make us proud to be Floridians. Thank you for submitting it to the MiamisFF 2020.

  • Marieli Froehlich

    So far this festival was the best experience I had with my project. I was happy and honored my short film S T O P won BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM. Despite the pandemic the team of MSFF held such a dedicated and great award show with trailers and envelopes and us, the comunity of film makers and producers were right there via Zoom, inviting friends to participate. We also had the possibility to network and meet our collegues. Bravo! Communication from the festival staff was excellent and they also did a great job with promotion. A big Thank you to all for your hard work under very these difficult and unpleasent circumstances. Highly recommended!

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kinds words Marieli. It was our honor to have such an amazing film screen at our festival.

  • Kjell Redal

    Everyone behind this year's festival did a fantastic job running the show - despite a global pandemic! Miami Short Film Festival was a great experience. The FLOTSAM team was honored to take part and grateful for the award of best documentary.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thank you for the kinds words Kjell. It was an honor to have your film screen at our festival.

  • Edward Salier

    Despite the pandemic, we were honored to have our short doc, "Progress", nominated for best documentary short. Communication from the festival staff was excellent and they did a great job with promotion. Thanks to all for your hard work under very difficult circumstances.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks much Edward, it was our honor to have your Doc screened at our festival.

  • Para nosotros es un placer haber formado parte del festival y un honor invaluable el haber Sido nominados.

    Gracias por tu compromiso con la industria y la cultura en Miami, se que hicieron un esfuerzo sobrehumano llevar a cabo un evento presencial en las condiciones mundiales en las cuales nos encontramos.

    Bendiciones para ti y todo el equipo que hizo posible el evento.

    Saludos y aprecio de todo el equipo de
    “You have to go for it”

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Gracias Yulma...