Miami Film Festival is a world-class platform for International and Ibero-American films. Presenting its 37th edition from March 6 -15, 2020, the Festival showcases the work of the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers to the diverse cosmopolitan community of Miami. Cash awards totaling more than $150,000 are given in competition categories.

The 2019 Miami Film Festival attracted approximately 45,000+ people and 300 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals from around the world. In all, the Festival presented more than 170 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from more than 40 different countries. The Festival has had the privilege of hosting a noted group of filmmakers and talent, including Pedro Almodóvar, Abel Ferrara, Spike Lee, Andy Garcia, Patricia Clarkson and many more.

Major trade publications such as Variety, The Hollywood Reporter, Screen and Indiewire attend for coverage and reviews of the films. Miami Film Festival was declared in 2018 as “One of the 50 Film Festivals Worth The Entry Fee” by Moviemaker Magazine.

Miami Film Festival has over 10 competition categories but the following are those only open for submission:

HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award presents $5,000 cash, courtesy of HBO, to the jury-selected best U.S. Hispanic or Ibero-American short film (30 min or less) in the Official Selection, the four runner-ups will each receive a cash prize of $1,250, courtesy of HBO.

Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation Cinemaslam Competition is open to all eligible film students across the State of Florida, and this year there will be $42,500 awarded in cash prizes. For details visit

Short Film Audience Award is presented to the filmmaker(s) of the Festival audience’s choice of best non-documentary short (30 min or less) of the entire Official Selection.

Miami Film Festival Trailer Award presented by Oolite Arts – the winning editor will receive an invitation and honorarium as a guest of the 2021 Miami Film Festival as an Oolite Arts Skills Master Class Lecturer.

Miami Film Festival Poster Award presented by Oolite Arts – the winning designer will receive an invitation and honorarium as a guest of the 2021 Miami Film Festival as an Oolite Arts Skills Master Class Lecturer.

Miami Film Festival submissions are CLOSED for all categories except the HBO Ibero-American Short Film Award (Short Film Audience Award, Trailer Award and Poster Award are eligible for this category) and Cinemaslam Competition.

The following rules reflect those categories open for submission:

1. World premiere must have occurred no earlier than January 1, 2019

2. There is no specific premiere requirement for films of 30 minutes or less submitted to the Short Film Award category. Films of these lengths that are actively streaming online are eligible to submit and compete in these categories, so long as they are in compliance with rule #1. However, all things being equal, the Festival will give programming preference to World, International, North American and U.S. Premieres or works that will not yet be available online during the Festival dates.

3. Exhibition format must be delivered on DCP.

4. All works not in the English language must be subtitled in English for both submission and exhibition.