Recently named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by MovieMaker Magazine, Third Horizon Film Festival returns to Miami next spring for its fourth edition, bringing the best cutting-edge and thought-provoking film, visual art and music from the Caribbean, its diaspora, and beyond to South Florida. The festival will take place from February 6 - 9 at Little Haiti Cultural Complex.

For centuries, the Caribbean has been a place where people from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia have converged, and its stories are far richer and more nuanced than many of the traditional narratives, often produced and circulated outside the region, would have you believe. As film production continues to become less prohibitive and more democratic, a new generation of Caribbean filmmakers around the world is seizing the moment to bring these stories to screens both big and small. Between the current drive for diversity in film and the mounting pressures on marginalized and immigrant communities worldwide, there is no better time to share these stories with the world. Third Horizon Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower the filmmakers leading this charge.

The festival was founded by Third Horizon, a Miami-based collective of Caribbean creatives whose first short film, "Papa Machete", had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014 and its US premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, before going on to screen at more than 30 film festivals worldwide. The festival is staged in partnership with Caribbean Film Academy, a Brooklyn-based not-for-profit organization whose core mission is to support and distribute the work of Caribbean filmmakers.

Third Horizon Film Festival is proudly supported by Knight Foundation.

Third Horizon Film Festival aims to celebrate and empower filmmakers from the Caribbean and its diaspora, and encourage filmmakers from outside the region to produce work there. The festival accepts submissions of any and all forms, genres and lengths. Further requirements are as follows:

1. Short films must be shorter than 25 minutes; medium-length and feature films must exceed 25 minutes.
2. All films must have been produced after January 1, 2018.
3. Priority is given to Florida premieres.
4. Submission to Third Horizon Film Festival does not guarantee selection and screening. For filmmakers in the Caribbean for whom exchange rates make the submission fees prohibitive — $20 for shorts; $40 for medium-length and feature films — you may apply for a waiver via email to

Film submissions must include:

a. Synopsis
b. Credits
c. Two (2) high-resolution production stills or screen shots
d. Your film as a high-resolution .mp4 or .mov file