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Miami Intl Film Festival Accepting Submissions
(released 9/21/2010)

The Miami International Film Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, is now accepting official entries for the 28th edition of the event. 

Considered the top venue in the U.S. for emerging Ibero-American cinema, the Festival seeks the latest works by debut, emerging and veteran filmmakers for various competition and non-competition categories and genres, including features, documentaries, shorts, experimental cinema and Florida-centric stories.

The 2011 festival will run March 4-13.

"These are challenging times for artists—funding for independent films is scarce all over the world and distribution agreements are harder to secure," explains Jaie Laplante, the Festival's new executive director, "which is exactly why Miami will continue to support new cinematic creations, as an artistic outlet for filmmakers and a passport to cultural escape for audiences."

The regular submission deadline is Monday, Sept. 27, 2010, and the late submission deadline is Monday, Oct. 25, 2010. To qualify, all films must have been completed after March 2010 and may not be scheduled for theatrical release or commercial broadcast in the U.S. before MIFF 2011.

Competition categories include: World, Ibero-American, DOX and Shorts. Non-competition categories include Cinema 360º, Gusman Galas and Cutting the Edge.

Cash prizes totaling $50,000 USD will be awarded by the Festival's long-time, esteemed partner, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, in the World, Ibero-American and Dox competitions. Miami Dade College will present $2,500 USD to the makers of the Festival's top short film. Grand Jury Prize winners from MIFF 2010 were: Lola by Brillante Mendoza (World); To the Sea (Alamar) by Pedro González-Rubio (Ibero-American); Sins of My Father (Pecados de mi padre) by Nicolas Entel (DOX); Believe by Paul Wright (Shorts); and Pepperminta by Pipilotti Rist (Cutting the Edge).

One film in the World Competition will receive the FIPRESCI Prize, the top honor from the Munich-based International Federation of Film Critics; 2010 honors went to Judge (Tou Xi) by Liu Jie.


Regular deadline:
Monday, Sept. 27 (postmark date)

Submission fees:
Features and documentaries: $40 USD. Shorts: $30 USD.

Late deadline:
Monday, Oct. 25 (postmark date)

Submission fees:
Features and documentaries: $50 USD. Shorts: $35 USD.

Accepted exhibition formats:
Beta SP, DigiBeta, HDCam

Submission forms:
The official submission form via Without a Box and additional information are available at For more information, call 305-237-FILM.

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