Miami International Film Festival Accepting Submissions for its Florida Focus Short Film Competition
Miami, December 4, 2009 - The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), a MiamiDade College (MDC) cultural experience, recently announced its second annual Florida-based film competition. Festival organizers will accept submissions for the Florida Focus Short Film Competitions from Nov. 23 until Dec. 31, 2009. Winners will be announced during the 27thEdition of the Miami International Film Festival (March 5-14, 2010). The competition is open to amateurs as well as professionals and includes three specific categories – Miami Minis and Social Shorts, (which includes both High School and College / University students)
“Florida Focus is an important part of our Festival so we can continue to provide a platform for Florida-based filmmakers to highlight their work,” said Tiziana Finzi, the Festival’s artistic director. “The Florida Focus Program is integral to the Festival’s mission to promote local talent and the business of film in Florida.”
Florida Focus is a multi-layered program within the Festival which showcases, promotes, and encourages the development of films and filmmakers within the State in general and South Florida specifically.
“Florida has a long history as a major player in this value-added industry,” said Graham Winick, President of Film Florida and Film Commissioner for the City of Miami Beach. “The Festival’s Florida Focus platform is an important vehicle to show the world what the State can do in terms of locations, weather, infrastructure, film and digital arts schools and top notch cast and crew. We are very excited about these three competitions.”
Florida Focus: Social Shorts categories – High School and College / University students (Running time not to exceed 15-minutes)
Open to any student in Florida at the high school and college/university levels. The submission must include a socially relevant theme or message. Films submitted may be part of a class project or an independent piece.
Florida Focus: Miami Minis category (running time not to exceed 20-minutes)
Open to any filmmaker in Florida. The film may be of any genre and/or theme but must have a Florida focus. Submissions in this category are open to filmmakers who have completed fewer than four films.
Submissions will be accepted between Nov. 23rd and Dec. 31st, 2009. The submission fee for the Student Social Short Competition is: $5, high school students and $10 for college or university students. Submission fee for Miami Minis is $15. Each submission packet must include three DVD copies of the film.
The Miami International Film Festival brings the best of world cinema to South Florida and plays a leading role in maintaining and further enriching its film culture. MIFF uses the unique geographical and cultural position of Miami to be a premiere venue for the exhibition of international and American films, with a special focus on Ibero-American cinema. The Festival has presented films from more than 60 countries, including 200 East Coast, U.S. and World Premieres, scores of Oscar winners and nominees, and many international prizewinners. Visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).
Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including The Miami Book Fair International, the Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology in addition to the Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and associate in science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate degrees in education, nursing, public safety management and other in-demand fields.
Miami International Film Festival contacts: Valeria Sorrentino, Assistant Director for Programming and Events, 305-237-3775, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tatyana Chiocchetti, Marketing Manager, 305-237-7879, email@example.com
MDC Media contacts: Juan Mendieta, MDC director of communications - 305-237-7611, firstname.lastname@example.org, Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359, email@example.com; Sue Arrowsmith - 305-237-3710, firstname.lastname@example.org, or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482, email@example.com.
For more information about the Miami International Film Festival or submission details about the Florida Focus Short Film Competition, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com, or call 305-237-FILM (3456).