Miami, Florida – USA
March 1 to 10, 2013

Celebrating its 30th season this year is the MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (MIFF), a premier venue for the exhibition of U.S. and international films. MIFF annually showcases the work of the world’s best emerging and established filmmakers to diverse South Florida audiences and guests from across the globe. More than 70,000 people attended the festival in 2012 and more than 300 filmmakers, producers, directors, writers, actors, and industry representatives shared and celebrated their work, connected with one another, and enjoyed Miami’s vibrant scene during the ten-day event.

A variety of cash prizes are awarded to the top films through generous sponsorships. Dramatic works from Latin America, Spain, and Portugal, as well as Latino-themed works produced in the United States, will compete for $40,000 USD in prizes courtesy of the Knight Foundation and a $5,000 Screenwriting Award from the Jordan A. Ressler Foundation. First-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal, or Latin America will compete for a $5,000 cash prize sponsored by Lexus. And, feature-length documentaries made by international filmmakers that examine social issues, diverse cultures, icons, or inspiring people will compete for $10,000 from the Knight Foundation.

MIFF offers filmmakers an exceptional platform for exposure during the festival and beyond. Worldwide media impressions and press coverage topped over three billion hits in the three months surrounding MIFF 2012. Regarded as an important destination for distributors on the hunt for acquisitions, a number of MIFF alums have brokered deals during or after the festival. MIFF additionally offers complimentary accreditation and access to all events and activities for up to four representatives from selected feature and documentary films and up to two representatives for short films. Discount codes for airfare and accommodations in Miami are also provided to accepted filmmakers attending the festival.

July 23, 2012 – Regular Deadline

The Miami International Film Festival is known for exhibiting the work of veteran filmmakers alongside films from emerging talents primed for the world-wide attention that the festival commands.

The Festival has celebrated a diverse group of important international filmmakers in its long history, including Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Hector Babenco, Luc Besson, Susanne Bier, Daniel Burman, Alfonso Cuarón, Terrence Davies, Jonathan Demme, Alex de la Iglesia, Roberto Faenza, Philippe Falardeau, Abel Ferrara, Andy Garcia, Liz Garbus, Xialou Guo, Patricio Guzmán, Steve James, Lawrence Kasdan, Pablo Larraín, Lucrecia Martel, James Marsh, François Ozon, Carlos Sorín, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullman, Margarethe von Trotta, Wim Wenders, and Andrés Wood. With a special focus on Ibero-American cinema, MIFF is annually recognized for discovering and launching new works from Ibero-American artists.

If you’re looking for top-notch exposure, cash awards, and an exciting festival experience, the Miami International Film Festival is for you. Submit today!

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