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June 4, 2012
Produced and Presented by Miami Dade College,
Announces Call for Entries for its 30th Edition in 2013
The premiere showcase for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. will award
Miami, Florida – Organizers of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 30th edition of the prestigious event. Considered the top venue in the U.S. for 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 Festival, which runs March 1-10, 2013, will include a noteworthy awards ceremony to celebrate all Festival winners.
“In its first 29 years, Miami International Film Festival has presented the works of many great masters, and introduced many outstanding new talents to the United States,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante. “For our 30th year, we are looking for compelling, fascinating projects that will fit the theme we have chosen to celebrate our third decade: Every character under the sun / Todos los personajes bajo el sol. We look forward to discovering the year’s most vibrant and striking new works of cinema.”
To qualify for MIFF 2013, all films must not have had their world premiere prior to March 2012 and may not be scheduled for theatrical release or commercial broadcast in the U.S. before March 15, 2013, except for titles submitted to the CinemaSlam competition category.
Grand Jury Competition categories include: Knight Ibero-American, Knight Documentary, Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima, Shorts and CinemaSlam. Non-competition categories include Red Carpet Galas, Cinema 360º, Doc-You-Up, REEL Music Scene, Florida Focus, Cutting the Edge, Mayhem and America the Beautiful.
Cash prizes totaling $50,000 USD will be awarded by the Festival’s long-time, valued partner, the Knight Foundation, in the Knight Ibero-American and Documentary Grand Jury competitions. An additional cash prize of $5,000 for screenwriting, awarded by the Jordan Alexander Ressler Foundation, will also be awarded in the Ibero-American Grand Jury competition category.
A cash prize of $5,000 USD will be awarded by the Festival’s official automotive sponsor, Lexus, in the Grand Jury Ibero-American Opera Prima competition category, which features films from first-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America.
Grand Jury Prize winners in the Knight Ibero-American competition category from recent editions of MIFF include:
Grand Jury Prize winners in the Knight Documentary category from recent editions of MIFF include:
Grand Jury Prize winners in the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting competition category from recent editions of MIFF include:
The Grand Jury Prize winner in last season’s inaugural Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima competition category from MIFF 2012 was:
All films in the Festival are eligible for the Lexus Audience Award.
MIFF 2013 SUBMISSION FEES & GUIDELINES
Accepted exhibition formats: DCP, HDCam
Competition categories include:
Knight Ibero-American Competition (Running time: 60 minutes or more)
The Grand Jury, at its own discretion, will also award up to a total of $10,000 additional funds to two other films in the Knight Ibero-American Competition for distinctions of the Jury’s selection.
Knight Documentary Competition (Running time: 50 minutes or more)
Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition
Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award
CinemaSlam (part of the Florida Focus category) via www.OpenFilm.com (Running time: 15 minutes maximum). Open to any student enrolled in a participating South Florida college/university on the completion date of the film.
Non-competition categories include:
Cinema 360° (Running time: 60 minutes or more)
Doc-You-Up (Running time: 50 minutes or more)
REEL Music Scene (Running time: 50 minutes or more)
Florida Focus (Running time: any length)
Cutting the Edge (Running time: any length)
Shorts (Running time: 30 minutes or less)
Mayhem (Running time: 60 minutes or more)
America the Beautiful (Running time: 60 minutes or longer)
VeoMiami, an on-site digital marketplace during the Festival open to all Industry & Sales guests. All official selections of MIFF 2012 will have the opportunity to participate. Additionally, producers have the option of submitting projects for consideration directly to VeoMiami. These submissions will be accepted until January 15, 2013.
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th edition March 1-10, 2013, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 East Coast, U.S. and World Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from the region. Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large. For more, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (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 Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! performance series, The MDC Tower Theater 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 renowned 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 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees.
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org
Since it began in 1989, Lexus has earned a reputation for high-quality vehicles and exemplary customer service from its 229 dealers. Lexus now offers variations of more than 10 models, including four hybrid vehicles, making it the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus’ commitment to service includes a dedication to diversity. Through innovative partnerships, creative marketing and strategic sponsorships, it reaches a wide spectrum of consumers where it matters most—in their communities.
MIFF Media Contact: Tatyana Chiocchetti, 305-237-7879, firstname.lastname@example.org
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