MIAMI, June 11, 2009 – The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), recently announced its call for Entries for the 2010 Miami International Film Festival. The 27th edition of the annual Festival, to be held March 5-14, 2010, will be accepting film submissions beginning June 12, 2009 in the competition and non-competition categories. The early submission deadline is September 13, 2009 and the final submission deadline is October 18, 2009. All films must meet specific criteria for eligibility including having been completed no earlier than March 2009 while films eligible for competition must not have been publicly broadcast or exhibited commercially in the United States prior to MIFF 2010.
Awards include two Knight Grand Jury Prizes of $25,000 and an additional $25,000 prize along with a MIFF Audience Award to be granted to each of the winning filmmakers of the World Competition, Ibero-American Competition and Dox Competition. A Grand Jury Prize of $2,500 for the Shorts Competition will be awarded to the winning director of this category. Within the Ibero-American Competition category, the Jordan Alexander Ressler Award will be presented -for the second year running- to the winning screenwriter with a juried prize of $5,000; and the International Film Guide will award several prizes. The winning submission for the Cutting the Edge Series will receive a Special Jury Mention.
Submissions for juried competition must meet the following criteria according to each of the following categories:
The Ibero-American Competition is open to first, second, and third time directors only.
The World Competition and the Dox Competition are open to all directors.
The Shorts Competition is open to all directors.
Cutting the Edge (CTE) is open to all experimental directors and artists.
Miami Minis is open to projects that originate from a Florida-based production team, or was shot in the state, or has a Florida theme. These films are highlighted in the Festival?s Florida Focus segment.
The non-competition category Cinema 360° is open to all directors.
Submission fees are as follows:
Early Submissions (June 12-Sept. 13): Feature films and documentaries $30; Shorts $20; Cutting the Edge $15; Miami Minis $15.
Final Submissions (Sept. 14-Oct. 18): Feature films and documentaries $50; Shorts $35; Cutting the Edge $25; Miami Minis $25.
*As part of Florida Focus, all Florida filmmakers pay the early submission fees through the final submissions deadline.
Competition Categories — Open to Submissions
World Competition — (minimum 70 minutes)
This high-profile category showcases dramatic features films from around the world in their U.S. Premiere at MIFF 2010 and is open to all directors. Films are eligible for a $25,000 Grand Jury Prize and a MIFF Audience Award. Last year’s World Competition award went to The Past is a Foreign Land by Daniele Vicari (Italy), while past winners include: Tricks, Andrzej Jakimowski (Poland); Burnt Out, Fabienne Godet (France), Accused, Jacob Thuesen (Denmark); A Way of Life, Amma Asante (UK); Evil, Mikael Håfström (Sweden/Denmark); The Edukators, Hans Weingartner (Germany); A Thousand Months, Faouzi Bensaidi (Morocco); Red Dust, Tom Hooper, (South Africa/UK).
Ibero-American Competition — (minimum 70 minutes)
This inspiring competition unveils dramatic features by first, second, and third time directors from Latin America, Spain and Portugal in their U.S. Premiere at MIFF 2010. Ibero-American films are eligible for a $25,000 Grand Jury Prize, a MIFF Audience Award, a $5,000 Jordan Alexander Ressler Award and for various prizes granted by the International Film Guide. The winning Ibero-American film last year was Historias Exrtraordinarias, Mariano Llinás (Argentina). Past winners include: Eat for This is My Body, Michelange Quay, (Haíti); Cochochi, Laura Amelia Guzmán & Israel Cárdenas, (Mexico); Vida y color, Santiago Tabernero (Spain); Days of Santiago, Josué Méndez (Perú); Nicotina, Hugo Rodriguez (Mexico); La espera, Aldo Garay (Uruguay); Caja Negra, Luis Ortega (Argentina); Nada más, Juan Carlos Cremata Malberti (Cuba).
Dox Competition — (minimum 50 minutes)
Documentary feature films from around the world are screened in this prestigious competition category. Social issues, diversity, icons and inspiring individuals are an integral part of these poignant films. All filmmakers are eligible to submit their work for MIFF 2010 at a U.S Premiere status and are eligible for a $25,000 Grand Jury Prize and a MIFF Audience Award. Last year Shakespeare and Victor Hugo?s Intimacies, Yulene Olaizola (Mexico) won in this category while past winners include: Santiago, João Moreira Salles, (Brasil); En el hoyo, Juan Carlos Rulfo, (Mexico); La Sierra, Scott Dalton and Margarita Martinez (Colombia); The Story of the Weeping Camel, Byambasuren Davaa and Luigi Falorni (Germany); Beah: A Black Woman Speaks, Lisa Gay Hamilton (USA); Ônibus 174, Jose Padilha (Brazil); Balseros, Carlos Bosch and Josep Doménech (Spain).
Shorts Competition — (maximum 20 minutes total running time – TRT)
All genres participate in this rich and exciting selection challenging ways of thought and showcasing brief and poignant films from the world over. Each short is eligible for a $2,500 cash prize.
Cutting the Edge Competition — (no time restriction)
For its second year running this competition features experimental works on video for installation, art gallery or museum from some of the world?s most innovative filmmakers and artists.
Miami Minis — maximum 20 minutes TRT)
As part of the Florida Focus segment this competition showcases short films linked in some way to the state of Florida, whether filmmaker, production team or theme. The category includes comedies, animation, thrillers, drama, vignettes and experimental works.
Non-Competition Category — Open to Submissions
Cinema 360° — Feature and documentary films from around the world
Amazing works from the masters and from up-and-coming filmmakers are featured in a vibrant array of films from all corners of the world. Compelling dramas, poignant biographies, innovative docudramas, neo westerns, comedies and groundbreaking documentaries offer a 360° perspective of our world.
Florida Focus — Opening of submissions to be announced
The Festival proudly celebrates the latest works from Floridian filmmakers and/or films that touch on themes relative to Florida. Feature films and documentaries are showcased in this special section devoted to the Sunshine State.
Student Social Short Film High School and College Competitions – (maximum 15 minutes TRT)
As part of Florida Focus, these two competitions are open to any student in Florida at the high school and at the college/university levels. Film submissions must include a socially relevant component and may be part of a class project or an independent piece. Submissions will be open October 2nd and for more information visit the MIFF website.
The official submission form and additional information are available online at www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).
Miami International Film Festival Media Contact:
Daniella Sforza — 305-237-7879 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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