Slamdance Miami (1)

Slamdance Miami


05 Feb 2020
Call for entries

13 Mar 2020
Festival closed

24 Apr 2020
Notification date

28 May 2020
31 May 2020


31 NE 17th Street,  33132, Miami, Florida, United States

Festival description
Short film festival 40'<
Feature film festival >40'

Festival requirements
 Film festival
 Music Video
 Any Genre
 Any Theme
 Has submission fees
 International Festival
 Physical Location
 Production date: Any
 Production countries: Required
 Shooting countries: Required
 Director nationalities: Required
 Debut Films 
 School projects 
 Short Films  40'<
 Feature Films  >40'
 Any language
English Spanish
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Festival start: 28 May 2020      Festival end: 31 May 2020

Slamdance is embarking on an exciting new journey in Miami, Florida where we will continue to showcase and support emerging independent filmmakers through a brand new film festival emphasizing the multicultural and diverse communities of Florida, the Caribbean, Central and South America, and beyond.

Slamdance Miami will showcase works covering all forms of media including film, digital, interactive, gaming, and hybrid forms of storytelling. The inaugural edition of Slamdance Miami will take place May 28-31, 2020, following the 26th Slamdance Film Festival in Park City. The festival will feature an entirely different lineup of films programmed by Slamdance alumni from Miami, Central and South America in addition to leaders from a collection of Miami-based arts and education organizations including Black Lounge Film Series, Miami Dade College, Miami Dade County Office of Film and Entertainment, Miami Film Festival, Miami Media and Film Market, Miami VR Expo, O Cinema, OUTshine Film Festival and Third Horizon Film Festival. In the spirit of Slamdance, films will be programmed democratically, meaning that each programmer will get an equal say in which submitted projects make the final cut.

O Cinema will serve as the Official Cinema Venue for Slamdance Miami. Additional location partners include Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Miami Beach Cinematheque, The Colony Theater and The Wolfsonian-FIU.

Founding support for Slamdance Miami has come from Sandy Lighterman, Miami Media and Film Market co-founders Patricia Arias and Jose Luis Martinez and Slamdance alumni Kareem Tabsch, co-director of O Cinema.

An education program in collaboration with Miami Dade College and Brazil’s Academia Internacional de Cinema will further support emerging artists and their work, and will be free for the public to attend. Additionally, local grants provided by Miami-Dade County and others will support participant travel.


By entering Slamdance Miami, you are agreeing to the following Rules and Guidelines:

Submission to Slamdance Miami does not guarantee selection and screening.

Eligibility requirements for each category are final. There are no exceptions.

Filmmakers must currently reside in OR the majority of the film must have been made on location in the Caribbean Islands, Mexico, Central or South America.

We consider films in any language from the above locations. If your film is not in english, make sure it has english subtitles where necessary.
If your film is in english, you may include Spanish subtitles when possible.

We do not consider work in progress for Slamdance Miami.

Films submitted must not have previously screened at any film festivals based in Miami, Florida. Films that have had public screenings or festival premieres anywhere outside of Miami are still eligible.

Slamdance Miami only accepts Feature films made with a budget under $1 Million USD.

Only features that don’t have US distribution are eligible for Slamdance Miami. Entrants must notify the festival at once if their distribution status changes.

There’s no distribution rule for short films. All short films, including those released online, are eligible.

Entrants can update their edit any time by uploading a new video file into the same link on Vimeo, so the submission link stays the same. Do not send us new links. We cannot guarantee that programmers will be judging the most recent screener update.

Accepted filmmakers must own the rights to their film and all its components by the time of the festival.

If accepted, entrants are responsible for delivering their exhibition copy and other materials, such as: trailer, screener link, press stills, and press-kit, by May 11, 2020.

*(D)igital, (I)nteractive & (G)aming applicants will submit using Google Form instead of FestHome.



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