By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz August 3, 2011 at 2:00AM
Poster by Javier Mariscal, Barcelona
Miami is at the geographical and cultural crossroads of all these worlds – the natural place where South & Central America, Europe and the United States can centrally intersect. Miami International Film Festival has provided the venue and vehicle for these encuentros as part of the annual Festival since the creation of the Encuentros program in 2003. Though this event is by invitation only, finished Ibero American films are invited to send in their entries now. This premier showcase for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. awards more than $55,000 USD in cash and symbolic prizes in major categories. Says Jaie Laplante, the festival’s executive director,
We have increased our prizes to USD$45,000 in our Iberoamerican competition. Another new initiative for 2012 is that $15,000 of our Grand Prize money in this category will go to the film’s U.S. distributor – and if the film doesn’t have one when it wins, it will have up to 30 days to finalize any pending deal.
Organizers of the Miami International Film Festival (March 2-11, 2012), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, are now accepting official entries for the 29th edition of the beloved event.
Submit through Withoutabox. See rules below the jump.
Considered the top venue in the U.S. for emerging 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 invitation-only Encuentros is the cornerstone of Miami International Film Festival's Industry Program. MIFF annually brings together influential industry professionals from all corners of the globe to meet with filmmakers in the Iberian diaspora (Spain, Portugal, South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Spanish or Portuguese-language audiences in the United States) with culturally interesting and commercially viable feature film projects in various stages of development.
Dramatic works from Latin America, Spain and Portugal, as well as Latino-themed works produced in the United States
• Must be 60 minutes or longer in TRT
• This category is open to any film directors
• Preference will be given to World, International and U.S. premieres, but must be at minimum a Florida Premiere at MIFF 2012.
• Must not have been publicly released in the US prior to MIFF 2012**
• Completion date must be after March 2011
• Projects must originate from Spain, Portugal, the Caribbean, or any Latin American country, OR originate from the US and contain a central Latino theme or character
• Exhibition format must be 35mm or HD CAM only (not HDCAM-SR)