IMDbPro & MDC’s Miami Film Festival Double Cash Award, Expand Eligibility for 2019 IMDbPro Short Film Competition

Filmmakers Can Now Submit Short Films via Withoutabox to Compete for a $5,000 Cash Prize and the Chance to Screen Theatrically at the Festival in March

Miami, FL — May 7, 2018 — Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival and IMDbPro (, the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals, today opened their call for submissions for the second year of the Festival’s IMDbPro Short Film Competition by announcing they would double the category’s cash award to $5,000 and expand eligibility by dropping premiere requirements and allowing streaming short films to submit for consideration.

The 36th edition of the internationally renowned Miami Film Festival will take place March 1 – 10, 2019. Finalists for the IMDbPro Short Film Competition will be selected by a programming committee of filmmakers, cinephiles and film industry professionals in Miami and internationally, under the direction of the Festival’s Director of Programming, and will all screen theatrically at the Festival in March. The Short Film Competition Grand Jury will be announced next year, and their votes will determine the best short film, with the winning filmmaker receiving $5,000 cash.

“The first edition of the IMDbPro Short Film Competition received submissions from immensely talented artists working around the world, and we are pleased to again offer independent filmmakers the opportunity to be discovered at MDC’s Miami Film Festival by submitting via our Withoutabox service,” said Matt Kumin, Head of IMDbPro.”

“The short film is where some of the most innovative creatives of the art form thrive,” said Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. “With the ongoing support of IMDbPro and the opening of the category to embrace all eligible short films regardless of their distribution status, we will attract the best new works to compete for the 2019 title and prize money.”

The winner of the Festival’s inaugural IMDbPro Short Film Competition at the 2018 edition was “Mother” (“Madre”) from Spain, directed by Rodrigo Sorogoyen.

To qualify for the 2019 Festival, all short films must be 30 minutes or less and have realized their world premiere after March 2018. The Festival exclusively accepts submissions via Withoutabox (

The Festival will announce a separate Call for Entries for its feature film categories later in the summer.

For a complete set of official rules and regulations, visit For additional information:  or +1 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

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About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival                                                      
Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami GEMS Festival in October and its 36th annual edition March 1 – 10, 2018, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival attracts more than 60,000 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 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Miami Film Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2018-19 Festival season include Knight Foundation, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About IMDbPro and Withoutabox
IMDbPro ( is the essential resource for entertainment industry professionals. This membership-based service includes comprehensive information and tools that are designed to help entertainment industry professionals achieve success throughout all stages of their career. IMDbPro offers members the following: detailed contact and representation information; tools to manage and showcase their IMDb profile, including the ability to select their primary images and the credits they are best “known for”; exclusive STARmeter and MOVIEmeter rankings that are determined by page views on IMDb; the IMDbPro app for iPhone and more. IMDbPro is owned and operated by IMDb, the #1 movie website in the world. Additionally, IMDbPro owns and operates Withoutabox (, the premier submission service for film festivals and filmmakers.

MDC’s Miami Film Festival Media Relations Contacts:


Adam Kersh, Brigade | +1 917-580-6785 |
Guillermo Restrepo, Brigade | +1 917-580-6785 |

IMDbPro Media Relations Contacts:

Casey De La Rosa, IMDb |