Our Philosophy

“Short films, past and present, are true works of art, and deserve a venue dedicated to their exhibition.”

This year the MsFF continues it’s tradition in welcoming some of the world’s brightest independent, local, national, and international fi lmmakers to showcase the some of the very best in short filmmaking.

Over 850 film submissions from 40+ countries all over the world flooded our servers this year making the oficial selection process of our 14th edition quite a dificult task. Since January of this year we have been working incessantly behind the scenes reviewing every submission, gauging the unique plot points, cinematography, and art direction and editing expertise of each short. A few painstaking decisions were made in the process, but after careful consideration we managed to narrow it down to 55 oficially selected short films.

We then passed the torch to our 30 esteemed judges for deliberation, and Voila! The fi nal selections for each genre were made along with an overall festival winner. This year we jazzed up the judging process and in doing so, a new award, the Director’s Choice, was born! The Director’s Choice will be awarded to a filmmaker whose work was so superior that merely defining it by its genre was not enough.

It was both a pleasure and an honor to have been able to select each of these films and to that end, I want to thank all of those who have participated in the MsFF this year. Truth be told, it is the filmmakers who remain the beating heart of this festival and I would like to congratulate them all on this accomplishment.

We commend those who were not given the opportunity to participate in this year’s Festival for still supporting us, and we encourage you all to never let the spark of creativity grow dull. Each year, the MsFF blossoms into something greater than the last as does it’s refreshing competitive edge.

To the Festival team: Sarah, Paola, Georgina, Beatriz, Esteban, Paige our board of advisers and all the volunteers – Thank you! It’s more than just work. There is no sum of money in the world that could purchase the e ort that each of you have put into this production and I appreciate your undying commitment to the MsFF.

To our patrons: We thank you for gracing us with your presence and appreciate your support of the Miami art community by being here. Finally and most important, I personally would like to thank each one of our sponsors who year-after-year support us by investing a great deal of time and effort in making this event possible to our lovely residents and visitors.

Funding for this project is made possible with the support of the Cultural A airs Program, Cultural Arts Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural A airs and the Cultural A airs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, and The Children’s Trust, the City of Miami Beach, Coconut Grove Business Improvement District, Coconut Grove Chamber of Commerce, Cocowalk, Cinepolis Theaters, Stella Artois, car2go, Landa and Associates, Regus, Arbol Advertising, Right Cut Media, Accord Productions, HEYER & ASSOCIATES EA, PA, our media sponsors that help spread the news, as well
as all our partners who help us with the logistics and organization of this wonderful event.

Thank you all very much! Without you we could not continue to carry on this special event.
Again, I warmly welcome you to the 14th Annual Miami short Film Festival, and invite you to sit back, relax,and enjoy the MsFF experience!


All the best,

William Vela
Executive Director