11th Miami Short Film Festival announces films, new events

With more than 700 international submissions, 80 short films (under 20 minutes) have been chosen to screen in the 11th annual Miami Short Film Festival.

There will be 15 different blocks, each consisting of seven or eight films that share a common theme — including love, horror, locals, documentary, and experimental. Some notable appearances include Gael Garcia Bernal in Zalet (Republic of Serbia), and Tony Award winners Ed Asner and Mark Rydell in Good Men (USA).

Films will screen Nov. 26-30 at the Paragon Grove 13 at 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., and Miami Beach Cinematheque at 9 p.m. On Nov. 25, a special Kid’s Program will run at the Miami Children’s Museum including five films targeted to children ages 2-8 from noon to 4 p.m. On that same date, a complimentary family-friendly showcase of highlights from the festival will take place at the North Beach Bandshell as part of the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Program and Cultural Arts Council’s “Fresh Air Fund” program from 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 24, begins the festival at The Lot Bar in Paragon Grove 13 and will include the unveiling of custom artwork by local artist, and President Obama’s two-time winner of “Runway to Win,” Phil Fung. After parties will occur following the last screening block every weekday in various venues throughout Coconut Grove and at Chalk on South Beach. The festival ends on Dec. 1 with an awards ceremony at the Mutiny Hotel, where winning filmmakers in different categories will be announced.

This year’s sponsors include Paragon 13, The Lot Bar, Stella Artois, The Mutiny Hotel, Conill, Figment Group, Midtown Video, Concept International Realty. The festival is made possible with the support of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and Cultural Affairs Council, Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, City of Miami Beach Department of Tourism and Cultural Development, Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Miami Beach Mayor and City Commissioners.

The Miami Short Film Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization dedicated to promoting national, international and local short films. For more than 10 years, the event has been the launching point for original scripts, new cinematography and film techniques, innovative perspectives, and unique forms of true emotion and expression captured on film.

For more information visit online at www.miamishortfilmfestival.com or call 786-510-3738.

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