The Miami Short Film Festival continues to provide independent filmmakers an excellent platform to showcase their talent. Having screened over 1,000 short films from almost all over the world, the MiamisFF has become a notable source of discovery and emerging talent and continues to build its reputation as a significant platform for filmmakers.

Every year we approach an esteemed group of individuals to ask that they serve as a judge of these spectacular films.

2018 Judges

Daniel G Milan

Creative Advertising Director. Hardened writer. Fervent reader. 

Good friend. Tireless coworker. Passionated. Honest. Father. Husband. Lover.

Daniel is a Mexican advertising creative director. He has more than 10 years of experience creating outstanding campaigns for many brands such as Cheerios, Yoplait, Corona Beer, Victoria Beer, Nestlé, Ray-Ban, etc. Daniel’s short film passion born with “Adolescence”, a 3-minute short film that he wrote in 2016 and which won the Best Short Short Film in the 15th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival.

Adrian Zavala

Mexican artist, painter, illustrator and art director based in Miami, with more than 30 years of experience, Adrian has been featured in several exhibits in museums in Mexico and independent galleries. Adrian has won various accolades for his work. He won the Chicago Latino Film Festival poster design two years in a row. He also won first place in the Tenth International Biennial Poster Contest in Mexico. In addition to painting and illustrating, Adrian has had a successful career in the advertising industry. He is currently a senior creative at The Community Miami.

Adrian has a bachelor’s degree in Digital and Art Design from the University of New Mexico. He also studied part of his degree in Mexico at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).



Tom Musca first captured attention as the producer and co-writer of Stand and Deliver. The popular Warner Bros. film starred Edward James Olmos, who earned Best Actor Golden Globe and Oscar nominations, and featured Lou Diamond Phillips and Andy Garcia. The film earned six Independent Spirit Awards, including Best Picture and Best Screenplay, an Imagen Award and was preserved in the National Film Registry of the U.S. Library of Congress.

Musca is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers and went on to earn a Masters of Fine Arts degree at UCLA. Recently, he was commissioned to write the screenplay for One Mile North, a story about a restaurant near Ground Zero and the recovery workers who frequented it. He is Co-Producer of Netflix’s Bad Hurt and Associate Producer of Pray For Rain, which was recently released. This year he produced Make Love Great Again and his Latino comedy, Chateau Vato, which he wrote and directed.

Musca has written roles for a wide array of acting talent including: John Cusack, James Gandolfini, CCH Pounder, River Phoenix, Dean Cain, Elizabeth Peña, Paul Rodriguez, Cliff Robertson, Hector Elizondo, Raquel Welch, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Michael Madsen, Benicio del Toro and America Ferrera.

Produced screen credits include: Tortilla Soup, an Imagen Award winner; the popular Gotta Kick It Up! for the Disney Channel; Hollywood Pictures’ Money For Nothing; Race, a comedic take on a City Council election on HBO which Musca directed; Columbia Pictures’ Little Nikita; and Flight of Fancy for Showtime.

Musca has been a guest lecturer at the Sundance Institute, Slamdance, UCLA, NYU, USC, AFI, and has conducted MPAA workshops on four continents. He was named the Moseley Fellow for Creative Writing at Pomona College, and for the last nine years has served as head of the MFA Screenwriting Concentration at the University of Miami.