2020 MIAMIsFF Hosts Hybrid Event, with Live and Virtual Programs

The 19th edition of the MIAMI short Film Festival will feature a hybrid event this year, with both live screenings and virtual programming taking place in November. The live Festival will take place November 13-15th at Deering Estate and Miami Beach Botanical Garden, with over 40 shorts featured across 7 unique programs. MIAMIsFF Virtual will take place November 1-15th, showcasing 70 short films selected from this year’s submissions, with several virtual filmmaker Q&As taking place throughout the two weeks.

The Opening Night Gala, hosted at the Deering Estate, will feature live music and a cocktail hour with welcome drink provided by drink sponsor, Barcelo Ron Dominicano. Then, guests can walk the red carpet and take photos before enjoying an outdoor screening in the courtyard. Tickets for the opening night are $25 and include welcome drink and popcorn. 

For Day 2 and 3 of the festival, MIAMIsFF is excited to partner with Miami Beach Botanical Garden as our venue. With their beautiful landscape as a backdrop, weekend screenings will feature a red carpet, step-and-repeat photo ops and a cash bar provided by the garden. The festival will close out with a shorts program that celebrates the local South Florida film community, including high school and university student shorts, which will compete in the new “Tomorrow’s Filmmakers Today” categories. Tickets are $15, limited student and senior discounts available for all screenings. 

This year’s film selections come from over 30 different countries, ranging from spaghetti westerns and sci-fi to the topical look at life during the pandemic. One of this year’s highlights, ANNA, is a Cannes Official Selection 19’, nominated for the short Palme d’Or, BIFA award winner for Best British Short Film, shortlisted for a BAFTA, and has won dozens of awards around the festival circuit. The film centers around Anna, and aging single mother living in war-torn Eastern Ukraine, who is desperate for a change. Lured by a radio advertisement, she goes to party with a group of American men who are touring the country, searching for love. Anna screens as part of the “Culture Narrated” program on Friday, November 13th.

MIAMIsFF virtual begins November 1st and runs for 2 weeks, allowing viewers plenty of time to enjoy the 70+ short films streaming online. Viewers can purchase an all-access virtual pass for $59.99, and enjoy the complete collection of films, plus extras like filmmaker welcome videos, virtual Q&As, and more.

All of this year’s live screenings will be held outdoors, in order to utilize the maximum amount of space and provide safe social distancing for guests to enjoy screenings. MIAMI short Film Festival and it partner venues, Deering Estate and Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, are committed to hosting social responsible events that are safe for guests. Please note that guests must practice social distancing, wear face coverings when not seated, and are not allowed to gather in groups larger than 10 people.

Although the festival typically hold its Awards Ceremony on the final night of the festival. This year’s award ceremony will be held virtually on Monday, November 16th, at Midtown Video. It will be filmed and stream live at 10:30am on Facebook.

Says Executive Director William Vela, “With many festivals going virtual, MIAMisFF wanted to find the right balance to present this year’s selections, while remaining socially responsible. We decided to make this year’s festival a hybrid event, in order to still give our local audience a safe way to experience the films in person, and provide a virtual channel for those who can’t travel to the festival this year. We’re also very happy to partner with Deering Estate and Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, and we hope that people can come out and safely enjoy Miami Arts & Culture again.”

MIAMI short FILM FESTIVAL would not be possible without the support of our sponsors and partners: The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, the Florida Department of State Division of Cultural Affairs, Deering Estate, Miami Beach Botanical Gardens, WOW MKTG, Barceló Ron Dominicano, Starkwave Creative, Film Freeway, FilmFestival.com, InkTip, Midtown Video, and the Gale Hotel South Beach.

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