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Special Events (6)

Opening and Awards Night hold a special place in the Festival, as must-be-there events showcasing two honored films followed by extravagant parties. Join us in toasting the kickoff, and award winners, at the start and end of a fabulous 10 days!

Marquee Series (4)

Film screening accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work.

CineDwnTwn Galas (3)

Red carpet events featuring the year’s most compelling star-driven works be top-tier directors showcased at the historic Olympia Theater, presented by Downtown Development Authority of Miami.

Soiree Series (4)

A memorable evening out, beginning with an inspiring and entertaining film, segueing into a fabulous party.

Knight Competition (6)

A mesmerizing variety of powerful works from around the world, directed by filmmakers who have directed at least one previous Official Selection (feature) of the Festival. Films are eligible for Achievement awards totaling $40,000 in cash, courtesy of Knight Foundation.

Knight Made in MIA Award (9)

Courtesy of the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, this category features a $10,000 cash prize, is open to any film – short or feature, documentary or narrative – in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm to the Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community.

Knight Documentary Achievement Award (21)

Candid, thought-provoking feature-length documentaries examining social issues, diverse cultures and influential people compete for an audience-voted $10,000 cash achievement award, courtesy of Knight Foundation.

HBO Ibero American Competition (16)

Open to Ibero-American films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000, courtesy of HBO.

Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Competition (13)

Screenwriters from all feature films in the Festival that have a first-produced feature screenwriter credited, compete for a jury-selected cash prize of $10,000, courtesy of the family of the late Jordan Alexander Ressler.

Zeno Mountain Award (7)

The universal distinction of the three features and four short films that make up this year’s Zeno Mountain Award candidates is that they are all illuminating, wonderful films. And all of them showcase unique characters who surprise and delight us with their zest for life.

Cinema 360º (15)

A vibrant and dynamic selection of narrative works, from both accomplished and emerging filmmakers around the world, includes an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, and innovative docudramas.

Special Presentations (8)

Reel Music (5)

Narrative and documentary films with music-themed content. Magical moments, haunting melodies, genius performances… all emanating from a masterful combination of music and film.

Cinema & China (3)

MIFFecito (4)

Specially curated for program for film fan families to enjoy together.

IMDbPro Shorts Competition (25)

Short films that have held their world premiere after March 20, 2017 and are 30 minutes or less, and that have not been or will not be scheduled for public consumption through any form of public broadcast (including internet) or commercial theatrical engagement in the US prior to March 20, 2018, are eligible to compete for a jury-selected cash prize of $2,500, courtesy of IMDbPro.