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FilmGate Festival

The FilmGate Festival is the longest-running monthly short film series in Florida, created to celebrate local culture, diversity and regional creativity that goes month-to-month with a theme specific per month.


Every every last Wednesday of the month, FilmGate Miami highlights Florida's community of actors, filmmakers, and video + audio production studios. We accept short films, documentaries, music videos and web series from Florida or made by a Florida citizen, 20 minutes or less.

The event also features our famous Percolator networking event, where you can meet Florida's film scene face-to-face and pitch your film ideas to the broad community of talent!

Monthly themes:

January 31
February 28
March 27
April 24
May 29
June 26
July 31
August 28
September 25
October 30
November 20


Social Justice

Female directors




Films with Subtitles


Music Videos


Best of the Best

Please note that we select our films as they arrive, to allow us more time to promote this festival. Submit your films as early as possible to improve your chances of being selected.

If you have any trouble with entering your film or using a waiver code, please contact us at

Image by Pylz Works

Awards & prizes:

Monthly Awards include Judges Award Best Film and Best Audience Award plus the FilmGate Staff Awards!


Judges Award Best Film winners receive $150 value FilmGate 1 year Membership.

Best Film Winner will automatically go into November's Best of Competition and the Grand winner will be taking the Crystal Pink Kraken Award! 

Rules & terms:

-  Films must be less than 20 minutes


-  Films may only be submitted by filmmakers living in Florida


-  Filmmakers MUST attend the event in person, or send a representative who can participate in a Q&A


-  Filmmakers must submit their social media handles and tag @filmgatemiami


-  Filmmakers get FREE ENTRY - family & friends are able to get a DISCOUNT CODE (code limit 3)


-  Stay to network. Local film studios and local investors make it monthly to our events to meet emerging talent.


-  Reach out to FilmGate Studios team - tell us about an upcoming film project, we listen


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