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By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter

MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The 18th edition of the Miami Short Film Festival will showcase 61 short films, from filmmakers from 22 countries worldwide at the South Beach Regal cinemas in Lincoln Road, from November 4th until November 9th. There will also be additional presentations at Deering State for guests who can’t make it to Miami Beach.

Director Marianne Farley after accepting the award for Best Narrative Short for her film Marguerite, South Beach, Miami Beach, Miami, Florida, News
Director Marianne Farley after accepting the award for Best Narrative Short for her film Marguerite at the 2018 festival, photo courtesy of the Miami Short Film Festival.

The festival aims to highlight the short film genre by presenting films that last from 1 to 20 minutes longs by emerging, talented, independent filmmakers from around the world. Shorts by local filmmakers will be presented on Friday November 8th, and Saturday November 9th.

The week-long celebration of film and art, will also include workshops, post-screening Q&A sessions, parties, seminars and a variety of events.

William Vela, Executive Director of the Miami Short Film Festival, commented on the film selection process, “The festival’s six thematic programs dare the filmmakers to escape the movie labyrinth and push the boundaries of the art.”

Continuing “[And] keep us company throughout the restlessness of the long journey, melt our hearts with the quintessential idea of boundless love and challenge us with the difficult task of navigating the slippery corners of the human mind.”

Some of the nominated films this year include a possible Academy Award contender, “Safety” which will screen November 8th at 8:30 PM.

The film is a fourteen-minute short by American director Fabrice Joubert the plot starts, “After the detonation tears the silence of the wind-down time after gym class for Michael and his other 2nd grade classmates, the gym teacher immediately understands that he now bears the life-and-death responsibility to lead the children to safety.”

Other popular films include, “Atlas”, by Director Maciej Kawalski from Poland, which will screen November 4th at 8PM, “Bolas Criollas”, by Directors Juan Vicente Manrique and Vittorio Dugarte Barbarito, which will play November 9th at 8:30 PM, and “Eat the Rainbow,” by Director Brian Benson from the U.S., which will also play November 9th at 8:30 PM.

The admission fee is approximately $15 per night, including the screening of 5 to 10 short films, for the full schedule click here.

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