Deadline: 18/09/2018

2019 ArtCenter/South Florida Cinematic Arts Residency

ArtCenter’s Cinematic Arts Residency aims to elevate Miami’s great community of short film creators.

Application deadline: September 18, 2018 (6:00 PM ET)

Residency period: January 15, 2019 - December 15, 2019, with the possibility of extending into a second full year term.

ArtCenter’s Cinematic Arts Residency aims to elevate Miami’s acclaimed community of short film creators into the realm of feature films. This pioneering new initiative will give two Miami filmmakers up to $50,000 each to create a narrative micro-budget feature, along with a producer to oversee the project and shared studio space for production. Akin to the farm to table movement, this unique program will enable local filmmakers to create, shoot and screen their films, without ever leaving Miami.

Program Benefits

  • Up to $50,000 for the creation of a narrative micro-budget feature
  • A producer assigned to the production of the film
  • Shared studio space for Cinematic Arts Residents at ArtCenter on Miami Beach, with 24-hour access and Wi-Fi
  • Free parking (based on availability)
  • Use of ArtCenter’s facilities, including a flex lounge, workshop and the PRINTshop
  • The opportunity to engage with ArtCenter’s network of curators, film programmers, artists, filmmakers, visiting faculty members and ArtCenter Fellows, as well as to participate in studio visits, exhibitions, public programs and community outreach initiatives
  • Access to ArtCenter’s international network of institutional film partners, as well as select film festivals and local art cinemas, as a way to help distribute the film
  • Support for the film’s Miami premiere
  • A one-week theatrical run at O Cinema

Selection Process

ArtCenter’s staff will review applications to ensure completeness and eligibility. A jury of local and national film professionals, chaired by Andrew Hevia, producer of the 2017 Oscar-winning film “Moonlight,” will review all entries throughout the month of October 2018. The selected Cinematic Arts Resident filmmakers will be announced in November, 2018.


Applicants must:

  • Be a full-time Miami-Dade County resident
  • Create a narrative project set and filmed in Miami
  • Be at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident
  • Have completed a short film in a key creative role (director/producer/writer/editor)
  • Demonstrate the ability to plan and execute the project as a micro-budget (under $50,000) feature film. Residents will have help, but will serve as the creative lead for the project.


Applications are being accepted online and require the following:

  • Artistic statement: Share the creative vision for the project, and address some or all of the following questions: How is the applicant connected personally to the material? What themes are the applicant interested in exploring? What will the audience take away from the film? How will the applicant bring the story to life in terms of character, tone and/or visual style? What role does Miami play in the project?
  • Plan: Explain how the applicant will bring the project to fruition using the resources provided, and why
  • Logline: Provide a one to two-sentence description of the story
  • Synopsis: Submit a brief summary of the plot of the script. Please include all major characters and story points, including the ending
  • A CV
  • Work Sample: Share an example of previous work that the applicant has written, produced, edited or directed, through a secure link. Submissions should be 20 minutes or less. Excerpts of longer works are acceptable

WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED ArtCenter’s Cinematic Arts Residency does not cover housing, travel, or visa costs.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 305.674.8278 ext. 304 or via email at 

2019 ArtCenter/South Florida Cinematic Arts Residency

2019 ArtCenter/South Florida Cinematic Arts Residency

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