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Application deadline: April 8, 2020 (6:00 PM ET)

The Block is a short documentary contest seeking ideas for new films about the many different neighborhoods that make up Miami. Five filmmakers will be selected to pitch their short documentary concepts in front of a jury and a live studio audience for a chance to win up to $14,000 in funding for their projects. The top three chosen will receive help making their film from the University of Miami’s School of Communications Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, and free access to the Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Florida Moving Image Archives. We want to hear the Miami stories you think are ready for the spotlight.

How it works
Anyone can share their idea by applying now through April 8, 2020. Oolite Arts will also host two information sessions where people can get their questions answered: March 16 and April 5.
A jury will choose five to go before the panel of nationally-recognized film professionals and a live audience on May 20. That day, five prizes will be awarded – $14,000, $8,000, $6,000, and two prizes of $2,000. 

The Lynn and Louis Wolfson II Family Foundation has generously provided lead funding for this program.
Selection Process
Oolite Arts' staff will review applications to ensure completeness and eligibility. A jury of nationally-recognized film professionals will review all entries and the top five finalists will be notified by May 8, 2020.

 Applicants must: 

  • Be a full-time Miami-Dade County resident
  • Pitch a short documentary about a Miami-Dade neighborhood
  • Be at least 18 years of age, and a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident

 Applications are being accepted online and require the following:

  • A brief summary of your film’s story.
  • A selected neighborhood relevant to your film
  • An explanation of what makes this story particularly interesting.
  • An explanation of why you are suited to document this story.
  • A description of how your film will look and feel.
  • A short bio or a CV.

Oolite Arts does not cover housing, travel, or visa costs.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cinematic Arts Manager Jason Fitzroy Jeffers via email at jjeffers@oolitearts.org.

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