2020 Short Film Intensive: Miami

PROGRAM OVERVIEW: 2020 Short Film Intensive: Miami

The 2020 Short Film Intensive: Miami is a two-day digital workshop (May 8–9) for short film creators focused on taking their projects to the next level in terms of quality and festival distribution. You will receive advice on your project and career insights from working industry professionals and Mike Plante, senior programmer for short film at the Sundance Film Festival. 


Thursday, 5/7

  • 1:00pm - 1:45pm ET: Opening Session led by Mike Plante
  • 1:45pm - 2:30pm ET: Festival Panel Discussion + Q&A
  • 2:30pm - 2:45pm ET: 15-minute Break
  • 2:45pm - 4:00pm ET: Advisor Panel Discussion + Q&A
  • 4:00pm - 4:15pm ET: Closing Group Discussion

Friday, 5/8

  • 1:00pm - 1:15pm ET: Welcome Back
  • 1:15pm - 2:15pm ET: One-on-One Advisor Meetings Session #1
  • 2:15pm - 2:30pm ET: 15-minute Break
  • 2:30pm - 3:30pm ET: One-on-One Advisor Meetings Session #2
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm ET: Closing Discussion


This program is presented by Sundance Institute and is made possible by generous support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

The John S.and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit kf.org

Learn more about the Knight Fellows Project and other upcoming events at Sundance.org/Knight.

This program is presented in collaboration with Oolite Arts.

Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage with their work. Established in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities and financial support they need to experiment, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamians learn about contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills. For more, visit oolitearts.org.

Outreach Supporters: AFRIKIN, Art Miami, Arts & Business Council of Miami, CineVisun, FilmGate Miami, Miami Film Festival, Miami Jewish Film Festival, O Cinema, South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, YoungArts

Amber Espinosa-Jones is the manager of Sundance’s Institute’s Outreach and Inclusion Program, where she supports artists from underrepresented communities through intersectional fellowships and community programs. As an independent producer and stage manager from Oakland, CA, she has worked for a number of arts organizations pushing the boundaries in mainstream media, including the National Association of Latino Independent Producers (NALIP), Ford Theatres, and Latino Theater Company. more...

Esteban Arango is an award-winning, Colombian-American writer/director based in LA and Miami. He is a previous fellow of the Fox Global Directors Initiative, Fox Writers Lab, and Film Independent’s Project Involve. BLAST BEAT, Arango’s first feature film, premiered at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival as part of the U.S. Dramatic Competition. Variety named him one of 10 Directors to Watch for 2020. more...

Jason Fitzroy Jeffers is a Miami-based filmmaker and writer from Barbados whose work focuses on giving voice to the often-marginalized stories of the tropics. His work has appeared on outlets such as The Intercept and National Geographic and at festivals such as Sundance, TIFF and Berlinale. Jason is cinematic arts senior manager at Oolite Arts, one of Miami’s largest support organizations for visual artists, and co-executive director of Third Horizon, a Caribbean filmmaking collective that stages the annual Third Horizon Film Festival. more...

Kat Candler’s short films Hellion and Black Metal and her feature Hellion played at the Sundance Film Festival. Candler's work in television includes directing Queen Sugar, 13 Reasons Why, Sorry for Your Loss and Dirty John, producing directing and showrunning Queen Sugar and consulting producing 13 Reasons Why. She’s currently developing a horror film for Fox Searchlight and a TV series for TNT. more...

Kenny Riches’ 2015 feature film, The Strongest Man, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He is currently releasing his latest film, A Name Without A Place (2019). His producer credits include My Heart Can’t Beat Unless You Tell It To (Tribeca 2020), Sanzaru (Slamdance 2020). He co-founded The Davey Foundation, a grant-giving organization for filmmakers and co-owns production company, Dualist. more...

Mike Plante is a senior programmer for short films at the Sundance Film Festival, where he has worked since 2001. Each year he and a team of 9 shorts programmers go through over 10,000 entries to select 70 shorts to play at the Festival, discovering new film talent in the process. He has worked at film festivals since 1993, and he also makes feature documentaries. His recent film AND WITH HIM CAME THE WEST (2019) played at MoMA Doc Fortnight and his short THE POLAROID JOB (2017) is available at The New York Times Op-Docs. more...