Panther Film Festival

Welcome, Panther Filmmakers!

We at Florida International University’s Film Studies Program, in cooperation with the English Honor Society (Sigma Tau Delta) and The Film Initiative Underground, are proud to announce the first annual Panther Film Festival (PFF).

The creation of this festival marks an exciting moment in our program’s history as we seek to provide you, the students that make up our wonderfully diverse community, a platform to share your ideas and stories.

  • We will begin accepting short film submissions for PFF on October 4th, 2017 and accept them through March 18th, 2018.
  • We strongly encourage you to submit your films early! Applicants who complete and submit their films ahead of time will have the option to receive feedback and be allowed to resubmit their entries ahead of the March 18th deadline.
  • A detailed schedule of the approved films and their screening times will be provided shortly after the submission period ends on March 18th, 2018.
  • The inaugural Panther Film Festival is scheduled to be held on April 17th 2018, at GC 140 from 6 P.M. to 10 P.M.

Application to the festival is free and open to all FIU students. As part of the application process, at least one student participating in the production of an applying entry must provide a copy of their Panther ID. Only films with a total run time (TRT) of 20 minutes or under will be accepted and all entries must be submitted either in person via email or a physical copy  (Ex: USB, DVD, Blu-ray).

We encourage you to collaborate with other students from different fields of focus and expertise. In hopes of helping cultivate a spirit of cooperation and offering you a place to meet other potential collaborators, we’re also excited to announce we will be working to host several Panther Filmmaker Mixers. The purpose of these events will be to provide you with networking and workshopping opportunities, as well as some educational masterclasses in different aspects of filmmaking.  Make sure to follow us on social media to stay up to date on upcoming events!

As with any creative project, we want to remind you about the importance of having fun with the productions you choose to pursue. Tell stories you love, stories that mean something to you, stories no one else can tell. If you often sit in class, daydreaming about making a movie with your friends but end up talking yourself out of it: This is your chance. You have great ideas. You CAN make a movie. Consider this your call to action. Tell us your stories — we’d love to hear them.

Here is a list of forms and helpful resources that will help you as move forward with your projects. Check back often for updates! If you have any questions that can’t be answered with any of the information here, send us an email to

Mario Avalos                            Stephanie Janania                       Jose Gil