Borscht is officially back. The film fest dedicated to South Florida talent announced Wednesday that the "allegedly ninth" edition of the event will take place December 16 through December 21 this year.
Since its first run in 2003, the Borscht Film Festival has evolved from a project of New World School of the Arts high school juniors into one of Miami's leading creative organizations. Videos created or commissioned for Borscht go on to screen at film festivals such as Sundance and South by Southwest, while others rack up millions of hits on YouTube.
Highlights from previous festivals include the futuristic short film #PostModem, written and directed by artist Jillian Mayer, which went on to show at Sundance, SXSW, AFI, among others, and Bernardo Britto's dark animated short Yearbook, which won Sundance's Short Film Jury Prize for Animation.
The exact schedule of events will be announced in the next few weeks, and Miami filmmakers are invited to submit their work in the meantime. Following Borscht tradition, films screened during the festival are made by people living in, from, or are inspired by South Florida.
Supported by an Arts Challenge Grant from John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Borscht's mission is to redefine the stereotypical depictions of Miami in the mainstream media.
Any form, any genre, any subject matter is welcome -- as long as it deals with South Florida in some way. Submitting is free and the deadline is midnight, November 15.
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