Short Films Hit the Big Screen

About 100 student films will debut at the 17th annual ’Canes Film Festival this weekend.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (April 29, 2014) — About 100 short films created by undergraduate and graduate students in the University of Miami’s Motion Pictures Program will debut at the Bill Cosford Cinema May 2-4 during the 17th annual ’Canes Film Festival competition. Admission is free and a screening schedule and more information are available at

The films, which range from comedy to documentary to music video, the latter including Falling for You directed by MFA candidate Ronnie Khalil and sung by Frost School of Music student Annette Navarro, were created during the 2013-14 academic year.

Judges in the film and television industry from across the country will be evaluating the scripts and films during the screenings. Previous judges, who also consist of UM alumni, have included Barry Waldman, David Nutter, Michael Robin, Juan Carlos Coto, Jeff Respress, Charles Vignola, Erin Moyer, and David Issacs among others.

“Every year the level and quality of the films gets better,” says Khalil, whose film The Meter Man of Le Moutrechon was a winner at last year’s ’Canes Film Showcase. The film also won the Cinema Slam at the Miami International Film Festival and will appear at the Shanghai International Film Festival next month.

To close the festival, the School of Communication Department of Cinema and Interactive Media will host an award ceremony and a networking event Sunday evening. The festival’s best films will screen at the L.A. ’Canes Film Showcase, which will be held May 22 at the Paramount Theatre in Hollywood, California. After the showcase, student filmmakers will meet and network with hundreds of alumni and friends of the school working in Hollywood.

“The ’Canes Film Showcase is a wonderful chance for our students to network with alumni and top folks in the film industry before they graduate,” says Ed Talavera, chair of the department of Cinema and Interactive Media. “It is a unique, once in a lifetime event for them.”

More information about the festival and showcase can be found at

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