I’m Not Gonna Move To L.A.

The Miami Short Film Festival invites Miami locals and visitors alike to O Cinema for a lively look at our homegrown talent. I’m Not Gonna Move To LA is showcase of local filmmakers geared towards keeping our talent at home and active in our budding film scene.

Keeping It Real Local

Program Director Diliana Alexander really wanted to kickstart a tradition of nurturing and showcasing local talent. Her latest initiative, I’m Not Gonna Move To LA, lampoons the all-too-common tendency for aspiring filmmakers to abandon their home city in search of cinematic glory. The event showcases the top local filmmakers who have resisted the devilish allure of Hollywood and who have chosen instead to takes their chances and exercise their talents at home in Miami.

I’m Not Gonna Move To LA takes place on Saturday, November 19th at O Cinema. Screenings start at 1pm, but a cinematic brunch of sorts will be taking place outside of O Cinema from 12 – 1pm, so get there early for food and drinks. Saturday is also the last day of Miami Short Film Festival screenings, which means the MsFF is definitely saving the best for last. With a total run time of 90 minutes, the screenings will be short and sweet, but if you’re even a little bit interested in the local film scene, you don’t want to miss it.

The Films

Here’s a list of the film shorts, their directors, and run time.

THE PENNY – Bertha Isabel (7:00 min)

THE FIRST NIGHT – Anthony Allegro (10:00 min)

LANGUAGE OF LOVE – Shane Kinsler (7:00 min)

DECEIT – Luis Sosa (3:00 min)

CATCH 22 – Mario Fernandez (8:00 min)

SCALES – Canadian Bacon (15:00 min)

NEMESIS – Valeria Litvinova (18:00 min)

CHEMICAL PRISON – Melvin Amador (9:00 min)

BLACK FRIDAY – Jennifer Lorenzo (6:22 min)

LAST RUN – Andre Martinez (7:00 min)


O Cinema is a cutting-edge independent cinema located in Miami’s Wynwood Arts District, that specializes in showing first-run independent, foreign, art, and niche market films. It’s located at 90 NW 29th St, in Wynwood.

If you’ve never been, just look for the black building covered in bright-colored, quasi-cartoonish figures – the Cinema’s exterior was painted by local artist GGG.