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Running March 4–13, 2016, Filmmakers from 40 CountriesProudly Exhibit 129 Feature, Documentary, and Short Films

Last Updated: February 1, 2016 9:33 pm GMT
(Miami, Florida--February 1, 2016) Monica Bellucci, Iciar Bollaín, Gavin Hood,

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33rdEdition of Miami Dade College’s Acclaimed

Miami International Film Festival

MonicaBellucci, Iciar Bollaín, Gavin HoodandDeepa Mehtawill all receive tributes in a new Marquee Series to be presented at the 33rd edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festivalscheduled for March 4 - 13, 2016, it was announced today. Additionally, Andrew Currie's comedyThe Steps, starringJames Brolin, will receive its US premiere at the Festival as the Closing Night selection. The Festival is the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university.



The new announcements joinAlex de la Iglesia'sMy Big Night, previously announced as the Opening Night Selection, as the Festival's major touchstones. The pop comedyMy Big Nightstars Spanish recording legendRaphael, who will open the Festival with a personal appearance at the March 4th screening. The 10-day annual event takes place at the Festival's traditional home, the historic Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami, plus six additional cinemas scattered across the Magic City; and includes a plethora of screenings, stylish parties, thoughtful panel discussions, spirited film competitions, awards ceremonies and immersive cultural exchange opportunities for filmmakers attending from across the globe.

“This year's lineup is like a prism that invites Miami to see the world with an illumination that only the cinema, and the artists that create the work, can provide,” says theFestival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming, Jaie Laplante. “The programmers have populated the program with films and events that are essential to the complex, dynamic, ever-changing Miami of the now.“

This year’s Festival showcases 129 films, including 100 feature films and documentaries and 29 short films produced and directed by both renowned and emerging talent from 40 countries.Forty-six are directed or co-directed by women.The Festival is pleased to announce numerous important premieres: 12 World, 1 International, 16 North American and 13 US premieres, debuting in Miami.

The Festival's newMarquee Seriescategory, dedicated to on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, sharing a major new work, includes:
  • MonicaBellucciin Conversation withGuy Edoin(Tuesday, March 8th). The Italian fashion beauty and screen star will discuss her career up to and including her brilliant new starring role in Edoin'sVille-Marie, which will screen after the Conversation.
  • Iciar Bollaínin Conversation (Sunday, March 6th). The double Goya Award-winning Spanish actress-director will speak about her career and her latest film,The Olive Tree, which will receive itsWorld Premierein Miami after the Conversation.
  • Gavin Hoodin Conversation (Saturday, March 5th). The Academy Award-winning South African filmmaker ofTsotsiwill speak about his career and screen his new film,Eye In The Sky, starringDame Helen Mirrenand the lateAlan Rickman.
  • Deepa Mehtain Conversation (Wednesday, March 9th). The Academy Award-nominated Indo-Canadian filmmaker ofWaterwill speak about her career in the context of the screening of her new film,Beeba Boys, described as “a desiScarface”.




MonicaBellucci inVille-Marie

Additional films include:

CINEDWNTWN Opening Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority and Opening Night Party presented by The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building and Tilia Events on Friday, March 4, 2016
  • As previously announced,Álex de la Iglesia'sMy Big Night(Spain), starringSpanish pop icon Raphaeland an ensemble cast of many of the biggest stars in the Spanish film industry, opens the Festival. In a special treat for Miami audiences, Raphael will appear in person at the screening to officially inaugurate this year’s Festival.
  • My Big Nightturns into “My Big Party” after the film with an outstanding Opening Night party at the Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building. The party promises to ring in the new Festival with glitz and cheer, boasting rocking music, cuisine, cocktails, and dancing, all in the spirit of a glittering New Year’s Eve bash. The events kick off the Festival’s CINEDWNTWN series, sponsored by Miami’s Downtown Development Authority.


CINEDWNTWN Awards Night Film presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority and Pyrat Rum Awards Night Party sponsored by The Related Group on Saturday, March 12, 2016
  • Following the presentation of the juried Awards, the US premiere ofAndrew Currie'sThe Steps(Canada) will close the Festival's official premieres. Featuring a brilliant ensemble cast led byJames Brolinand Oscar-winnerChristine Lahti, this riotous comedy is about what happens when two already fraught families are forced to merge into one big dysfunctional clan. Also starringJason RitterandEmmanuelle Chriqui.
  • After the screening, continue a glorious evening by walking up “the steps” to the beautiful outdoor plaza atThe Related Group's latest addition to the swanky Miami skyline, the newly-announcedOne Brickellproperty just “steps” away from Olympia Theater on the banks of the Miami River at 444 Brickell Ave. Feel what it means to project light in the Magic City through an imaginative collection of installations and entertainers, all courtesy ofPyrat RumandStella Artois.


CINEDWNTWN SCREENINGS presented by Miami Downtown Development Authority:Red carpet events featuring the year’s most compelling works be top-tier directors showcased at the historic Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami. New titles announced for major screenings in the Festival's historic home for all 33 of its years:
  • Queen of Thursdays(USA, directed by Orlando Rojas)*World PremiereA documentary about Rosario Suarez, Cuba's famed, exiled prima ballerina now living in Miami.
  • I've Never Not Been from Miami(USA, directed by Andrew Hevia, Joey Daoud, Jonathan David Kane,MonicaPeña, Tabatha Mudra, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Kenny Riches, Jacob Katel, Kareem Tabsch and Tina Francisco). Ten short films all directed by local filmmakers, about local artists. A Soiree Film paired with Behind the Curtain Onstage Party atOlympia Theater.
  • “Who Is Lou Gehrig?” (USA, directed by Gil Green). A documentary short mixing illusion and reality about local basketball coach Jeff Fogel and his brave fight to stay positive. Featuring Miami Heat's Udonis Haslem.


These films join the previously announced CINEDWNTWN GALAS:
  • Palm Trees in The Snow(Spain, directed by Fernando González Molina)
  • The Rebound(USA, directed by Shaina Allen)*World Premiere- A Soiree Film paired with “Who Is Lou Gehrig?” (USA, directed by Gil Green) – Screenings paired with a Backlot Bash atToejam Backlot(150 NW 21st St., Miami)
  • Spanish Affair 2 (Ocho apellidos catalanes)(Spain, directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro)


FESTIVAL COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

Knight Competition, presented by The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation:A mesmerizing variety of powerful works from around the world, directed by filmmakers who have directed at least one previous Official Selection (feature) of the Festival. Films are eligible for Achievement awards totaling $40,000 in cash. The 28 films (*indicates the title was previously announced) selected for this Competition are:
  • *The Apostate(Spain, Uruguay, France, directed by Federico Veiroj)
  • Argentina(Argentina, directed by Carlos Saura)
  • Chronic(Mexico, France, directed by Michel Franco)
  • The Companion(Cuba, Colombia, France, Panama, Venezuela, directed by Pavel Giroud)
  • Dheepan(France, directed by Jacques Audiard)
  • Eye in The Sky(UK, directed by Gavin Hood)
  • *Happy 140(Spain, directed by Gracia Querejeta)
  • *Hearts of Palm(USA, directed byMonicaPeña)*World Premiere
  • I Promise You Anarchy(Mexico, Germany, directed by Julio Hernández Cordón)
  • Incident Light(Argentina, France, Uruguay, directed by Ariel Rotter)
  • *An Italian Name(Italy, directed by Francesca Archibugi)
  • The Lobster(Ireland, UK, Greece, France, Netherlands, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos)
  • The Memory of Water(Chile, Spain, Argentina, Germany, directed by Matias Bize)
  • A Monster with A Thousand Heads(Mexico, directed by Rodrigo Plá)
  • Mountains May Depart(China, France, Japan, directed by Zhang-ke Jia)
  • Much Ado About Nothing(Chile, directed by Alejandro Fernandez-Almendras)
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble(USA, directed by Morgan Neville)
  • *My Big Night(Spain, directed by Álex de la Iglesia)
  • *Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper(USA, directed by Liz Garbus)
  • The Olive Tree(Spain, Germany, directed by Iciar Bollaín)*World Premiere
  • One Breath(Germany, Greece, directed by Christian Zübert)
  • Paulina(Argentina, Brazil, France, directed by Santiago Mitre)
  • *Spanish Affair 2(Spain, directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro)
  • *Spy Time(Spain, directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera)
  • Sunset Song(UK, Luxembourg, directed by Terence Davies)
  • Tale of Tales(Italy, France, UK, directed by Mateo Garrone)
  • *Trapped(USA, directed by Dawn Porter)
  • *Truman(Spain, Argentina, directed by Cesc Gay)


Knight Documentary Achievement Award presented by The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation:Candid, thought-provoking feature-length documentaries examining social issues, diverse cultures and influential people compete for an audience-voted $10,000 cash achievement award. The 17 films (*indicates the title was previously announced) selected for this Competition are:
  • Argentina(Argentina, directed by Carlos Saura)
  • *Beyond My Grandfather Allende(Chile, Mexico, directed by Marcia Tambutti Allende)
  • *Cameraperson(USA, directed by Kirsten Johnson)
  • The Forbidden Shore(Canada, directed by Ron Chapman)
  • Mapplethorpe: Look at The Pictures(USA, directed by Fenton Bailey and Randy Barnato)
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble(USA, directed by Morgan Neville)
  • *Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You(USA, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady)
  • *Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper(USA, directed by Liz Garbus)
  • Our Last Tango(Germany, Argentina, directed by German Kral)
  • Queen of Thursdays(USA, directed by Orlando Rojas)*World Premiere
  • Presenting Princess Shaw(Israel, directed by Ido Haar)
  • *The Rebound(USA, directed by Shaina Allen)*World Premiere
  • *Snacks, Bites of A Revolution(Spain, directed by Veronica Escuer and Cristina Jolonch)
  • Thank You for Your Service(USA, directed by Tom Donahue)
  • *Tocando la luz (Touch The Light) (USA, Cuba, directed by Jennifer Redfearn)
  • *Trapped(USA, directed by Dawn Porter)
  • *Weiner(USA, directed by Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg)


Lexus Ibero-American Feature Film Competition:Open to all Ibero-American films in the Official Selection, competing for a jury-selected cash Achievement Award of $10,000, courtesy of Lexus. The 35 films (*indicates the title was previously announced) selected for this Competition are:

  • *Abzurdah(Argentina, directed by Daniela Goggi)
  • *The Apostate(Spain, Uruguay, France, directed by Federico Veiroj)
  • *The Bride(Spain, Germany, directed by Paula Ortiz)
  • Cien años de perdon(Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro)
  • The Companion(Cuba, Colombia, France, Panama, Venezuela, directed by Pavel Giroud)
  • *Dark Glasses(Cuba, Spain, directed by Jessica Rodriguez)
  • Dogs' Night (Argentina, directed by Nacho Sesma)
  • Elephant: The Horse(Chile, Colombia, Mexico, directed by Andrés Waissbluth)*World Premiere
  • The Farm(Puerto Rico, directed by AngelManuel Soto)
  • From Afar(Venezuela, Mexico, directed by Lorenzo Vigas)
  • *Happy 140(Spain, directed by Gracia Querejeta)
  • The Heirs(Mexico, Norway, directed by Jorge Hernandez)
  • I Promise You Anarchy(Mexico, Germany, directed by Julio Hernández Cordón)
  • Incident Light(Argentina, France, Uruguay, directed by Ariel Rotter)
  • *The King of Havana(Spain, Dominican Republic, directed by Agusti Villaronga)
  • *Ma Ma(Spain, France, directed by Julio Medem)
  • *Magallanes(Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, directed by Salvador del Solar)
  • The Memory of Water(Chile, Spain, Argentina, Germany, directed by Matias Bize)
  • A Monster with A Thousand Heads(Mexico, directed by Rodrigo Plá)
  • Much Ado About Nothing(Chile, directed by Alejandro Fernandez-Almendras)
  • *My Big Night(Spain, directed by Álex de la Iglesia)
  • *My Friend from The Park(Argentina, Uruguay, directed by Ana Katz)
  • No Kids(Argentina, Spain, directed by Ariel Winograd)
  • *Nothing in Return(Spain, directed by Daniel Guzmán)
  • The Olive Tree(Spain, Germany, directed by Iciar Bollaín)*World Premiere
  • *Palm Trees in The Snow(Spain, directed by Fernando González Molina)
  • Panamerican Machinery(Mexico, directed by Joaquin del Paso)
  • Paulina(Argentina, Brazil, France, directed by Santiago Mitre)
  • *Restless Love(Brazil, directed by Vera Egito)*World Premiere
  • *Siembra(Colombia, directed by Angela Maria Osorio Rojas and Santiago Lozano Alvarez)
  • *Spanish Affair 2(Spain, directed by Emilio Martinez Lazaro)
  • *Spy Time(Spain, directed by Javier Ruiz Caldera)
  • *Truman (Spain, Argentina, directed by Cesc Gay)
  • Viaje(Costa Rica, directed byPaz Fabrega)
  • *We Are Pregnant(Spain, directed by Juana Macías)


Jordan Alexander Ressler Foundation Screenwriting Prize:Screenwriters from all feature films in the Festival that have a first-produced feature screenwriter credited, compete for a jury-selected cash prize of $5,000, courtesy of the family of the late Jordan Alexander Ressler. The 11 screenwriters (*indicates the title was previously announced) eligible for this competition are:

  • Beatbox(USA, written by Andrew Dresher)
  • *Dark Glasses(Cuba, Spain, written by Jessica Rodriguez)
  • Dogs' Night (Argentina, written by Nacho Sesma)
  • The Farm(Puerto Rico, written by Angel Manuel Soto)
  • From Afar(Venezuela, Mexico, written by Lorenzo Vigas)
  • *Magallanes(Peru, Argentina, Colombia, Spain, written by Salvador del Solar)
  • *Mountain(Israel, written by Yaelle Kayam)
  • *Nothing in Return(Spain, written by Daniel Guzmán)
  • *Siembra(Colombia, written by Angela Maria Osorio Rojas and Santiago Lozano Alvarez)
  • The Steps(Canada, written by Robyn Harding)
  • The Wait(Italy, written by Giacomo Bendotti, Ilaria Macchia, Andrea Paolo Massara and Piero Messina)


Shorts Competition:The latest in films 30 minutes or less from around the globe, the jury-selected winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize. The competing films are:

  • “The 100 Years Show” (USA, directed by Alison Klayman)
  • “Doble 9” (USA, directed by Aisha Schliessler)*World Premiere
  • “Glove” (USA, directed by Bernardo Britto)
  • “If I Was God” (Canada, directed by Cordell Barker)
  • “La Nube” (Cuba, directed by Marcel Beltrán)
  • “Land Tides” (Chile, directed by Manuela Martelli and Amirah Tajdin)
  • “The Lift” (Spain, directed by Javier Polo)*World Premiere
  • “The Man of My Life” (France, directed by Melanie Delloye)
  • “Memories of The Sea” (Brazil, USA, Peru, directed by Thais Drassinower)
  • “Najmia” (USA, directed by Cristhian Andrews)
  • “Party Girl” (Poland, Trinidad & Tobago, directed by Roma Zachemba)
  • “This Modern Man Is Beat” (USA, directed by Alex Merkin)


FESTIVAL NON-COMPETITION CATEGORIES:

SOIREE Series:A memorable evening out, beginning with an inspiring and entertaining film, segueing into a fabulous social experience. Films included in this series are:
  • The Idol(UK, Palestine, Qatar, Netherlands, United Arab Emirates, directed by Hany Abu-Assad) – Screening paired with The Standard Affair atThe Standard Spa(40 Island Ave., Miami Beach)
  • Tale of Tales(Italy, directed by Matteo Garrone) – Screening paired with Desserts & Directors atThe Temple House(1415 Euclid Ave., Miami Beach)


Cinema 360° presented by Viendomovies and XFINITY:A vibrant and dynamic selection of narrative works (*indicates previously announced title), from both accomplished and emerging filmmakers, including an international selection of dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, and innovative docudramas.

  • *4 Kings(Germany, directed by Theresa Von Eltz)
  • Disorder(France, Belgium, directed by Alice Winocour)
  • The Endless River(South Africa, France, directed by Oliver Hermanus)
  • Gold Coast(Denmark, Ghana, Sweden, directed by Daniel Dencik)
  • Highway to Hellas(Germany, directed by Aron Lehmann)
  • Maggie’s Plan(USA, directed by Rebecca Miller)
  • Mammal(Ireland, Netherlands, Luxembourg, directed by Rebecca Daly)
  • The Measure of a Man(France, directed by Stéphane Brizé)
  • The Meddler(USA, directed by Lorene Scafaria)
  • *My King(France, directed by Maïwenn)
  • *Our Loved Ones(Canada, directed by Anne Emond)
  • *Parched(India, USA, UK, directed by Leena Yadav)
  • The Promised Land(China, directed by He Ping)
  • "Rocket Wars" (Greece, directed by Salomon Ligthelm)
  • Standing Tall(France, directed by Emmanuelle Bercot)
  • *Summertime(France, directed by Catherine Corsini)
  • The Surprise(Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Ireland, directed by Mike Vam Diem)
  • Two Friends(France, directed by Louis Garrell)


Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema:Returning for a fourth mouthwatering year, the Culinary Cinema category has teamed up with catering and foodie event legend, Lee Brian Schrager, for a schedule of distinct film & culinary pairings. Premiere sponsor, Frederick Wildman & Sons, will pair its wines with the four meals during the Festival. Take your palette and mind on a culinary adventure with these delicious options:

  • Crushed(Australia, directed by Megan Riakos) – Screening paired with a three-course meal prepared by Aussie native Chef Aaron Brooks atEDGE Steak & Bar at Four Seasons Hotel Miami(1435 Brickell Ave., Miami)
  • My Bakery in Brooklyn(Spain, USA, directed by Gustavo Ron) – Screening paired with an exclusive three-course private dinner at the ultra hip Wynwood kosher bakery & café,Zak the Baker(405 NW 26th St., Miami)
  • Snacks, Bites of A Revolution(Spain, directed by Veronica Escuer and Cristina Jolonch) – Screening paired with three-courses of Spanish experimental fare atPiripi Miami at The Shops at Merrick Park(320 San Lorenzo Ave., #1315, Coral Gables)
  • Sweet Bean(Japan, France, Germany, directed by Naomi Kawase) – Screening paired with prepared Japanese delights, by Japanese restaurant,Katsuya, and hosted at theMDC’s Tower Theater(1508 SW 8th St., Miami)
  • **PRE-FESTIVAL EVENT IN COLLABORATION WITH SOUTH BEACH WINE & FOOD FESTIVAL: Like Water for Chocolate(Mexico, 1992, directed by Alfonso Arau) – Sunday, February 28th at 6 p.m. / Following the screening, conversation with screenwriter, Laura Esquivel, atLoews Miami Beach Hotel, Americana Lawn(1601 Collins Ave., Miami Beach). The screening is paired with a dinner of authentic Mexican cuisine with James Beard Award-winning chef, Rick Bayless, atLoews Miami Beach Hotel, St. Moritz Lawnfrom 8 - 10 p.m.


Florida Focus:Showcasing films partially or wholly shot in the Sunshine State or by filmmakers who are native or current residents of Florida.

  • "Hand Built Boat" (USA, directed by Ani Mercedes)
  • Hearts of Palm(USA, directed byMonicaPeña)*World Premiere
  • I've Never Not Been from Miami(USA, directed by Andrew Hevia, Joey Daoud, Jonathan David Kane,MonicaPeña, Tabatha Mudra, Keisha Rae Witherspoon, Kenny Riches, Jacob Katel, Kareem Tabsch and Tina Francisco)
  • The Rebound(USA, directed by Shaina Allen)*World Premiere
  • “Star Child” (USA, directed by Tommy Demos)*World Premiere
  • “Stripper Wars” (USA, directed by Giancarlo Loffredo)
  • Sweet Dillard(USA, directed by Jim Virga)*World Premiere
  • “Swan Song of the Skunk Ape” (USA, directed by Brad Abrahams)
  • “This Modern Man Is Beat” (USA, directed by Alex Merkin)
  • "Tracks" (USA, directed by Logan Sandler)
  • "Who Is Lou Gehrig?" (USA, directed by Gil Green)


Visions:Provocative and stirring, these three feature-length visual experiences are guaranteed to test the limits and take viewers to the extreme.

  • Cemetery of Splendor(Thailand, UK, France, directed by Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
  • Hearts of Palm(USA, directed byMonicaPeña)*World Premiere
  • The King of Havana(Spain, Dominican Republic, directed by Agusti Villaronga)


REEL Music:Five films emanating the global power of music.

  • Bazodee(Trinidad & Tobago, directed by Todd Kessler)
  • Beatbox(USA, directed by Andrew Dresher)
  • The Forbidden Shore(Canada, directed by Ron Chapman)*World Premiere
  • The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and The Silk Road Ensemble(USA, directed by Morgan Neville)
  • Presenting Princess Shaw(Israel, directed by Ido Haar)


Miami Film 2016 Retrospective Screenings:These films come from the winners of the Latin American film market, Ventana Sur, who were a part of Miami Film 2016 which was organized by The Related Group and Miami International Film Festival. The winners’ retrospective works being shown include:
  • Absent(Argentina, produced by Pablo Ingercher)
  • Villegas(Argentina, directed by Gonzalo Tobal)
  • Refugiado(Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman)


MIFFecito:Specially curated for younger aficionados, these narrative films are for the entire family to enjoy.

  • Elephant: The Horse(Chile, Colombia, Mexico, directed by Andrés Waissbluth)*World Premiere
  • The Little Prince(France, Belgium, directed by Mark Osborne)
  • Oddball(Australia, directed by Stuart McDonald)


From The Vault:
  • The Long Day Closes(1992) (UK, directed by Terence Davies), presented in conjunction with Miami Beach Cinematheque


All feature films in the Festival (excluding retrospective screenings) are eligible for theLexus Audience Favorite Feature Film Award. All short films are eligible for their ownLexus Audience Favorite Award. Lexus is the Festival's official automobile sponsor.

The Festival was curated by Laplante and a team comprised of veteran programmersThom Powers, Andres Castillo, Orlando Rojas, Eloisa Lopez-Gomezand culinary cinema specialistLee Brian Schrager.

Special events include:

Google Seminar Series on Gender & Racial Gaps in Film & Technology:This unique partnership with Google on a new seminar series will address gender and racial gaps in the film industry, particularly in technical cinematographic roles. In addition to the forum and screening there will be an opening day keynote address and more. Participants and full schedule will be announced in the coming days. Presented at The Idea Center of Miami Dade College.

Masterclass Seminars:Dream. Script. Screen. These unique conversations will provide in-depth knowledge direct from the filmmakers, technical experts and industry leaders literally creating and shaping modern cinema.
  • From Doodle to Pixels: Over a Hundred Years of Spanish Animation(Spain)
  • Producing in Florida and Beyond- In conjunction with CineVisun and the BFMG.
  • Making the Leap from Short to Feature Film- Moderated by Diliana Alexander of FilmGate Miami.


TheCinemaSlamcompetition aims to discover, showcase, and celebrate the work of undergraduate and graduate students in Miami/South Florida film schools. Open to any student enrolled in a participating South Florida college/university upon the completion date of the film. In this edition, students from the following colleges from Miami /South Florida have submitted their shorts: Florida International University, Miami Dade College, University of Miami, Miami International University of Art and Design New World School of the Arts (University of Florida) and the Center of Cinematography, Arts and Television. The selected projects will be announced very soon.

Miami International Film Festival screening venues are as unique as the films themselves, reflecting the communities the Festival serves through film. Historic landmarksOlympia TheaterandMDC's Tower Theater, presented during the Festival by Viendomovies,evoke the golden age of Hollywood, tailor-made for major red carpet events. The Festival will also screen films atRegal Cinemas South Beach, O Cinema Miami Beach, Cinépolis, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach CinemathequeandO Cinema Wynwood. Special event venues includeThe Idea Center, Miami Animation and Gaming International Complex(MAGIC) at Miami Dade College, andThe Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, February 12th. For membership opportunities or more information about Miami International Film Festival, please visitwww.miamifilmfestival.comor call 305-237-FILM (3456).




About Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival

Celebrating its 33rd annual edition March 4 - 13, 2016, Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Miami International Film Festival's special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2016 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visitwww.miamifilmfestival.comor call 305-237-FILM(3456).


About Culture at Miami Dade College

The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visitwww.mdc.edu/arts


About John S. & James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visitwww.KnightFoundation.org.


About Lexus

Lexus launched in 1989 with two luxury sedans and a commitment to pursue perfection. Since that time, Lexus has expanded its line-up to meet the needs of global luxury customers. Lexus is now going beyond its reputation for high quality vehicles with the integration of innovative technology, emotional exterior and interior designs, and engaging driving dynamics and performance. With six models incorporating Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader. Lexus also offers seven F SPORT models and two F performance models. In the United States, Lexus vehicles are sold through 236 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.


About The Related Group

The Related Group was established in 1979, and is America’s leading developer of sophisticated urban living and one of the largest firms in the United States. Since its inception, the privately held company has built and managed more than 85,000 condominium and apartment residences. The Related Group has earned a national reputation for its visionary design and development of luxury condominiums, mixed-use center and affordable rental properties – often in emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods. The firm is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States with a development portfolio of projects worth in excess of $15 billion. TIME Magazine named Mr. Pérez one of top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and has made the cover of Forbes twice. For more information, visitwww.relatedgroup.com.


About Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA)

The Miami Downtown Development Authority is committed to improving the quality of life for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors in Downtown Miami. As an independent agency of the City of Miami, the Miami DDA supports business growth, infrastructure improvements and services for Downtown Miami residents and stakeholders. In addition to its programs and initiatives, the Miami DDA is partnering with the City and other government entities to strengthen Downtown Miami’s position as an international center for commerce, culture, and tourism. The organization is governed by a 15-member board comprised of three public appointees and 12 Downtown property owners, residents and/or workers. For more information about the Miami DDA and Downtown Miami, please visitwww.MiamiDDA.com.


About The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building

Opened on Christmas Day, 1939, THE ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1989, designated a Historic Landmark in 1992 and became a Dade Heritage Trust Inductee in 1999. Dubbed the “USS Neversink” during World War II, when it served as Fleet Headquarters for the 7th Naval Command, the iconic tower was the first skyscraper constructed in Miami after the completion of the Dade County Courthouse in 1928, signaling the city’s economic recovery from the Great Depression.

Formerly the headquarters of Florida National Bank, The Historic ALFRED I. DUPONT BUILDING Mezzanine became a Special Events Venue in 2001. It may take all evening to fully absorb the beauty of the two ballrooms, but the stately aura surrounding the venue is lot on no one. Rather than a cavernous event space absent of character, the stately yet unobtrusive ‘30s architecture complements each event it hosts. The building is a true Miami gem – a bit of New York in the heart of Downtown Miami.


About Jordan Alexander Ressler

This special award recognizes and supports first-time produced screenwriters. It was created by the South Florida family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony award-winning Broadway hits700 Sundayswith Billy Crystal and JerseyBoys.

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