Miami Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Miami International Film Festival
SINCE: 1984
WHERE: Miami, Florida, USA
WEBSITE: www.miamifilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The mission of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is to bridge cultural understanding and encourage artistic development and excellence by provoking thought through film. By bringing the best of world cinema to Miami, MIFF presents the city and the film industry with a singular platform that fosters creative and technical talent. The Miami International Film Festival had its beginnings as the main activity of the Film Society of Miami, Inc., which was founded in 1983. Since its first edition, which opened on February 3, 1984, the Festival has continued to bring the finest in world cinema to South Florida.

A Wolf at the Door Wins Grand Prize at 31st Miami International Film Festival

A Wolf at the Door Wins Grand Prize at 31st Miami International Film Festival

 A WOLF AT THE DOOR (O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA)A WOLF AT THE DOOR (O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA)

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) which celebrated its 31st anniversary edition March 7 to 16, 2014, culminated in its annual Awards Night Ceremony, with A WOLF AT THE DOOR (O LOBO ATRÁS DA PORTA) walking away with the Knight Grand Jury Prize and the Grand Jury Best Director for the director Fernando Coimbra. A WOLF AT THE DOOR is the complicated, edge-of-your-seat, fact-based story of the disappearance of a young girl in suburban Rio. 

49 Films to Premiere at 2014 Miami International Film Festival

49 Films to Premiere at 2014 Miami International Film Festival

Family United (La gran familia Española)Family United (La gran familia Española)

49 films are making their World, International, North American, and U.S. Premieres at the upcoming 31st Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), opening next week.  The Miami International Film Festival, a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, will run March 7 to 16, 2014).

From this year’s lineup, MIFF will screen seven feature films and 17 short films making their World Premieres, three films will make their International Premieres, 12 films will make their North American Premieres, and six films will be screening for the first time in the U.S. There will also be three North American premiering short films and one U.S. premiering short film.

Miami International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Fest to Open with North American premiere of ELSA & FRED

Miami International Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Fest to Open with North American premiere of ELSA & FRED

ROB THE MOB directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy GarciaROB THE MOB directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the films selected to screen during its 31st edition of the annual 10-day event, which runs March 7 to 16, 2014. The Festival will open with the North American premiere of ELSA & FRED directed by Michael Radford. Oscar winners Shirley MacLaine and Christopher Plummer play the titular characters originated by China Zorrilla and Manuel Alexandre in this remake of the 2008 release of the Argentine/Spanish film of the same name.  Also in the cast are Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden; as well as George Segal, Chris Noth, James Brolin, Wendell Pierce, Jaime Camil and Osvaldo Rios.

The Festival‘s annual Awards Night gala will wrap with the World premiere of ROB THE MOB directed by Raymond De Felitta and starring Andy Garcia.  Rob the Mob also stars Michael Pitt, Ray Romano, Burt Young, Griffin Dunne, Frank Whaley, Cathy Moriarty, Aida Turturro, Yul Vazquez and Nina Arianda.

42 Films, including Goya Award Best Picture Nominees, Added to 2014 Miami International Film Festival

42 Films, including Goya Award Best Picture Nominees, Added to 2014 Miami International Film Festival

15 Years + 1 Day (15 años y 1 día) (Spain, directed by Gracia Querejeta)15 Years + 1 Day (15 años y 1 día) (Spain, directed by Gracia Querejeta)

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) taking place March 7 to 16th, announced an additional 42 titles from 22 countries to be showcased in two non-competition categories, Cinema 360° and Doc-You-Up. Films include Goya Awards Best Picture nominees 15 YEARS + 1 DAY (15 años y 1 día), Cannibal (Caníbal), FAMILY UNITED (La gran familia Española), and LIVING IS EASY WITH YOUR EYES CLOSED (Vivir es fácil con los ojos cerrados), The 42 titles announced join the previously announced FOOSBALL (Metegol), from director Juan José Campanella, in MIFF’s Official Selection for the 2014 Festival.

30th Miami International Film Festival Announces Its Miami Encuentros Selections

30th Miami International Film Festival Announces Its Miami Encuentros Selections

2013 Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the five film selections for its VeoMiami industry initiative, the 10th MiamiEncuentros. Miami Encuentros aims to facilitate and support the completion of Latin American and U.S. Hispanic feature film projects in post-production and propel them towards their debuts on the international stage, via a post-production prize of USD$10,000 for one winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals.  

The five selected projects for Miami Encuentros 2013 are:

Five Films Selected for Miami International Film Festival Miami Encuentros 2013

Five Films Selected for Miami International Film Festival Miami Encuentros 2013

 

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the five film selections for its VeoMiami industry initiative, the 10th MiamiEncuentros.

Miami Encuentros aims to facilitate and support the completion of Latin American and U.S. Hispanic feature film projects in post-production and propel them towards their debuts on the international stage, via a post-production prize of USD$10,000 for one winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals.  

The five selected projects for Miami Encuentros 2013 are:

2013 Miami International Film Festival Sizzles with New Category Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema

2013 Miami International Film Festival Sizzles with New Category Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema

WHY DID YOU LEAVE? (POR QUE VOCÊ PARTIU?)

2013 Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the complete line-up for new category addition Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema, featuring films with a culinary twist.

Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema will open on Sunday, March 3rd, with the North American premiere of Eric Belhassem’s Why Did You Leave?. The documentary features Jacquin and Suaudeau, as well as their French contemporaries, Roland Villard, Alain Uzan and Emmanuel Bassoleil. The film highlights a group exceptional French gastronomic chefs and their decision to leave their homes and rebuild their lives in Brazil, meshing their continental sensibilities with the rhythms of their new home. 

The other two films which will screen as part of Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema category are Meat Hooked and Oma & Bella.

45 Films To Premiere at Miami International Film Festival

45 Films To Premiere at Miami International Film Festival

A Gun In Each Hand (Una Pistola En Cada Mano)

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) will feature 45 films making their World, International, North American, and U.S. premieres. From this year’s lineup, MIFF will screen 10 feature films making their World premiere, five films will make their International premiere, nine films will make their North American premiere, and 16 films will be screening for the first time in the U.S. 

Premiering films will be shown at Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Regal South Beach, MDC’s Tower Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach Cinematheque, and O Cinema in Miami, Florida. The 30th edition of Miami International Film Festival runs March 1-10, 2013. 

Miami International Film Festival Reveals its 30th Edition Film Lineup

Miami International Film Festival Reveals its 30th Edition Film Lineup

Twenty Feet from Stardom

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the films selected to screen during its 30th edition which runs March 1 -10, 2013. Premiering at this year’s Festival will be 117 feature films and 12 short films from 41 countries.

This is the first year in MIFF’s history that the Festival will open and close with documentary features. The Festival will open with RADiUS-TWC’s Twenty Feet from Stardom directed by Morgan Neville and close with Venus and Serena directed by Maiken Baird & Michelle Major. 

The Festival will honor two “remarkable” directors with Career Achievement Tributes: Swedish writer-director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Spanish producer, writer, and Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita). The Festival will screen the directors’ latest works including The Hypnotist (Hyponotisören) by Hallström and The Artist and the Model (El Artista y La Modelo) by Trueba. The Artist and the Model received 13 Goya nominations this year, including Best Picture and Best Director.

Miami International Film Festival’s 30th edition lineup:

River Phoenix’s Final Film Dark Blood Makes North American Premiere at 2013 Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix’s Final Film Dark Blood Makes North American Premiere at 2013 Miami International Film Festival

River Phoenix’s final film, Dark Blood, directed by George Sluizer, co-starring Jonathan Pryce and Judy Davis will have its North American premiere at the upcoming Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) .  Twenty years after its making, the film will be shown for the first time in North America at the 30th Anniversary edition of the Miami International Film Festival (March 1-10, 2013).  

Dark Blood was 80% complete when River Phoenix passed away in 1993 and the uncompleted film disappeared into a vault.  In 1999 Sluizer heard that the footage was going to be burned to make space and with less than 48 hours notice, he saved the film, engineering efforts to get the entire film moved to The Netherlands.  The footage then sat for more than ten years until last year when Sluizer set about finishing the film.   The film finally premiered overseas to a standing ovation in the fall of 2012 at the Dutch Film Festival.  

Chilean Film “Bonsai” Wins Miami International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize

Chilean Film “Bonsai” Wins Miami International Film Festival Grand Jury Prize

The 29th annual Miami International Film Festival wrapped and presented juried awards in the following competition categories: Ibero-American and Documentary; Short Film,  and Ibero-American Opera Prima. THE 2012 MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS ARE: KNIGHT FOUNDATION IBERO-AMERICAN COMPETITION: Knight Foundation Grand Jury Prize: Bonsái from Chile, a co-production with Argentina, Portugal and France, directed by Cristián Jiménez –  a $30,000 USD cash prize awarded by the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, which […]

Juan Of The Dead Wins Lexus Audience Award at 2012 Miami International Film Festival

Juan Of The Dead Wins Lexus Audience Award at 2012 Miami International Film Festival

Director Alejandro Brugués’ film Juan Of The Dead won the coveted Lexus Audience Award at the just concluded 29th annual Miami International Film Festival (MIFF). “It’s a great honor for my film to have been chosen by the audience and that I was able to share this amazing moment with my family and friends,” said Brugués. “I love Miami and would like to thank the Festival for all its support.” Juan Of The Dead follows […]

Miami International Film Festival Announces Official Premiere Lineups

Miami International Film Festival Announces Official Premiere Lineups

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced its official lineup of red carpet Olympia Theater galas, parties, education seminars and international film premieres that will make up the Festival’s showcase of more than 100 films from 35 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 2-11, 2012.

On Friday, March 2nd, the Festival commences with its Opening Night Film, the World Premiere of Tom Gustafson’s musical tour-de-force Mariachi Gringo. The drama stars Shawn Ashmore (“Iceman” in X-Men) as a young man from Kansas who falls in love with the mariachi lifestyle, and travels to Guadalajara to prove that anything is possible. Ashmore and co-stars Academy Award nominee (Babel) Adriana Barraza and Mexican starlet Martha Higareda are expected to attend the premiere. 

The Festival’s Awards Night takes place on Saturday, March 10th before the screening of the U.S. Premiere of Chinese Take-Away. Winner of three Argentinean Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor, director Sebastián Borensztein’s touching fish out of water comedy stars Argentine superstar Ricardo Darín as a shopkeeper who takes in an illegal immigrant desperate to find his extended family. Darín, who starred in the 2010 Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes, and Borensztein are expected to attend the premiere.

7 WORLD PREMIERE FEATURES

Born & Raised (USA); La Casa Del Ritmo, A Film About Los Amigos Invisibles (USA/Ecuador); The Diary of Preston Plummer (USA); Hombre y Tierra (USA); Mariachi Gringo (Mexico/USA); The Porcelain Horse (Mejor no hablar (de ciertas cosas)) (Ecuador); Underground Hip-Hop in China (China/USA)

4 WORLD PREMIERE SHORTS

The Beach Chronicles AGX (USA); Beyond Assignment (USA); Cell Phone Zombies (Cel zombies) (Ecuador); Shift (USA)

5 INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES

180 Seconds (180 segundos)(Colombia); Baracoa: Where Cuba Began (Baracoa: 500 Años Despues) (Spain); Ben Lee: Catch My Disease (Australia);  Speechless (Sin palabras) (Colombia); Zoo (Zoológico) (Chile)

10 NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES

Annalisa (Il Paese Delle Spose Infelici) (Italy);Choked (South Korea); Code Blue (The Netherlands); A Cube of Sugar (Ye Habeh Gand) (Iran);  I’d Receive the Worst News From Your Beautiful Lips (Eu Receberia As Piores Notícias De Seus Lindos Lábios) (Brazil); In The Name of The Girl (En el nombre de la hija) (Ecuador); Motherland or Death (Patria o Muerte) (Russia); Pescador (Ecuador/ Colombia); Promising The Moon (Das Blaue Vom Himmel) (Germany); Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You (Un Giorno Questo Dolore Ti  Sará Utile)  (Italy/USA)

10 U.S. PREMIERES

Chinese Take-Away (Un cuento chino) (Argentina/Spain); The Cat Vanishes (El gato desaparece) (Argentina); Distance (Distancia) (Guatemala); The Fifth Commandment (El quinto mandamiento) (Mexico); Heleno (Brazil); The Sleeping Voice (La voz dorminda) (Spain); Porfirio (Colombia/Spain/Uruguay/Argentina/France); The Strawberry Tree (El arbol de las fresas) (Canada); UFO In Her Eyes (Germany/China); Vaquero (Argentina) {jathumbnail off}

 

More Films Added to 2012 Miami International Film Festival

More Films Added to 2012 Miami International Film Festival

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced a new category for its upcoming 29th edition, March 2 -11, 2012 –  the  Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition.

In this newly created category, six films from first-time feature filmmakers from Spain, Portugal and/or Latin America will compete for a $5,000 USD cash prize.

The finalists for the competition were selected by MIFF programmers from films already submitted to the 2012 Festival.

2012 MIFF Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition films:

Las Acacias (Argentina/Spain, directed by Pablo Giorgelli): Already a winner of major prizes at this year’s Cannes Film Festival (Camera d’Or for Best First Film) and the Latin Horizons prize at the San Sebastian Film Festival, Giorgelli’s road movie unfolds along the highway linking Asunción to Buenos Aires, which trucker Rubén is accustomed to traveling solo. This time, however, he’s got a passenger, Jacinta, and a road full of revelations on the horizon.  East Coast Premiere

Expiration Date (Fecha de caducidad) (Mexico, directed by Kenya Márquez): After the tragic loss of her son, Ramona (Ana Ofelia Murguía) becomes convinced local handyman Genaro (Damián Alcázar) is responsible for the death. Becoming increasingly obsessed and paranoid, she enlists the help of neighbor to avenge his death. East Coast Premiere

Vaquero (Argentina, directed by Juan Minujín): Actor-turned-filmmaker Minujín’s profoundly revealing film follows mid-level Buenos Aires actor Julian Lamaz on a darkly comic quest for a leading role in a Hollywood movie. Through an amusing voice-over, the actor endures endless patronizing advice from fellow actors, casting agents and even his family. Minujín’s experience in the Buenos Aires film and theatre community gives the narrative multiple layers of self-referential resonance. U.S. Premiere

The Student (El estudiante) (Argentina, directed by Santiago Mitre): College student Roque (Esteban Lamothe) navigates the murky world of university politics, while seducing assistant professor and activist (Romina Paula), in Santiago Mitre’s briskly paced debut. A microcosm for the world at large, the film brilliantly exposes the backroom dealings and negotiations of student politics. Florida Premiere

Speechless (Sin palabras) (Colombia, directed by Ana Sofía Osorio Ruiz and Diego Bustamante): After helping a disoriented Chinese immigrant find her way, Raul (Javier Ortíz) can’t help but fall slowly in love with the exotic beauty. Osorio Ruiz and Bustamante prove the language of the heart is the most universal of all in this touching romance.  International Premiere

Distancia (Guatemala, directed by Sergio Ramírez): Tomás Choc travels 150 kilometers to be reunited with his only daughter, kidnapped 20 years ago during the Guatemalan civil war. In order to keep his memories of her alive, Tomas has kept a journal of his daily struggles, which he plans to give her when they meet in Ramirez’s heart wrenching drama. U.S. Premiere

Additionally, the Festival confirms the return of the University of Miami Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film. The established category showcases short films from developing international directors competing for a $2,500 cash prize. The 2011 winner in this category was Chilean short film Blokes (Blockes) by Marialy Rivas.

Some of the short films already confirmed to compete in MIFF 2012 include: {jathumbnail off}

First 10 Films Announced for 2012 Miami International Film Festival

First 10 Films Announced for 2012 Miami International Film Festival

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the line-up of ten Ibero-American premieres  that will compete for $45,000  in jury prizes at its 29th annual event, March 2 – 11, 2012.

The lineup includes four International/North American premieres and two U.S. premieres, including new films from acclaimed veteran directors Carlos Sorin, David Trueba and Andrés Wood.

“As of today, only one of the films in the competition has U.S. distribution secured – Strand Releasing will be releasing Bonsai later in 2012,” noted MIFF’s executive director Jaie Laplante.  “It is our hope that U.S. buyers attending the Festival will discover many more riches– and see through our MIFF audiences how U.S. audiences respond to these amazing films.”

2012 MIFF Knight Ibero-American Competition films: {jathumbnail off}

“Hamill,’ true story of Ultimate Fighting Championship gladiator Matt “The Hammer” Hamill wins at 2011 Miami Festival

“Hamill,’ true story of Ultimate Fighting Championship gladiator Matt “The Hammer” Hamill wins at 2011 Miami Festival

  The incredible true story of Ultimate Fighting Championship gladiator Matt “The Hammer” Hamill, by first-time feature film director Oren Kaplan, won the 2011 Miami International Film Festival’s Audience Award. The film, starring hearing-impaired actor Russell Harvard, whose credits include TV shows Fringe and CSI: NY and the Oscar-winning feature film There Will Be Blood, won accolades for breaking new ground in the cinematic treatment of the deaf and hearing-impaired while also depicting the physical […]

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Official Lineup of 28th Annual Miami International Film Festival

Launching a new chapter with a new executive director, the official lineup of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), was announced today replete with Red Carpet Gusman Galas, Premieres, Competition Categories and Awards, REEL Education Seminars and other special presentations that make up the Festival,s showcase of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which runs March 4-13, 2011. The Festival launches on […]

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Knight Grand Jury Prize Finalists Announced for 2011 Miami International Film Festival

Twenty-nine films will vie for three Knight Grand Jury prizes in March at the 2011 Miami International Film Festival. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation sponsors the grand jury prizes for the festival, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College. “These prizes help place the festival – and Miami’s growing film scene – on the world stage,” said Dennis Scholl, vice president/arts and Miami program director for Knight Foundation, which has […]