About Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Festival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming. To learn more, visit http://miamifilmfestival.com/programmers/

A Call to Action from Your Film Festival

By | March 22nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|

What defunding the NEA would mean to Miami Dade College Cultural programs? The White House proposed budget for FY2018 officially recommends the complete defunding of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). At Miami Dade College (MDC), we strongly believe that arts have the power to enable people to see beyond their differences. Because of this, [...]

In Person…Richard Gere

By | January 27th, 2017|Celebrity|

In many of Richard Gere's most popular roles, he plays a hero who earns our sympathies by revealing a deep vulnerability beneath his handsome, romantic, out-of-everyone's-league exterior.  As Navy pilot hopeful Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman (82), Gere’s cockiness is upended twice; at a military hazing where Zack is forced to admit [...]

Miami’s Moment

By | September 7th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming This week in Telluride and Toronto, Miami native Barry Jenkins' new feature film set and shot in Miami, Moonlight, is debuting, and the early reactions have been powerful from critics and festival audiences. It's the first production financed by the 3-year-old distribution company A24, who in their short history [...]


By | September 6th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming It's the end of the summer movie season, and for as many movies as I saw over the summer, I may have read even more film criticism. This summer I feel there is an essential need to award not only best film (my choice: David Mackenzie's amazing HELL OR [...]

Live Forever? Mateo Gil Imagines The Implications

By | July 25th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival Mateo Gil is an important talent among his contemporaries in the Spanish film scene. He began his career 20 years ago as Alejandro Amenábar’s writing collaborator, working on the stories and screenplays of transcendent genre filmsThesis (1996) and Open Your Eyes (1997), as well as the Oscar-winning drama The Sea Inside (2004), [...]

4 Reasons To See FROM AFAR This Weekend

By | June 29th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming Lorenzo Vigas made history in September of last year when his debut feature film, From Afar (Desde allá), won the top prize, the Golden Lion for Best Film, at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, the world's oldest major festival. Why? In 72 years, it was the first film from [...]

The Wailing

By | June 21st, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

By Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming, Miami Film Festival The ranks of great Korean thrillers from the past decade or so – Oldboy, I Saw The Devil, Mother, The Chaser, The Man from Nowhere, The Yellow Sea – are about to be joined by Na Hong-jin’s kinetically frightening opus The Wailing, opening in Miami this [...]

Coming Soon From Dominican Republic: Jeffrey

By | April 25th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

      Three years ago on this site, I extolled the virtues of a new creative cinematic energy from the Dominican Republic. The film I discovered at that time, La montaña (2013), went on to win the Lexus Audience Award as Favorite Documentary of all the documentaries at our 2014 edition, and was the country's [...]

Javier Gutiérrez, An Actor “Máximo”

By | August 11th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

Next Friday, August 21st, the Spanish actor Javier Gutiérrez (above, right) will travel to Miami to mark the occasion of the U.S. commercial release debut of Alberto Rodriguez’s acclaimed film Marshland (La isla mínima) with an event screening and reception at MDC’s Tower Theater. After many years of prolific work as one of Spain’s most beloved [...]

Love Under Siege: Julio Hernandez Cordon’s I PROMISE YOU ANARCHY (TE PROMETO ANARQUIA)

By | August 10th, 2015|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

by Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming Ten years ago this very month, Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain debuted at the Venice Film Festival, breaking ground as a "gay Western" that examined a dramatic life-long sexual/romantic embroilment between two men played by A-list Hollywood actors and eventually defied conventional wisdom by grossing close to $100 [...]

Load More Posts