Festival Favorite ‘Havana Motor Club’ Takes Miami

By | April 7th, 2016|FILM SPOTLIGHT, INDUSTRY NEWS|

Havana Motor Club has a long, cherished history with Miami International Film Festival. One of the most fascinating events of the 2014 Festival was filmmaker Bent-Jorgen Perlmutt’s special presentation on his creative process in constructing Havana Motor Club, his portrait of Cuba’s top underground drag racers of classic American cars. Attendees were lucky enough to be treated to [...]

Art of Nonfiction

By | January 21st, 2016|INDUSTRY NEWS|

Cameraperson by Kirsten Johnson In recent years, much of the focus in documentary filmmaking has been on content: what’s the best story to tell, not necessarily what’s the most cinematic way to tell it.  Add to this the pressures of traditional documentary funding opportunities, grants that demand “impact” and “reach,” and the art [...]

Miami International Film Festival Boasts 54 Goya Award Nominations Ahead of Spanish-Rich 2016 Line-Up

By | December 15th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

Alex Garcia and Inma Cuesta in The Bride (La novia). On the heels of announcing our Opening Night film My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) along with a rich slate of diverse films from Spain, nominees have been revealed for the 30th annual Premios Goya, Spain’s prestigious and star-studded annual event à la [...]

Oscar Candidates at GEMS

By | September 18th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

With our fall festival, GEMS, just one month away, it’s easy to forget that we’re quickly heading into Oscar season. Around this time every year, countries outside of the U.S. have the opportunity to submit a film to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, all in the hope of being one of the [...]

Ezra Miller, on the Cusp of Major Stardom

By | June 8th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

By Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming The 22-year-old actor Ezra Miller invigorates two summer movies opening over the next month. In Sophie Barthes’ well-toned new adaptation of the classic Flaubert novel Madame Bovary, opening this Friday, Miller cuts a startlingly contemporary figure out of Bovary’s student-clerk lover Leon Dupuis. In Miami-born filmmaker [...]

Chile is Winner of Cannes’ First Documentary Award

By | June 1st, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

By Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming Amidst grumblings that the world’s most important film gathering in Cannes disparages the documentary genre (only five documentaries have appeared in the Official Competition in the past 40 years) , France’s national Civil Society of Multimedia Authors this year initiated L’Oeil d’or, a new award to [...]

Argentina Wins Big In Critic’s Week (CANNES)

By | May 26th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

By Jaie Laplante, Executive Director & Director of Programming Santiago Mitre, director, at 2012 Miami International Film Festival. The 34-year-old Argentine filmmaker Santiago Mitre made a big impact in the Critic's Week at Cannes last week with his second feature, La patota (which will be titled Paulina for the international markets). Mitre's follow-up [...]

Directors’ Fortnight Selects Three Miami Alums

By | May 18th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

A parallel festival created by the French Directors Guild, Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) seeks to aid filmmakers and contribute to their discovery by critics and audiences alike. The 2015 program includes 19 feature-length films, culled from 1,623 submissions, with three new works by Miami alumni Jaco Van Dormael, Ciro Guerra, and Fernando León de Aranoa. [...]

A Miami Alumni Reunion at Cannes

By | May 14th, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

AP_photo: The 68th Cannes Film Festival kicked off  with a grand display haute couture, none more striking than the vibrant, jaw-dropping dress worn by Lupita Nyong’o, who shared the following on her Instagram feed: "It's #GrasshopperGreen for @festivaldecannes opening night. Thank you @Chopard @Gucci and Uganda's women for the hair inspiration. #NseneneSeason #cannes2015.” The [...]

Film Festivals + TV = New Audiences

By | April 22nd, 2015|INDUSTRY NEWS|

For a TV series, the spotlight of a Film Festival premiere is an opportunity to prove its ability to stand on its own as a cinematic story and attract new audiences. Now, as the quality of TV fare warrants it, a trend has begun to emerge as film festivals add new sections to their program [...]

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