NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release:
February 26, 2013
30th Miami International Film Festival 

Announces Exceptional Family of Sponsors for 2013
Miami, FL — Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), presented its full line-up of sponsors for its 30th annual edition, opening next week on March 1st. A prestigious group of private companies and not-for-profit organizations dedicated to supporting independent cinema will support the Festival’s presentation of more than 117 feature films and 12 short films from 41 countries, plus numerous Master Classes and the VeoMiami Industry program, during the 10-day event, which runs March 1-10, 2013.

The Festival is honored to welcome back significant multi-year sponsors including: John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, Comcast Communications, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, American Airlines (the Festival’s official airline), HBO Latin America Group, Lexus (the Festival’s official automobile), Miami’s Downtown Development Authority, FPL, Viendomovies (this year’s presenting sponsor of the Cinema 360° program)

“The Festival would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. We are truly honored by their dedication to enriching our community and their continuous support throughout the years,” says MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante.

MIFF’s 2013 Festival sponsors include:

PREMIERE: John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, Comcast Communications, Miami Beach Visitor & Convention Authority, American Airlines, HBO Latin America Group

PRINCIPAL: Tilia Real Estate, The Historic Alfred I. DuPont Building, Lexus, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Regal Entertainment Group, Univision, Univision Radio (Radio Mambi, Mix 98.3, WQBA 1140 AM, Amor 107.5 FM), Stella Artois, Dolby Laboratories

PRODUCING: AméricaEconomía, Diario Las Américas, EGEDA, Filmotech, Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, Continental Film and Digital Lab, Magna-Tech Electronics Co. Inc, MIAMI Magazine, The Miami Herald/El Nuevo Herald, The Standard Hotel + Spa, NBC 6 South Florida , Telemundo, Tr3s, ViendoMovies

SUPPORTING: Epic Miami, Florida Power & Light Company, Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, Selecta Magazine, IMDB, Haven Lounge, JW Marriot Marquis Miami, Miami Parking Authority, Miami New Times, Pyrat Rums, Ultimat Vodka, Bâoli Miami

MEDIA: Atlantic Broadband, Cineinforme, Miami’s Community Newspapers, Eurocinema, LatAmcinema.com, MiamiArtZine.com, Miami Today, MUBI, Poder, Screen International, Wire Magazine

TARGETED:
2B Asian Bistro, 5 Napkin Burger, Amore Pacific, Audiosocket, Azul, Bloomingdale’s, Books & Books, Catharsis Restaurant and Lounge, Chateau d’Esclans, Cibo Wine Bar, City of Miami Beach, Confucius Institute, Continental Film Lab, Controluce, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Coral Gables City Beautiful, Coral Gables Country Club, Cotton Cravings, CRAVE, CREaM, DB Bistro Moderne, Film Movement, Latin American & Caribbean Center at FIU, Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar, Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd., Jacober + Associates, Jordan Alexander Ressler Foundation, Kodak, La Taberna Giralda, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Morton’s The Steakhouse, Native Films, Nikki Beach, O Cinema, Osklen, Panama Film Commission, Piola, Seasons 52, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Telefilm Canada, The Miami Foundation, The Oceanaire Seafood Room, Truluck’s, Tuyo, University of Miami

The 30th edition of Miami International Film Festival runs March 1-10, 2013. For tickets and more information, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-405-MIFF (6433). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.
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Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 2013, 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, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 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. MIFF’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 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

John S. & 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, visit KnightFoundation.org

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. In every vehicle, Lexus incorporates innovative technologies, high-quality designs and luxury materials. With numerous models featuring Lexus Hybrid Drive, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader and is dedicated to developing vehicles that are kinder to the Earth. Lexus’ current vehicles incorporate outstanding driving dynamic characteristics and feature a new design language that includes a spindle grille and distinctive lights, creating a signature look and feel for the luxury brand. In the United States, Lexus models are sold through 232 dealers who are committed to exemplary customer service.
HBO Latin America Group is composed of affiliates of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P. and Ole Communications Group. The HBO Latin America Group of companies own, operate and distribute the leading cable and satellite programming services in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including HBO, HBO2, HBO Signature, HBO Plus, HBO Family, HBO Caribbean, HBO HD, HBO On Demand, HBO GO, Cinemax, MAX, MAX HD, MaxPrime, A&E, AXN, E! Entertainment Television, Sony Entertainment Television, Spin, The Biography Channel, The History Channel, and Warner Channel.
Dolby Laboratories (NYSE:DLB) is the global leader in technologies that are essential elements in the best entertainment experiences. Founded in 1965 and best known for high-quality audio and surround sound from the cinema to the living room to mobile devices, Dolby creates innovations that enrich entertainment at the movies, at home, or on the go. For more information about Dolby Laboratories or Dolby® technologies, please visit www.dolby.com.

 

MIFF Contacts:
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-804-8424, jessica@jessicawadeinc.com

Janice Roland, Falco Ink,  +1 212-445-7100,  janiceroland@falcoink.com
Shannon Treusch, Falco Ink, +1 212-445-7100,  shannontreusch@falcoink.com

MDC Contacts:

Juan Mendieta, +1 305-237-7611,  jmendiet@mdc.edu

Sue Arrowsmith +1 305-237-3710,  sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu

Alejandro Rios  +1 305-237-7482,  arios1@mdc.edu