About Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Festival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming. To learn more, visit http://miamifilmfestival.com/programmers/
7 08, 2019

Meet Our 2019 Wolfson Cinemaslam Award Winner for Best Film

By |2019-08-07T16:15:16-05:00August 7th, 2019|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

University of Miami film student producer Cathleen Dean is part of the filmmaking team that won Miami Film Festival’s Wolfson Cinemaslam Award for Best Film Featuring Archival Material in 2019, for “Happy to Be Nappy”, a music video for Florida musician Alana DaCosta, directed by graduate student Xiao Che. Dean was awarded $5,000 cash. [...]

15 07, 2019

NEW SCREENING SERIES

By |2019-07-17T09:51:00-05:00July 15th, 2019|FILM SPOTLIGHT, SPECIAL EDITION, TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

Miami Film Festival announces the NEON Screening Series for the second half of 2019! Ever since its first release just about 2 ½ years ago, the new US Distributor NEON has made a distinct name for itself as a hip, edgy, quality brand that supports exceptional new arthouse and independent cinema for theatrical release. From [...]

3 07, 2019

Miamian LULU WANG – Indie Film’s Next Big Star Filmmaker

By |2019-07-03T15:32:27-05:00July 3rd, 2019|FILM SPOTLIGHT, INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

Another filmmaker with Miami roots is at a tipping point – this time, it’s Lulu Wang who is on the verge of becoming the indie film world’s Next Big Thing! Wang’s second feature film, The Farewell, stars rapper and actress Awkwafina, the breakout star of 2018’s Crazy Rich Asians. The Farewell premiered at the 2019 [...]

2 04, 2019

Shorts For The Win

By |2019-04-04T14:01:36-05:00April 2nd, 2019|FILM SPOTLIGHT, SPECIAL EDITION, TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

What is the hottest trend in cinema so far in 2019? Surprise – short film programs! This year, the annual theatrical touring program of Oscar Nominated Shorts set a series-high box office record in 2019 ($3.53 million), and at the recent 36th edition of Miami Film Festival, four separate shorts programs were among the [...]

6 12, 2018

Making MIAMI Film General – All Over the World!

By |2019-03-11T19:02:38-05:00December 6th, 2018|COMMUNITY|0 Comments

The Miami film scene received another tremendous boost this past Monday. As part of a new $37 million investment in the arts, the Knight Foundation dedicated at least $4 million of that toward “making film general in Miami”, to paraphrase the Foundation’s mission to make art general in Miami, a project begun in 2007 that [...]

15 10, 2018

CAPERNAUM wins the Gigi Guermont Audience Award!

By |2019-03-11T19:02:39-05:00October 15th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

After four days of amazing films, Miami audiences have voted CAPERNAUM as the winner of the Gigi Guermont Audience Award. Directed by Nadine Labaki, the film's politically-fueled drama has a unique storyline that brings attention to the issues of children in Beirut’s slums. The film was also winner of the Jury Prize at 2018 Cannes [...]

8 10, 2018

Meet Goya Award-winning Bárbara Lennie at GEMS 2018

By |2019-03-11T19:02:39-05:00October 8th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

One of the finest actors of her generation, Spain’s Bárbara Lennie achieved international attention when she played a young filmmaker questing to capture the essence of a small town in Montxo Armendáriz’s Obaba (2005), and in the process discovered herself. That role provided a neatly microcosmic glimpse of the complex screen persona that Lennie would [...]

1 10, 2018

The Case for Champions and Capernaum

By |2019-03-11T19:02:40-05:00October 1st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Today is the deadline for nations to submit films to the Oscars for consideration as the Best Foreign Language Film of 2018. Last year, Chile (for the first time) won the annual global honor, and at this year’s fifth annual Miami Film Festival GEMS, you can see nine of this year’s strongest contenders. Which country [...]

27 07, 2018

Miami Film Festival Congratulates THE ACCUSED, Official Competition Selection at 75th Venice Film Festival

By |2019-03-11T19:02:40-05:00July 27th, 2018|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival congratulates director Gonzalo Tobal, Rei Cine, K&S Films and Film Factory Entertainment for the Main Competition selection of The Accused (Acusada) as part of the 75th edition of the prestigious Venice International Film Festival. The Accused was a recipient of a cash development grant from Miami Film 2016, an [...]

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