About Jaie Laplante

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

Helen Mirren & Donald Sutherland’s The Leisure Seeker is the Big Winner at Miami Film Festival GEMS 2017

By | October 17th, 2017|SPECIAL EDITION|

The Florida Project and German Oscar contender In The Fade Runners-Up in Audience Award Balloting Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland’s upcoming drama from Sony Pictures Classics, The Leisure Seeker, was the big winner at Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival GEMS 2017 event, which wrapped in Miami Sunday night. A24’s The Florida [...]

PAULINA – ARGENTINA’S SHOCKING DRAMA RETURNS TO MIAMI

By | August 29th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT, NOW PLAYING, TOWER THEATER|

I still remember the shock I felt when I first saw Santiago Mitre’s Paulina (La patota) at the Semaine de la Critique in Cannes (where it would go on to win the Nespresso Grand Prize) – and it wasn’t because of the film’s violent central episode.  Rather, it was shock about how clearly Mitre [...]

ARGENTINE MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS WILL WORLD PREMIERE AT TIFF

By | August 22nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|

Tigre, the Argentine film directed by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola and produced by Pucara Cinethat was the co-winner of the 2017 Miami Film Festival Encuentros post-production prize presented by Knight Foundation, will have its official World Premiere in September at the largest film event in the Americas, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), it was announced today. Additionally, Diego Lerman’s A Sort [...]

Sparkling, Shining, Dazzling: Miami GEMS Unveils First 2 Jewels for 2017

By | August 4th, 2017|SPECIAL EDITION|

Sparkling, shining, dazzling – Son of Sofia and Summer 1993, the first two films announced for Miami Film Festival’s 2017 GEMS Festival (October 12 – 15), are top jewels of the current international film season. (There will be many more when the full GEMS program is announced.) Son of Sofia Greek director [...]

Memories Playback Like Movies: A New Personal Documentary from Trinidad

By | July 3rd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|

by Jaie Laplante, Director of Programming Family photo from Unfinished Sentences This past April, for the 3rd consecutive year, International Film Festival of Panama (IFF Panama) held their outstanding emerging filmmaker support program, Primera Mirada. Led by artistic director Diana Sanchez, this Central America/Caribbean-focused event provides some of the region's most interesting [...]

FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM OSCAR WATCH: WILL MEXICO BE NOMINATED IN 2018?

By | June 30th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|

BY JAIE LAPLANTE, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Oscar season already? Yes - soon headlines will be peppered with news of nations making their official submissions to the Academy Awards, leading up to the Sept. 30th submission deadline. In 2016, the eventual winner, Son of Saul, was announced as Hungary's submission as early as June 11th!  Now, [...]

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 [...]

BEST MOVIE REVIEW OF THE SUMMER

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 [...]

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