About Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Festival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming. To learn more, visit http://miamifilmfestival.com/programmers/
6 02, 2018


By | February 6th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Five years after Darlene Love nearly blew the roof of Olympia Theater when she opened the 2013 Miami Film Festival with Morgan Neville’s 20 Feet From Stardom, another Sundance world premiere is heading straight for the sunshine for its first post-Park City landing: Jason Reitman’s Tully, a last-minute “surprise screening” addition to Robert Redford’s festival, [...]

1 02, 2018

ROSSY RETURNS! (To The Big Screen)

By | February 1st, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

MADAME Directed by Amanda Sthers France l 2017 l 91 minutes English, Spanish, French with English Subtitles COMEDY In her on-stage conversation at the 2017 Festival, our Marquee guest Rossy de Palma dished about a new French production of an English-language comedy that she just finished shooting – MADAME, written and directed [...]

16 01, 2018

Jean-Marc Barr Returns to Miami With All-New Take on Famed Free-Diver Jacques Mayol

By | January 16th, 2018|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

French-American actor and filmmaker Jean-Marc Barr will attend the North American premiere of the new documentary Dolphin Man, about the life and legacy of the French free diving legend Jacques Mayol, whom Barr played in Luc Besson’s 1988 international blockbuster hit, The Big Blue, at Miami Film Festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition to be held [...]

16 01, 2018

World Premiere of Mateo Gil’s Newest Film & Two Additional High-Profile Spanish Features Announced for 35th Miami Film Festival as First Two Marquee Events

By | January 16th, 2018|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

Top left: Mateo Gil and Miami Film Festival director Jaie Laplante. Photo credit: Anthony Nader; Top right: Berta Vázquez in The Laws of Thermodynamics Bottom: The Laws of Thermodynamics Multi-award-winning Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, The Laws of Thermodynamics (Las leyes de la termodinámica), [...]

10 01, 2018

Nominees Announced for Zeno Mountain Award at MDC’s 35th Miami Film Festival

By | January 10th, 2018|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

There’s just 2 months to go until the 35th MDC Miami Film Festival is fully underway, and the full slate of nominees for one of the Festival’s new categories has already been announced. The universal distinction of the three features and four short films that make up this year’s Zeno Mountain Award candidates is that [...]

8 12, 2017

The Florida Project Producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri Will Receive PRECIOUS GEM AWARD at 35th Miami Film Festival

By | December 8th, 2017|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

The Florida Project producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri will receive the  PRECIOUS GEM AWARD at the 35th Miami Film Festival and participate in a Master Class open to accredited industry members. The Precious Gem Award presentation will be made at the Festival’s Awards Night Gala on March 17, 2018.  Earlier in the week, [...]

6 11, 2017


By | November 6th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT|0 Comments

Adel Karam (right) plays Tony in THE INSULT One of the most unforgettable Miami Film Society special events of the past several years was our June 4, 2013 screening of Lebanese filmmaker Ziad Doueiri's The Attack, with a poignant Skype q&a with the director after the screening.  The Attack went on to play [...]

17 10, 2017

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

By | October 17th, 2017|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

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 [...]

29 08, 2017


By | August 29th, 2017|FILM SPOTLIGHT, NOW PLAYING, TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

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 [...]

22 08, 2017


By | August 22nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

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 [...]

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