Meet Our 2019 Wolfson CinemaSlam Award Winner for Best Film

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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. In […]

New Screening Series

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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 […]

Miamian Lulu Wang: Indie Film’s Next Big Star Filmmaker

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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 […]

Happy Mother’s Day: The Time of Lola Dueñas

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One of my favorite Spanish actresses is Lola Dueñas. She may not be as famous as Penelope Cruz or Carmen Maura, but for more than 20 years she has been delighting me in both leading and supporting parts that I love to recall. You may remember her from such terrific character turns in Pedro Almodóvar […]

Shorts for the Win

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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 fast […]

Making Film General in Miami – All Over the World!

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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 […]

CAPERNAUM wins the Gigi Guermont Audience Award!

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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 […]

Meet Goya Award-winning Bárbara Lennie at GEMS 2018

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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 […]

The Case for Champions and Capernaum

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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 […]

Miami Film Festival Congratulates ’The Accused,’ Official Competition Selection at 75th Venice Film Festival

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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 initiative of Miami Film […]

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