About Jaie Laplante

Jaie Laplante is the Festival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming. To learn more, visit http://miamifilmfestival.com/programmers/
15 10, 2018

CAPERNAUM wins the Gigi Guermont Audience Award!

By | October 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 | October 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 | October 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 | July 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 initiative of [...]

9 07, 2018

Joint Custody Blows

By | July 9th, 2018|FILM SPOTLIGHT, TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

First, the laughter. In 2005, American indie filmmaker Noah Baumbach released his third major film and received his only Oscar nomination to date with The Squid and The Whale (one night only at the Tower – Tuesday, July 17th), a semi-autobiographical remembrance of his teenage perceptions of the divorce of his Brooklyn parents. [...]

22 05, 2018

Penélope & Javier

By | May 22nd, 2018|Celebrity, FILM SPOTLIGHT, TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

Is there a more glamorous real-life couple on the world’s cinema screens (and stage) today than Spanish superstars Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem? At this year’s edition of the legendary Cannes Film Festival, the married actors walked up the steps of the historic red carpet where their newest film, Everybody Knows (Todos lo Saben) [...]

3 05, 2018

Miami, You’re so Blessed!

By | May 3rd, 2018|TOWER THEATER|0 Comments

You may have heard about the latest epic battle for the future of cinema that erupted last month: Cannes Film Festival vs. Netflix. In one corner…the Festival, passionately defending the originist notion that cinema is at its purest in a theatrical setting.  In the other…Netflix, the world’s newest megastudio, with $8 billion to fund the [...]

5 04, 2018


By | April 5th, 2018|SPECIAL EDITION|0 Comments

OPUNTIA Directed by David Fenster Documentary | 2017 | 56 min. MDC's Tower Theater Miami | Thursday, April 26 | 7:00 PM Florida has long been famous for its wacky history, but Miami native and Miami Film Festival alumnus David Fenster turns that machine up to “11” with his delightfully off-kilter supernatural séance [...]

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 [...]

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