14 10, 2019

Fernando Meirelles’ THE TWO POPES Wins Gigi Guermont Audience Award at 2019 Gems Film Festival

By |2019-10-21T10:12:52-05:00October 14th, 2019|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

Miami Dade College’s (MDC) Miami Film Festival (MFF) announced today that Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes is the winner of the MIAMI GEMS 2019 Gigi Guermont Audience Award, as MFF’s annual fall extension wrapped on Sunday night with record box office and with attendance at 98% capacity across the entire event. The festival took place Oct. 10-13. Inspired by [...]

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. [...]

18 07, 2019

Festival Programmer Lauren Cohen Promoted to Associate Director of Programming

By |2019-09-17T13:24:08-05:00July 18th, 2019|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

Miami Film Festival is pleased to announce the promotion of programmer Lauren Cohen to the position of Associate Director of Programming. In her new role, Cohen will work closely with Director of Programming Jaie Laplante on shaping the Festival’s overall content strategy, philosophy and direction. “Lauren’s sharp eye for great cinema and her affinity for [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

22 08, 2017


By |2019-03-11T19:02:59-05:00August 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 [...]

3 07, 2017

Memories Playback Like Movies: A New Personal Documentary from Trinidad

By |2019-03-11T19:03:00-05:00July 3rd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

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 [...]

22 06, 2017

Carl Spence, Thom Powers, Kiva Reardon, Diana Cadavid: Miami Film Festival’s Dream Team

By |2019-03-11T19:03:01-05:00June 22nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Miami Film Festival is proud to announce new and returning members of its program team as the 2017-18 season gets underway, leading up to the 35th edition of the Festival, March 9 -18, 2018, under the directon of the Festival’s Executive Director and Director of Programming, Jaie Laplante.   NEW to the Miami program team this [...]

22 03, 2017

A Call to Action from Your Film Festival

By |2019-03-11T19:03:01-05:00March 22nd, 2017|INDUSTRY NEWS|0 Comments

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, [...]

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