MIAMI FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES SHORTLIST OF INTERNATIONAL FEATURE OSCARS SUBMISSIONS TO SCREEN DURING 2021 EVENT, MARCH 5-14
Includes Oscar Winners & Nominees Fernando Trueba, Agnieszka Holland, Majid Majidi;
Actor Javier Cámara to Receive a Precious Gem Award at U.S. Premiere of Colombia’s Entry
Miami, FL (January 27, 2021) — Extending its status as a bellwether for the Oscars, Miami Dade College’s (MDC) renowned Miami Film Festival announced today its shortlist of International Feature Film submissions that will screen during its flagship ten-day fest, to be held from March 5-14, 2021. The 38thannual Festival will be a hybrid event, with both virtual and in-theater presentations.
This year’s Festival will present films from previous Academy Award winners and nominees, including Fernando Trueba, Agnieszka Holland and Majid Majidi as part of its list of 2021 Oscar contenders. El Olvido Que Seremos (Memories of My Father), Colombia’s submission, spotlights the real-life story of Dr. Héctor Abad Gómez, a medical doctor and human rights activist who worked to revolutionize access to health care in that country before his death in 1987. The film is directed by Oscar winner Trueba (Belle Époque), one of the most popular filmmakers in the history of Miami Film Festival, who won the Audience Award in 2001 and was given a major tribute for its 30th anniversary.
For his powerful performance in bringing a national hero to life, the 2021 Festival will present a Precious Gem Award to the star of El Olvido Que Seremos, actor Javier Cámara, prior to the film’s U.S. premiere. The Precious Gem Award is the Festival’s signature award honoring the most special stars of the art form, one-of-a-kind artists whose contributions to cinema are lasting and unforgettable. Cámara’s outstanding career accomplishments include a Goya Award for Living is Easy with Eyes Closed and numerous additional Goya-nominated and European Film Award-nominated performances, acclaimed performances in HBO’s The Young Pope and Netflix’s Narcos, and unforgettable creations in three films by Pedro Almodovar, Talk to Her, Bad Education and I’m So Excited.
In addition to Colombia, the 2021 Miami Film Festival will present six additional Best International Feature Film Oscar contenders from other countries including:
Variety will continue its multi-year partnership with the Miami Film Festival through Variety’s 93rd Academy Awards International Feature Shortlist Roundtable. The virtual panel will feature the director, writer or producer of the Oscars shortlisted International Feature Films and be moderated by Variety’s Film Awards Editor Clayton Davis. The Roundtable will be hosted by Variety’s Streaming Room on Friday, March 5, the Festival’s opening day and the first day of Oscar nomination voting. The event is free to attend, with registration required for access.
“We are honored to present these powerful films from seven countries around the world that are contending for the 2021 Academy Awards,” said Miami Film Festival Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “They join contenders that were laureled at our 2020 edition and season, including our Knight MARIMBAS Award winner La Llorona from Guatemala, as well as Argentina’s The Sleepwalkers, Chile’s The Mole Agent, Ivory Coast’sNight of the Kings, Uruguay’s Aleli and Venezuela’s Once Upon a Time in Venezuela.”
For more information on the festival, visit miamifilmfestival.com.
About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival
Miami Film Festival is an international film event that serves as a major film showcase for world cinema. Considered the preeminent film festival for highlighting Ibero-American cinema in the U.S, Miami Film Festival has become renowned for championing films made by the South Florida community, first-time feature filmmakers, and International Feature Film submissions to the Academy Awards. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. Since 1984, the Festival has screened over 2,500 films from more than 75 countries and given out more than $2 million USD in cash awards to filmmakers and distributors. Miami Film Festival is the oldest major festival housed in a university or college and also operates a year-round art cinema, Tower Theater Miami and Miami Film Festival GEMS in October. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).
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