|San Telmo Municipal Museum (housed in a former 16th century Dominican convent, with a modern architectural extension)|
The invitation-only event was co-hosted by MIFF executive director, Jaie Laplante; MIFF film & industry office manager, Eloisa López-Gomez; and Miami’s own Terry Zarikian, director of product development for China Grill management properties worldwide, South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s culinary advisor, Selecta Magazine’s food editor and director of new business and development for Rockaway PR.
|San Telmo Muncipal Museum’s Bokado Café|
Also attending were Inti Herrera from La 5ta Avenida Produccciones (Cuba), producer of MIFF 2012 Lexus Audience Award winner Juan of the Dead (Juan de los muertos); Cuban director Pavel Giroud, who won San Sebastian’s 2nd Europe-Latin American Production Forum with his new project, The Companion; Jirafa Films co-founder and executive producer Bruno Bettati and producer Augusto Matte (Chile); Constanza Arena, executive director of Cinema Chile; Argentinean producer Ignacio Rey, winner of Cine en Construcción 2013 with La Salada (by Juan Martin Hsu, who was also at the party) and co-producer of MIFF 2012’s Lexus Opera Prima Winner Solo (by Guillermo Rocamora); producer Benjamin Domenech from Rei Cine (producers of MIFF 2013 Villegas, by Gonzalo Tobal); Outsider Pictures U.S. distributor Paul Hudson (USA); Locarno Film Festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian (Switzerland); Berlin International Film Festival’s Paz Lázaro and Javier Martín Lozano; and Panama Film Commissioner, Arianne Benedetti. From Uruguay, Transparente Films producer Michaela Solé (Miami Encuentros 2013 with Darwin’s Corner); and from Los Angeles, FiGA Films’ Sandro Fiorin and Alex Garcia. ¡Salud! —Eloisa López-Gomez