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Memories Playback Like Movies: A New Personal Documentary from Trinidad

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 region's most interesting voices to screen early cuts of their work in a safe space and receive invaluable feedback and support. The program has supported projects such as Guatemalan filmmaker Julio Hernández Cordón's I Promise You Anarchy (which had earlier participated in Miami Film Festival's similar Encuentros event) [...]

By | July 3rd, 2017|Categories: INDUSTRY NEWS|


BY JAIE LAPLANTE, DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING Oscar season already? Yes - soon headlines will be peppered with news of nations making their official submissions to the Academy Awards, leading up to the Sept. 30th submission deadline. In 2016, the eventual winner, Son of Saul, was announced as Hungary's submission as early as June 11th!  Now, that's confidence!! The road to this year's Best Foreign-Language Film Oscar on March 2, 2018 will be a long one. Each country has to go through a process of selecting only one film from its eligible output for the year; then a special Oscar selection [...]

By | June 30th, 2017|Categories: FILM SPOTLIGHT|

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  • YES! #FACESPLACES will be at @TowerTheaterMIA starting this Friday. Tickets:
    October 17, 2017
  • #LifeAndNothingMore US Premiere #GemsFF 2017 @TowerTheaterMIA
    October 17, 2017
  • #FACESPLACES by @JRart and #AgnesVarda SOLD OUT - Playing now at #GemsFF 2017 @TowerTheaterMIA
    October 15, 2017
  • We are at FULL CAPACITY w/ "InTheFade" @TowerTheaterMIA 🙌🏼💎#GemsFF
    October 14, 2017
  • YAY! Las joyas de La Corona (The Crown's Jewels) 💎 #GemsFF 📸 Amazing moment captured by @tatogomezfoto
    October 14, 2017
  • Thank you! #GemsFF @TowerTheaterMIA opening night was a success!
    October 13, 2017
  • 🎨🍑 POSTER ART versions of our opening night #GemsFF film #CallMeByYourName:
    October 11, 2017
  • The stars of our OPENING NIGHT FILM #CallMeByYourName are @armiehammer & @RealChalamet:
    October 10, 2017
  • Jumping of excitement! In three days we open the Miami Film Festival #GemsFF 2017! 💎
    October 9, 2017
  • RT @cinecasual: #GemsFF: Una probadita del mejor cine iberoamericano en Miami. 🌴
    October 6, 2017
  • Magical screening! @Lilfilm' @FloridaProject opens at 💎#GemsFF 10/15!
    October 6, 2017
  • Almost there! #GemsFF 🎬 #TheLeisureSeeker is coming to @TowerTheaterMIA Sunday, October 15!
    October 5, 2017
  • RT @thompowers: My day is made. Coming soon to @PureNonfiction: Agnès Varda & @JRart
    October 4, 2017
  • 💔 Heartbroken #PrayForLasVegas
    October 2, 2017
  • What's "Art" to you ? #THESQUARE #ElisabethMoss #ClaesBang October 14th. 💎 #GemsFF:
    September 27, 2017
  • Are you weird? Film #TheWorkShop (L'ATELIER) leaves us intrigued. #GemsFF 2017
    September 24, 2017
  • Florida in Miami Film Festival #GEMSFF 2017 Spotlight
    September 22, 2017
  • See you at 7PM @TowerTheaterMIA @carpinterosfilm
    September 21, 2017
  • 💎 #GemsFF is THE Film Festival Event of October! Tickets go on sale tomorrow! get on it 💎
    September 21, 2017
  • #LifeAndNotingMore Add it to your schedule Friday, October 13th
    September 20, 2017


  • US Premiere of #cantsaygoodbye (No Sé Decir Adiós) with special guests, director @linoescalera and Consul General of Spain in Miami Candido Cries. Thank you to the great audiences we had that day at #GemsFF @towertheatermiami / ❤️🎬 - Video by @andresanartes
  • One of the most unforgettable experiences at #GemsFF was definitely the VR Escape. #VirtualReality, 360 degrees short films powered by @ryotnews directed by @alohemingway SO COOL!
  • Ua película que hay que ver // Basada en los hechos ocurridos en 1988 que involucraron el asesinato de 14 hombres en la localidad apureña de El Amparo cerca del río Arauca, borde de Columbia y Venezuela. / MUST SEE FILM about the event in October 1988, when 14 men were murdered by the Venezuelan military in El Amparo, a village near the Arauca River. / Playing in @towertheatermiami Friday 25th.
  • One of our favorite #GemsFF moments was our opening night with the film #CallMeByYourName and 'A Taste Of Alta Italia' reception party @towertheatermiami / What was your favorite GEMS moment?
  • YES let's celebrate! #FACESPLACES will be at @towertheatermiami starting this Friday. Go and watch this beautiful 'faces' documentary by @agnes.varda and French artist @jr - here in this picture with stunning Jennifer Lawrence #JLaw at the LA premiere of their film.
  • LIFE AND NOTHING MORE US Premiere with special guests director Antonio Méndez Esparza, Actors Regina Williams and Robert Williams and Performances by @nephiilove and @sekajipo #GemsFF 2017 all in the ❤️ of #littlehavana @towertheatermiami // 🎥 @andresanartes music beat by @jeandrums
  • Supporting Miami talent! It is great collaborating with @miamisbestgraffitiguide! #GemsFF 2017
  • The audience award winner #GemsFF 2017 is #THELEISURESEEKER starring @helenmirren and #DonaldSutherland
  • One the glorious moments of #GemsFF 2017 was the @mandolinmiami reception at the pre-screening of #SonOfSofia film inside the movie theater at @towertheatermiami. Thank you to @mrsmandolin for preparing herself this beautiful, mediterranean hospitality. // These lively photographs, done by @tatogomez
  • And just like that we officially closed #GemsFF 2017 at @towertheatermiami, full of joy for all the success and love received by filmmakers, the press, sponsors, supporters, volunteers, team members and most importantly you, our film lovers. Thank you for supporting @mdcollege, @miamifilm GEMS 2017! Thank you to the inspiring @angelesalmuna and the amazing photographer @tatogomez.
  • His guitar Vs the world #EricClapton #GemsFF 2017
  • #EricClapton LIFE IN 12 BARS is our last #GemsFF of the night! Playing now @towertheatermiami
  • #FACESPLACES Playing Now at #GemsFF 2017 @towertheatermiami
  • French Artist @jr co-directs #FACESPLACES along with @agnes.varda. His photo-truck—painted to resemble a giant camera travel from village to village, where they meet locals, talk to them about their lives and create immense portraits of them, which are mounted on buildings throughout their communities. // #FACESPLACES Opens now at #GemsFF @towertheatermiami
  • FLORIDA PREMIERE of @festivaldecannes winner documentary film #FACESPLACES by @agnes.varda and @jr // #GemsFF 2017 @towertheatermiami // Here Agnés with #AngelinaJolie