30th Miami International Film Festival, Produced and Presented by Miami Dade College, Announces Its Five Miami Encuentros Selections

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February 13, 2013


30th Miami International Film Festival, Produced and Presented by Miami Dade College, Announces Its Five Miami Encuentros Selections   

Miami, FL — Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, today announced the five film selections for its VeoMiami industry initiative, the 10th Miami Encuentros.

Miami Encuentros aims to facilitate and support the completion of Latin American and U.S. Hispanic feature film projects in post-production and propel them towards their debuts on the international stage, via a post-production prize of USD$10,000 for one winning project as selected by a jury of industry professionals.

The five selected projects for Miami Encuentros 2013 are:


All About the Feathers (Por las plumas), directed by Neto Villalobosm
Produced by La Sucia Centroamericana Producciones, Costa Rica.

Darwin’s Corner (El rincón de Darwin), directed by Diego Fernández Pujol
Co-produced by Transparente Films, Uruguay and O som e a furia, Portugal

En la caliente – The Cuban Music Revolution, directed by Fabien Pisani
Produced by Mokongo Films, France.
Gypsy River (Rio Cigano), directed by Julia Zakia
Co-produced by Cinematográfica Superfilmes Ltda and Gato do Parque, Brazil

Liz in September (Liz en septiembre), directed by Fina Torres
Produced by Ararare Films C.A., Venezuela
“Our programmer Diana Sanchez has an uncanny ability to find diamond-in-the-rough, unfinished projects that will soon be making waves at top international festivals once they are completed,” says Festival’s Executive Director Jaie Laplante.  “VeoMiami attendees this year will have a chance to have a first look at new works by first rate talents, all of them with strong commercial prospects in the arthouse arena.”

One of the five films will receive the $10,000 competition prize, which is sponsored by EGEDA, the Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association from Spain. In addition, Madrid/Barcelona-based international sales agency 6Sales will also offer a 2-year representation contract to a winning project, with the ultimate goal of securing worldwide distribution.

This year’s jury is comprised of 4 members of distinction from the international film industry: Mar Abadin(Head of Sales, 6Sales); Leslie Cohen (Vice President of Film Programming, HBO); Rebeca Conget(Vice President of Acquisitions and Distribution, Film Movement); and Eric Schnedecker (Head of Sales & Acquisitions, Urban Distribution International).

Beyond the competition prize aspect of Miami Encuentros, the program also provides new films solidly established in their near-final stages of post-production, the opportunity to present their projects to industry professionals: producers, sales agents, television stations and distributors a like. MIFF continues to bring commercially viable film projects from the Ibero-american and US Hispanic worlds to the annual Festival, with the goal of facilitating dialogue between filmmakers and industry professionals here and abroad.

VeoMiami, the industry component of the 30th edition of Miami International Film Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, runs concurrently to the Festival, March 1-10, 2013.  Registration is open until midnight on Friday, February 15th, please visit miff2020.wpengine.com/industry  or email industry@miamifilmfestival.com. The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.
Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 – 10, 2013, is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. MIFF’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory.  The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Major sponsors of the 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit miff2020.wpengine.com or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, the MDC Live Arts Performing Arts Series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and theaters, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served nearly 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

EGEDA (Spanish acronym for the “Audiovisual Producers’ Rights Management Association”) is a non-profit association and collecting society which manages the rights of the producers, collecting on their behalf the royalties than cannot be collected on an individual basis. In addition, EGEDA provides services to producers and the audiovisual industry as a whole. The Association represents and defends the interests of Spanish and Latin American audiovisual producers and is very active in the field of intellectual property rights management. EGEDA serve as a major link between the Spanish film industry and the American and Latino film industries.  www.egeda.es


MIFF Contacts:
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-804-8424, jessica@jessicawadeinc.com

Janice Roland, Falco Ink,  +1 212-445-7100,  janiceroland@falcoink.com
Shannon Treusch, Falco Ink, +1 212-445-7100,  shannontreusch@falcoink.com

MDC Contacts:

Juan Mendieta, +1 305-237-7611,  jmendiet@mdc.edu

Sue Arrowsmith +1 305-237-3710,  sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu

Alejandro Rios  +1 305-237-7482,  arios1@mdc.edu