Miami, FL —Miami Dade College’s internationally renowned Miami Film Festival, celebrating its 35th edition, March 9 – 18, 2018, today announced a new partnership with EAST, Miami, the lifestyle hotel and residences located at Brickell City Centre, for their 2018 Opening Night Gala Dinner event.  EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST, Hong Kong and EAST, Beijing.  In an ongoing effort to bring the best unique experience for their patrons, Miami Film Festival is proud and honored to have EAST, Miami as the official host and sponsor of the official dinner for Miami’s biggest film night of the year, March 9, 2018.

“Since opening, EAST, Miami has sought to establish meaningful local partnerships to celebrate the arts. Here at EAST, Miami, we are excited to sponsor the Miami Film Festival and support this event that brings cutting edge cinema to Miami each year,” said East, Miami’s General Manager, Giovanni Beretta.

“With Miami being such a melting pot of diverse cultures that thrive on innovation, quality, and excitement, a partnership with EAST, Miami is a perfect fit for the Festival’s sophisticatedSouth Florida audience,”, added Jaie Laplante, executive director of Miami Film Festival.

Immediately following the Opening Night film, festival goers who purchase the Opening Night Gala Dinner package, will experience a three-course meal at EAST, Miami, and indulge in the culinary delights of one of Miami’s newest and most stylish properties located in the heart of downtown Miami. Filmgoers are encouraged to  purchase their package tickets now for a discounted rate.

WHEN/WHERE:
Friday, March 9, 2018
Opening Night Screening / 7 p.m.
Gala Dinner Event
 / 9:30 p.m. / EAST, Miami 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, FL.COST:
Advance Purchase for 
Opening Night Gala Dinner Package 
$200 ($180 members)
General Purchase $250 ($225 members)

Tickets already on sale. To purchase tickets, call 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF) ormiamifilmfestival.com. Advance purchase for Opening Night Film + Party $180 for members / $200 for nonmembers / General purchase $225 for members / $250 for nonmembers. All other screenings $13 adults, $12 seniors, $10 members, $10 students, Seminars $9 (MDC students FREE with student ID). Group rates are available.

For membership opportunities or more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

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About EAST, Miami
EAST, Miami is Swire Hotels’ first venture into North America, following the openings of EAST in Hong Kong and Beijing. Created for unconventional travelers looking for a fun and relaxing place to stay, EAST, Miami offers distinctive experiences for those seeking innovation, style, and personalized service. EAST, Miami offers 352 guest rooms to include eight suites and 89 one, two and three-bedroom residence suites (fully equipped apartments with kitchen, laundry facilities and full access to the amenities and services of the hotel). Guests can expect keyless entry, paperless check-in and check-out, a native App with locally curated insights and travel tips, art exhibits, health and wellness programing and array of other happenings to make them feel totally at EAST. The hotel boasts its signature restaurant Quinto La Huella; a poolside bar & lounge and a rooftop destination bar called Sugar; 20,000 square-feet of meeting and banquet rooms with bay and city views; a 20,000 square-foot outdoor pool deck (with four different pools) which can be used for private events; a lobby café and bar, Domain, and a 24-hour fitness center. Located at 788 Brickell Plaza, Miami, Florida 33131, the hotel is centrally located within a 15-minute drive from the Miami International Airport, and situated on top of Brickell City Centre – conveniently connected to popular districts such as Wynwood, the Design District, and South Beach. For reservations please emailreservations@east-miami.com or call 305-712-7000. For more information, please visit http://www.east-miami.com/.

About Swire Hotels and Swire Restaurants 
Swire Hotels has been created to manage soulfully individual hotels in Hong Kong, Mainland China and the USA, providing a characterful experience for well-travelled individually minded travellers who seek originality, style and personalized service. We create distinctive hotels with a sense of place that break with convention. The company’s first hotel, The Opposite House in Beijing, opened in 2008 and was followed by The Upper House, Hong Kong, and then by EAST, Hong Kong and EAST, Beijing. The Temple House in Chengdu is opened in July 2015 and EAST, Miami will open in 2016. A restaurant division was set up in 2013 to manage the company’s stand-alone restaurant operations. Our first restaurant Plat du Jour opened in November 2013 followed by Public and Ground Public in Quarry Bay. The Continental in Pacific Place opened in October 2014 and Mr & Mrs Fox in Taikoo Place in 2015. Our latest addition, the second Plat du Jour opened in Pacific Place in January 2016. More information is available at www.swirehotels.com. About Brickell City Centre Brickell City Centre is a landmark $1.05 billion, 5.4 million square foot mixed-use development in downtown Miami from Swire Properties Inc, one of South Florida’s leading international developers of real estate known for its $1 billion master-planned development of Brickell Key. The project’s first phase includes a luxury and premium shopping center, two residential towers, EAST, Miami hotel, and two mid-rise office towers. The project is LEED®-registered for Neighborhood Development – currently one of the largest in the U.S. Sustainability elements include the $30 million CLIMATE RIBBON™; a masterpiece of art and science, the elevated trellis will span 150,000 square feet, connecting the project’s three city blocks and acting as an environmental management system. As the largest private sector project currently under construction in Miami, Brickell City Centre began vertical construction in 2013 and the first phase of construction began completion end of 2015. Phase II is scheduled for commencement end of 2017. More information is available at www.brickellcitycentre.com.

About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival                                                      
Celebrating its 35th annual edition March 9 – 18, 2018, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival 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 more than 60,000 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. Miami Film Festival’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 2017-18 Festival season include Knight Foundation, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About Culture at Miami Dade College
The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Tower Theater Miami, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit mdc.edu/arts.

MDC’s Miami Film Festival Media Relations Contacts:
NEW YORK / LOS ANGELES / TRADE
Adam Kersh, Brigade | +1 917-580-6785 | adam@brigademarketing.com
Guillermo Restrepo, Brigade | +1 917-580-6785 | guillermo@brigademarketing.comMIAMI
Salazar PR, Andrea Salazar | Tel: +1 954-756-0652 | asalazarpr@gmail.com
Clique PR, Dina Allende | Tel: +1 305-205-1058 | dina@makeitclique.comMDC’s Media Relations Contacts:
Juan C. Mendieta, MDC Communications Director, 305-237-7611, jmendiet@mdc.edu
Hessy Fernandez, Director, Media Relations, 305-237-3949, hfernan5@mdc.edu
Sue Arrowsmith, Information Specialist, 305-237-3710, sue.arrowsmith@mdc.edu
Allison Horton, Information Specialist, 305-237-3359, ahorton@mdc.edu