Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival and Film Society of Lincoln Center Join Forces for U.S. Premiere of Major Chilean Film

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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival and Film Society of Lincoln Center Join Forces for U.S. Premiere of Major Chilean Film
MIAMI, FL – Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF), a program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, in cooperation with New York City’s Film Society of Lincoln Center, revealed today that Chilean director Cristián Jiménez’s third feature film Voice Over (La voz en off) will enjoy a mutual US Premiere at both MiamiFF 2015 and Film Comment Selects 2015. Therefore, Voice Over’s US Premiere will be presented in both Miami and New York City only days apart.  Both US Premiere screenings will be mutually co-presented by Film Comment Selects 2015 and Miami International Film Festival.

Voice Over is the story of the unexpected family issues revealed when a 35-year marriage disintegrates. Both comedic and dramatic, Jiménez’s film envisions and chronicles the modern day Chilean family in the face of nascent social freedoms. His first film Optical Illusions (2009) screened at numerous international film festivals, including MiamiFF27 in 2010; his second film Bonsái world premiered at Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard section in 2011, and later won MiamiFF29’s Knight Ibero-American Grand Jury Competition and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award in 2012. Voice Over will be screened in MiamiFF32 as part of the Knight Grand Jury Competition. The US distributor for Voice Over is Outsider Pictures whose new label is TODO CINE LATINO.

In a joint statement, MiamiFF executive director Jaie Laplante and Film Comment editor Gavin Smithsaid, “Superb movies are incredibly difficult to make. As festival programmers we have no desire to make them even more difficult to show. So with our mutual admiration of Voice Over and close proximity of our proposed screenings by only a few days, the Film Society of Lincoln Center and MiamiFF decided quite simply to put artist and audience first.”

For membership opportunities or more information about MiamiFF, please visit or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

The 15th edition of Film Comment Selects, Film Comment magazine’s essential, eclectic festival, takes place February 20 – March 5, 2015. The annual lineup is handpicked by the magazine’s editors after scouring the international festival circuit of 2014. Voice Over will screen Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30pm. For more information on the lineup, and tickets, visit
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About Miami International Film Festival
Celebrating its 32nd anniversary March 6 – 15, 2015, MiamiFF 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 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. MiamiFF’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 2015 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About MDCulture
MDCulture is the Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC). Comprising the Miami Book Fair International, Miami International Film Festival, Tower Theater, the Center for Literature and Theatre, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design, MDCulture is committed to providing everyone the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDCulture 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

About The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit


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