Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Closes With Special Thanks to 2011 Sponsors

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Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Closes With Special Thanks to 2011 Sponsors

Miami, FL — Organizers of the 2011 Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), today issued a heartfelt thanks to the robust number of corporate sponsors—76 corporations and organizations—that participated in this year’s Festival, supporting independent cinema and the Festival’s presentation of more than 100 films from 40 countries during the 10-day event, which ran March 4-13, 2011. Sponsor support is essential to sustaining the vitality of global independent films and to bringing them to Miami audiences through the Festival. Their patronage enriches the Festival experience and also extends to the year-round programs of the Miami Film Society, which offers members access to free, advanced screenings of major Hollywood and independent films before they are released theatrically in the Miami marketplace.

“To bring 100 films in 10 days to film lovers in Miami is a labor of love, and we simply could not have done it without the unwavering support of our sponsors,” said Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “To all of our sponsors—new and continuing—you have my deepest appreciation for your support in 2011, and I know we will build upon this year’s many successes and will achieve great things together in 2012.”

Special thanks go to the Festival’s elite roster of long-time sponsors, including American Airlines, Comcast Corporation, the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Miami New Times, Screen International, SomosTV/VeneMovies, Stella Artois, Univision 23 / TeleFutura and Univision Radio, in addition to several new headlining sponsors that joined the Festival, including Lexus and HBO Latin America.


The Official Airline: American Airlines The Official Vehicle: Lexus
The Official Malt Beverage: Stella Artois The Official Rum: Rums of Puerto Rico

The Official Host of the Volunteer Program: Florida Power & Light (FPL)
The Official Sponsor of the World, Ibero-American and DOX Grand Jury Competitions: the John S. and

James L. Knight Foundation

The Official Sponsor of the University of Miami Grand Jury Shorts Competition: University of Miami

The Official Sponsor of the Audience Award for Best Feature Film and Best Short Film: VeneMovies

The Official Sponsor of the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award: The Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund

The Official Sponsor of the Innovation in Industry Award: Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority

The Official Sponsor of the REEL Education Seminar Series: Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority

The Official Sponsor of the Gusman Galas: Miami Downtown Development Authority (Miami DDA) The Official Sponsor of the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Awards Night Gala Wrap Party: Lexus

The Official Wine of the Opening Night Celebration and the Lexus Pursuit of Perfection Awards Night Gala Wrap Party: Estancia Wines (Constellation Brands)

The Official Wine of the Career Achievement Tribute Dinner in Honor of Susanne Bier, director of In a Better World, the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film: Allure by Pascal Jolivet (Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd.)

The Official Host of the First Annual Paella Parade in honor of the films from Spain at the Festival: El Coto de Rioja Wine (Frederick Wildman and Sons Ltd.)

The Official Sponsor of the Short Film Competition for Miami High School Students: Miami Coalition for the Homeless

The Official Sponsor of the CinemaSlam Competition: Miami International University of Art & Design PREMIERE SPONSORS:

American Airlines, Comcast Corporation, HBO Latin America, Screen International, Stella Artois


Lexus, Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Miami New Times, Poder , Univision 23/ Telefutura,Univision Radio, VeneMovies/Somos TV


AméricaEconomía, Diario Las Américas, Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Parking Authority, Regal Entertainment GroupRums of Puerto Rico, Telemundo 51


Astoria, El Coto de Rioja Wines (Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.), Estancia Wines (Constellation Brands), Florida Power & Light Company, , Illy,, City of Miami Beach, The Miami Herald, Selecta Magazine, Sony,, University of Miami, Venevision International Films, W South Beach, Wachovia / Wells Fargo.


2B Asian Bistro, 944 Magazine, Accord Productions, , Chophouse Miami, Clos Bistro & Café, Consul General of Israel to Florida & Puerto Rico, Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, Coral Gables Chamber of Commerce, Cravings South Florida, The Dacra Companies, Digital Devoid, FilmAnnex, Florida International University’s Latin American and Caribbean Center, Ghirardelli Chocolate, Hard Rock Café, ICG, the magazine of the International Cinematographers Guild, Jacober + Associates, Kodak, La Estancia Argentina, La Loggia Ristorante & Lounge, LatAm, Miami Art Guide, MiamiArtZine; Miami Coalition for the Homeless, Miami International University of Art & Design, Mr. Yum’s Asian Cuisine, , Movie Magic, Pasha’s Healthy Mediterranean Cuisine, The Raleigh Hotel, Red Diamond Wines, The River Oyster Bar, Sobe Sweets, Soi Asian Bistro, Starbucks, Tarpon Bend Raw Bar & Grill, Winter Music Conference, Wire Magazine and Yachting Times Magazine.


About Miami International Film Festival
The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is the premier Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual event, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts and 400 filmmakers, stars and industry professionals. During the past five years, the festival has screened films from 60 countries and hosted 300 East Coast, U.S. and world premieres. Through Encuentros, the festival’s mentorship and film development program for filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, MIFF has become a primary gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent in the entertainment world. In addition, the festival’s REEL Education Seminar Series consistently attracts top executives from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Films, Fox Searchlight, DreamWorks Animation, HBO Films/HBO Latino and William Morris Endeavor, among many others. For more information, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

About Miami Dade College

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 Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology in addition to the Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 170,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and associate in science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs, including baccalaureate degrees in education, nursing, public safety management and other in-demand fields.

About American Airlines

American Airlines is honored to serve as the Official Airline for the Miami International Film Festival. American, American Eagle and AmericanConnection® serve 250 cities in 40 countries with, on average, more than 3,400 daily flights. The airline’s award-winning website,®, provides users with easy access to check and book fares, plus personalized news, information and travel offers. American is nearing completion of the world-class, state-of-the-art North Terminal at Miami International Airport. This will allow American, American Eagle and all of our partners in the oneworld® Alliance to operate as many as 340 departures a day from the same terminal. For more, visit

About AméricaEconomía
Since 1986, AméricaEconomía magazine has been telling the facts of Latin America from a truly local perspective, covering the media business, economics, politics and finance in the region. The magazine has multiple country editions and is published in Spanish and Portuguese, making it a powerful tool for executive decision makers in the region. The digital platform is one of the most current information sources in the region, with news coverage 365 days a year, on our portal, and mobile portal AméricaEconomía is headquartered in Santiago, Chile, and has offices in all the capitals of Latin America, Miami in the United States and a network of representatives in Europe and Asia.

About Comcast Corporation

Comcast Corporation ( is one of the nation’s leading providers of entertainment, information and communication products and services. With 22.9 million video customers, 16.7 million high-speed Internet customers, and 8.4 million Comcast Digital Voice customers, Comcast is principally involved in the development, management and operation of cable systems and in the delivery of programming content. Comcast’s content networks and corporate investments include E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network, Golf Channel, VERSUS, G4, PBS KIDS Sprout, TV One, 11 regional sports networks operated by Comcast Sports Group and Comcast Interactive Media, as well as an ownership interest in the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team. Comcast’s Florida East Coast Region, which is headquartered in Miramar, Fla., staffs more than 4,000 employees and provides service to millions of South Florida homes in seven counties ranging from Palm Bay to Key West. For more information, visit

About Constellation Brands

Constellation Brands was founded in 1945 by Marvin Sands as a small, family-owned wine company in Canandaigua, New York. Today, we are the world’s leading wine company, with a broad portfolio of premium products across the wine, beer and spirits categories, including: Robert Mondavi, Hardys, Clos du Bois, Blackstone, Arbor Mist, Estancia, Ravenswood, Jackson-Triggs, Kim Crawford, Corona Extra, Black Velvet Canadian Whisky and SVEDKA Vodka. Constellation is an S&P 500 Index and Fortune 1000© company with 6,000 employees, sales in 150 companies and operations at more than 40 facilities. We are committed to our goal: to elevate life with every glass raised.

About Diario Las Américas
A leader in Spanish-language media, Diario Las Américas has been providing in-language, pertinent, local, national, and international news and information to the Hispanic community since 1953. Diario transcends boundaries in order to provide the Hispanic community with a sense of home-away-from- home; the tradition of uniting our local Hispanic community with their culture continues to resonate throughout all our pages. Diario Las Américas: bridging the Americas for more than 56 years.

About Florida Power & Light Company

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) is the largest electric utility in Florida and one of the largest rate- regulated utilities in the United States. FPL serves approximately 4.5 million customer accounts in Florida and is a leading employer in the state with more than 10,000 employees. The company consistently outperforms national averages for service reliability while customer bills are below the national average. A clean energy leader, FPL has one of the lowest emissions profiles and one of the leading energy efficiency programs among utilities nationwide. FPL is a subsidiary of Juno Beach, Fla.-based NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE). For more information, visit

About Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.

Importers of fine wines and spirits since 1934, Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd., is committed to excellence, and is a major force in the world of wine in the United States. The familiar Wildman oval found on every bottle sold is recognized around the world as a symbol of quality assurance. The company has become what Frederick Wildman’s president and CEO Richard Cacciato calls “the biggest little wine

company in America.”

About the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts

The Olympia Theater opened in 1926 in downtown Miami as a silent movie palace and amazed the public with its stunning Moorish architecture, perfect acoustics and simulated night sky, complete with wafting clouds and twinkling stars. The two-story, 1,567-seat theater also achieved fame as the first air- conditioned building in the South. Thanks to extensive restorations in the 1970s, overseen in part by famed architect Morris Lapidus, the theater was named to the National Register of Historic Places in 1984. Throughout its history, the Olympia—now better known as the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts—has been host to the world’s most exciting performers in the arts and entertainment community. Since 1983, the theater has been the premier theatrical venue for the Miami International Film Festival.

About HBO Latin America

HBO Latin America is the premium television network leader that, in addition to being recognized for the quality and diversity of its original programming, films and documentaries, also provides services with the highest technology in SD and HD formats in more than 23 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean through its HBO®, HBO®HD, HBO®2, HBO® Plus, HBO® Family, MAX, MAX HD, MAX PrimeSM, Cinemax® channels and SVOD

About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation advances journalism in the digital age and invests in the vitality of communities where the Knight brothers owned newspapers. The Knight Foundation focuses on projects that promote informed, engaged communities and lead to transformational change. For more, visit

About The Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund

This fund recognizes and supports young people as they embark on their careers as professional screenwriters. Each year, the screenwriter of a film in the Ibero-American Competition of the Miami International Film Festival will be awarded a juried cash prize of $5,000. The prize was created by the family of Jordan Alexander Ressler, an aspiring screenwriter and Cornell University film studies graduate who, during his brief entertainment career, held production positions with the Tony Award-winning Broadway hits 700 Sundays with Billy Crystal and Jersey Boys. He died at age 23 in a tragic hiking accident while traveling in Nicaragua before he could realize his screenwriting dreams. Projects funded in Jordan’s memory include: The Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award at the Miami International Film Festival; The Jordan Alexander Ressler Endowment of the La Jolla Playhouse, San Diego; The Jordan Alexander Ressler Endowed Performing Arts Chair of Hillel Day School, Miami; The Jordan Alexander Ressler Performing Arts Theatre at Hillel Day School, Miami; and, The Jordan Alexander Ressler Memorial Library, Avalon Air Force Base, Sinai Desert, Israel.

About Lexus

Lexus is the leading luxury automaker in the United States. With its reputation for high-quality products and exemplary customer service from its 229 dealers, Lexus has been the top-selling luxury automaker for eleven years in a row. In addition, Lexus is the luxury hybrid leader, offering five hybrids that provide the best in innovative technology and first-class luxury. When Lexus was established in 1989, it offered two models of vehicles. Now, more than 20 years later, Lexus offers variations of 10 vehicles, from the sporty CT 200h hybrid to the V10 supercar, the LFA.

About the Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority

The Miami Beach Visitor and Convention Authority (MBVCA) is a seven-member authority that was established by the State of Florida in 1967 to support the tourism industry in Miami Beach. By law, MBVCA funding comes from a portion of the bed-resort tax in Miami Beach and must be re-invested in tourist-related opportunities. The MBVCA strategically focuses funding and programming on events and programs that: improve the tourist experience, enhance the global marketing and branding of Miami Beach, attract visitors to stay in Miami Beach and result in significant and positive media

About the Miami Coalition for the Homeless

Created by the Miami Coalition for Homeless, a non-profit organization founded in 1987 to end homelessness in South Florida, the High School Student Competition is designed to raise awareness of homelessness in our community. High School students were asked to create original video public service announcements or short films on the theme “Homelessness: Just Look Around.” The Miami Coalition for the Homeless ( partnered with the Miami International Film Festival, Miami- Dade County Public Schools and Neighbors 4 Neighbors in presenting this year’s Competition. A record 56 entries were submitted by 65 high school students. All entries were reviewed by an independent panel of judges which selected the first, second and third place winners in the categories of Public Service Announcement and Short Film.

About the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs

The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations, as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State’s Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. For more, visit

About the Miami Downtown Development Authority

The Miami Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is committed to improving the quality of life for businesses, employees, residents, and visitors in downtown Miami. As an independent agency of the City of Miami, the Miami DDA supports business growth, infrastructure improvements, and services for Downtown Miami residents and stakeholders. In addition to its programs and initiatives, the Miami DDA is partnering with the City and other government entities to strengthen Downtown Miami’s position as an international center for commerce, culture, and tourism. The organization is governed by a 15-member board comprised of three public appointees and 12 downtown property owners, residents and/or workers.

About Miami New Times
Miami New Times, with a weekly circulation of 70,000 and online presence that boasts of more than 2 million page views per month, has become the region’s essential compendium of news and information. Miami New Times has established a reputation for its insightful coverage of local arts and entertainment, and for its unflinching exposure of Miami’s steamy political life. For more, visit

About Poder
Poder is a magazine about Latinos in power and up and coming leaders, offering business news, in-depth analysis, profiles and interviews with the business and political leaders shaping our world. Poder is written for a global audience of influential senior business and political decision-makers, as well as entrepreneurs, who search for in depth, cutting edge editorial coverage and exclusive insider access to information on the U.S. Hispanic market and Latin America. For more, visit

About Screen International
From market and festival coverage, to reviews, insight and comment, Screen International provides a whole-industry perspective from some of the most knowledgeable writers and data analysts in the business. Both online and in print, Screen International delivers deep analysis and market intelligence on the biggest issues that are facing the industry, plus all the latest news, developments and box-office data

at Screenbase, our online, interactive database provides key production and financing information of the top five European territories, making it easier to locate project funding and find key creative partners. Screen international is the essential resource for anyone working the global film industry. For a subscription to Screen International, visit

About Selecta Magazine
Selecta Magazine is considered the magazine of choice among upscale Hispanics, delivering quality and consistent reporting for over two decades. With a 28-year track record, Selecta Magazine has become the gateway between the high-end luxury market and its consumers, featuring the finest things in life—the latest in high-end fashion, technology, automotives, yachting, watches, jewelry, travel and the most exclusive social events in the world are all within its pages.

About Stella Artois

Stella Artois is part of a Belgian brewing tradition dating back to 1366. It is the number one Belgian beer in the world and is present in over 80 countries. Stella Artois is a bottom-filtered, blonde pilsner. It is thirst-quenching, with a malty middle and crisp finish that delivers a full flavor and a hint of bitterness. Stella Artois is best enjoyed served between 3 and 5 degrees Celsius and should be served in the unique Stella Artois Chalice Glass according to the 9 Step Pouring Ritual to guarantee a perfect experience of this gold standard lager.

About the University of Miami

The University of Miami’s mission is to educate and nurture students, to create knowledge, and to provide service to our community and beyond. Committed to excellence and proud of our diversity of our University family, we strive to develop future leaders of our nation and the world. The School of Communication at UM is dedicated to a global educational perspective and is committed to providing a socially responsible and ethically grounded learning environment. Providing quality undergraduate and graduate programs in communication, including motion pictures, that emphasize the relationship between theory and practice, the School believes in freedom of expression and creativity, and encourages both collaboration and independent thinking as we prepare future scholars, professionals and leaders for a lifetime of service and learning. Located on campus and open to the public, the Bill Cosford Cinema presents a wide variety of contemporary, classic and foreign films in a classic, widescreen format and hosts lectures from renowned actors and directors. For more information, visit

About Univision Communications Inc.

Univision Communications Inc. (UCI) is the premier media company serving the U.S. Hispanic community. Its assets include Univision Network, one of the top five networks in the U.S. regardless of language and the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 95% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, reaching 85% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Studios, which produces and co-produces reality shows, dramatic series and other programming formats for the Company’s platforms; Univision Local Media, which owns and/or operates 62 television stations and 70 radio stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Interactive Media, which includes, the leading Spanish- language Internet destination in the U.S., and Univision Móvil, the industry’s most comprehensive Spanish-language suite of mobile offerings; and TuTv, U.S. outlet for pay television channels of Mexico- based Grupo Televisa. Headquartered in New York City, UCI has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit

About VeneMovies and SOMOS TV

VeneMovies is a pay television channel that broadcasts Spanish-language films 24 hours a day, with no commercial breaks, and is part of SOMOS TV. SOMOS TV is a company devoted to the exploitation, development and promotion of the growth of pay TV in the U.S. Hispanic market and Puerto Rico. For more, visit

About Wachovia Bank

Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company (NYSE: WFC) is a nationwide, diversified, community-based financial services company with $1.2 trillion in assets. Founded in 1852 and headquartered in San Francisco, Wells Fargo provides banking, insurance, investments, mortgage, and consumer and commercial finance through more than 9,000 stores, 12,000 ATMs, the Internet ( and, and other distribution channels across North America and internationally. With more than 278,000 team members, Wells Fargo serves one in three households in America. Wells Fargo & Company was ranked #19 on Fortune’s 2009 rankings of America’s largest corporations. Wells Fargo’s vision is to satisfy all our customers’ financial needs and help them succeed financially.

About Withoutabox, a division of

Since 2000, Withoutabox has been finding new ways to connect film artists with their audiences. The company works directly with over 750 film festivals on six continents, and serves a loyal professional filmmaker community of over 250,000 filmmakers in 200 countries, from first-time directors to Academy Award winners. Now a division of (International Movie Database), an company, Withoutabox’s fully integrated set of on-line tools, including the signature International Film Submissions System, help save time and money while enabling filmmakers to reach their full potential and film festivals to reach the widest possible audience for independent film. For more, visit

Additional MIFF media contact: Danny Diaz, publicist, 305-389-8986,

Additional MDC Media Contacts: Tere Estorino, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,;Tarnell Carroll, 305-237- 3359,; or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,