Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Titles Have Strong Showing at 87th Academy Awards

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Thursday, January 16, 2015
Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Titles Have Strong Showing at 87th Academy Awards  

Wild Tales, Festival’s Opening Night Film, Nominated in Best Foreign Language Film Category

Miami, FL – Miami Dade College proudly announces that films from its Miami International Film Festival received multiple nominations for the 87th Academy Awards, announced yesterday in Los Angeles.

From the upcoming 32nd edition of the Festival (March 6 – 15, 2015), Argentina’s Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes), the previously-announced opening night film, is nominated for an Oscar in the Best Foreign-Language Film Category.

Additional films from the 32nd edition nominated are Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribero Salgado’s The Salt of the Earth (which will be screened as one of the Festival’s Knight Documentary Achievement Award films), nominated for the Best Documentary Feature Oscar.  Also nominated (in the Best Animated Short Film category) is Daisy Jacobs’ “The Bigger Picture”, which will screen at the Festival as part of the Park Grove Grand Jury Shorts Competition, a category sponsored by luxury developers Terra Group and The Related Group.

From the 2014 Festival, Knight Documentary Grand Jury award-winning film Finding Vivian Maier by John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, is also nominated for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category. A fifth Festival official selection nominated for an Oscar, this time in the Best Live-Action Short Film category, is “The Phone Call” starring Sally Hawkins, which was also screened in the 2014 Festival, as part of the Papi Shorts Competition, presented by Macy’s.
Special presentations and Miami premieres for Miami Film Society members (held at private screenings throughout the year) made impressive showings in several categories. Boyhood, which was a Miami Film Society presentation in June, is nominated for a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture and Best Director. Inherent Vice, which was the special presentation for December, is nominated for two Oscars, including Best Adapted Screenplay.
Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater is currently screening Poland’s Best Foreign Language Oscar contender, Pawel Pawlikowski’Ida.

The full program of the 32nd edition Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival will be announced on January 27th. For membership opportunities or more information about Miami International Film Festival, please visit or call 305-237-FILM(3456). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.


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About Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival
Celebrating its 32nd annual edition March 6 – 15, 2015, Miami Dade College’s Miami International 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 International 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 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 Dade College’s 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 its community with 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

About Terra Group
Founded in 2001 by Pedro & David Martin, Terra Group is a leading Miami-based real estate development company that has built a reputation for quality one-of-a-kind projects approached with originality and vision. The award-winning company is comprised of hand-picked and highly trained leaders within various industries including architects, builders, developers, lawyers, businessmen and designers. Terra Group’s land acquisitions have been geographically spread throughout South Florida. Projects include: Grove at Grand Bay in Coconut Grove, Glass in Miami Beach, 900 Biscayne Bay, 600 Biscayne (Freedom Tower Site), Quantum on the Bay, Metropolis, Nautica, Las Sevillas and Las Ramblas in West Miami, and Reserve at Doral, Doral Cay, Vintage Estates & Vintage Place in Doral and Atlantic15 in Sunny Isles.  For more information, visit

About The Related Group
The Related Group was established in 1979, and is America’s leading developer of sophisticated metropolitan living and one of the largest firms.  For more than 30 years, The Related Group has created innovative residential developments that have dramatically changed South Florida’s urban landscape. Since its inception, the privately held company has built and managed more than 85,000 condominium and apartment residences. The Related Group has earned a national reputation for its visionary design and development of luxury condominiums, mixed-use center and affordable rental properties – often in emerging or undiscovered neighborhoods. The firm is one of the largest Hispanic-owned businesses in the United States with a development portfolio of projects worth in excess of $15 billion. TIME Magazine named Mr. Pérez one of top 25 most influential Hispanics in the United States, and has made the cover of Forbes twice. The Related Group has redefined the new cycle of real estate with the rollout of over 12 projects beginning with Apogee Beach in Hollywood and Mybrickell in downtown Miami, the first in each of their respective neighborhoods to break ground since the boom. For more information, visit

Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival Contacts:
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-804-8424,
Margie Sernik, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-456-0483,
Juan C. Mendieta, +1 305-237-7611,
Sue Arrowsmith, +1 305-237-3710,
Alejandro Rios, +1 305-237-7482,