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August 21, 2014
Miami International Film Festival, a Program of Miami Dade College’s MDCulture, Announces Park Grove as the New
Shorts Competition Sponsor With $2,500 Award

Co-Developers Terra Group and The Related Group Celebrate Art & Film

MIAMI — Looking ahead to its 32nd edition, Miami International Film Festival (MiamiFF) is delighted to announce luxury developers Terra Group and The Related Group as sponsors of this year’s Shorts Competition in the name of their upcoming Park Grove condominium partnership. The Park Grove Shorts Competition, as it will now be known, will present a winning filmmaker with a $2,500 cash prize at MiamiFF32, to be held March 6-15, 2015.

The news will be formally announced tonight, Thursday, August 21st from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM in the spectacular Park Grove Penthouse Gallery, at a cinematic soiree for MiamiFF’s Miami Film Society members.  Celebrating the art of the short form, the evening will feature a screening of “Curfew”, writer / director Shawn Christensen’s 2013 Academy Award Winner for Best Live-Action Short. The evening, open to Miami Film Society members, MiamiFF sponsors, Screening Committee members and Coconut Grove luminaries, continues the series of monthly MiamiFF special events throughout Miami-Dade County which lead up to the 2015 Festival.

Jaie Laplante, Executive Director of MiamiFF, says “The Festival is delighted to have Pedro Martin, David Martin, and Jorge Perez, three champions of the South Florida art scene, support MiamiFF’s participating short filmmakers. The Park Grove is the ideal party setting for art, architecture and film to come together in one perfect Miami evening.”

While in the last five years MiamiFF’s Shorts Competition has awarded winners from across the globe – France (twice), Chile, China and Scotland – Terra Group’s President and Co-Founder David Martin hopes South Florida’s homegrown filmmakers will continue creating exciting film projects, stating of his support, “I think it’s crucial to cultivate and nurture our local talent. Artists, filmmakers, writers and talent are the fabric of Miami’s cultural backbone and we need to encourage their growth so that our city experiences the benefits of their work.”

“We have a longstanding history of supporting the communities and neighborhoods where we develop, especially in the arts and cultural fields, says Carlos Rosso, President of Condominium Development at The Related Group. “We’re very excited to be supporting the Miami International Film Festival, as it promotes Miami’s growing talent.”

The multi-layered Park Grove event is indicative of the international nature, excitement and creative partnerships MiamiFF accomplishes each year: Miami International Film Festival annually attracts over 400 filmmakers from across the globe; Terra Group and Park Grove partner The Related Group have each developed spectacularly luxurious residential towers which have visually transformed Miami’s new cityscape, attracting a chic international citizenry; “Curfew”, shot throughout New York’s geographical plethora of glamour and grit, and winner of 48 International film awards, is acclaimed as one of the very best 19-minute films currently on the international circuit.

Event attendees will also be briefed on an exciting, audience-interactive development for 2015 – the Knight Documentary Competition transforms into being viewer-awarded instead of traditionally jury-awarded, with physical ballots tallying real-time results from film-lovers attending the screenings. The Park Grove Shorts Competition joins other significant competitions held at the annual MiamiFF, including the signature Knight Competition and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Competition.

For membership opportunities or more information, 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 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 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

MiamiFF Contacts:
Jessica Wade Pfeffer, Jessica Wade Inc., +1 305-804-8424, “>
Margie Sernik, Jessica Wade Inc.,  +1 305-456-0483,
MDC Contacts:
Juan Mendieta, +1 305-237-7611,

Tere Estorino, +1 305-237-3949,
Sue Arrowsmith, +1 305-237-3710,

Alejandro Rios, +1 305-237-7482,