Festival Contact: Tatyana Chiocchetti
Tel: +1 786-390-4874

MDC Contact: Juan Mendieta
Tel: +1 305-237-7611

November 20, 2013



Miami International Film Festival, Produced and Presented by Miami Dade College, Unveils 2014 Official Poster

Miami, FL — Miami International Film Festival’s 2014 poster image was selected from the work of Manchester-born, Miami-based portraiture photo artist Shayna Batya. Batya’s image marks the fourth time in MIFF’s 31 year history that a photograph will represent the Festival.  Embodying MIFF’s “Every Character Under the Sun” theme, Batya’s image takes a moving look at both grizzled movie characters and movie makeup magic.

“Shayna Batya has photographed subjects around the world, though it is her voluminous work and unique take on documenting the life and people of Miami that caught our attention,” said MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante.   “The faces she captures on film speak to character, movies and mystery…and Miami.”

To celebrate a new season of MIFF’s CINEDWNTWN program, presented by Downtown Development Authority of Miami, the poster will be launched at downtown Miami’s new CU1 Gallery in The Security Building.

Artist statement: “One can tell so much or so little from a portrait photograph. Photography allows a viewer to guess if an image is “real” or not…Like film, a portrait photograph mirrors reality in a way that can be so convincing, it feels ‘real’. Everybody has a story, everyone is a character.”  – Shayna Batya

WHO:    Jaie Laplante, executive director, Miami International Film Festival and Miami-based portraiture photo artist Shayna Batya.

WHAT:     Cocktail reception and unveiling of MIFF 2014 official poster

WHEN:     Friday, November 22: Reception at 5:00 PM | Unveiling at 6:00 PM

WHERE:   CU1 Gallery, 117 NE 1st Avenue, Ground Floor, Miami, FL 33132

Additional MDC media contacts: Tere Estorino Florin, director of media relations, 305-237-3949,; Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,; or Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,