Pablo Larrain’s EMA Wins 2 Early Awards at 37th Miami Film Festival; Top International Talent on Red Carpet as Festival Opens

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Miami, FL — Glamorous international film stars Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang will join director Giuseppe Capotondi tonight on the Opening Night Red Carpet of the 37th edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival to present their new film The Burnt Orange Heresy, at the historic Olympia Theater. The Festival will run from March 6 – 15.

The Opening Night ceremonies will include the presentation of the Festival’s first two awards, which are craft awards both won by the same film – Pablo Larrain’s Ema, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal and Mariana Di Girolamo, who is scheduled to attend the Festival later in the week to be honored as one of Variety’s 10 Latinxs To Watch for 2020.

The Oolite Arts Miami Film Festival Poster Design Award will go to Daniel González Sánchez of Buena Suerte studio in Santiago, Chile for his design for Ema. The selection was made by celebrated illustrator and movie poster art designer Akiko Stehrenberger, who commented: “I chose Ema because the imagery is striking and gets me interested in learning what the film is about. The composition is simple and clean, the type layout and font choice is well considered, and the restrained color palette with the pop of fuchsia is eye catching. Less is more always wins with me!” Stehrenberger included honorable mentions for additional outstanding poster designs for the short films “Wax Paul Now” and “Buddy Boca”.

The Oolite Arts Miami Film Festival Trailer Award will go to Hands Up Paris for their trailer for Ema. The selection was made by the 2019 winner of the award, Los Angeles-based editor Joe Hackman, who said in a statement: “It hooked me from the beginning. I loved the way the music was fully integrated into the piece, the beautiful photography of Valparaíso, and the strong emotions that come bursting out with the dance in the second half. The editing was stylized but felt true to the style and flair of Larraín’s vision…When the trailer ended, I immediately wanted to know everything about the film. That is the definition of a successful trailer.” Hackman included honorable mentions for additional outstanding trailers for This is Cristina and Instinct and to Miami-based editor Rodrigo Alfonso for his trailer for the short film “Being”.

The presentation of the Poster Design Award will be made by Aaron Feinberg, CFO of Oolite Arts, and Feinberg and Joe Hackman will mutually present the Trailer Award. Hackman is attending the Festival to give a Oolite Skills Master Class at Miami Film Festival on “The Art of Trailer Editing”, scheduled for Saturday, March 7, at 12:30 p.m., at Silverspot Cinemas.

Ema will screen twice at Miami Film Festival, Monday, March 9 at 7 p.m., at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami, for which tickets are still available at A second screening, scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at 12:45 p.m., at Silverspot Cinemas, is already at capacity for advance ticket sales.

An additional Oolite Skills Master Class at Miami Film Festival on “The Art of a Great Film Poster” with designer Edel Rodriguez, will take place on Saturday, March 14, at 12:30 p.m., at Silverspot Cinemas.
About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival      
Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami GEMS Festival in October and its 37th annual edition March 6 – 15, 2020, Miami Dade College’s Miami 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 45,000 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 ten years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 550 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Miami 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 2019-20 Festival season include Knight Foundation, Miami Downtown Development Authority, Telemundo, American Airlines and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About Oolite Arts
Oolite Arts helps Miami-based artists advance their careers and inspires the cultural community to engage with their work.  Established in 1984, Oolite Arts is both a community and a resource, providing visual artists with the studio space, exhibition opportunities and financial support they need to experiment, grow and enrich the city. Through its educational programming, Oolite Arts helps Miamians learn about contemporary art and develop their own artistic skills.  For more, visit

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