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Black Films To Watch For Black History Months

February 9th, 2021 No comments

FLIFF Unveils 2020 Film Festival Poster

August 29th, 2020 No comments





Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Friday, August 28) –The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) unveiled the poster and trailer for the 35th annual edition on the 40’ screen at FLIFF Drive-In Cinema last night at Pier Sixty-Six Marina South. Prior to the debut, live entertainment included: a dazzling stilt walker, a classic car display provided by Russ G. Events, and live music performed by local South Florida artists Cynfully Sweet, Ambori Jani, and Taylor Davis. Shared on screen were video congratulations for FLIFF’s 35 years from past Honorees, actors Joe Pantoliano and Diane Baker, Ed Harris and Kerry Sanders. Read more…

Miami International Film Fest 2020

March 5th, 2020 No comments

MDC’s 37th Edition of Miami Film Festival

 to Open with The Burnt Orange Heresy

Celebrities and filmmakers will walk the red carpet.


What:    Miami Dade College’s 37th annual Miami Film Festival will open with THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY, a film based on Miami novelist and former Miami Dade College writing professor, Charles Willeford, who through his writings explored the dark side of Florida. The film has a stellar cast that includes smart, sly, and delightful performances from Mick Jagger, Donald Sutherland, Elizabeth Debicki and Claes Bang. 

Who:      Arriving on the red carpet are the stars and director of the opening night film.

About the film:

The art world and the underworld collide in director Giuseppe Capotondi’s elegant and erotic neo-noir thriller, THE BURNT ORANGE HERESY. Set-in present-day Italy, irresistibly charismatic art critic James Figueras (Bang) hooks up with provocative and alluring fellow American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). He’s a classic anti-hero in the making with a charm that masks his ambition, whilst she’s an innocent touring Europe, enjoying the freedom of being whoever she wishes. The new lovers travel to the lavish and opulent Lake Como estate of powerful art collector, Cassidy (Jagger). Their host reveals he is the patron of Jerome Debney (Sutherland), the reclusive J.D. Salinger of the art world, and he has a simple request: for James to steal a Debney masterpiece from the artist’s studio, whatever the cost. As the couple spend time with the legendary Debney, they start to realize that nothing about the artist nor their mission is what it seems. But James is a man of deep, lurking ambition and he will do anything, from arson and burglary to murder, in order to further his career.


Actress Elizabeth Debicki, is remembered for her role as Ayesha in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and will reprise her role in the upcoming third installment of the seriesShe was also in The Great Gatsby, Widows, and Everest.


Danish actor Claes Bang is known for his role in The Girl in the Spider’s Web, and as Count Dracula in the BBC mini-series Dracula. He won the European Film Award for Best Actor, for his role as Christian in Ruben Östlund’s 2017 film The Square.


Director Giuseppe Capotondi is known for feature films, Berlin Station and Suburra: Blood on Rome, The Double Hour.


Local and visiting cast and crew members will also walk the red carpet for photos.

When:    Friday, March 6th

4:30 PM – 5:30 PM Press Check-In

6:00 PM Red Carpet opens

Where: Olympia Theater, 174 E. Flagler Street, Miami, FL. 33131.

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Ft. Lauderdale International Film Fest Announces Line-Up 2019

August 29th, 2019 No comments




Honorees Include:

Joe Pantoliano, Kevin Pollak, Diane Baker, Peter Riegert

Marco Leonardi, Natalia Oreiro, Justin Long and Bill Grefe


Special Guests Returning this year are Karen Allen and Talia Shire



Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 29, 2019) — The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) returns for its 34th year, November 1-17, with an exciting line-up of more than 150 films (60 feature film premieres representing over 25 countries), over-the-top theme parties, and both renowned and aspiring film talent.  American Independent, foreign language, and films from Florida will include features, documentaries and shorts with an eclectic array of genres. Read more…

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Robert Adanto’s Art Documentaries at ArtPalmBeach

December 26th, 2018 No comments

Robert Adanto’s documentaries: Born Just Now and The



F Word are going to be presented at



this year’s ArtPalmBeach Contemporary Art Fair in



West Palm Beach! 





Born Just Now, which participated in the Sundance Institute Documentary Program’s Lab in Miami, looks at the Belgrade-based performance artist Marta Jovanović. The film covers a year and a half in her life, during which she left an abusive relationship and eight-year marriage.


Trailer: https://vimeo.com/163410783


The F Word examines radical “4th-wave” feminist performance in Brooklyn. The film features interviews with artists Narcissister, Ann Hirsch, Kate Durbin, and Leah Schrager, while curator/scholars Dr. Kathy Battista and Nancy Princenthal provide context.


Trailer: https://vimeo.com/133657286






WHEN: Friday, January 18 and Sunday, January 20 at 3:00 PM


WHEN: Saturday, January 19 at 3:00 PM


650 Okeechobee Blvd, West Palm Beach, FL

Robert Adanto was born in Los Angeles and is currently based in West Palm Beach. A classically-trained actor and documentary filmmaker, he earned his M.F.A. in Acting from New York University’s Graduate Acting Program. As a filmmaker, he is interested in exploring how artists respond to rapid, sometimes catastrophic change. His documentaries have looked at China’s meteoric march towards the future (The Rising Tide, 2008), the lives and works of Iranian female artists (Pearls on the Ocean Floor, 2010); the impact of Hurricane Katrina on the lives of New Orleans-based artists (City of Memory, 2014); and radical “4th wave” feminist performance in Brooklyn (The F Word, 2015). He is currently working on an animated non-fiction work with German producer Dirk Manthey. A fellow of the Sundance Institute Documentary Program, Robert’s films have enjoyed screenings at over 40 international film festivals and have been presented at the Smithsonian Institution’s Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C., the National Center for Contemporary Art in Moscow, The MFA Boston, LACMA, The Hammer Museum, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, and The National Museum of Australia in Canberra, amongst others.

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“FLIFF” It’s a Wrap

November 16th, 2018 No comments





With Special Guests: Rob’s Parents Who Completed the Film 




“The Hunger Games” and “Ocean’s 8” writer/director Gary Ross

Actor & Filmmaker Paul Lieberstein

Renowned Artist Forrest “Frosty” Myers

“Caddyshack” & “Tron” Star, Cindy Morgan


 WHAT:   During the last weekend of The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, the fest brings in a bevy of celebrity talent and holds one of their most off-the-charts, over-the-top parties, The Wrap Party Extravaganza.


Gary Ross, renowned writer/director of films including the fantasy comedy-drama film PLEASANTVILLE, the sports drama film SEABISCUIT, the sci-fi action film THE HUNGER GAMES, and most recently the action-crime-comedy OCEAN’S 8.  Ross’s first screenplay that was made into a feature film was the Tom Hanks hit BIG.  FLIFF will present Gary Ross with a Lifetime Achievement Award prior to the tribute screening of PLEASANTVILLE, which will be followed by an audience Q&A.



Paul Lieberstein, who starred as the soft spoken, mild-mannered Toby Flenderson in NBC’s THE OFFICE was also the NBC’s hit sitcom writer, director, producer and showrunner.   Lieberstein presents the Southeast Premiere of his comedy SONG OF BACK AND NECK at FLIFF.  The comedy, inspired by his own physical pain, marks his feature film directorial debut which he wrote, produced and stars as Fred, a nice guy who is not taken seriously by anyone. When a beautiful client comes in looking for a divorce lawyer, she and Fred hit it off.  She suggests he see an acupuncturist, who discovers that Fred has a unique talent.

Forrest “Frosty” Myers – in 1961, Frosty entered a rapidly changing art scene in New York. He was one of several artists that pioneered living and working in abandoned lofts that led the urban renewal in what became the downtown scene in lower Manhattan, Soho and ultimately Brooklyn.  Frosty is recognized for his sculpture “The Wall” (aka The Gateway to Soho) and for the “moon museum” the first art placed on the Moon, as well as for his radical furniture that blurred the lines of art and design.  Producer Debra Arch Myers will attend with Frosty Myers.  The Florida Premiere of THE ART & TIMES OF FROSTY MYERS, held this past week during FLIFF, documents his career over the past half-century.

Brian and Sandy Stewart took over the role of producers of their son Rob’s third film, SHARKWATER EXTINCTION, after the 37-year-old died during a diving accident that took place during filming in the Florida Keys in 2017.  The young director from Canada devoted his life to saving sharks and thus, saving our oceans.

Sharkwater Extinction


Brock Cahill, is a Cinematic Activist and Preservation Tactician, aligned with the Intent of Nature, for The SeaChange Agency and Team Sharkwater.  Brock and Rob were dive partners for the better part of ten years, and spent countless hours strategizing how to change the world, and save the ocean


Teresa Tico, co-director of the powerful documentary POISONING PARADISE which had its Florida Premiere this weekend at FLIFF.  The film exposes the effects of environmental injustice on a local Hawaiian population and joins the international debate about pesticides as well as the people’s movement to hold corporations and governments accountable for poisoning planet Earth. Tico is a Hawaii based attorney and film producer of environmental documentary films to raise awareness about the cultural and environmental impacts of declining resources and climate change.  POISONING PARADISE is co-directed by Keely Shaye Brosnan and executive produced by Pierce Brosnan, residents of Hawaii.

Steve Kelly, director of funny yet touching coming of age football memoir, THE BROMLEY BOYS, played out to the sights and sounds of late 60’s Britain.  Based on the hilarious novel by Dave Roberts, it recounts the author’s highs and the lows supporting the worst football team in the country.  THE BROMLEY BOYS screened at FLIFF this weekend.   Kelly is known for is known for City Rats (2009), Final Breath (II), Strange But True? (1995-1997).

WHEN:  Saturday, November 17

3:45pm:  Lifetime Achievement Award presentation to Gary Ross

5:30pm-5:45pm:  Q&A with Gary Ross

6:45pm-7:45pm:  Red Carpet arrivals

8:00pm:  Film Awards, The Rob Stewart Environmental Award followed by the screening of FLIFF’s Closing Night Film, and Florida Premiere of SHARKWATER EXTINCTION AND Q&A.

 WHERE:  Bailey Hall, Broward College Campus, 3501 Davie Rd, Davie, FL 33314


The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival closes with a Caddyshack Themed Extravaganza produced by FLIFF Executive Board Member, Steve Savor.  When you arrive at the Fort Lauderdale Country Club, you’ll be greeted by a Rodney Dangerfield look-a-like.  As you enter the Club House you can take a photo with actress Cindy Morgan (Tron) who portrays Lacey Underall in Caddyshack.  Three will be a bountiful buffet, three bars, models dressed 80’s style, a neon lit putting green, a live band and dancing.   On the 18th hole, you’ll spot a sea of golf carts fanned out drive-in movie style in front of a 40ft Jumbo Screen for the presentation of the filmed in Fort Lauderdale CADDYSHACK.  The Photo Ops are endless!

WHERE:  Fort Lauderdale Country Club: 415 E Country Club Cir, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317.

WHEN:   Sunday, November 18

6:00pm-6:30pm:   Photos with Cindy Morgan at the Clubhouse

6:30pm-7:00pm:   Grab a bite to eat

7:00pm:   Head to the putting green and the drive-in movie set

7:30pm:   Gregory von Hausch will introduce Cindy Morgan, and Rodney Dangerfield


Miami Film Fest to partner with Fashion in Film

November 9th, 2018 No comments

Miami Design District and Miami Dade


College’s Miami Film Festival


Announce Collaboration on Fashion in Film


Program for 2019 Festival


Curated by Marketa Uhlirova, Fashion in Film Festival,

University of the Arts London



Miami, FL — Miami Design District (MDD) and Miami Dade College (MDC) announce a new partnership to present the acclaimed Fashion in Film Festival, curated by Marketa Uhlirova, University of the Arts London, Central Saint Martins, in the Miami Design District as part of the upcoming 36th edition of Miami Film Festival, March 1 – 10, 2019.

 “Cinema at its best takes us to places of wonder, and for our next edition Miami Film Festival will take cinema to a new place of wonder: the Miami Design District, one of Miami’s coolest neighborhoods,” said Miami Film Festival executive director Jaie Laplante. “We are thrilled to be expanding the 36th edition of the Festival into this oasis for culture, art, food, fashion, and film.”

“Every year Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival puts on an extraordinary and surprising program. This year, the Miami Design District is honored to co-present and host the Fashion in Film Festival through this collaboration and partnership with the Miami Film Festival and Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts, London. We are grateful to Cathy Leff for helping bring Fashion in Film to the District and this new and exciting partnership with the Miami Film Festival,” said Craig Robins, President & CEO of Dacra, the real estate development company behind the Miami Design District. “The District serves as a center for high fashion, luxury and design.  It also is a vibrant cultural hub where creative and enriching programming comes to life that serves our community. I couldn’t think of a better place for Fashion in Film to take place. Get your tickets early.”

This special Miami edition of the London festival takes place during the final weekend of Miami Film Festival, March 8-10th.The program will consist of a specially curated program comprising screenings, performance, panel discussions, and chats that explore the intersection between fashion and cinema. The program will be presented at Nite Owl Theater and in Paradise Plaza, a popular convening place within the District.

“For Miami, I am interested in staging a speculative dialogue between cinema, fashion and art – as three areas of creative practice that are normally seen as separate – to consider different kinds of intersections and continuities among them. Looking at the entire history of cinema it is evident that fashion and dress have been among major concerns for filmmakers and artists working in the medium of moving image. There has been great interest in the rituals of dressing, undressing, and posing; in self-fashioning and physical transformation; in the decadently pleasurable qualities of decorative surfaces, in the poetry and uncanny tension between the organic and the artificial body – and that of disembodied clothes that assume a life of their own,” commented curator Marketa Uhlirova, co-founder and director of the annual London festival.

While the full line-up of Fashion in Film will be unveiled in late January, Uhlirova, Laplante, and Leff divulged details of the program’s opening event taking place on March 8th. In collaboration with London composer, music producer, and filmmaker Rollo Smallcombe, Uhlirova will present The Inferno Unseen, their own assemblage of rushes from the kinetically experimental visuals of Henri-George Clouzot’s The Inferno, starring Romy Schneider, one of the most tantalizing uncompleted projects in film history. Smallcombe will accompany the presentation with live music. A Festival party on the rooftop deck of Paradise Plaza will complete the evening.

Miami Design District and Miami Film Festival’s announcement was unveiled at a reception in one of the future venues for the program, Nite Owl Theater, and was accompanied by a screening of James Crump’s new fashion documentary Antonio Lopez 1970: Sex, Fashion & Disco, courtesy of Film Movement.

Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival produced and presented worldwide by a college or university. MDC is also home to the renowned Miami Fashion Institute which has also used film as a teaching tool with its popular film series.

Tickets for Miami Film Festival, including the Fashion in Film program, will go on sale to Miami Film Society members exclusively on Friday, February 1st and to the general public on Friday, February 8th. Tickets: 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF) or miamifilmfestival.com .

For membership opportunities or more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456). Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.

About Miami Design District

The Miami Design District is a neighborhood dedicated to innovative fashion, design, architecture and dining experiences. The Miami Design District is owned by Miami Design District Associates, a partnership between Dacra, founded and owned by visionary entrepreneur Craig Robins, and L Catterton Real Estate, a global real estate development and investment fund, specializing in creating luxury shopping destinations. Together Dacra and L Catterton Real Estate have actively transformed the once-overlooked area of Miami into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by presenting the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within an architecturally significant context. The vision for a rejuvenated Design District — responsive to its historic, urban and tropical context – was codified in an urban master plan developed by the award-winning master planners Duany Plater-Zyberk, with the additional participation of architects including Walter Chatham, Hariri and Hariri, Juan Lezcano, Terence Riley, and Alison Spear. The Miami Design District embodies a singular dedication to the unity of design, fashion, art and architecture, and a commitment to encourage a neighborhood comprised of creative experiences.

About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival                                                      

Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami 2018 GEMS Festival October 11-14, 2018 and its 36th annual edition March 1 – 10, 2019, 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 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 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 2018-19 Festival season include American Airlines, Telemundo and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-237-FILM (3456).

About Marketa Uhlirova

Marketa Uhlirova is an art historian with an interest in the display, representation, and mediation of fashion and dress, especially in the moving image. She is a co-founder and director of the Fashion in Film Festival, and a Senior Research Fellow at Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London. Her film programs have been hosted by leading arts venues including Tate Modern, Barbican, Palazzo Grassi, Danish Film Institute and Museum of the Moving Image, New York. She has recently co-produced and co-edited The Inferno Unseen (2017), a new cut of the unfinished 1964 film by Henri-Georges Clouzot, which is still touring internationally. Marketa is also the editor of Fashion in Film’s publications, including If Looks Could Kill: Cinema’s Images of Fashion, Crime and Violence (2008) and the award-winning Birds of Paradise: Costume as Cinematic Spectacle (2013), and a regular speaker at cinema and arts venues including the BFI Southbank, ICA, and Museum of the Moving Image, New York. She has contributed writing to Fashion Theory, Art Monthly, Aperture, AnOther, Notebook and others.

 About the Fashion in Film Festival

Fashion in Film is an exhibitions, research, and education project based at Central Saint Martins, part of the University of the Arts London. The first festival was launched in London in May 2006 as the first film festival of its kind and has since become a leading international project exploring the common ground shared by fashion and film. At the heart of its mission is archival and scholarly research, combined with accessible and wide-reaching debate. The program draws on a rich history of the moving image and brings together documentary and fashion films, commercials, newsreels, early cinema and experimental film as well as classic and forgotten gems in European, American and World cinemas. Through a focus on fashion and film costume, the festival mixes the worlds of cinephilia, popular culture, design, art and the underground.

Interdisciplinary by design, Fashion in Film promotes collaborations and dialogue between curators, historians, archivists, fashion designers, artists, filmmakers, musicians and writers, aiming to explore the connections between moving image and clothing, and more broadly, questions of design in film.

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Hurricane Victims to get Boost from FLIFF Opening Night Gala

October 19th, 2018 No comments

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &

Casino Hollywood 

hosts Opening Night of the

The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film


and the East Coast Premiere of “The Return of the Hero”


FLiFF to Donate a Portion of the Proceeds to


Assist Victims of Hurricane Michael



Jean Dujardin and Noémie Merlant in Le retour du héros



Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct. 18, 2018)  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night festivities at the Hard Rock Event Center on Friday Nov. 2, 2018. The evening includes the East Coast Premiere of the swashbuckling comedy The Return of the Hero and a post-screening soiree with a French flair that includes scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Directed by Laurent Tirard (Molière), The Return of the Hero pairs Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin, (The Artist) as dashing swindler Captain Neuville and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) as his sharp-tongued nemesis, Elizabeth.  Set in the year 1809, Neuville is to marry the naive Pauline when war breaks out, forcing him to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline becomes ill with worry. Her sister Elizabeth devises a plan to write fake letters on behalf of Neuville, thinking he would never come back. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

“In 2011, we opened our Festival with The Artist starring Jean Dujardin. We’re proud to launch this year’s fest with Jean Dujardin’s hilarious new comedy The Return of the Hero at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, whose team is making our opening night stylish and fun, for the 4th year in a row,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

This year, in light of the recent devastation in the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael, the festival will donate 50% of each full price, $12 ticket sold for the film, to United Way of Northwest Florida. The donation will be applied to relief efforts in that area, which bore the brunt of the Category 4 storm.

Venue location:  The Hard Rock Event Center is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33014.  Valet parking is available. Self-parking will be available in the Winners Way garage and Seminole Way garage.

Admission Prices:

Film Only:   $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $9 Students/Military, $8 FLiFF Members

Party & Film:  $100 general admission, $75 FLiFF Members.

For a downloadable catalogue of films and events go to: https://issuu.com/kenpernadesign.com/docs/2018_fliff_catalog

For advance tickets visit: www.FLiFF.com

FLiFF Film Festival 2018 Dates

September 11th, 2018 No comments



Fort Lauderdale, FL –  The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), a top destination event set at a time of year when South Florida weather is at its best, is known for its relaxed, casual, fun, and friendly down-to-earth atmosphere. FLiFF rolls out more than 200 American Indie and foreign language films and hosts special guests with meet and greet gatherings and parties from Nov 2 – Nov 18, 2018. Read more…

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Miami Film Festival Announces 35th Edition Lineup

February 7th, 2018 No comments

Jason Reitman To Premiere TULLY, Starring

Charlize Theron, As Opening Night of 35th MDC Miami Film Festival;

Isabelle Huppert To Receive Festival’s Precious Gem – Icon Award

Miami, FL — Four-time Oscar nominated writer, director and producer Jason Reitman will premiere Tully, his newest collaboration with Oscar winners Charlize Theron and screenwriter Diablo Cody, as the Opening Night of the 35th edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami Film Festival, on Friday, March 9th at the Olympia Theater.



Charlize Theron in Tully

“Charlize Theron’s fearless performance as a struggling suburban mother on the brink of losing mental control is made possible by another brilliant collaboration by the creators of Juno and Young Adult,” said Festival director Jaie Laplante. “Tully is both a parable and a salve for our stressed-out times – it reminds us all of who we are, and there is no more beautiful way to open our 35th edition than with this film.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Icon Award to the great French actress Isabelle Huppert, recent Oscar nominee for Elle and the most nominated actress in César Award history – a total of 16 nominations from France’s Academy – winning twice. She has also twice won the Best Actress award at the Cannes Film Festival, in a career that has seen her work with some of the greatest directors of contemporary times. Huppert will be honored on Friday, March 16th at the Olympia Theater.

Isabelle Huppert in Souvenir

“Isabelle Huppert has made profound contributions to cinema over the course of her illustrious career,” Laplante said. “With her recent performances in Things to Come and Elle, as well as Souvenir and Claire’s Camera, both of which we will be screening in conjunction with her Festival appearance, Ms. Huppert reaches ever-new pinnacles that continually astonish us, and add to her iconic status.”

The Festival will give its Precious Gem – Master Award to Spain’s greatest living filmmaker, Carlos Saura, on the occasion of a new documentary about the master’s career and family life, Félix Viscarret’s Goya-lauded Saura(s), on Sunday, March 11th at the Olympia Theater.

Antonio Saura, Carlos Saura, and Félix Viscarret in Saura(s)

“Carlos Saura returns to Miami after receiving the Festival’s Career Achievement Tribute Award at our 20th edition in 2003,” said Laplante. “At that time, he was 71. Now, he’s 86 and has made eight more brilliant films since his last visit to Miami – but with Saura(s), we see him in a new light, as both a filmmaker and a family-maker. He is a peerless master, and we celebrate the life that continues to nourish his art.”

An Opening Night Gala Dinner at EAST, Miami will follow, as well as a simultaneous Opening Night Party at Miami Design District’s new Jungle Plaza.

In all, the Festival will present 148 feature narratives, documentaries and short films of all genres, from 50 different countries, including three countries being represented in the Festival’s Official Selection for the first time– Benin, Georgia and Swaziland. The 35th edition of the Festival runs March 9th – 18th. Thirty-eight of the films are directed or co-directed by women filmmakers. The Festival will wrap up with an Awards Night Gala screening at Olympia Theater of the International premiere of Curro Velázquez’s smash hit Spanish comedy Holy Goalie (Que baje Dios y lo vea), with star Alain Hernández in attendance. All Olympia Theater screenings are part of the Festival’s CINEDWNTWN GALA series, sponsored by Miami Downtown Development Authority. A KORBEL Awards Night Party at The Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building will follow the Awards Night ceremony and screening.

FIRST REFORMED starring Ethan Hawke

Academy Award winning filmmaker Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist) and revered American screenwriter and director Paul Schrader (Taxi Driver, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters, Affliction) will attend the Festival for Marquee presentations of their newest films. The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings accompanied by on-stage conversations with major film personalities of the moment, discussing their career and sharing an exciting new work. Hazanavicius will present Godard Mon Amour, his serio-comic look at Jean-Luc Godard’s love affair with the actress Anne Wiazemsky during the shooting of his classic films La Chinoise and Weekend. Schrader will present First Reformed, a dramatic thriller starring Ethan Hawke, Amanda Seyfried and Cedric The Entertainer. They join (previously announced) Mateo Gil and Jean-Marc Barr in the Marquee section.

The Festival’s specialty programmers are Carl Spence, Thom Powers, Kiva Reardon, Lauren Cohen and Diana Cadavid.

Ten finalists were selected for the Festival’s signature $40,000 Knight Competition, open to feature films directed by filmmakers who have presented at least one feature in a previous edition of the Festival, sponsored by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation. Three of these films will also screen as CINEDWNTWN GALAS at the Olympia Theater, sponsored by Miami DDA. The finalists are:
1. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
2. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
3. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
4. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. My Love or My Passion(Argentina, directed by Marcos Carnevale). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
6. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
7. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
8. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
9. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
10. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).


Eleven finalists were selected for the Festival’s inaugural $10,000 Knight Made in MIA Competition, sponsored by Knight Foundation, which is open to any film – short or feature, documentary or narrative – in the Festival’s Official Selection that features a qualitatively/quantitatively substantial portion of its content (story, setting and actual filming location) in South Florida, from West Palm Beach to the Florida Keys, and that most universally demonstrates a common ground of pride, emotion, and faith for the South Florida community. The new award was inspired by the international success and 2017 Best Picture Oscar win by the Miami-set Moonlight, directed by former Miami resident Barry Jenkins and co-written by Tarell McCraney. The finalists are:
1. “#THECONNECTEDMAN”, directed by Fabián Cárdenas.
2. “Ayita’s Dream”, directed by Isis Masoud, Roger Ingraham.
3. “Fight Like a Girl”, directed by Agustín Gonzalez, Nicole Wulf.
4. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys, directed by David Abel.
5. Latinegras: The Journey of Self-Love Through An Afrolatina Lens, directed by Omilani Alarcón. *WORLD PREMIERE
6. Love in Youth, directed by Quincy Perkins. *WORLD PREMIERE
7. Make Love Great Again, directed by Aaron Agrasanchez.
8. “Noa”, directed by Angel Barrota. *WORLD PREMIERE
9. Operation Odessa, directed by Tiller Russell.
10. “Roadside Attraction”, directed by Ivette Lucas, Patrick Bresnan.
11. “Supermarket”, directed by Rhonda Mitrani. *WORLD PREMIERE



Two significant Soiree nights will pair a major film event with one of Miami Film Festival’s world-famous parties. An Evening with Tim Clancy, the showrunner of HBO’s acclaimed Vice series through six seasons, will present a big-screen return look at three significant Vice episodes, followed by an in-depth, on-stage conversation about Vice’s Emmy Award-winning approach, philosophies and techniques. “HBO NIGHT” continues with a party at downtown Miami’s newest hotspot, The Wharf. Greg Berlanti’s Love, Simon will have its Festival premiere at the Regal Cinemas South Beach and continue with a Light Box Love Story soiree at Miami Light Project’s Goldman Warehouse in Wynwood.

The fiercely-contested, audience-voted $10,000 Knight Documentary Achievement Award, sponsored by Knight Foundation, returns with 24 finalists, including 4 world premieres, and new films from Oscar winner Morgan Neville (20 Feet From Stardom), Oscar nominee Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond, In America), Goya winners Félix Viscarret and Gustavo Salmerón, Emmy winner Rene Balcer (Law & Order), Sundance 2018 prize winners Tim Wardle and Maxim Pozdorovkin, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist David Abel and the late Oscar winner Jonathan Demme, as executive producer on The Foreigner’s Home. Subjects featured in the films include Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Edwidge Danticat, Toni Morrison, Mr. Rogers, Andre Agassi, Imagine Dragons’ Dan Reynolds, Cuban-America playwright María Irene Fornés and Miami’s Rene Lecour. The finalists are:
1. 6 Weeks To Mother’s Day (USA, directed by Marvin Blunte).
2. Above The Drowning Sea (Canada, directed by Rene Balcer, Nicola Zavaglia).
3. Amigo Skate, Cuba (USA, directed by Vanesa Wilkey-Escobar). *WORLD PREMIERE
4. Believer (USA, directed by Don Argott).
5. Cuban Food Stories (USA, directed by Asori Soto).
6. Dolphin Man (Greece/Canada/France/Japan, directed by Lefteris Charitos).
7. Foreign Land (Israel, directed by Shlomi Eldar).
8. The Foreigner’s Home (USA/France, directed by Rian Brown, Geoff Pingree).
9. Gladesmen: The Last of The Sawgrass Cowboys (USA, directed by David Abel).
10. In Search of Voodoo: Roots To Heaven (USA/Benin, directed by Djimon Hounsou). *WORLD PREMIERE
11. Liyana (USA/Qatar/Swaziland, directed by Aaron Kopp, Amanda Kopp).
12. Lots of Kids, A Monkey and a Castle (Spain, directed by Gustavo Salmerón).
13. Love Means Zero (USA, directed by Jason Kohn).
14. The Music of the Spheres (Cuba/USA, directed by Marcel Beltrán). *WORLD PREMIERE
15. Nuyorican Basquet (Puerto Rico, directed by Julio César Torres, Ricardo Olivero Lora).
16. The Oldies (Cuba/USA/Venezuela, directed by Rosana Matecki).
17. Operation Odessa (USA, directed by Tiller Russell).
18. Our New President (USA, directed by Maxim Pozdorovkin).
19. RBG (USA, directed by Betsy West, Julie Cohen).
20. The Rest I Make Up (USA, directed by Michelle Memran).
21. Saura(s) (Spain, directed by Félix Viscarret).
22. Three Identical Strangers (USA, directed by Tim Wardle).
23. When The Beat Drops (USA, directed by Jamal Sims). *WORLD PREMIERE
24. Won’t You Be My Neighbor? (USA, directed by Morgan Neville).

HBO returns as sponsor of the Festival’s $10,000 Ibero-American Feature Film Competition, this year featuring 25 finalists, including three world premieres. Three of the films in this section star Argentine actress Dolores Fonzi, prompting Festival organizers to declare Monday, March 12th “DOLORES FONZI DAY” at Miami Film Festival. The finalists are:
1. Al Berto (Portugal, directed by Vicente Alves do Ó).
2. Another Story of the World (Uruguay, directed by Guillermo Casanova).
3. April’s Daughter (Mexico, directed by Michel Franco).
4. Ashes (Ecuador/Uruguay, directed by Juan Sebastián Jácome). *WORLD PREMIERE
5. Bingo: The King of the Mornings (Brazil, directed by Daniel Rezende).
6. Candelaria (Colombia/Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Norway, directed by Jhonny Hendrix-Hinestroza).
7. Cocote (Dominican Republic, directed by Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias).
8. The Eternal Feminine (Mexico, directed by Natalia Beristáin).
9. The Future Ahead (Argentina, directed by Constanza Novick). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film
10. Hunting Season (Argentina/USA/Germany/France, directed by Natalia Garagiola).
11. In Love & In Hate (Argentina, directed by Alejandro Maci). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
12. Killing Jesus (Colombia/Argentina, directed by Laura Mora).
13. La Familia (Venezuela/Chile/Norway, directed by Gustavo Rondón Córdova).
14. The Last Suit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Pablo Solarz).
15. The Laws of Thermodynamics (Spain, directed by Mateo Gil). *WORLD PREMIERE
16. On The Seventh Day (USA, directed by Jim McKay).
17. The River (Bolivia/Ecuador, directed by Juan Pablo Richter). *WORLD PREMIERE
18. Sergio and Sergei (Cuba/Spain, directed by Ernesto Daranás).
19. The Skin of the Wolf (Spain, directed by Samu Fuentes).
20. A Sort of Family (Argentina, directed by Diego Lerman).
21. The Summit (Argentina/Spain, directed by Santiago Mitre). *CINEDWNTWN GALA
22. Tigre (Argentina, directed by Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola).
23. Time Share (Mexico, directed by Sebastián Hofmann).
24. The Warning (Spain, directed by Daniel Calparsoro).
25. Wind Traces (Mexico, directed by Jimena Montemayor Loyo). *DOLORES FONZI DAY Film

The highly sought-after $10,000 Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award, won in recent years by Oscar nominated Theeb, Venice Golden Lion winner From Afar and Chilean world premiere launch Little White Lie, has 20 diverse and intriguing first-produced screenplays in competition. All but two of the finalists also directed his or her screenplay. The finalists are:
1. Michael Pearce for Beast (UK).
2. Cory Bowles for Black Cop (Canada).
3. Taylor Allen, Andrew Logan for Chappaquiddick (USA).
4. Nelson Carlo de Los Santos Arias for Cocote (Dominican Republic).
5. Xavier Legrand for Custody (France).
6. Feifei Wang for From Where We’ve Fallen (China).
7. Constanza Novick for The Future Ahead (Argentina).
8. Sonja Maria Kröner for The Garden (Germany).
9. Lucien Bourjeily for Heaven Without People (Lebanon).
10. Natalia Garagiola for Hunting Season (Argentina).
11. Christian Papierniak for Izzy Gets the F*ck Across Town (USA).
12. Blake Jenner for Juvenile (USA).
13. Quincy Perkins for Love in Youth (USA). *WORLD PREMIERE
14. Molly McGlynn for Mary Goes Round (Canada).
15. Ziyang Zhou for Old Beast (China).
16. Juan Pablo Richter for The River (Bolivia/Ecuador). *WORLD PREMIERE
17. Ana Urushadze for Scary Mother (Georgia).
18. Samu Fuentes for The Skin of the Wolf (Spain).
19. Silvina Schnicer for Tigre (Argentina).
20. Hlynur Palmason for Winter Brothers (Denmark).


Willem Dafoe stars in The Florida Project

Seven finalists for the Festival’s $5,000 Zeno Mountain Award were announced at an earlier date. A previously-announced Precious Gem Award for Miami-based independent producers Kevin Chinoy and Francesca Silvestri (The Florida Project) will be presented at the Awards Night Gala on March 17. Chinoy and Silvestri will lead a Producer’s Masterclass on March 15 at MDC’s Tower Theater Miami.

The 25 finalists for the Festival’s $2,500 IMDbPro Short Film Competition will be announced on Feb. 8.

Films showing out of competition include selections by Oscar-nominee Michaël R. Roskam (Bullhead), Oscar-nominee and Emmy-winner Armando Iannucci (In the Loop, HBO’s Veep), and a US premiere starring retired NFL vet

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