Tuesday at the recently renovated Tower Theater on Calle Ocho, Miami Dade College's Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) announced the lineup for its 32nd edition.
Running from March 6 to 15, with screenings at seven theaters throughout Miami-Dade County, MIFF will exhibit 125 films from 40 countries. They include 94 features and documentaries, 18 shorts, 11 student films, and two works in progress.
As the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university, MIFF honors the Miami community as much as promotes its diverse international programming. Standing in front of posters propped up on easels at the front of the theater, MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante called upon local filmmakers and directors in the audience to come up and introduce themselves and their nine works that will be screened.
Some of these local films have already premiered elsewhere, including two Borscht-to-Sundance shorts: Jonathan David Kane's Papa Machete and Christina Felisgrau and Ronnie Rivera's El Sol Como un Gran Animal Oscuro (The Sun Like a Big Dark Animal). David Liz's El Mago (The Wizard) will receive its U.S. premiere, while others including Carla Forte's The Holders, Fabian Cardenas' Freddie of Wynwood, Mark Moorman's The Record Man, and Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman's Dawg Fight (which, the sports-storytelling Corben quickly quipped, is "not like Michael Vick"), will all receive their world premieres. Ismael Gomez III's Distance and Noah DeBonis' Posthumous will also be screened.
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Laplante also announced that, in acknowledging recent social and political developments, this year's Artist Tribute Award will be given to the broad collective the Independent Cuban Filmmaker. The tribute event will take place Sunday, March 8, and will be followed by the North American premiere of Carlos Machado Quintela's La Obra del Siglo (The Project of the Century).
MIFF opens Friday, March 6, at 7 p.m. with the Florida premiere of Relatos Salvajes (Wild Tales), an Argentine dark comedy nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at this year's Academy Awards, and the closing event takes place Saturday, March 14, with the Spanish feature Las Ovejas No Pierden el Tren (Sidetracked).
For the complete schedule and additional information, visit miamifilmfestival.com.