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Miami, December 16, 2013 - Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College, will host the U.S. premiere of Oscar-winning director Juan Jose Campanella’s latest film Foosball, a Spanish-Argentine produced animated film that has broken the Argentinian box-office record for the highest grossing film premiere in Argentina. The film will be introduced to U.S. audiences for the first time at the 31st edition of the MIFF (March 7-16 2013).  This is Campanella’s second collaboration with MIFF, having presented his Oscar-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes at MIFF 2010.  

The film is Argentine director Juan Jose Campanella’s followup to his 2009 Academy Award-winning film The Secret in Their Eyes, only the second time in history a Latin American country has won the Best Foreign Language Film category. Foosball (titled Metegol in its original language) broke Argentine box office records when it grossed 4.3 million first-day Pesos ($774,000) when it premiered in Argentina on July 19, 2013.  The film has been touted as the most expensive Argentine film to be produced of all time as well as the most expensive Latin American animated feature ever with a budget of $21 million.

“Premiering Foosball at this year’s Miami International Film Festival gives us the opportunity to really extend our reach to a wider audience and share with them our passion for cinema since the film is very family friendly. This year, with Foosball, we’re definitely going to celebrate the family bonding aspect of cinema and add another layer to the festival, which is always very exciting,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante.

Foosball tells the story of young Amadeo, an introverted outsider obsessed with table soccer (or foosball, as the film’s title references) as he tries to save the local stadium from demolition by his long-time rival. Helping Amadeo are his foosball team figures that are magically brought to life, especially the optimistic and overconfident machismo leader Beto.

MIFF finalized the arrangement with Foosball executive producer Gaston Gorali recently at the Ventana Sur film market in Buenos Aires.   Following its MIFF debut, Foosball will continue its journey into U.S. hearts with a screening at the prestigious New York International Children’s Film Festival, also in March.

The complete line-up of the 31st Miami International Film Festival will be announced in late January. The festival runs March 7 - 16, 2014. For tickets and more information, please visit or call 305-405-MIFF (6433). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university. 

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 - 10, 2013, 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 70,000 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. MIFF'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 2013 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456).

Miami Dade College has a long and rich history of involvement in the cultural arts, providing South Florida with a vast array of artistic and literary offerings through MDCulture, it’s cultural affairs department, including the Miami Book Fair International, the Center @ MDC, the Miami International Film Festival, MDC Live Arts performing arts series, the Cuban Cinema Series, the Miami Leadership Roundtable speakers’ series, numerous renowned campus art galleries and Theatres, and the nationally recognized School of Entertainment and Design Technology. With an enrollment of more than 175,000 students, MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is a national model for many of its programs. The college’s seven campuses and two outreach centers offer more than 300 academic pathways leading to baccalaureate degrees, associate in arts and science degrees and numerous career training certificates leading to in-demand jobs. MDC has served more than 2,000,000 students since it opened its doors in 1960.

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