Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Friday, February 01, 2013
Miami International Film Festival Announces 2013 Programming
On March 1 through March 10, movie fans from around the world will converge in Miami to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), the only major film festival presented and hosted by a college or university.
In addition to the many learning opportunities the beloved festival offers, this year's lineup boasts 117feature films and 12 short films from 41 countries, including 12 World Premieres, seven International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres and 15 U.S. Premieres. Among the films screening at MIFF 2013 are the highly anticipated screenings of George Sluizer’s Dark Blood, starring the late River Phoenix; Pablo Larrain’s Oscar-nominated NO; the Cannes-winning The Hunt, starring Mads Mikkelsen in the performance of his career thus far; and the World Premiere of Eenie Meenie Miney Moe, a Miami-based feature from Jokes Yanes, a former MDC film student and the editor of MIFF 2011’s hit film Magic City Memoirs.
This year represents another historic first for MIFF, with 2013 marking the first time the Festival will open and close with documentary features. The 30th anniversary of the Festival will kick off on Friday, March 1, with Director Morgan Neville’s documentary Twenty Feet From Stardom. Maiken Baird and Michelle Major’s documentary Venus and Serena will serve as the official Awards Night Film on Saturday, March 9.
A number of special events and competitions will take place during the Festival, including Career Achievement Tributes to renowned Swedish writer-director Lasse Hallström (My Life as a Dog, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape) and Spanish producer, writer and Oscar-winning director Fernando Trueba (Belle Epoque, Chico & Rita); the Knight Ibero-American and Knight Documentary competitions, the Lexus Ibero-American Opera Prima Competition and the University of Miami Shorts Competition; and newly added programs, such as Lee Brian Schrager’s Culinary Cinema and a Spotlight on China. A description of these events and others may be found on the Miami International Film Festival website.
Information on employee and student ticket packages will be distributed next week. In the meantime, you may wish to browse the online MIFF Film Guide or download a PDF of the print version.
Thank you to Jaie Laplante, our festival’s executive director, and all of the MIFF staff who work year-round to make this event a success.
See you at the movies.