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Miami International Film Festival to host special advance screening of Nacho Vigalondo’s “Extraterrestrial”, and signs on as Promotional Partner for VanArts’ Masterclass with Pixar Artists


Miami, May 29, 2012 - As part of its upcoming 30th anniversary season activities, Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), will host a special advance screening of Madrid filmmaker Nacho Vigalondo’s comedy Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre) on Saturday, June 9th at 6:45 p.m. at MDC’s Tower Theater.  Vigalondo, an Oscar nominee in 2003 for his short film “7:35 in the Morning”, is expected to attend the screening and participate in a Q&A session following the film.  

MIFF executive director Jaie Laplante also announced MIFF had signed on as a Promotional Partner for VanArts’ Masterclass in Animation & Story Development with Pixar Animation Studios animators Matthew Luhn and Andrew Gordon, to be held Saturday & Sunday, July 13th & 14th at the Colony Theatre on Miami Beach, from 9am to 5pm each day.   MIFF will be celebrating the event by giving away 2 registrations (valued at $499 each) to the Masterclass at its June 9th screening of Extraterrestrial.

Extraterrestrial (Extraterrestre) stars Michelle Jenner and Julián Villagrán as Julia and Julio, two strangers who wake up next to each other in Julia’s bed one morning, without any memory of the night before.  As they struggle to put together the pieces, they look out the window to see a massive UFO hovering overhead, while the streets of Madrid below are deserted.  T his is writer-director-producer Nacho Vigalondo’s second feature film, after 2007’s Timecrimes (Los cronocrímenes), which is currently being developed for an American remake by Dreamworks Studios by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steve Zallian.  View trailer. HIGH RESOLUTION STILL IMAGES are available from MIFF by emailing

VanArts (Vancouver Institute of Media Arts) is a visual, media and performing arts school founded in 1995.  This summer, VanArts will be presenting its Masterclass in Animation & Story Development in sessions in Chic ago, Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto and Miami.   Pixar’s Head of Story, Matthew Luhn, who has worked at Pixar since 1992 on the first CG movie Toy Story, and Animator Andrew Gordon, who has worked on A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Ratatouille and Toy Story 3.   More information:

EVENT:    Miami Premiere of Extraterrestrial: Saturday, June 9th at 6:45 p.m., MDC’s Tower Theater.   

INTERVIEWS:     Interviews with Nacho Vigalondo: Saturday, June 9th, 10am – 2pm, LOCATION: The Standard Spa, 40 Island Avenue, MIami Beach, FL 33139.    (Interview requests to Tatyana Chiocchetti,, 305-237-7879)

Advance tickets for both MIFF screening of Extraterrestrial and VanArts Masterclass in Animation & Storytelling available through hotlinks located at:

Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 30th anniversary March 1 - 10, 2013, is considered the preeminent Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. 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 IberoAmerican cinema have made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent. Additionally, the Festival offers unparalleled educational opportunities to filmmakers and the community at large.

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 including The Miami Book Fair International, the Florida Center for the Literary Arts, the MDC Live! Performing Arts Series, The MDC Tower Theater Cinema Series, nine visual arts galleries including The Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College and the School of Entertainment and Design Technology, in addition to the renowned Miami International Film Festival. MDC is the largest institution of higher education in the country and is nationally recognized for many of its academic and cultural programs. With an enrollment of more than 174,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of degrees. The college’s seven campuses and outreach centers offer nearly 300 distinct degree programs including several baccalaureate degrees. It has admitted nearly 2 million students since it opened its doors in 1960. More at

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