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Italian Film Wins Top Prize In Miami

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i Miam FF 2009 Award Winners  Monday, March 17-----The 26th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, and the first under former Locarno FF veteran Tiziana Finzi, came to a stimulating and warm-spirited climax on Saturday evening, with the Festival’s hommage to festival winners, held in the rococo-meets-arts deco palace known as the Gusman Theater for the Performing Arts, the jewel of downtown Miami.   The Italian drama THE PAST IS A FOREIGN LAND (Il Passagto E Una Te...

The past is a foreign land wins at Miami

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The 26th edition of the Miami International Film Festival, and the first under former Locarno FF veteran Tiziana Finzi, came to a stimulating and warm-spirited climax on Saturday evening, with the Festival’s hommage to festival winners, held in the rococo-meets-arts deco palace known as the Gusman Theater for the Performing Arts, the jewel of downtown Miami. The Italian drama THE PAST IS A FOREIGN LAND (Il Passagto E Una Terra Straniera) by Daniele Vicari won top prize honors in the World Ci...

Encountering Miami Encuentros

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Aside from its role as a key cultural event for the city of Miami, the Miami International Film Festival is also ground zero for the awareness of new films from Spain and Latin America to the international marketplace. Through the MIFF Reel Education Seminar Series, local indies and visiting filmmakers from around the world have been able to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from film financing, Equally as potent is the networking between filmmakers that has been made easier by the ni...

Encountering Miami Encuentros

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Saturday, March 14-----Aside from its role as a key cultural event for the city of Miami, the Miami International Film Festival is also ground zero for the awareness of new films from Spain and Latin America to the international marketplace. Through the MIFF Reel Education Seminar Series, local indies and visiting filmmakers from around the world have been able to hear from industry experts on topics ranging from film financing, Equally as potent is the networking between filmmakers that h...

Miami Film Festival's Heart And Soul

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In many ways, the heart and soul of the Miami International Film Festival is its Ibero-American competition, which focuses on dramatic features by first or second time directors from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Not only is the competition prize a huge lure ($25,000 from the Knight Foundation plus a host of other services) but films coming from the region have a natural audience here in Miami, where expats from Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the rest of Latin America make u...

Miami Film Festival's Heart And Soul

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  Friday, March 13-----In many ways, the heart and soul of the Miami International Film Festival is its Ibero-American competition, which focuses on dramatic features by first or second time directors from Latin America, Spain and Portugal. Not only is the competition prize a huge lure ($25,000 from the Knight Foundation plus a host of other services) but films coming from the region have a natural audience here in Miami, where expats from Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Argentina, Mexico and the...

Miami FF Honors a Neglected Indie Auteur

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It is not as unusual as it may at first sound…..a filmmaker with over 40 years of experience and over 25 films in the can is lionized in Europe but underappreciated in his home country. That has been the fate of many of the original American indies of the 1970s, including such celebrated auteurs as Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Amos Poe and Susan Seidelman, and a more recent crop that includes Harmony Korine and Todd Solondz. Most prominently on this list is the idiosyncratic filmmaker Abel Ferra...

Miami FF Honors A Neglected Indie Auteur

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  Thursday, March 12-----It is not as unusual as it may at first sound…..a filmmaker with over 40 years of experience and over 25 films in the can is lionized in Europe but underappreciated in his home country. That has been the fate of many of the original American indies of the 1970s, including such celebrated auteurs as Jim Jarmusch, Hal Hartley, Amos Poe and Susan Seidelman, and a more recent crop that includes Harmony Korine and Todd Solondz. Most prominently on this list is the idi...

A Warm Oasis From A Chilly Reality for Indie Filmmakers

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  Frida Torresblanco Wednesday, March 11-----For the dozens of independent filmmakers who have descended on Miami for the Miami International Film Festival, the sunny climate and welcome atmosphere is a rare oasis of warmth in a world that has become decidely chilly. At a seminar held earlier today as part of the MIFF Reel Education Seminar  series, representatives presented a rather downbeat picture of the cold realities of the international marketplace. "Pre-s...

Strong European Focus At Miami Film Festival

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  Tuesday, March 10------The World Competition section of the Miami International Film Festival, one of the three important competitions of the event, showcases the latest works from up-and-coming film auteurs from around the world. This year, the program has a strong European focus, with many of the films making their U.S. premieres at the event.   France has the biggest presence, with two films representing the best of new Gallic cinema. I WANT TO SEE (Je Veux Voir) is a Frenc...

Miami FF's New Director Aims High

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Monday, March 9------Occupying the post with less than three months to prepare, the Miami International Film Festival’s new director has ambitious plans for the future. Tiziana Finzi is a seasoned film professional with more than 20 years of experience in film festival programming and coordination. She began her new charge only in December, and needed to move quickly to secure films and special events in what has been a record time. Finzi has been able to draw on her extensive network of i...

48 Hour Film Project Blazes Trails In Miami

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  Sunday, March 8-----On the weekend of March 13, filmmaking teams from around the world will gather for the 8th Annual Filmapalooza, which will take place at the Miami International Film Festival. The guest filmmakers are winners of the 48 Hour Film Project (48FHP), timed filmmaking competitions in their cities and are in competition to be named the Best Film of the 2008 48 Hour Film Project. The honor comes with a $5,000 cash prize. The winning films, selected from more than 2,50...

Valentino Documentary Opens 26th Miami International Film Festival

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Friday, March 6---------The celebrated documentary VALENTINO: THE LAST EMPEROR will kick off festivities at the 26th Miami International Film Festival, with a special screening this evening at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts, the Spanish-style art deco movie palace in downtown Miami. The film chronicles the life and career of Italian fashion designer Valentino Garavani as he wraps up his celebrated 50 year career as the guru of international fashion. The last...

Miami Film Festival's Multicultural Mission

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  Thursday, March 5------The Miami International Film Festival has a unique place in the whirlwind of film festivals in North America. Now in its 26th year and under the auspices of Miami-Dade College, one of the largest universities in the United States, the Festival’s mission is to bridge cultural understanding, endorse tolerance and encourage artistic development and excellence within a vigorous academic setting by provoking thought through film. By bringing the best of world cinema...

Miami Film Festival's Multicultural Mission

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The Miami International Film Festival has a unique place in the whirlwind of film festivals in North America. Now in its 26th year and under the auspices of Miami-Dade College, one of the largest universities in the United States, the Festival’s mission is to bridge cultural understanding, endorse tolerance and encourage artistic development and excellence within a vigorous academic setting by provoking thought through film. By bringing the best of world cinema to Miami, MIFF presents the city...

Strong European Focus at Miami Film Festival

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The World Competition section of the Miami International Film Festival, one of the three important competitions of the event, showcases the latest works from up-and-coming film auteurs from around the world. This year, the program has a strong European focus, with many of the films making their U.S. premieres at the event. France has the biggest presence, with two films representing the best of new Gallic cinema. I WANT TO SEE (Je Veux Voir) is a French/Lebanese co-production by Lebanese direc...
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