The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is one of the top Ibero-American film festival in the U.S. The annual event, which is produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 70,000 film enthusiasts and 400 filmmakers, stars and industry professionals. During the past five years, the festival has screened films from 60 countries and hosted 300 East Coast, U.S. and world premieres. Through Encuentros, the festival’s mentorship and film development program for filmmakers and projects from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, MIFF has become a primary gateway for the discovery of Ibero-American talent in the entertainment world.
Look at Opening Night which showed Chico and Rita about Cuba’s and New York’s music scene in 1948. Chico is a young piano player with big dreams. Rita is a beautiful singer with an extraordinary voice. Music and romantic desire unites them, but their journey – in the tradition of the Latin ballad, the bolero – brings heartache and torment. From Havana to New York, Paris, Hollywood and Las Vegas, two passionate individuals battle impossible odds to unite in music and love. It premiered in Telluride and then went on to Toronto and to date has no U.S. distribution. Cinetic is the producer’s rep for U.S. and HanWay handles international sales.
Chico and Rita directed by Fernando Trueba
This year the renowned Harvard scholar, writer and documentarian Henry Louis “Skip” Gates Jr. and WPBT 2 are giving Miami audiences a sneak peek of the documentary Black in Latin America when it premieres at the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC). Black in Latin America, a new four-part series on the influence of African descendants on
Latin American culture, will premiere nationally on PBS in late April and early May (check local listings for date and time). Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Brazil, Mexico and Peru are the six
countries featured in the series.
About Miami Dade College
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 Cultura del Lobo performing arts series, The Cuban 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 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 170,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate in arts and associate in science degrees. The college’s eight campuses and outreach centers offer more than 300 distinct degree programs, including baccalaureate degrees in education, nursing, public safety management and other in-demand fields.