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Miami International Film Festival

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Miami International Film Festival

Unless you happen to live in some other warm place, why wouldn't you want to go to Miami in winter? The city lives up to its reputation as a sun-drenched bacchanalia, and MIFF is, mostly, right in the epicenter of it all in South Beach. Perhaps the setting, while attractive, can also be a distraction if you're hoping to just "get serious" about film viewing, but, then again, MIFF is hardly the only festival in the world that has co-opted a resort town for its home - and industry are certainly not above turning down a trip to Miami, so get those business cards and small-talk skills ready!Plus, MIFF has taken full advantage of the city's status as a cross-roads of Latin American culture. When former Sundance co-head Nicole Guillemet noticed a dearth of Latin American cinema attention in the States and set up its Ibero-American competition (old colonial masters, Spain and Portugal, are welcome to come along as well), Miami became a leading U.S. fest showcasing these films. On the downside, MIFF sometimes has events downtown, including its high profile premieres at the Guzman Theater in distant downtown Miami. The venue is gorgeous, and is popular with audiences, but traveling from South Beach (if you're staying as a fest guest) can be a challenge. But with a schedule that could include a morning jog and swim to sweat away those mojitos from the night before, followed by a panel and afternoon screenings, then a dip in the pool and a little happy hour, you'll be ready to take on the night again!

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