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Miami International Film Festival Launches Film Industry Exchange Program in Mexico City

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Miami, August 14, 2008 - Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) at Miami Dade College (MDC) traveled to Mexico City with a cadre of filmmakers, studio heads and other industry professionals in the third year of MIFF Abroad, its international film industry exchange program.

From Aug. 13-17, “MIFF Abroad: Inside Mexico” will bring together film industry advisors, marketing executives, filmmakers, critics and other film professionals to share knowledge, build contacts and increase exposure of the Mexican film industry.

The program includes a series of panel discussions for executives and professionals, including “Marketing, Sales & Distribution of Foreign Films in the U.S.,” “What to Expect from Press and Film Festivals” and “New Technologies and How They Affect the Current US Film Industry.” The format includes question and answer sessions that will allow Mexican film students to query the speakers. Participants in the MIFF Abroad program will also enjoy a series of networking breakfasts, receptions, tours and other events.

A grant from the Academy for Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made it possible for two MDC students to participate in Mexico City program. The students, Lisa Ware and Valeria Ayala, are both students in MDC’s School of Design & Technology.

The inaugural MIFF Abroad program, in 2006, hosted Chilean filmmakers in the U.S. and on site in Chile. The 2007 program took place in Bogota, Colombia.

MIFF Abroad: Inside Mexico will feature the following industry professionals:

  • ARIANNA BOCCO, VP of acquisitions and production, IFC Films
  • LIESL COPLAND, head of acquisitions and distribution, Netflix/Red Envelope
  • ALEXIS GARCIA, talent agent, Endeavor Talent Agency
  • BEN O'DELL, head of production, Panamax Films
  • SCOTT FOUNDAS, film editor and critic, LA Weekly
  • RACHEL ROSEN, director of programming, Los Angeles Film Festival
  • SUSAN WRUBEL, producer’s and sales representative, The Salt Co./Encuentro’s and Reel Seminar's industry coordinator, MIFF
  • MONIKA WAGENBERG, director of programming and acquisitions, Cinema Tropical/senior programmer, Ibero American Program, MIFF

MIFF Abroad is sponsored by American Airlines, FICCO (Festival Internacional de Cine Contemporáneo) and IMCINE (Instituto Mexicano de Cinematografía).

The Miami International Film Festival is the gateway for International and Ibero-American film. Celebrating its 26th installment March 6-March 15, 2009, MIFF plays a leading role in maintaining and further enriching film culture in South Florida. Miami’s unique geographical and cultural position has made MIFF a premiere venue for showcasing film and fostering film business throughout the year. Cash awards are given in four competition categories: World Features, Ibero-American Features, World & Ibero-American Documentaries, and Short Films. Knight Grand Jury prizes of $25,000 are awarded in dramatic and documentary competitions. More than 75,000 people attended the Festival in 2008.

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, 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 165,000 students, MDC is the nation’s top producer of associate of arts and associate of science degrees. The college’s seven campuses and two centers offer more than 200 distinct degree programs including baccalaureate degrees in education, public safety management and nursing.

For more inforamtion about the MIFF Abroad program, please contact  Vivian Rodriguez, 305-237-3768,  

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