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Oscar Visits the Miami International Film Festival!


Award-winning director Susanne Bier and her Oscar at the MIFF red carpet, Sunday, March 6.

Miami, March 7, 2011 - Sunday, March 6, was a special night at the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC), when award-winning Danish director Susanne Bier arrived at the red carpet for the screening of her film, In a Better World, with her Oscar in hand! This marks the first time in MIFF’s history that an award winner walks the red carpet with the award in hand.

In a Better World is the 2011 Academy Award winner for Best Foreign Language Film. It also won the 2011 Golden Globe in the same category. Award-winning films are no strangers at MIFF. Last year the Festival presented El Secreto de sus ojos (The Secret in Their Eyes), which had won the 2010 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film the week before its screening, but the director did not bring the Oscar.

Bier’s career highlights include the 2007 feature Things We Lost in the Fire, starring Oscar winners Halle Berry (Monster’s Ball) and Benicio del Toro (Traffic); After the Wedding, starring Danish actors Mads Mikkelsen and Sidse Babett Knudsen, her first Oscar-nominated feature (and Denmark’s first Oscar nod in 17 years) and MIFF Official Selection in 2007; and Brothers, starring Danish actress Connie Nielsen (Gladiator), winner of the 2005 World Dramatic Cinema Competition Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival and later remade by Hollywood.

About Miami International Film Festival

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), celebrating its 28th edition March 4-13, 2011, is the premier 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. In addition, the festival’s REEL Education Seminar Series consistently attracts top executives from Warner Bros., Sony Pictures Classics, IFC Films, Fox Searchlight, DreamWorks Animation, HBO Films/HBO Latino and William Morris Endeavor, among many others. For more information, visit or call 305-237-MIFF (3456). 

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 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.

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Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Tarnell Carroll, 305-237-3359,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,
MIFF media contact: Danny Diaz, publicist, 305-389-8986,

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