Eduardo J. Padrón
Office of the President
300 N.E. Second Avenue
Miami, Florida 33132-2297
Message From the President
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Miami International Film Festival Announces 2011 Programming
On March 4 through March 13, movie fans from around the world will converge in Miami to celebrate the 28th anniversary of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF), the only major film festival presented and hosted by a college or university.
In addition to the many learning opportunities the beloved festival offers, this year's lineup features more than 100 films from 40 countries, including four world premieres, and 15 North American and U.S. premieres. Among the films screening at MIFF 2011 are the Red Carpet World Premiere of Things Fall Apart, co-written by and starring Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson and produced by Miami’s own Randall Emmett; François Ozon’s Potiche, starring Catherine Deneuve and Gérard Depardieu; and Morgan Spurlock’s Sundance Film Festival hit, The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.
Fernando Trueba and Javier Marisal’s animated feature Chico & Rita, will raise the curtain on Friday, March 4, as the official Opening Night Film; while Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award-nominated Incendies will serve as the official Awards Night Film on Saturday, March 12.
A number of special events and competitions will take place during the festival, including a career achievement tribute to prolific Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (Brothers, After the Wedding, Things We Lost in the Fire); the REEL Seminars series of panel discussions and educational seminars with film-industry leaders and noted filmmakers; the Paella Parade; the REEL Music Scene; Ibero-American and World competitions; Doc-You-Up; Florida Focus; CinemaSlam; Cutting the Edge; Cinema 360°; World Issues/World Films; Filmapalooza 2011; and our opening- and closing-night galas. A description of these events may be found on the Miami International Film Festival website.
Information on employee and student ticket packages will be distributed next week. In the meantime, you may wish to browse the official MIFF Film Guide.
Thank you to Jaie Laplante, our festival’s executive director, and all of the MIFF staff who work so industriously year-round to make this event a success.
See you at the movies.