35th Miami International Film Festival Brings Worldwide Cinema To The 305

The Miami International Film Festival will deliver films from the United States, Europe and South America to at least 60,000 film enthusiasts from March 9 through March 18.

More than 130 movies ranging from foreign and domestic films, documentaries, short films and full-length features will be showcased at the Olympia Theater, Regal South Beach, Miami Dade College’s Tower Theater, O Cinema Miami Beach, Coral Gables Art Cinema and The Landmark at Merrick Park.

“Every year we get bigger. There are so many countries that participate each year,” said Lauren Cohen, film programmer for the Film Festival. “There are so many great things to see, not just art house films. There are so many good films for college-aged groups.”

Programming also includes masterclass sessions and award ceremonies. Awards such as the Knight Documentary Award, Knight Competition and Knight Made in MIA Award, which are under the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, will be given out.

Thematically, a majority of the films concentrate on family relations such as The Future Ahead, an Argentinian film about the trials and tribulations of a long term friendship. The festival will include films with Miami Dade College connections.  

Among the movies by MDC alum is 6 Weeks to Mother’s Day, a documentary set in a remote jungle region of Thailand, produced by Marvin Blunte, who graduated from MDC in 1999 and has been an avid attendee of the festival  before his film career began. The premiere for his movie will be March 11 at 3:30 p.m. at Regal South Beach Cinema.

‘The Miami Film Festival is special to me because it was the first festival that I ever attended,” Blunte said. “I remember dreaming that one day I would have a film in the festival and now I finally do. Things have come full circle.”

Attendees will also enjoy films from high-profile filmmakers. One of the films is Tully, a film that keeps with the festival’s family theme, which details the life of a mother struggling with her kids and an eccentric new caretaker. The film stars Charlize Theron and is directed by Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), who will attend the screening on March 9 at The Olympia Theater.

Films from other countries also have their chance to shine at the festival like Godard Mon Amour, an Italian biopic about famed auteur Jean-Luc Godard.

“I think what a lot of people don’t realize is that this will be their first opportunity to see some great films,” Cohen said. “Most of the films are having their Florida premiere right here.”

Tickets for students are $10 and $13 for adults, per screening. MDC students are eligible for free tickets.

For more information and for the full PDF of the festival’s program,visit http://2018.miamifilmfestival.com/  Students who want to volunteer can go to  www.miamifilmfestival.com/volunteer

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Ciro Salcedo

Ciro Salcedo, 19, is a mass communications major at Kendall Campus. Salcedo, a 2016 graduate of Felix Varela Senior High School, will serve as A/E editor for The Reporter during the 2017-2018 school year. He aspires to become a screenwriter or filmmaker.