Miami International Film Festival

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Miami International Film Festival
Location Miami, Florida
Founded 1983

The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is an annual film festival in Miami, Florida, that showcases independent American and international films with a special focus on Ibero-American films. The competitive film festival draws international and local attention, with films being showcased in several venues across the city center and includes features, documentaries, short films, and retrospectives. The programming is selected so as to include: premiers for both established film-makers and up-and-commers, socially relevant films, multidisciplinary and experimental films, and films showcasing international musicians.[1] The stated mission of the Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is to bridge cultural understanding and encourage artistic development.[2]

The Festival was created in 1983 by the Film Society of Miami, and held its first annual edition from February 3–12, 1984. Control of the festival was assumed by Florida International University in 1999, and then by Miami-Dade College in late 2003.[3] Since 2006, the beginning of the ten-day festival has shifted to early March.[4] The Festival has now grown to become a comprehensive global festival with an annual attendance of over 70,000.[5] The Festival is held for 10 consecutive days, opening annually on the first Friday of March.[6]

MIFF has introduced filmmakers from more than 60 countries to audiences in South Florida, including such notables as Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Héctor Babenco, Luc Besson, Susanne Bier, Bertrand Blier, Juan Carlos Campanella, Joel & Ethan Coen, Alfonso Cuarón, Felipe Martinez Amador, Terence Davies, Samuel Fuller, Álex de la Iglesia, Jonathan Demme, Abel Ferrara, Andy García, Patricio Guzmán, Werner Herzog, Steve James,[which?] Lawrence Kasdan, Spike Lee, Lucrecia Martel, François Ozon, José Padilha, Patricia Riggen, John Sayles, Carlos Sorín, Morgan Spurlock, Fernando Trueba, Liv Ullmann, Paul Verhoeven, Denis Villeneuve, Margarethe von Trotta, and Wim Wenders. MIFF has premièred more than 20 Oscar-nominated films and presented the newest works of diverse filmmakers such as Luc Besson, Alfonso Cuaron, Wim Wenders, Denis Villeneuve, Susanne Bier, and Fernando Trueba.[7]


  1. ^ "Mission & History". Miami Dade College. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  2. ^ "About MDC". Miami Dade College. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Miami International Film Festival". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "Visiting Miami: Events". South Florida Sun-Sentinel. January 1, 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Miami International Film Festival's Latin love". Miami NewTimes. March 1, 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Call For Entries". Miami Dade College. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "Mission & History". Miami Dade College. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 

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