Miami is a city full of endless excursions. It is the home of several sports teams, an ever-sunny sky, and some of the most beautiful beaches. Next month, however, it will also host, for the 32nd time, its International Film Festival.
Now what is the Miami International Film Festival? The Miami International Film Festival (MIFF) is a nine-day film festival—in fact, the only major one in the world run by a college or university (Miami Dade College).
Last Tuesday, MIFF held a press conference, in which MIFF Executive Director, Jaie Lepante, released additional information about the festival. “The [purpose of the press conference] is to kick off and to generate interest in the community of the festival,” explained MIFF Social Director of Programming and Industry, Eloisa Lopez-Gomez.
In attendance were local filmmakers and directors whose works will be showed during the festival. “It really is an interesting feeling going to a screening at the Miami International Film Festival,” added David Liz, director of El Mago. “It’s very different from a lot of film festivals out there.”
“Being originally from Miami, to both David and [me], it seemed like a wonderful idea to have the U.S. premiere here,” said Ana Rodriguez, producer and composer of the music in El Mago.
El Mago, which Liz described as a “fantastic thriller with horror elements and a Disney fantasy feel,” will make its U.S. debut during the festival, but it won’t the only one. The others include Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman’s Dawg Fight and Chris and Janelle Gueits’s 13 Million Voices.
The Miami International Film Festival will commence on March 6 and will come to a close on March 14.