Film Gems

Film Gems in Miami

The Miami International Film Festival is known for introducing new talent and exposing the gems of the film industry. Next year’s festival introduces “Film Gems,” a private screening of one of the movies being featured at the festival with a meet and greet party afterwards. The event is slated to occur the day before the festival opens, with the festival running March 4-13, 2016. This event will be marketed to the heads of production companies, media, film makers and VIPs as a pre-film festival event. Special invites will be sent out a month in advance shaped like a film reel highlighting all the films being shown, as well as who will make special appearances at this event. Marketed as the premier event to attend prior to the festival, this event is a hot ticket item, consistently growing in demand each year, and slated as a black-tie affair.

The venue will be set up like a mini-festival, which will have different sections highlighting all the genres of films being shown. International and national artists, filmmakers and celebrities will make appearances, as well as musical talent to create a party atmosphere full of fun. Vendors will also be on hand to sell items relative to the films being presented through the production companies.

Special food vendors and trucks will be on hand to introduce different cuisine and delights to all the attendees. The food trucks will be set up in a special pavilion right outside to create a food court that will include seating and music.

This venue will introduce the nominees for the CinemaSlam, Knight Competition, Knight Documentary Achievement Award, Lexus Ibeo-American Feature Film Competition, Shorts Competition, Lexus Audience Awards, and the Jordan Alexander Ressler Charitable Fund Award. All nominees will have an opportunity to be photographed and interviewed after the presentation.

The Festival has hosted and introduced a diverse group of filmmakers including renowned filmmakers Pedro Almodóvar, Andrea Arnold, Hector Babenco, Luc Besson, Susanne Bier, Bertrand Blier, Juan Carlos Campanella, Joel & Ethan Coen, and Alfonso Cuarón. Stars that have attended include Candice Bergen, Helen Hunt, Kate Hudson, Anne Hathaway, Lori Singer, Aston Kutcher and Gregory Peck.

Tickets for this event will go on sale February 1. Tickets for the Film Society Members and Sponsors will go on sale Friday, February 5, and General Public tickets will go on sale Friday, February 12.

Past sponsors include the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Lexus, Miami-Dade County Cultural Affairs, Comcast Communications, American Airlines, Telemundo 51, HBO, HBO Latin America, Miami Downtown Development Authority, 107.5, South Florida 6, and many others.

Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival is a charity that connects audiences, and fosters a value for cinema or future generations. The mission is to bridge cultural understanding and encourage artistic development by provoking thought through film. By bringing the best of world cinema to Miami, the Festival presents the city and the film industry with a singular platform that fosters creative and technical talent.