The Miami International Film Festival creates a future for films by providing a platform for screening works of some of the world’s most talented artists and filmmakers. They showcase films that aim to touch viewer’s hearts and provoke cultural change. The exciting 2017 lineup of well-known and emerging talent offers diversity and will take you on an emotional ride of laughter, compassion, painfully acquired wisdom and inspiration.
Plan your trip and pack your bags to see some of filmmaking’s best storytelling.
Miami International Film Festival — What, When and Where
The Miami International Film Festival spans a 10-day period, that begins on March 3 and lasts through March 12. Various theaters throughout the greater Miami area screen the films.
The program is extensive and includes featured films, events, talks, awards, parties and other activities.
Featured Films Lineup
The top nine featured films include:
Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. The film stars Richard Gere as a fixer whose job is to connect people. During the Israeli Foreign Minister’s visit to New York, Norman buys him exorbitantly expensive shoes and develops a top-notch connection. However, after the foreign minister becomes Israel’s Prime Minister and a scandal unfolds, Norman who had always lived on the fringe of society finds himself in the spotlight.
For Your Own Good. A hilarious comedy about three Spanish fathers who become outraged when their daughters, who are beautiful and barely of age, bring home boyfriends.
An Evening with Rossy de Palma. Rossy has the lead role in Traveling Lady, a film about the 19th century American journalist, Nellie Bay, who took a 72-day journey around the world. Listen to an onstage conversation with Rossy about Traveling Lady and her own film career. You’re also in for a musical surprise and screening.
Their Finest. Based on the novel by Lissa Evans, Their Finest tells the story of a screenwriter (played by Gemma Arterton) who shoots on location during Britain’s wartime film industry era. Bill Nighy, Richard E. Grant and Jeremy Irons also star in the film.
History of Love. The film is based on the bestselling novel The History of Love, which begins in prewar Poland. It follows a couple’s romance across continents and decades that separate them as a result of the rise of fascism when Leo goes to war and Alma is shipped off to America.
Lipstick Under My Burka. Four heroines in Alankrita Shrivastava’s film engage in activities that defy their Indian cultural norms. One has a secret saleswoman career. Another, while promised for an arranged marriage has a boyfriend and blooming sex life. Another gal hides her college partying and an older woman begins to live the erotic fiction she’s been reading.
Dubfire: Above Ground Level. This is a documentary film created by Berlin-based directors Michale Kocynski and Mino Kodama, who follow the exciting life journey of Iranian-American Ali Shirazinia, aka Dubfire, who is one half of the Grammy Award-winning duo known as Deep Dish. His journey goes from childhood in Iran during the 1979 Revolution to his emergence as an EDM DJ.
Billy Boy. Starring Miami’s Blake Jenner, Billy Boy is about a young man’s battle against criminal temptations and his desire for a better future. His friends try to lure him into carjacking, which conflicts with his idea of a life grounded in love, faith and honest work.
The Miami International Film Festival has plenty going on to pique your interest and entertain you, including:
- Champagne and Stars Opening Night Party
- El Coto De Rioja Awards Night Party
- Desserts and Directors
- The Standard Affair
- Behind the Curtain
- Google 1 — Gender & Race in Film
- Google 2 — Lady Boss: Asserting Yourself Professionally
- Google 3 — Why Criticism Matters: Race, Representation and Rewriting the Canon
- Google 4 — Laughing Instead of Crying: Subverting Stereotypes with Comedy
- Big Easy Brunch at River Yacht Club + Screening of “Ella Brennan: Commanding the Table” At Tower Theater
- Learn from the Best: An Oscar-Winning Mentor
- From Novel to Big Screen Moderated by Diliana Alexander
A Vast Scope of Films and Guests
Aside from the featured films, the festival provides exposure for more than 125 films in various genres along with competitions and awards for certain categories. Some of the categories include Ibero American films, feature length documentaries, a screenwriting competition, short films and narrative films — dramas, comedies, suspense thrillers, and innovative docudramas.
You’ll find many guests at the festival — numerous directors, writers and actors. Some familiar names include Joseph Cedar, Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Rashida Jones, Rossy De Palma and Richard Gere.
Start Making Plans Now
There’s no doubt that visiting the Miami International Film Festival is a film lover’s adventure, and now is the time to get your plans in place. Annual festival attendance is around 70,000 people. The best way to avoid traffic, directions and parking hassles is to reserve a vehicle through US Coachways and let a professional driver make your travel stress-free.
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