By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – Mark your calendars, because for ten days in Miami the magic of films will take over. The 36th edition of the Miami Film Festival festival will take place from March 1st to March 10th, with more than 100 movies screening in seven theaters across the city.
Its first film, ‘This Changes Everything” starring Meryl Streep, and nominated for the “Documentary Achievement Award” will premiere at the Olympia Theater at night as part of the “Cinedwntwn Galas” series.
Which means a red-carpet event with press and talents will take place before the screening. However, the festival opens that Friday with a master class and symposium titled “Doc NYC’s Make Your Own Documentary,” that will take place at the Silverspot Cinema that morning.
The Miami Film Festival showcases emerging and established artists from around the world. It has already awarded more than $1 million in prices to filmmakers in a myriad of categories, from documentaries to full-length films, to shorter ones as well.
There is definitely something for everyone. This year’s festival will screen more than 100 movies in seven theaters across the city. Most productions are sold out, so it is important to get tickets in advance.
One of the most exciting events about film festivals, are their red carpets filled with celebrities. Over the past years Hollywood icons such as Antonio Banderas, Demi Moore, and Sylvester Stallone have been part of these glorious events. This year the festival will host an outstanding group of artist as well.
For example, Miami’s very own Barry Jenkins, Oscar-winning filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer, best known for his film “Moonlight,” and his most recent nomination for “If Beale Street Could Talk,” will lead the “Knight Heroes” talks to promote and end engage the Southern Florida filmmaking community. It will take place Sunday March 3rd at the Olympia Theater.
Academy award nominee and Emmy winning actress, Patricia Clarkson, known for her role in the acclaimed HBO series “Sharp Objects,” will also be attending the Festival for the screening of her film “The Party.” The Party will screen Monday March 4th at the MDC’s Tower Theater and it is nominated for the “Precious Gem Award.”
Moviegoers Magazine has categorized the Miami Film Festival as one of “The Top 50 Film Festival Worth the Entry Fee,” but its events are quite buzz worthy too.
Asides from the Red Carpet galas before certain films, events like “The Standard Affair” hosted by Argentinian actress, singer and songwriter, Lali Espósito, make the festival an event full of glamour and fun.
Also not to miss the PAMM Remix + MFF Awards Package, a night of film, music, food and drinks at the heart of Miami’s cultural icons, promise for an epic Saturday night to celebrated the newly award-winners of the 2019 MFF.
It will definitely be a very exciting ten days that will keep adding to Miami’s allure a as an art-loving city capable of hosting events that rival LA and NYC.