By Daniela Ortega, Contributing Reporter
MIAMI BEACH, FLORIDA – The 23rd edition of the Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (BRAFF) celebrates the Brazilian film industry from September 14th to the 21st, with an array of acclaimed film screenings, parties and industry and networking events.
The festival, which also takes place in Canudos, Brazil and New York City, “has been a showcase for training, reflection, promotion, cultural exchange, diversity, political and sectoral articulation and artistic recognition. BRAFF Miami provides a business environment with extraordinary economic potential for the Brazilian audiovisual production.”
The venues for the Brazilian Film Festival are widespread across the cities of Miami and Miami Beach since it is produced with the assistance of the City of Miami Beach Cultural Affairs Council, the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, and the General Consulate of Brazil in Miami, among other institutions.
“The festival is a resistance action. We were the first Festival, with exclusively Brazilian content, produced abroad. Over the last 23 years our mission has been to encourage foreign audiences to get acquainted and start consuming Brazilian cinematography,” commented Adriana L. Dutra, one of the founders of the festival, alongside Claudia Dutra and Viviane B. Spinelli.
Opening night took place September 14th at the Regal South Beach Theater in Miami Beach. BRAFF held a party with a live DJ, and a fashion show, followed by a screening and an after-party at Nautilius by Arlo in Miami Beach. In addition, networking happy-hour events were held Sunday through Tuesday at Piola Brickell from 5PM to 6PM.
The festival continues with several screening series, Panorama Screenings, September 15th through the 17th at the Silverspot Cinema Downtown Miami, and “University Screenings,” September 19th hosted by Florida International University.
The final Competitive Screenings will be held at the Regal South Beach at 1120 Lincoln Road, September 18th through the 21st. Here new Brazilian releases will be competing for the Crystal Lens Award for “Best Film Chosen by the Public.”
The Crystal Lens Awards chosen by the public and a jury, will be handed out to its winners on Closing Award Night at the Colony Theater, on September 21st. The Closing Award after-party will take place at 10 PM at 90 Leucanderdra Drive in Coral Gables.
In addition, Chotto Matte Restaurant at 1664 Lenox Avenue, will host an after-party on September 18th at 11PM, and Hyde Beach at the SLS Miami Beach at 1701 Collins Avenue, will also host an after-party September 20th at 11PM.
Lastly, the lively and eventful week will come to and end with the “Farewell Pool Party,” the party will also be accompanied by a film screening, on September 22nd at 5PM at Nautilius by Arlo at 1825 Collins Avenue.
Guests that wish to attend several screenings and events can request a Member Pass through here, otherwise admissions vary between $7, $14 and $25.