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Miami Film Festival


Keeping with its mission to serve the community through the arts, Faena Miami Beach is a proud sponsor of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival (MFF), an annual ten-day festival that showcases over one hundred independent American and international fil

This year’s festival is kicking off with the buzzed-about film, Tully, starring Charlize Theron. Written by Diablo Cody (of Juno fame) and directed by Jason Reitman, the edgy comedy has only been screened at Sundance prior to landing in Miami.

In a tribute to legendary talents, iconic French actress Isabelle Huppert (who is attending the festival with her latest film, Souvenir) will be presented with MFF’s prestigious Precious Gem–Icon Award in recognition of her prolific cinematic achievements. Carlos Saura, one of Spain’s greatest living directors, will also be honored with the same award.

The Miami Film Festival balances the traditions of the history of cinema with the brash new energy of today’s disruptive modern cultural trends and changes. Artists and exhibitors alike are experimenting with new ideas, new forms and new methods. It’s an interesting time because cinema feels unstable, unpredictable, and dangerous and exciting.

- said Jaie Laplante, the festival’s Director of Programming for the past seven years.  

Laplante also programs the summer cinema cycles at Faena’s 36-seat Moulin Rouge- inspired Screening Room, clad in lush red velvet. “Faena revives a great spirit of stylish socialization, with art as a focal point,” he says. “This is profoundly needed in the modern age where growing digital disconnection threatens to erode and evaporate these essential elements of culture.”