Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival will celebrate its 35th year of offering the best 

Miami Dade College Miami Film Festivalinternational and independent films to South Florida audiences and to the film industry from March 9 through 18, 2018.

More than 100 films from 35 to 40 countries will be presented at several screening venues throughout the community during the 2018 Festival.  Most films are accompanied by the filmmaker and/or talent.  Past Festival guests have included Rossy de Palma, Richard Gere, Edward James Olmos, Rashida Jones, Monica Bellucci, Gavin Hood, Christine Lahti, Cheryl Boone Isaacs, Fernando Trueba, Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, John Tuturro, Luc Besson, Andy Garcia, Jonathan Demme, Ricardo Darin, Iris Apfel, Emilio and Gloria Estefan, and Wayne Wang.

The Festival offers 14 to 16 competition and non-competition film categories, including Knight Grand Jury Features and Documentaries, Shorts, Jordan Ressler Screenwriting Award, HBO Ibero-American Feature Film and Audience Awards, CinemaSlam Shorts, Zeno Mountain Award, Cinema 360°, CINEDWNTWN Galas, Florida Focus, REEL Music Scene, Soiree Series and Marquee Series. Film genres range from drama and period pieces to comedy and slice-of-life, and everything in between.

Miami Film Festival began as the most visible product of the Film Society of Miami, Inc., which was founded in 1983. Since its first edition in February 1984, the Festival has continued to bring the finest in world cinema to South Florida. The Festival has gained recognition with its consistently high quality of programming and presentations from filmmakers, critics, and the film industry.

In 2003 Miami Dade College (MDC) assumed ownership of the Festival. MDC has led the Festival through the tremendous growth and expansion it continues to enjoy today.

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The Festival has become a comprehensive global festival with an annual attendance of over 60,000, and a program that includes some of the best new films from around the world. For ten days each March, The Festival presents a singular platform that fosters creative and technical talent, nurtures professional relationships, and affords audiences a unique opportunity to view films they may otherwise never experience while interacting with the people who make those films. As Arts and Culture writer Fernando Gonzalez noted in an article for Knight Foundation: “The 34th edition of Miami Dade College's Miami Film Festival was not only a window to the world on film but also a timely showcase for diversity and inclusion, on and off the screen. (In fact), part of the festival’s success is because the programming represents the local diaspora and … brings outstanding directors from far-flung places. So, we are not looking at the usual suspects. It exposes us, as audiences, to an experience that otherwise we would not get from our normal movie experience.”

The full program for MDC’s Miami Film Festival 2018 will be announced full program will be announced in early February 2018 and tickets are on sale starting February 16, 2018. For full details please visit

Join other film fans and Festival goers for a unique and extraordinary experience at MDC’s Miami Film Festival 2018. We’ll see you at the movies. 

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14 Nov 2017