Miami Film Festival Announces Industry Program

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Selected Latin American films in postproduction will compete for a cash prize and input from industry professionals in the Encuentros sidebar.

The Miami Film Festival unveiled its industry sidebar Encuentros, a selection of Latin American feature films produced partially or entirely by Ibero-American-based production companies currently in the postproduction stage.

Curated by Sandro Fiorin, from LatAm-specialty sales agent FiGa Films, the program selected the films Tigre (Argentina), directed by Silvina Schnicer and Ulises Porra Guardiola and produced by Pucara Cine (The Movement); Eugenia (Bolivia), directed by Martin Boulocq and produced by CQCamocim (Brazil), directed by Quentin Delaroche and produced by Ponte Producoes; and Los debiles (Mexico), directed by Raul Rico and Eduardo Giralt Brun, and produced by Mendicante.

The projects will be matched with industry professionals, and a jury will award a $10,000 cash prize in completion financing, courtesy of the Knight Foundation.

“None of them were seen anywhere before,” said Fiorin on this year’s selection. “All remarkable in their own way, they represent what is happening at this moment in Latin America. The freshness and attitude are palpable, though the similarities and politics are buried deep inside each story. A total reflection of our times here in the U.S. and elsewhere,” he added.

Last year, the Encuentros winner was The Candidate, directed by Uruguayan actor Daniel Hendler (Family Law, My Friend From the Park), and an international premiere at the Miami fest this year. 

The Festival also announced this year’s Miami Encuentros jury, formed by Dana Keith (Miami Beach Film Society and Cinematheque), Molly O’Keefe (Tribeca Film Institute), and the program creator Diana Sanchez (Toronto International Film Festival).

Additional prizes to be awarded include a DCP Mastering Service package valued at $5,000 presented by Madrid’s Aracne Digital Services; and a poster design service valued at $5,000 presented by Buenos Aires’ Boogieman Media.

Presented by the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, Miami Encuentros will be hosted March 6-7 at the Faena Hotel Miami Beach.

The 34th edition of the Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival will run March 3 –12.