LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! MIAMI FILM MONTH IS HERE

Jun 1, 2015

Media Contacts: GMCVB Media Relations at 305/539-3084, 800/955-3646 or Kelly McKenna, Current PR at 212/445-8380.

MIAMI, FL. (June 1, 2015) - Greater Miami and The Beaches continues to be a place of cinematic excellence and unparalleled movie experiences. With the film industry continuing to grow and position itself as one of the destination’s strongest brand pillars, the area has become synonymous with spectacular art cinemas and unique film festivals. To celebrate the big screen’s presence in Miami, the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) has partnered with Stella Artois to host the fourth annual Miami Film Month from June 1-30, with a stellar line-up of activities.

Miami Film Month gives visitors and residents a front row seat to the destination’s diverse film culture with discounted pricing at participating art cinemas.  This includes $8 movie screenings with a Miami Film Month coupon, available online at the website, www.MiamiFilmMonth.com. Participating cinemas include:
  • Bill Cosford Cinema
  • Coral Gables Art Cinema
  • Miami Beach Cinematheque
  • MDC’s Tower Theater
  • Cinema Miami Beach
  • Cinema Miami Shores at Miami Theater Center
  • Cinema Wynwood 
Miami Film Month will kick off during the Women's International Film Festival on Tuesday, June 2 at the Le Jardin Theater in the Deauville Resort, with a VIP cocktail reception and screening of Awaken, directed by Mark Atkins.

Miami Themed Featured Shorts & Discussion Panel
This year’s Miami Film Month will also celebrate local emerging filmmakers by showcasing a collection of short films created by Miami area producers throughout the month of June. The exclusive collection of films were curated from a host of Miami's best films, many of which have screened at prestigious festivals such as Miami International Film Festival, the Sundance Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival and more. Following each screening, an interactive panel will take place where the filmmakers discuss their work, professional journey and Miami's burgeoning film scene. The panel will be moderated by Kevin Sharpley, filmmaker and Chairman of the Miami-Dade County Film and Entertainment Advisory Board. 

Miami Film Month Featured Filmmaker
In an effort to promote and encourage local filmmakers, Miami Film Month will nominate one lucky Featured Filmmaker who either hails from the city or has created films in or about Miami. The selected Featured Filmmaker will have the opportunity to showcase their films at Miami Light Project and participate in a post-screening session called "Conversation With," in which a moderator will highlight the artist’s career. Additionally, there will be an interactive Q&A between the artist and the audience during the latter part of the program. For more information visit: MiamiFilmMonth.com

#MiamiFilm Month Facebook Video Contest
Calling all filmmakers! The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau, in partnership with CineVisun and Black Film and Media Group (BFMG), invites creative producers to "Show the World Miami". The contest, which takes place May 18 – June 7, invites filmmakers to create a one-to-two minute video providing a look at what they love most about Miami and submit it on The Greater Miami and The Beaches Facebook page, for a chance to win a $3,000 grand prize. A total of three videos will be selected and featured at the Miami Film Month closing event, where all winners will receive their prizes. For more details, please see Official Rules. 

Miami Film Month 2015 Schedule:
  • Tuesday, June 2: Miami Film Month kick-off event at the Le Jardin Theater in the Deauville Resort and screening of Awaken, directed by Mark Atkins.
  • Saturday, June 6 : Miami Beach Cinematheque presents The Record Man
  • Saturday, June 13: MDC’s Tower Theater presents Magic City Memoirs 
  • Saturday, June 20: O Cinema Miami Beach presents Miami Filmmakers Shorts
  • Saturday, June 27: Florida International University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) third annual FIU Media Arts Festival (MAF)
  • Friday, June 26: Miami Film Month Closing Event at Miami Light Project
Greater Miami and the Beaches commitment to cinematic arts can be enjoyed year-round with a full line-up of festivals, including:
  • Women's International Film & Arts Festival (June 2-7, 2015)
  • FIU/SJMC Media Arts Film Festival (June 27, 2015)
  • Brazilian Film Festival of Miami (September 12-19, 2015)
  • Miami Fashion Film Festival (September 17-19, 2015)
  • Miami International Children's Film Festival (October 2015)
  • Italian Film Festival (October 8-13, 2015)
  • Miami Recent Cinema from Spain (November 2015)
  • Miami Short Film Festival (November 5-12, 2015)
  • France Cinéma Floride (November 6-8, 2015)
  • Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival (January 2016)
  • Miami Jewish Film Festival (January 14-28, 2015)
  • Miami International Film Festival (March 4-16, 2016)
  • Miami Wildlife Conservation Film Festival (April 2016)
  • Miami & the Beaches Environmental Film Festival (April 2016)
  • Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival (April 2016)
  • Borscht Film Festival (TBD)
  • DocMiami International Film Festival (TBD)

“The Greater Miami and the Beaches area continues to shine as a premier destination for TV and movie production and is committed to the film industry in all its form – from on-location shoots to film festivals and promoting local filmmakers,” said William D. Talbert III, CDME, president and CEO of the GMCVB. “The destination’s year-round warm weather paired with the stunning beaches, cityscapes, cultural heritage sites and new neighborhoods, sets the stage for Miami to shine in front of cameras.”

For more information on Miami Film Month festivities and participants, please visit www.MiamiFilmMonth.com

Miami Film Month is part of the Temptations programs developed by the GMCVB to allow all to enjoy the best that Miami and The Beaches has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Miami Film Month is part of the successful playbook including Miami Cruise Month, Miami Romance Month, Shop Miami Month, Miami Sports Month, Miami Museum Month, Miami Spa Month, Miami Spice, Miami Attractions Month, Miami Live Month and Miami Heritage Month. For more information on the Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com

Editor’s Note: Interviews with executives are available upon request.

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit destination sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiAndBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.

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