produced and presented by Miami Dade College (MDC),
celebrated its milestone 30th anniversary with filmmakers, talent, and guests who gathered at the National Historic Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College (Freedom Tower) this past weekend to hear the announcement of the popular Lexus Audience Award presented to two films. The winners were Gideon’s Army directed by Dawn Porter who also received the Grand Jury prize for Knight Documentary Competition and 7 Boxes directed by Juan Carlos Maneglia and Tana Schémbori.
7 Boxes follows the story of Victor, a wheelbarrow transporter, who must deliver seven mysterious boxes to a recipient, while avoiding a treacherous path along through the Municipal Market in Asunción, Paraguay.
Gideon’s Army follows several public defense lawyers working in the South and passionately fighting for their clients despite being overworked and underfunded. First time director Dawn Porter exposes the ways in which the law is unequally applied by race and class.
After the Awards Night Ceremony at the Olympia Theater at the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts earlier in the evening, hundreds of party-goers strutted into the Freedom Tower for the Pyrat Awards Night Party. The evening was surrounded by food stations with savory meatballs and sweet French toast. Pyrat also hosted interactive cocktail stations where guests mixed their own concoctions.
“Everything about the Festival this year was a true celebration. From the events to the screenings, we all could feel the incredible energy and excitement this year,” said MIFF Executive Director Jaie Laplante. “We look forward to gearing up for the 31st Festival in 2014.”
Thousands of guests attended the 30th annual Festival, which screened 117 feature films and 12 short films from 41 countries. For more information, please visit www.miamifilmfestival.com or call 305-405-MIFF (6433). The Festival is the only major film festival event housed within a college or university.