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… Opening Night at the 34th Edition of Miami Dade College’s Internationally Acclaimed Miami Film Festival

Richard Gere, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Alejandra Silva, Director Joseph Cedar Among Celebrities Who Walked The Red Carpet Opening Night at the 34th Edition of Miami Dade College’s Internationally Acclaimed Miami Film Festival

Acclaimed box office star, producer, and humanitarian Richard Gere opened the 34th edition of Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival on March 3, at the Olympia Theater in Downtown Miami.Gere arrived with his girlfriend, Spanish publicist and activist , Alejandra Silva, and was greeted by a roaring crowd all eager to catch a glimpse of the star. Fans were also treated to a surprise visit by some of the actors and director of the newly released film Cargo, which had its World Premiere during the festival. Gere was joined at the step-and-repeat by Israeli filmmaker Joseph Cedar who directed Gere’s latest film, Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer. Also making an appearance were Dr. Eduardo J. Padrón, President of Miami Dade College (MDC), and Jaie Laplante, executive director of MDC’s Miami Film Festival. More than 1,600 people gathered to watch the Q&A session that took place just prior to the screening of the 117-minute, two-time Oscar-nominated film. Following the screening, Gere, Cedar and guests attended the CHAMPAGNE & STARS Opening Night Party, presented by Korbel at Miami’s Historic Alfred I. Dupont Building.
Since the start of the Festival, film buffs have been treated to 131 feature narratives, feature documentaries, and short films from 40 countries, including 22 world and international premieres, which will run until March 12, 2017.
The Festival will close with an Awards Night Gala screening of the International premiere of For Your Own Good from Spain, starring José Coronado, Javier Cámara and Roberto Alamo, followed by the EL COTO RIOJA Awards Night Party at Miami’s Centro Cultural Español.
About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival:
 
Celebrating its 34th anniversary March 3 – 12, 2017, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival (MDC) is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade College, attracts more than 60,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. The Festival’s special focus on Ibero-American cinema has made the Festival a natural gateway for the discovery of new talent from this diverse territory. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. Additionally, every October, the Festival hosts a mid-season festival titled GEMS, showcasing the season’s finest new cinematic works. Major sponsors of the 2017 Festival include Knight Foundation, The Related Group and Miami-Dade County.
HOW TO GET TICKETS:
The 34th Miami Film Festival will take place March 3-12, 2017.  Tickets are on sale now and available at miamifilmfestival.com . Screening and seminar venues of the 34th Miami Film Festival include Olympia Theater, MDC’s Tower Theater, Regal Cinemas South Beach, O Cinema Miami Beach, The Colony Theater, Coral Gables Art Cinema, Miami Beach Cinematheque, Faena Miami Beach Hotel, MDC Live Arts Lab, and The Screening Room.