WHAT:                Miami Film Festival Gems 2016 and the innovative watch store Shinola Wynwood have teamed up to hold a news conference just in time to kick-start the highly anticipated Fall lineup.


WHO:                  Jaie Laplante, Miami Film Festival’s director & director of programming, will unveil this year’s festival gems. It’s expected to excite all movie buffs and music enthusiasts alike. Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is the only major film festival worldwide produced by a college or university. Coffee and treats will be served courtesy of Dr. Smood.


WHEN:                Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.


WHERE:              Shinola Wynwood

2399 NW 2 Avenue


FESTIVAL TICKET INFO:   Miami Film Festival tickets will go on sale to Miami Film Society members exclusively on Friday, Sept. 16, and to the general public on Thursday, Sept. 22. For tickets call, 1-844-565-6433 (MIFF) or


GEMS will take place Oct. 13-16. Opening Night Film + Cocktail Reception $50 for general // $40 for Miami Film Society members. GEMS Night Gala Party $85 for general // $50 for Miami Film Society members. All other screenings $13 adults, $12 seniors, $10 members, $10 students, Masterclass Seminars $9 (MDC students FREE with student ID). Group rates are available. For membership opportunities or more information, please visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).  Guests of the GEMS Festival are hosted exclusively at Mandarin Oriental Brickell in Miami.


About Shinola

Founded in 2011, Shinola was conceived with the belief that products should be well made and built to last. As makers of modern watches, bicycles, journals and leather goods, Shinola stands for skill at scale, the preservation of craft and the beauty of industry. For more info, visit


About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Celebrating its 34th anniversary March 3 – 12, 2017, Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival 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, Lexus and Miami-Dade County. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456).


About Culture at Miami Dade College

The Cultural Affairs Department of Miami Dade College (MDC) is composed of the Miami Book Fair, Miami Film Festival, Tower Theater Miami, Koubek Center, Freedom Tower, MDC Live Arts and MDC Galleries and Museum of Art + Design. MDC is committed to providing its community with the opportunity to come in contact with innovative thinkers, creators and tradition bearers from around the world. With each presentation, MDC offers a bridge between cultures and ideas, creating new opportunities for the increasingly diverse population of Miami to come together through shared live arts experiences. For more information, visit


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