UniFrance To Organize Sales Market At Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival 33rd Edition

Sales Market To Consist of French Sales Agents & Latin American Buyers


(February 24, 2016) The 33rd edition of Miami Dade College’s (MDC) acclaimed Miami International Film Festival scheduled for March 4 – 13, will host a French film sales market in collaboration with UniFrance on March 8 and March 9, within the overall Festival program.

As a prominent film festival that welcomes agents, buyers and press, the Miami Film Festival market event will consist of sales meetings between 28 Latin American distributors and 17 French sales agents, including Memento, Elle Driver, UDI, Versatile, Gaumont, WIDE, Kinology, Doc & Film, Wild Bunch, BAC Films, TF1 and Pyramid, among others.  The market will also include market screenings of new French films at the Regal Cinemas South Beach.

“UniFrance is delighted to be organizing a market dedicated to French films seeking Latam distributors in conjunction with the Miami International Film Festival”, said UniFrance assistant general manager, Gilles Renouard.  “We have long known that French cinema enjoys a warm welcome in Mexico, Argentina, and Brazil, and has more recently made inroads in Colombia and Peru.”

“With 21 French-produced or co-produced films in this year’s Festival, the impact of French producers for the audience in Miami is strongly felt,” noted Festival executive director Jaie Laplante.  “We are honored to host Unifrance and further their delegates’ business interests within the region.”

“In 2015, there were more spectators for French films in Latin America than in North America. For a long time, we have been looking for a suitable venue where French sales companies and Latam distributors could meet. And now we have found it in Miami, neutral ground that is both multicultural and vibrant, where Latino and European cultures meet. Above all, we have found marvelous co-hosts in the Miami organizers, with whom we share the ambition of making Miami a privileged place where industry professionals can come together around cinema, and around French films in particular,” added Renouard.

A complete breakdown of industry activities at MDC’s 2016 Miami International Film Festival can be found at http://miff.datakal.eu/registration/en/industry.aspx .



About Miami Dade College’s Miami International Film Festival

Celebrating its 33rd annual edition March 4 – 13, 2016, Miami Dade College’s Miami International 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 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. Miami International Film 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. Major sponsors of the 2016 Festival include Knight Foundation, Lexus and Miami- Dade County. For more information, visit www.miamifilmfestival.com 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 International Film Festival, Tower Theater, 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 www.mdc.edu/arts

About UniFrance
UniFrance is a non-profit organization based in Paris with representatives in Beijing, Mumbai, New York and Tokyo, aiming at promoting French cinema worldwide. It provides financial and logistical back up to French films on the international marketplace, from sales all the way through to distribution, as well as on the international film festival circuit. UniFrance actions towards buyers, media and audiences include organizing Rendez-vous with French Cinema, the world biggest annual film market dedicated to French cinema and French films festival in strategic countries; attending the most important international markets and supporting international distributors for theatrical releases of French films.

Miami International Film Festival Contacts:
Nathaniel Baruch, Brigade  | +1 917-551-5853 | nathaniel@brigademarketing.com