Miami International Film Festival in full swing

March 10, 2014 by  

Miami residents will want to keep their eyes peeled for movie stars even more than usual as the 31st Miami International Film Festival brings celebrities here during its run. The festival began last Friday, March 7.

Considered a vital component of our city’s cultural landscape, the festival attracted approximately 67,000 people last year. While in its early days a mere 25 to 30 films were featured, the festival has expanded to over 100 feature-length and short films.

The Film Society of Miami was founded in 1983 with the purpose of putting together a film festival for the city. The following year, the first Miami International Film Festival was held and has been a treasured South Florida institution ever since.

At first, films were screened in various locations in the greater Miami area. However, by 1989 the Gusman Center for the Performing Arts’ Olympia Theater at Miami Dade College (MDC) took over being the official film screening site. October 2003 found the Film Society turning over the administration of the Festival to MDC. Today, several venues are used in addition to the Olympia Theater.

This year’s festival runs through March 16. This sort of event presents many printing opportunities. In addition to the usual ticket printing, participating theaters can use banner printing to advertise their part in the proceedings. Flyers, commemorative pamphlets, and programs are also possibilities.