FILM MAKERS AND FOODIES UNITE

Jun 1, 2016

Media Contacts: GMCVB Media Relations at 305/539-3084, 800/955-3646 or Imani Rodman, Current PR at 212/445-8338.

MIAMI, FL. (June 1, 2016) - The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) announces the return of Miami Film Month, sponsored by Citibank® and Stella Artois, offering events and a food-themed film making contest this June. Official sponsors Citibank® and Stella Artois® will be adding free popcorn at select art cinemas to Citibank® card holders.  Film-goers will have access to discounted movie tickets by downloading a Miami Film Month pass and redeeming it for an $8 ticket across Miami’s art cinemas.  To download the Miami Film Month pass, see participating art cinemas and learn about film events in June, visit www.MiamiFilmMonth.com.

AND, ACTION!
The GMCVB, in partnership with Cinevisun and Black Film and Media Group (BFMG), invites aspiring film makers – both amateurs and pros – to highlight Miami’s multicultural culinary scene in a film of their own.  

Entrants are asked to create a one to two minute video showcasing Miami’s multicultural food scene and submit via Visit Miami’s Facebook page where they will be voted on by fans. Films will also be professionally critiqued by Miami Short Film Festival director, William Vela.  The winning film will be featured at the Miami Short Film Festival in November 2016.  Entries can be submitted now through June 6 and the voting period will take place June 6 – June 20. The stakes are high as the top three filmmakers will receive cash prizes (Grand Prize $3,000; First Prize $1,500; Second Prize $500).

“Film makers have a way of storytelling that transcends any other medium.  As more and more visitors travel to Miami to experience our heritage and culinary scene, it made sense that local film makers could describe this culinary love affair best, ” said GMCVB President & CEO William D. Talbert, III, CDME. “This year we celebrate 15 years of the Miami Spice culinary program and in that time the destination has evolved into a world-class food town.    Miami’s culinary scene will make a tantalizing backdrop in these films, providing film goers with the taste and sounds of Miami on the big-screen.”

BEFORE THE CREDITS ROLL
The month-long Miami Film Month celebration will conclude with an exciting Miami Film Month Closing Event taking place Thursday, June 30, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the Little Haiti Cultural Center. Winners from the #MiamiFilm Month video contest will be announced and the winning videos will be shown. Light bites and drinks will be available.

Miami Film Month is part of the GMCVB’s increasingly popular Miami Temptations Program, sponsored by Citibank®, which takes a thematic focus on the best that Miami has to offer throughout the year at attractive prices. Other programs include Miami Cruise Month (January), Miami Romance Month (February), Shop Miami Month (March), Miami Sports & Wellness Month (April), Miami Museum Month (May), Miami Spa Month (July-August), Miami Spice Restaurant Month (August-September), Miami Attractions Month (October), Miami Live Month (November) and Miami Heritage Month (December).  For more information on the Miami Temptations programs please visit www.MiamiTemptations.com. 

Editor’s Note: Interviews with attractions management are available upon request.

About The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau
The Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau (GMCVB) is an accredited not-for-profit destination sales and marketing organization whose mission is to attract visitors to Greater Miami and the Beaches for leisure, business and conventions. For a vacation guide visit our website at www.MiamiAndBeaches.com or call 1-888-76-Miami (US/Canada only) or 305-447-7777. To reach the GMCVB offices dial 305-539-3000. Meeting planners may call 1-800-933-8448 (US/Canada only) or 305-539-3071 or visit www.MiamiMeetings.com.

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A Special Thanks To Our Sponsors

Miami Film Month would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.