More Red-Carpet Roll Outs for the Miami International Film Festival

Miami has undoubtedly been a city chock-full of fun since the start of 2010. From the Pro Bowl to Super Bowl, then on to the Miami International Boat Show, and followed up with the Food Network’s South Beach Wine & Food Festival, if you couldn’t secure an invite on any given night to an exclusive pre-event or one of the haute after parties, then we suggest you improve your networking skills a wee bit.

Following up on this year of fun, the Magic City is inundated right now with everything new from the worlds of film and fashion. On March 5, film buffs celebrated the opening night of the 27th Annual Miami International Film Festival at the historic Gusman Center for the Performing Arts in downtown. The honor of the opening night film went to Looking for Eric, directed by Ken Loach and starring Manchester United’s Eric Cantona.

Film director Niels Arden Oplev, artistic director of the Miami International Film Festival Tiziana Finzi, and executive director of the Cultural Affairs Department at Miami Dade College, Vivian Donnell Rodriguez also invited guests back the following night on March 6 for the East Coast premiere of The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo.

Tiziana Finzi, Stephanie Bishop star of "Looking for Eric," Vivian Rodriguez

Also stealing the spotlight at the film festival was the world premiere of the “Night of Hope” screening series on March 9 from writer/director/producer Moe Charif. It was a red-carpet evening on Tuesday night at Gusman, as the event kicked off with the short film Never Winter, and closed with the documentary A Step from Heaven from Vidal Canto. Local celebrities to make appearances in A Step from Heaven included Gloria & Emilio Estefan and Romero Britto. To wrap up the affair, the VIPs headed over to Cafeina in Wynwood to celebrate the positive response that the projects received.

Director Moe Charif, Dr. Brandt

Lead actress Chiara Thielman

Here are more photos from opening night.

And check this page for more photos from the world premiere of theNight of Hope” screening series.