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THE MI­AMI FASH­ION FILM FES­TI­VAL RE­TURNS FOR ITS FIFTH YEAR, TRANS­FORM­ING THE CITY INTO A HUB FOR BOTH FASH­ION AND FILM FA­NAT­ICS.

Both forms of cre­ative vis­ual ex­pres­sion, fash­ion and film have long been in­ter­twined. Each year, the Mi­ami Fash­ion Film Fes­ti­val rec­og­nizes and cel­e­brates this re­la­tion­ship with a four-day week­end of special screen­ings, sem­i­nars, and soirées, hosted at Mi­ami Dade Col­lege and the Mi­ami Fash­ion In­sti­tute. This month marks the fes­ti­val’s fifth an­niver­sary, so expect a big­ger and bet­ter event, and a slew of daz­zling à la mode films.

Past fes­ti­vals have seen pre­mieres of no­table fash­ion­cen­tric flicks, in­clud­ing Yves Saint Lau­rent, the 2014 biopic delv­ing into the life and ca­reer of the famed French de­signer. Sim­i­larly, the doc­u­men­tary Dior and I gave an in­ti­mate look into the cre­ation of Raf Si­mons’s first col­lec­tion for Chris­tian Dior. Guests can expect the same el­e­vated artistry at this year’s show­case.

“We are thank­ful to con­tinue in­tro­duc­ing the best in fash­ion film from all around the world for the fifth year,” says fes­ti­val founder Grace Cas­tro. “Each year, the bar for fash­ion film is raised higher with tal­ented film­mak­ers cre­at­ing a new nar­ra­tive for the genre.”

This year’s ros­ter in­cludes more than 60 in­ter­na­tional film­mak­ers, like David Mcil­vride, who’s de­but­ing Riverblue, a stun­ning 5K jour­ney into the harsh re­al­ity of cloth­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing that’s de­stroy­ing rivers on a global scale, and Sophia Banks, who is reimag­in­ing the fairy-tale story of Cin­derella with mod­ern fash­ion and fierce­ness. These are just a few who will de­but films, par­tic­i­pate in in­ter­ac­tive sem­i­nars, and host talks about fash­ion de­sign, film­mak­ing, tech­nol­ogy, and more. Watch it all un­reel Septem­ber 20 to 24. Call 786-440-6091 or visit mi­afff.org for sched­ule and in­for­ma­tion.

clockwise from left: Guide for the Good Wife; I Am Not a T-shirt; two stills from Rebel in Ris­ing; Play­mate.

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