06 November, 2008

Finzi Heads From Locarno To Miami

by Sandy Mandelberger, North American Editor

Tiziana Finzi, formerly of the Locarno Film Festival has been appointed the new Director of the Miami International Film Festival. Finzi, a seasoned film professional with more than 20 years of experience in film festival programming and coordination, will assume her new post on December 1.

Finzi served as head of programming for the Locarno Film Festival for the past nine years and deputy director since 2005. During her tenure, Finzi introduced various innovations at the venerable Swiss film event, including the expansion of the sections “Cinéastes du Présent” (Contemporary filmmakers), “Compétition Vidéo” (Video Competition) and “In Progress,” a visual arts collaborative section with some of the preeminent museums and galleries worldwide.

Prior to her tenure at Locarno, the Italian-born Finzi served as a programmer for the Venice Film Festival from 1995 to 1999 and served as head of programming for the Pesaro and Taormina film festivals in 1999. Additionally, she has served as a consultant and curator for several international film festivals and institutions such as Italia Cinema and the Trieste Film Festival, among others.

“I am looking forward to building on the great successes of the first quarter century of the Miami International Film Festival", Finzi commented in a prepared statement. "I am also looking forward to connecting with Miami’s dynamic community.”

The 26th edition of the Miami International Film Festival , preented by Miami-Dade College, will be held March 6-15, 2009. The Festival is renowned as a key platform for the presentation of films from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, as well as premieres from the worlds of International and American Independent cinema. For more information, visit the Festival's website:

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