Gearing up to celebrate its 25th anniversary, the Miami Film Festival has beefed up its programming team with the appointment of two veteran film programmers, Eleonora Granata and Kreingsak “Victor” Silakong.
Granata will handle world dramatic features, while Silakong will program pics from Asia and the Pacific Rim. They join Monika Wagenberg, who has programmed Ibero-American features and docus the past two years while Karina Rotenstein has handled the programming of world documentaries and shorts for the last five years.
Granata is currently the U.S. rep and program adviser for the Venice Film Festival — a position she’s held for the past five years and will continue to hold. She previously served as senior VP, acquisitions and production, at Pandora Cinema and as VP-head of acquisitions and co-productions at Turner Pictures.
Silakong is the current director of the World Film Festival of Bangkok and will ensure a strong representation of the Asia and Pacific Rim film market at the next Miami Festival.
Event, which runs Feb. 28-March 9 next year, will screen more than 120 selections from more than 50 countries. In recent years, it has raised its profile on the festival circuit with some notable entries and a cash prize of $25,000 each in three categories: Ibero-American drama, world drama and world & Ibero-American documentary.