MIAMI (CBSMiami) – Lights, camera, action! It’s time for movie buffs to grab their popcorn and head to the 2022 Miami Film Festival.

Miami-Dade College’s acclaimed festival is in full swing for its 39and annual edition, and it’s a hybrid format with in-person and virtual presentations.

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There are more than 120 films, documentaries and short films of all genres, from more than 35 countries.

“La Guerra Civil” is a documentary directed by Eva Longoria. It’s about the epic rivalry between iconic boxers Oscar de la Hoya and Julio César Chávez in the 1990s.

“We are playing at the Tower Theater but it will also be available in our virtual theater for the 10 days of the festival. So this is just one example of how Miamians can enjoy the festival in person or online,” said festival director Jaie Laplante.

The festival also includes several local South Florida films.

This includes an encore screening of the hilarious 2017 comedy “A Change of Heart,” directed by Kenny Ortega and produced by Emilio Estefan. It stars Jim Belushi and Gloria Estefan.

Estefan said if we could all come together and laugh while celebrating our differences, the world would be a better place.

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“For me, it’s special because we really see the diversity that we have in Miami. The diversity between Latinos, Americans and the gay community, I’m proud of this movie,” Estefan said.

People are open to so much diversity and this movie sends a big message.

Estefan also produced a short called “Croqueta Nation”, a film that unites Miami’s culinary community. This playful story follows the owner of Cuban restaurants Sergio, as he sets out to make history by making the world’s longest croqueta.

“Let me tell you, the number of people who talked about croquetas is incredible. I don’t know how they got it, but they got more people in a short film,” he said in laughing.

The films screen at the Silver Spot Cinemas in Downtown Miami, the Tower Cinema on Calle Ocho, and the final screening will take place at the Adrienne Arsht Center in Miami.

“There are so many 305 productions in the festival. We have always thought that supporting local filmmakers and local films and putting these films alongside world class films like “The Power of the Dog” or “Drive my Car” or any films by international filmmakers, to have them on the same shot is an extraordinary moment,” Laplante said.

The Miami Film Festival runs until March 13.

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