Miami Dade College’s 39th Miami Film Festival, EMILIO ESTEFAN Present A Change Of Heart and Croqueta Nation (World Premiere) at Silverspot Cinema, March 11 & 13 


GRAMMY Award winning musician and producer, Emilio Estefan, will present a marquee screening tonight of his 2017 hit movie, A Change of Heart starring Jim Belushi and Gloria Estefan, at Miami Dade College’s 39th Miami Film Festival. The star will walk the red carpet and participate in a pre-screening Q&A with the Festival’s Executive Director Jaie Laplante

Additionally, Estefan will be back this Sunday to premiere his short film, Croqueta Nation, with Co-Producer Bruno del Granado at the close of MDC’s Miami Film Festival. Set in Miami, this feel-good and playful story follows Carlos Gazitua, CEO/owner of Sergio’s Cuban Restaurants, as he sets out to make croqueta history by making the world’s longest croqueta. At Sunday’s film screening, guests will sample the six-foot-long croqueta courtesy of Sergio’s Cuban Restaurants, beer from Festival sponsor Estrella Damm, and enjoy a comedy act from Only In Dade.   

Miami-born filmmaker Guillermo Alfonso directs this epic tale of a small culinary snack from Miami and will also be in attendance, while Estefan is the film’s executive producer. Croqueta Nation features local celebrities who join in the fun including WWE champion Dana Brooke, Iheart radio host Enrique Santos and the Mayor of Miami Francis Suarez. 


Friday, March 11, 2022 – A Change of Heart (Marquee Screening)

6:00 p.m. – Media Check-In

6:30 p.m. – Emilio Estefan on red carpet

7:00 p.m. – Pre-screening Q&A with Emilio Estefan and Miami Film Festival’s Executive Director Jaie Laplante

Sunday, March 13, 2022 – Croqueta Nation (World Premiere)

1:00 p.m. – Media Check-In

1:30 p.m. – Red Carpet 

2:25 p.m. – Post-screening Q&A with Emilio Estefan, Bruno del Granado, Guillermo Alfonso, Carlos Gazitua 


Silverspot Cinema

300 SE 3rd Street, #100

Miami, FL. 33131

***PARKING*** Met 3 parking lot, located at 250 SE 3rd Avenue (Whole Foods parking lot). Miami Film Festival is validating parking tickets ($10). 


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About Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival

Celebrating cinema in two annual events, Miami Film Festival (March 4-13, 2022) and Miami Film Festival GEMS (November 3-9, 2022), Miami Dade College’s Miami Film Festival is considered the preeminent film festival for showcasing Ibero-American cinema in the U.S., and a major launch pad for all international and documentary cinema. The annual Festival welcomes more than 45,000 audience members and more than 400 filmmakers, producers, talent and industry professionals. It is the only major festival housed within a college or university. In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres. Major sponsors of Miami Film Festival GEMS include Knight Foundation, Telemundo, American Airlines, Estrella Damm, Telemundo, NBC6 and Miami-Dade County. The Festival also offers unparalleled educational opportunities to film students and the community at large. For more information, visit or call 305-237-FILM (3456). 

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