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What to expect from the Miami Boat Show & Film Festival

Miami is calling once again, with the annual International Boat Show coming this February and the Miami Film Festival returning in March.

The Boat Show

The Miami International Boat Show is set to run from February 16th to 20th, over President’s Day Weekend, and will be showcasing more boats than ever before with 1,300 on land and in the water.
Boats in Miami Marine stadium park basinThe Miami International Boat Show – Image courtesy of Offshore only
If you have been before you will notice something new this year – location – as the new host venue for this year is the iconic Miami Marine Stadium Park & Basin on picturesque Virginia Key, offering spectacular views to downtown Miami just minutes away.

 

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With a deep-water basin able to accommodate larger vessels, there will also be more than 1 million square feet of closed and open-air exhibition space for marine accessories, electronics, engines, nautical gifts, sailing apparel and services and workshops.
The regal 29 OBXThe regal 29 OBX – Image courtesy of Boats
With the total value of boats, engines and marine products exceeding $3 billion, this is one of the largest yachting exhibitions in the world, and there will be much to see for the expected 100,000 attendees from around the world. Boats to watch this year include the largest on show, Marlow Marine 97 Explorer, the world’s fastest luxury yacht, the SV Yachts Alpha, and Boating Magazine’s Boat of the Year, Regal 29 OBX.
Sunset Miami Boat ShowThe Sun sets on the Miami Boat Show – Image courtesy of Miami Boat Show
This year there will also be a new VIP experience on offer, allowing exclusive access to the show’s private lounge, located on board a 111-foot luxury yacht. Here enjoy excellent food and drink offerings, live music, an open-air sky deck, multiple bars, and complimentary massages and manicures.

 

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The Film Festival

The following month, if you prefer to stay comfortably seated on land, check out the Miami Film Festival at Miami Dade College, running from March 3rd to 12th. In its 34th year, 2017 promises a string of A-listers, Hollywood greats, and some must-see premieres at the only major film festival to be hosted by a university.
Miami Film Festival at Miami Dade CollegeMiami Dade College plays host to the Film Festival – Image courtesy of Vimooz
The opening night features Richard Gere’s new film Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, directed by 2-time Oscar-nominated filmmaker Joseph Cedar, followed by the Champagne & Stars gala opening night party at Miami’s historic Alfred I. Dupont building.
'Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer'‘Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer’ – Image courtesy of Hollywood reporter
Through the festival’s run there will be 131 feature films, documentaries, and short films shown, from 40 countries, including 22 world and international premieres. Highlights are numerous but include the world premiere of A Change of Heart, produced by Emilio Estefan, starring Gloria Estefan and Jim Belushi among other big names, and directed by High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega who shot the film in Miami.
The Miami Film FestivalThe Miami Fim Festival – Image courtesy of Miami New Times
As in previous years, up for grabs across various categories are the festival’s Knight Competition awards, presented by The John S. & James L. Knight Foundation, where achievement awards totaling $40,000 will be decided by the festival’s judging panel and awarded to the most powerful films from around the world.

Whether fine yachts or fine films are your passion, Miami will be a destination not to be missed. With its world famous art deco architecture, beautiful beaches and vibrant Design District where world-class shopping and art come together – these two annual events are just another reason to make your way (back) to Miami. Book your flights now to Kendall-Tamiami Airport or to Opa-Locka executive Airport instantly with Stratajet.

 

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