This March marks the 31st anniversary of the MIAMI INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL, and while outside the industry it may not have the name recognition of the Sundance Film Festival or the Toronto International Film Festival, MIFF (as it is known) boasts an impressive three decades of showcasing top-tier international and documentary films. The festival, produced and presented by Miami Dade
Sofía Vergara
FilmMagic
 College, is the pre-eminent outlet for Ibero-American cinema in the U.S. and is widely lauded for introducing talent emerging from that region. As such, the festival draws an impressive roster of industry bigwigs; red-carpet mainstays such as Sarah Jessica Parker, Demi Moore, Kate Hudson, Jeremy Piven and William H. Macy; and more than 60,000 audience members.

This year’s film lineup includes the John ­Turturro-directed Fading Gigolo, starring Woody Allen (in what is being touted as one of his best performances ever), Liev Schreiber, Sharon Stone and SOFÍA VERGARA, as well as the U.S. premiere of Oscar-winning Argentine director Juan José Campanella’s latest film, Foosball — an animated film that broke Argentina’s box-office record for the country’s highest-grossing premiere.

In addition to film screenings, this year’s festival will offer a family day revolving around the Foosball premiere. It will feature a plethora of activities, including friendly foosball competitions and a pop-up soccer field. The festival will also include a culinary cinema program headed by Lee Brian Schrager (founder of both the New York City and South Beach Wine & Food festivals) that will combine culinary cinema with delicious cuisine in a fusion of creativity for all the senses.

March 7-16, www.miamifilmfestival.com