jada_pinkett-smith_2.jpgMIAMI — Single tickets starting at $10 and festival passes are on sale for the 2013 Women’s International Film & Arts Festival — more than 50 films in five days, March 20 – 24. Opening night for the eighth annual event will feature a Florida premier presentation of the documentary Free Angela Davis and All Political Prisoners, introduced by the film’s co-executive Producer Jada Pinkett-Smith, 7:30 p.m. at the Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, 1300 Biscayne Blvd., in Miami.

Film screenings will be held throughout Miami-Dade County at local theaters and the “WIFF Warehouse” cinema, 1920 N. Miami Ave. For tickets visit womensfilmfest.com   

“We are delighted to open our festival with Mrs. Pinkett-Smith and such a strong film,” said Yvonne McCormack-Lyons, WIFF founder and president.

“Mrs. Pinkett-Smith is a fabulous representation of our festival’s mission, and the film reflects a period on the life of one of America’s civil rights female icons, Angela Davis. "The event epitomizes what the festival is about: showcasing and empowering women’s dreams, visions, and voices.”

In addition to the varied films, the organizers promise special events including opening night and closing night galas, red carpet film special presentations, parties, symposia, panel discussions and workshops.

Organizers say the 2013 festival will showcase big budget films, world cinema, innovative independent films, international documentaries and short films that reflect the lives of women around the world; films from more than 20 countries including Haiti, Brazil, Spain, Italy, Turkey, Canada, England, Russia, France, Iran, Germany, Ecuador and the United States screened over the five days.

“We selected films and events which capture all aspects of women’s lives whether it be sexuality,
politics, spirituality, love, culture, identity and beauty,” said McCormack-Lyons.

The Women’s International Film & Arts Festival is a nonprofit organization designed to bring women together from around the world to showcase women’s vision and voices and to address women’s issues through film and art.

The premier evening will be co-hosted by Miami-Dade Commissioner Barbara Jordan. Proceeds from the event will benefit WIFF’s “Reel Girls: Real Women” media literacy and filmmaking program for at-risk girls.

*Pictured above is Jada Pinkett-Smith.