Matt Tyrnauer's documentary Valentino: The Last Emperor and Daniel Burman's comedy Empty Nest (El Nido Vacio) bookend the 26th Annual Miami International Film Festival, set to run from March 6-15.

All in all the 137 selections represent more than 40 countries offering four world premieres, 22 North American premieres and 18 US premieres. The roster includes Sebastian Silva's Sundance World Cinema Dramatic Grand Jury Prize winner The Maid (La Nana), Joe Cardona and Mario De Varona's Celia The Queen, Antonio Campos' Afterschool, Jens Hoffmann's documentary 9 To 5: Days In Porn, and Jaime Rosales' Bullet In The Head (Tiro En La Cabeza).

Former Italia Cinema consultant and curator and Locarno Film Festival head programmer Tiziana Finzi will preside over the event in her first year as festival director following years of service also at Venice, Pesaro and Taormina.

Abel Ferrara will receive the Career Achievement Tribute followed by a screening of his 2008 documentary Chelsea On The Rocks. Ferrara's work-in-progress Mulberry St will screen, along with four other pictures during the festival. Ken Kelsch, Ferrar's regular director of photography, serves as jury president.

There are four new prizes this year: the $25,000 Miami Dade College Grand Jury Prize awarded to the winner of the Dox Competition; the $2,500 Miami Dade College Grand Jury Prize for the Shorts Competition winner; the juried $5,000 Jordan Alexander Ressler Screenwriting Award for the winner of the Ibero-American Competition; and the juried International Film Guide Inspiration Award to the winning emerging film-maker of Ibero-American Competition.

The Cutting The Edge competition strand for experimental cinema and Florida Focus Student Shorts competitions join the four pre-existing competition categories, which are: the World Cinema Competition, which carries a $25,000 Knight Grand Jury Prize; the Ibero-American Competition that also carries a $25,000 Knight Grand Jury Prize; the Dox Competition; and the Shorts Competition.

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