The 2010 DocMiami  "Tito Puente", Contribution to The Arts Award was
 an original sculpture created by artist
Laura Tobi Carcano


“To deliver cultural enrichment and
opportunities for the support and development of documentary film making worldwide.”



Our Values include:
  • Innovative
  • Communication
  • Integrity
  • Cooperation
  • Diverse and Sensitive
  • Service to Society




DocMiami International Film Festival is dedicated to providing filmmakers opportunities to promote their unique contributions to the evolution of the cultural arts within the State of Florida and within the entertainment industry as a whole. In addition our organization seeks to:

         Elevate  the art form of documentary film making at a local, national and international level.

         Provide expert panels and filmmaker professional development opportunities

         Partner with organizations dedicated to local cultural enrichment

         Provide educational outreach programs for student’s grades 6-12.

Monica Valdes
Executive Director

Monica Valdes, is Executive Director and founder of the DocMiami International Film Festival which has honored Grammy Winners: Tico Torres, visual artist and Drummer for Bon Jovi;  Willy Chirino; Carlos Santana and Olga Guillot, “The Queen of Bolero,  with the El Rey” Tito Puente Contribution to the Arts Award presented by none other than, the Tito Puente, Jr. She has been recognized as a Marquis Who’s Who in America, Marquis Who’s Who Among America’s Women and Marquis Who’s Who in the World. In addition, Monica has been recognized as an outstanding Hispanic-American Leader during the 2011 Miami International Mall, Hispanic Heritage Month, "Noche de Honor.” Monica is presently pursuing her PhD in Public Policy and has also been an award winning teacher with a Master’s degree in History.  Her passion for history and education fuel her dedication toward the art form of documentary filmmaking and its infinite contributions toward our global heritage.

Jamie Catto

Board Member
Jamie Catto is the creative catalyst, producer and director behind the global philosophy and music project ‘1 Giant Leap’ The first epic, star-studded odyssey (starring many of the names listed below), '1 Giant Leap' was nominated for 2 Grammys in 2003, sold over 300 thousand albums, and won numerous film awards globally. The new movie and album ‘What About Me?’ is released in 2011 and was screened for 7 weeks on Channel 4, UK Jamie Catto is one of the most respected artists and activists of our time on both sides of the Atlantic. Some of the Artists he has collaborated with and directed in his projects to date include:

  • Music: Bono, Michael Stipe (REM), Alanis Morissette, Dido, Annie Lennox, Robbie Williams, Daniel Lanois, KD Lang, Brian Eno and Neneh Cherry.
  • Film/TV: Dennis Hopper, John Cusack, Carrie Fisher, Billy Connolly, Tim Robbins, Susan Sarandon, Stephen Fry,  Kurt Vonnegut, Noam Chomsky, Bob Geldof, Tom Robbins and Douglas Coupland.

Tito Puente, Jr.,
Board Member

The comparison is inevitable. How could it be otherwise? Tito Puente Jr. carries his father with him - imprinted on his physical being and locked in his soul. It's in his looks, his joy, his music. No doubt, every time Tito Jr. walks on stage - he walks in his father's footsteps. He dances in celebration, throws his head back in pure joy and lights up the room with that oh-so-familiar smile. Tito Jr. is on a passionate mission. The younger Puente is determined to nurture the musical legacy left by his father. He refuses to let it become a distant memory; "He was just too vibrant, too exciting. There was magic in the music my father made. It made people happy, all over the world. My goal is to keep it alive, and in doing so, expose it to a whole new generation." Over the past two years, Tito Jr. has found captive audiences who echo his passion. Crowds once lured to a venue by the father's magic have returned to enjoy the son - participating once again in the high voltage celebration that takes place on stage.

Krystal Oliva
Events Coordinator

Krystal Oliva is a graduate from Florida International University, School of Journalism and Mass Communications with a B.A. in Journalism and a Minor in Hospitality. She served as the Event Coordinator of (JAMPA) Journalists & Media Professionals of the Americas, a club which she co-founded at FIU. She has assited with events such as: the Florida Breast Health Care Initiative and the Kidz Kitchen (Sobe Wine & Food Festival). Krystal jonined the DocMiami team in 2010 and is presently the festival's Events Coordinator.


Nick Toutoungi
Techinical Director


Nick Toutoungi sharpened his technical skills at Florida State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Technical Theater. After graduating college, Nick secured a position as Technical Director at the Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival (One of the most important regional film festivals in the Southeast US…and the longest running film festival in the world!). The 37 day long film festival contained over 400 indoor and outdoor screenings of films from over 35 countries from around the world. As the Technical Director for the film festival, Nick revolutionized the film festival’s programs in ticketing, membership, and projection technology and oversaw renovation of their own theater, Cinema Paradiso. In 2000, he helped to create the popular Maroone Moonlight Outdoor Movie Series which was featured in the Wall Street Journal along with several other founding U.S. outdoor movie companies. He helped pioneer the use of new inflatable screen technology by using a 20’ inflatable sign or billboard which was intentionally left blank to serve as a movie screen. In 2005, as the Senior Operations Director for the festival and after more than 250 outdoor movie events and film premieres, Nick started Twilight Features, Inc. The idea was to expand the outdoor cinematic experience throughout the state of Florida using the quality technical experience he obtained by presenting films for various high profile festival guests including directors and actors who insist on a high quality video and sound experience. Since then Twilight Features Inc. has successfully produced over 500 events throughout the southeast and technically directed over 30 film festivals