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LIVESTREAM THE KWFF OFFICIAL PROGRAM LAUNCH ON OCTOBER 28 AT 7 PM

LIVESTREAM THE LAUNCH!

The program for your 2020 Key West Film Festival will be revealed on Wednesday October 28 at 7pm! For the first time ever, audiences across Key West and around the world can join in for a LIVESTREAM LAUNCH of festival programming!

Register for this exciting event now!

The first 20 people to register will receive TWO free tickets to the November 28th Sunset Series at The Amp at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater, AND will be entered to win TWO ALL-ACCESS passes to KWFF 2020! The winner will be revealed at the end of the festival launch presentation.

Check out the latest edition of our newsletter to learn more!

KWFF ANNOUNCES THE KIMBERLY PEIRCE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENT FILMMAKERS

The Key West Film Festival is pleased to announce the inaugural Kimberly Peirce Scholarship for Student Filmmakers. Scholarships totaling $3000 will be presented by Peirce at the festival’s annual awards ceremony. Ms. Peirce will also grant one-on-one sessions to the scholarship recipients to further chat about their projects and careers. Student filmmakers can submit their film to this year’s festival by clicking here.

KWFF has been awarding scholarships to student-filmmakers since 2015 and is honored to have the scholarships now be given in her name. Peirce, a native of Florida, received the 2019 Golden Key Award from KWFF on the 20th Anniversary of the release of her groundbreaking film Boys Don’t Cry, which earned numerous honors including Oscar nominations for Hilary Swank and co-star Chloë Sevigny, and an Oscar win for Swank.

Peirce subsequently co-wrote and directed Stop-Loss, an emotionally penetrating drama inspired by her brother’s military service in Iraq. In 2013 she directed a masterful remake of Carrie that won the People’s Choice Award. In television, Kimberly has directed acclaimed episodes of American Crime, Turn, Halt And Catch Fire, Manhattan, Six, I Love Dick, Dear White People, P-Valley, and Kidding. She is Executive Producer and Director of Impact at A&E. Her upcoming projects include: This Is Jane, the true story of an underground abortion ring in 1960s Chicago, and Untitled, a butch femme romantic sex comedy.

A tireless activist for human and civil rights, Kimberly is a proud Governor of the Academy of Motion Pictures and head of the Diversity Committee; an Executive Board member of the DGA; and a founding member of REFRAME, an industry-wide effort to end discrimination against women and people of color. She is a member of TIME’S UP and the WGA.

YOUR KWFF 2020 PASSES ARE HERE!

Passes for the 2020 Key West Film Festival are now available, featuring the lowest prices ever for the festival. These passes get you into every film at the fest. No tickets. No waits. No worries.

Passes are the best way to ensure unrestricted access to the hottest ticket in town, and in 2020 we are offering two tremendous pass options: an ALL ACCESS PASS and a VIP PREMIUM PASS. Continue reading to learn more!
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OPENING NIGHT FILM AND VENUE

KWFF GETS ROLLING WITH 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF “GIMME SHELTER” AT COFFEE BUTLER AMPHITHEATER.

Building off its recently announced programming theme of films about music, the Key West Film Festival revealed today its opening night film on Wednesday, November 18 will be Albert Maysles' “GIMME SHELTER,” on the 50th Anniversary of the release of the seminal film about The Rolling Stones.

For the first time in its nine-year history, the festival‘s opening night film will be screened outdoors at the Coffee Butler Amphitheater. The screening will be preceded by a performance from Key West-based performing artist Nick Norman.

The Amphitheater will be operating at 25% capacity to allow for ample room for social distancing.
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PASSION MEETS PARADISE: THE 9TH ANNUAL KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL – NOVEMBER 18–22

Key West, FL (October 6, 2020) The Key West Film Festival (KWFF) revealed its plans today for the 9th annual festival, set for November 18-22, 2020. Building off the mantra of “Passion Meets Paradise,” the festival will be embracing its tropical paradise setting by moving all screenings to outdoor venues across the island. Each venue will feature socially-distant seating and masks will be required throughout all screenings. Full COVID-19 policies will be released in the upcoming weeks.
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ABOUT THE KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

The Key West Film Festival—where passion meets paradise—is an annual celebration of contemporary cinema in a historically rich, artistically vibrant, and culturally diverse island community.

KWFF strives to showcase the best of Florida filmmaking talent, while highlighting visiting filmmakers and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. The festival also looks to support the next generation of local student filmmakers with scholarships and other key awards.

The festival’s Critics’ Focus program, enhanced with the juried Critics’ Prize, together with the Costume Design Focus, marks the Key West Film Festival as a vital stop on the awards season’s fall festival circuit, with programs designed to support film criticism and craft while giving audiences greater context and perspective through public conversations guided by expert voices. Key publications represented in KWFF Critics’ Focus program and Critics’ Prize at the festival include: Los Angeles Times, Vulture.com, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, TimeOut NY, Roger Ebert, and more.

Past guests have included: Burt Reynolds, John Waters, Mariel Hemingway, Harmony Korine, Marisa Tomei, Paul Haggis, Alan Cumming, Sebastian Junger, Tom Berenger, Paul Verhoeven, Billy Corben, Terry George, Corey Glover, Steven Bauer, Anson Mount, Celia Weston, Angus MacLachlan, Judy Blume, Ondi Timoner, Bob Wisdom, Val Lauren, Anne O’Shea, Lois Smith, Mark Bridges and many more.

2019 Key West Film Festival Sponsors

Official Providers help sustain festival operations through a broad range of in-kind goods and services. Their support is a key factor in keeping expenses at a minimum and directing more funds to the Festival’s core programs. We are grateful for their support.

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