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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: MEMORIAL DAY EDITION

In this week's edition of Flashback Friday, we recognize the proud and strong history of Key West and the Armed Services on this very special Memorial Day weekend. We salute our servicemen and women - past, present and future. We also recognize the sacrifices by the new front-line workers in the fight against COVID, those who have given their lives to fight this silent enemy.

Key West's own Mark Ebonboch was instrumental in the making of this week's film - and helping to bring it to KWFF. We had a great time with Mark, Director Paul Sanchez, Producers Lisa Poggi and Don Anderson, Tom Berenger and his wife, Cory Glover, and the rest of the crew!
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: MARK BRIDGES

KWFF COSTUME DESIGN FOCUS AND ACADEMY AWARD WINNER

KWFF has honored an outstanding costume designer each year since 2016 and each of them has gone on to be nominated for an Academy Award for Costume Design.

This week's FBF brings us back to 2017, when we had the privilege of hosting and honoring Mark Bridges, who won an Academy Award that year for his stellar work in The Phantom Thread.

Mark has been the costume designer for all of Paul Thomas Anderson's films including Boogie Nights, There Will be Blood, Magnolia, Inherent Vice, and of course The Phantom Thread.
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: CRITICS PANEL AND IndieWire’s ERIC KOHN

The KWFF Critics Panel is the only festival program of its nature in the entire country. Each year the panel brings together a dozen of the top national critics to discuss films, debate trends in the industry, and sing karaoke at Bobby's Monkey Bar.

Since 2016, these critics have chosen one film each year to be given the prestigious KWFF Critics Award.

This year we've asked Eric Kohn, executive editor and chief critic at Indiewire.com, to reflect on past KWFF Critics Award winners.

Be sure to visit IndieWire daily for in-depth reporting on how the entertainment industry is adapting and reacting to the Covid-19 crisis.
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ABOUT KWFF

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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