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KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCH PARTY

The public is invited to the 8th Annual Key West Film Festival launch event, where the 2019 program will be revealed.

Passionate cinephiles need not wait until the 8th Annual Key West Film Festival kicks off on November 20th to begin immersing in the Festival experience excitement. On Tuesday, October 29, the public is invited to a special advance KWFF kick-off party from 7:30–9:00pm at Mangoes Restaurant, 700 Duval Street. Meet KWFF producers, enter to win Festival swag and tickets, and enjoy food and beverage specials while viewing short films and 2019 Festival sneak-peek trailers. Be the first to get the lowdown on the official 2019 film program, awards, special events and celebrity guests. Admission is free.

Now in its 8th year, the KWFF—where passion meets paradise—showcases dozens of cinematic offerings while highlighting visiting filmmakers, actors, directors, and industry leaders through discussions and workshops with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. Red carpet events, parties and award ceremonies round out an unforgettable world-class festival experience.

Event passes, including VIP, All-Access, and Auteur options, are now available. Stay abreast of KWFF announcements by signing up for our newsletter.

ANNOUNCING OUR OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

We are delighted to announce that Martin Scorsese’s critically acclaimed “The Irishman” (Netflix) will open the 8th annual KWFF and Trey Edward Shults “Waves” (A24) will close the festival.

K. Austin Collins of Vanity Fair and Jen Yamato of The Los Angeles Times selected these films and will appear for a pre-screening discussion of “The Irishman” on Wednesday, November 20 and will also moderate an audience Q&A with Orlando-based director Mr. Shults following the screening of his “Waves” on Saturday night, November 23.
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A LOOK BACK AT AWARD-WINNING OPENING AND CLOSING NIGHT FILMS

In 2015 we launched the Critics' Focus program, where two of the nation's top critics were invited to curate the first and last movies that festival-goers would see.

Since then, Kenneth Turan and Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, Eric Kohn of indiewire, Emily Yoshida of New York Magazine, David Fear of Rolling Stone, Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York and Amy Nicholson of MTV News have used their expertise to bring the Key West Film Festival audience some of the best and most celebrated films of the year. 
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KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL “GOLDEN KEY FOR COSTUME DESIGN” AWARD

The Key West Film Festival announced today its fourth annual Costume Design Focus program, honoring Academy Award®-nominated costume designer Arianne Phillips.

Phillips’ most recent work is on display in Sony Pictures’ and Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
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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.

2018 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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