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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.

THE WAIT IS OVER

See the full 2019 Key West Film Festival program dates and times today!

PASSES AND TICKETING IN 2019:
A limited number of tickets are now on sale for advance purchase to all films except opening and closing nights' THE IRISHMAN and WAVES and the Spotlight films MARRIAGE STORY and JUST MERCY.

The best way to guarantee admission to ALL the above films, as well as to special events and festival parties, is to purchase a VIP PREMIUM or ALL-ACCESS pass. The 3rd level AUTEUR pass grants access to all films (but no parties) except those in the Tropic's Carper theater after 5 PM.
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Peirce and Skerritt

KIMBERLY PEIRCE AND TOM SKERRITT TO BE FETED AT 8TH KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL

Key West Film Festival announced today that Kimberly Peirce and Tom Skerritt will receive the prestigious Golden Key Awards at this year’s festival, running November 20-24, 2019.

Peirce, a Florida native, will be honored on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the release of the groundbreaking film Boys Don’t Cry. The festival will screen the film on Friday, November 22, and Peirce will join Eugene Hernandez from Film at Lincoln Center for a discussion at the screening. To mark the 40th anniversary of the seminal sci-fi film Alien, fellow honoree Tom Skerritt will have a Q&A with Rolling Stone’s David Fear at the Thursday, November 21 screening. The film will be preceded by a screening of the award winning short film The Phantom 52, which premiered at Sundance 2019 and stars Mr. Skerritt. Director Geoff Marslett will also be in attendance.
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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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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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