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KWFF ANNOUNCES THE KIMBERLY PEIRCE SCHOLARSHIP FOR STUDENT FILMMAKERS

The Key West Film Festival is pleased to announce the first annual Kimberly Peirce Scholarship for Student Filmmakers. Scholarships totaling $3000 will be awarded each year, and will be presented by Peirce at the festival’s annual awards ceremony. Ms. Peirce will also grant one-on-one sessions (“Conch-sultations”) to the scholarship recipients to further chat about their projects and careers.

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.

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2019 KEY WEST FILM FESTIVAL WINNERS


FLORIDA Narrative Short & Documentary Short

The Things they Left Behind – Sara Werner

Phil & Grace | The World’s Oldest Scuba Diving Couple – Sonny DePasquale


FLORIDA STUDENT Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Freewheel – Hollis Rosenkranz

In Human Kind – Juancho Rodriguez


FLORIDA SCREENPLAY Short & Feature

SHORT: Violette Hayes: A True Story – Giancarlo Fusi

FEATURE: Hearts of Key West – Billy Nahn & David Fleer


WORLD Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Always Remember Me – Nell Teare

Underwater Senses – Leonardo Sergiani


WORLD STUDENT Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Where’s the Fire – Yonca Talu

Deaf Reach: Hope for Pakistan – John Quatroche


FLORIDA Feature

A Name Without A Place – By Kenny Riches


FOREIGN Feature

Bacurau – By Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles


DOCUMENTARY Feature

After Parkland – By Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman


LGBT Feature

Portrait of a Lady on Fire – By Celine Sciamma


CRITICS AWARD

Atlantics – By Mati Diop


AUDIENCE AWARD

Waves – By Trey Edward Shults

FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: 2017 KWFF CRITICS AWARD WINNER

With a special video from Sabrina Gordon, producer, and an introduction from Michael Tuckman, Programmer, KWFF.

I was asked this week to recall the most impactful film we've ever programmed at KWFF, which is basically like being asked to pick your favorite child . . . if you have litters the size of a lemming. Impactful is pretty much the main criteria for films to be programmed at KWFF. But given the events of the last two weeks, the film I can't get off my mind is QUEST, a documentary spanning 8 years—from Obama's election to Trump's inauguration—following the daily struggles and successes of the Raineys, an African-American family in North Philadelphia.

This week, we were honored to have the film's producer, Sabrina Gordon, share her thoughts on the film and the resonance it has today.

Michael Tuckman
Director, Programming
Key West Film Festival
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FLASHBACK FRIDAY WITH KWFF: GOLDEN KEY WINNER TOM SKERRITT AND THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF ALIEN

Flashback Friday returns with a bit of fun and another twist this week. Be sure to read below and join our TikTok Challenge with the hashtags #KWFF and #KWFFMovieChallenge to win some great prizes in June!!

We are also extending last week's raffle of the Platoon poster due to some technical difficulties. Visit the site here for your chance to win! The raffle has been extended until Friday, June 5th.
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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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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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