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2018 Lineup Announced
7th Annual Key West Film Festival Announces Official Lineup Alfonso Cuaron’s “Roma” as Opening Night Film and Barry Jenkins’ “If Beale Street Could Talk” to Close Festival

Opening and Closing Night Films Curated by Emily Yoshida of Vulture and Justin Chang of the Los Angeles Times as part of 4th Annual Critics Focus Program

October 18, 2018, New York, NY – The 7th Annual Key West Film Festival announces its official 2018 lineup including films from Alfonso Cuaron and Barry Jenkins.

KWFF presents its 4th Annual Critics Focus program, which kicks off with Roma, presented by Emily Yoshida, who will be joined in a post-screening discussion by Justin Chang. Florida-born director Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk has been chosen by Chang to close the festival, and he will lead a discussion of the film with Yoshida following the closing-night screening. Both screenings will serve as the Florida premiere of the films.

Director of Programming Michael Tuckman says, “We couldn’t be more excited about this year’s lineup. From having the chance to share Alfonso Cuaron’s masterpiece on the big screen in all of its grandeur, to serving as a homecoming for Florida’s favorite filmmaking son Barry Jenkins and his intimate and powerful film, to highlighting impactful, thoughtful, entertaining, comedic, dramatic and downright incredible films from countries far and wide to communities in our own backyard, the films of Key West Film Festival 2018 represent our strongest lineup yet.”

This year's Centerpiece film will be the Florida premiere of Miami-based filmmaker Billy Corben’s Screwball, – the first domestic screening of the film following its U.S. premiere at DOC NYC a few days prior.

Spotlight films include the Florida premiere of Emilio Estevez’s The Public and Paul Sanchez’s Brothers in Arms, a documentary about the making of Platoon. Stars Tom Berenger, Bob Orwig and the film’s military adviser, Mark Ebonboch, will attend the festival in connection with the documentary.

Other spotlight films include Pawel Pavlikoskwi’s Cold War also a Florida premiere, and Peter Hedges’ Ben is Back.

Film critics in attendance at this year’s festival will include Eric Kohn of Indiewire, Joshua Rothkopf of Time Out New York, David Fear, Film Editor of Rolling Stone, Monica Castillo, Alicia Malone of Turner Classic Movies and Shirrel Rhoades of the

Key West Citizen who will participate in panel discussions and collaborate to decide the winner of KWFF’s third annual Critics Prize. Unique in its nature, the Critics Prize, voted on by the critics in attendance, is presented to one film from the entire program.

On the occasion of the release of her new book, The Female Gaze, which highlights 30 films directed by women, Alicia Malone will be hosting a screening of Cleo 5 to 7, featuring a discussion with fellow critic Monica Castillo. A book signing will also follow the screening.

Other special events this year include a screening of The Laramie Project and a Q&A with its writer, Stephen Belber, on the 20th Anniversary of the murder of Matthew Shepard.

The third annual Golden Key for Costume Design will also take place, this time with an award honoring Alexandra Byrne. Deborah Nadoolman Landis, a governor of the Academy Awards for Costume Design, will helm a video presentation of the award.

The festival will take place in Key West from November 14 to 18, and includes special-event screenings and a curated selection of over 30 feature films and shorts programs encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema, VR and works by Florida filmmakers. The shorts programs and Florida feature films were curated from over 350 submissions.

This year will also feature a new genre sidebar - KWFF Frights - based on the tradition of ghost stories in Key West, featuring a midnight screening of Anna and the Apocalypse. KWFF will be teaming up with local ghost tour companies to present these films.

The complete line-up is as follows:

Roma by Alfonso Cuaron, 2018
If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins, 2018

Screwball by Billy Corben, 2018

Brothers in Arms by Paul Sanchez, 2018 
Cold War by Pawel Pavlokowski, 2018 
The Public by Emilio Estevez, 2018 
Ben Is Back by Peter Hedges, 2018


The Last Race by Michael Dweck, 2018 
Bathtubs Over Broadway by Dava Whisenant, 2018 
Studio 54 by Matt Tyrnauer, 2018

United Skates by Dyana Winkler, Tina Brown, 2018 
Bisbee ‘17 by Robert Greene, 2018 
Chef Flynn by Cameron Yates, 2018

1985 by Yen Tan, 2018 
Girl by Lukas Dhont, 2018 
Mapplethorpe by Ondi Timoner, 2018 
Wild Nights With Emily by Madeleine Olnek, 2018 
The Gospel of Eureka by Donal Mosher and Michael Palmieri, 2018

Shoplifters by Hirokazu Kore-eda, 2018 
The Guilty by Gustav Möller, 2018 
Orchestra Class by Rachid Hami, 2017 
Burning by Lee Chang-dong, 2018 
St Bernard Syndicate by Mads Brügger, 2018 
Birds of Passage by Ciro Guerra and Cristina Gallego, 2018

Gladesmen by David Abel, 2018 
The Old Man and the Sea: Return to Cuba by Matt Dean, 2018
The Last Resort by Dennis School and Kareem Tabsch, 2018 
Bushwick Beats by A. Sayeeda Moreno, Chloe Sarbib, Brian Shoaf, Sonejuhi Sinha, James Sweeney, Anu Valia, 2018

Florida Student Filmmaker Narrative and Documentary Shorts 
Florida Filmmaker Narrative and Documentary Shorts 
Florida Filmmaker Dramatic and Comedic Shorts 
World Student Filmmaker Narrative and Documentary Shorts 
World Comedy Shorts 
World Dramatic Shorts

Anna and the Apocalypse by John McPhail, 2017

Festival venues include the historic San Carlos Institute, where the campaign for Cuba’s independence from colonial powers was planned in 1892. The Key West Film Festival has equipped the San Carlos with DCP technology, and it will host gala screenings. Other screening venues include the Tropic Cinema, Key West Theater and the Studios of Key West.

Visit for full program information, a schedule of events and travel and lodging details.

About the Key West Film Festival

Each year, the Key West Film Festival offers a diverse, entertaining, and artistically rigorous selection of films represented through a broad array of categories that offer opportunities for filmmakers, both aspiring and established, to commune and exchange ideas with each other while showing their work to audiences in an historic and artistically vibrant tropical paradise. Creativity, diversity, sustainability, and beauty are the cornerstones of the Key West Film Festival, an annual celebration of film and filmmakers, which is set to take place this year on November 14-18, 2018.
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