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Our Mission

“The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty.

Key West enjoys a rich tradition of inspiring residents and visitors alike to approach everything they do with a free and unbridled spirit. We celebrate all things creative as the highest expression of the human soul.

Past guests have included: Marisa Tomei, Alan Cumming, Sebastian Junger, John Waters, Paul Haggis, Terry George, Steven Bauer, Burt Reynolds, Anson Mount, Celia Weston, Mariel Hemingway, Angus MacLachlan, Judy Blume, Bob Wisdom, Val Lauren, Anne O’Shea, Lois Smith, Mark Bridges and many more!

We strive to not only showcase the best of Florida filmmakers but also include visiting filmmakers in some incredible workshops with access to some of the largest names in the industry. Invited filmmakers in the past have taken free workshops in Commercial Directing, Music Video Directing, Screenwriting with Oscar Nominated Writer, Film Critics Panels with Eric Kohn from Indiewire, Crowd-Funding with the director at Indiegogo, Film Distribution with Magnolia Pictures and much more!

We are trying to not only showcase films but help filmmakers in creating their next work. Last year we gave out $10,000 in scholarships to Florida student filmmakers !!

Come be part of the Key West experience! “

Board of Trustees

  • Founder & Chairman: BROOKE CHRISTIAN
  • Vice Chairman: STEPHEN ANANICZ
  • Secretary: ETHAN CROOKS


  • Director of Communications : JULIA PACETTI
  • Creative Director: CHRISTOPHER MORYL


  • Director of Programming: Michael Tuckman
  • Director of Local Programming: Quincy Perkins
  • LGBTQ Programming Guest Curators: Brian Brooks, Eugene Hernandez
  • V/R Programming Guest Curators: Eric Kohn, Mark Sternberg, Howard Olah-Reiken
  • Director of Student Program & Hospitality Manager: Ruth Reitan

Board of Advisors

  • Giles Andrew
  • Stephen Belber
  • Liz Bloomfield
  • Brian Brooks
  • Shane Carruth
  • Steve Dollar
  • Amanda Harvey
  • Sebastian Junger
  • Eric Kohn
  • Jackson Kaufelt
  • Anne O’Shea
  • Angus Maclachlan
  • Anson Mount
  • Deborah Nadoolman Landis
  • Quincy Perkins
  • Amy Seimetz
  • Lori Singer
  • Paul Verhoeven
  • Bob Yari
  • Sam Kaufman
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