By Robyn A. Friedman
City & Shore Magazine
The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) will roll out more than 200 American indie and foreign language features, documentaries and short films from Nov. 2-18.
But there’s more than just films. FLiFF will also bring red-carpet premieres, over-the-top parties and special guests — including celebrities and filmmakers — to Fort Lauderdale.
Highlights of this year’s Festival include:
- Return of the Hero, starring Oscar-winner Jean Dujardin, who plays the dashing Capt. Neuville.
- The Art and Times of Frosty Myers, a portrait of artist Forrest “Frosty” Myers. Frosty Myers and Debra Arch Myers will attend.
- Danish filmmaker Mads Brügger will walk the red carpet at the Southeast premiere of his dark comedy The Saint Bernard Syndicate.
- Special guest director Gary Ross will be honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a screening of his 1998 film
“This may be the only opportunity to see these films and meet the filmmakers, outside of New York, London, Rome, Madrid or Paris,” says Gregory von Hausch, FLiFF’s president and chief executive officer. “Also, unlike just going to a regular movie, you’ll meet the film talent, engage in conversations with them and other film buffs and experience the music, food and culture of another country. You’ll be privy to discussions of films others have seen that will be of interest to you.”
The Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host FLIFF’s opening night red-carpet film premiere and reception on Nov. 2. That will be followed by a Dive-In Movie and Pool Deck Party at the Westin Fort Lauderdale Beach Resort (Nov. 7), the Shorts at Sea Boat Party and Buffet (Nov. 12), A Night at the Museum (Nov. 15) and a Wrap Party at Fort Lauderdale Country Club (Nov. 18), among other events.
FLIFF runs from Nov. 2-18. Times, venues and prices vary. For information, call 954-525-3456 or visit fliff.com.
PHOTO: Moviegoers at a FLIFF screening of Where the Boys Are at the Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale. (By Mark Gauert)