The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Now entering its 30th consecutive year (Florida's oldest under the original charter), FLIFF is known around the world. Among the numerous superlatives supporting FLIFF:
Top rated film festival in the State (Florida Arts Council).
Top Tourist Related Project (Broward Cultural Division).
Longest Film Festival in the world (Guiness World Records).
Only Film Festival in the South to win four major grants from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Science.
Received the Golden Orange Award from The Florida Film Critics Circle for our service to the South Florida community immediately following Hurricane Wilma.
Winner of the Moretti Award for Artistic Excellence.
One of five Major Cultural Institutions of Broward County.
Cinema Paradiso is South Florida's only year-round non-profit theatre. In 1998, Broward County officials approached FLIFF executives in hopes the Festival would take over operations of the once resplendent Vinnette Carroll Theatre. The 1926 converted church was made into a live performing arts theatre in 1986, but by the mid 90's, the building had been neglected and abused. Completely out of code compliance, FLIFF renovated and restored the theatre with new HVAC, doors, windows, lighting grid, roof, ADA mandated improvements, lobby bar, and 200 plush cinema seats. In 2006, The Millennium Club, a support committee was created dedicated to taking this jewel and buffing it into a diamond. In just two short years new bathrooms have been installed, two marquees plus a lighted sign added to the face of the theatre, a Courtyard with two permanent canopies over a bricked patio was designed and built. These improvements have made the cinema even more appealing to outside groups to rent as well as our on-going and ever increasing audience to enjoy.
Why support is still needed.
FLIFF is the only touring motion picture event in the southeast United States. In addition to the 65,000+ that attend the Festival and year-round events at Cinema Paradiso, FLIFF has also presented movies in cities and towns throughout Florida (Key West, Miami, Miami Beach, Doral, Coconut Grove, Aventura, Bay Harbor Islands, Plantation, Weston, Davie, Deerfield Beach, Pompano, Oakland Park, Sunrise, Wilton Manors, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach, Fort Myers, Labelle, Immokalee, Krome Detention Center, St Augustine, Amelia Island, Tallahassee).
In addition to touring, FLIFF presents an on-going benefit program that includes:
LunaFest, to combat Breast Cancer.
The CAN Film Fest for Charity with admission either 2 cans of food or 1 new toy per person, all donated to The Broward Partnership for the Homeless and ChildNet.
The Hispanic Christmas Party, in Immokalee benefiting the families of migrant farm workers.
FAB! Films for Kids, monthly free matinees.
Free Senior Matinees.
The EGG-tacular, free Easter Celebration that raises donations for Shoes for the Soul.
With governmental grants diminishing (reduced nearly 75% over the past two years) and corporate marketing programs vanishing, now more than ever, FLIFF and Cinema Paradiso need cash support to maintain the current level of programming.
The programs of The Broward County Film Society are numerous and varied. They include:
Cinema Paradiso, our year-round arthouse that seats 230 in plush stadium seating. We can project 35mm & 16mm as well as HDCam, DigiBeta, BetaSP, DVD and DVCam. Our canopied courtyard seats 200 at tables and standing parties of 300. The offerings at CP are:
Cafe Cinematique, Sundays, year-round
Cinema A La Mode
Cinema Verite, Mondays
Emerging Cinemas, Tuesday - Sunday
FAB! Films for Kids, the first Saturday morning of each month (free)
Free Senior Matinees, Wednesdays
Local Filmmaker Night, year-round
The Beach Film Fest, May
The BOO-tacular for Kids, October
The CAN Film Fest for Charity, December
The EGG-tacular Benefit for Shoes for the Soul, April
The Florida DGA Screenings, 3rd week of January
The Italian Festa, June
The Caliente Festivale!, August
The Perrier French Film Festival, July
The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, November 2015
Florida's most honored
FLIFF On Location
Huizenga Plaza, June - September, December
Key West, December
St Augustine, January
Grand Bahama Island, October
Weston, November - March
Wilton Manors, January - March
FLIFF Education Programs
- National High School Video Competition
- International College Film Competition