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.  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.

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 (Guinness 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



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Cinema Paradiso

Cinema Paradiso, both in Ft. Lauderdale and Hollywood are South Florida's only year-round, non-profit theatres.  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.  
FLIFF renovated and restored the theatre, added a bar, concessions and 200 plush cinema seats. In 2006, The Millennium Club was founded, dedicated to taking this jewel and buffing it into a diamond. 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).