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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival and Steve Savor

Sunday, February 26 at Villa de Palma

The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) is rolling out the red carpet for the 89th Academy Awards, with an over-the-top celebration on Sunday, February 26 at Villa de Palma in Fort Lauderdale. Hosted by philanthropist and FLiFF board member Steve Savor, the party promises to be a night of fun, fashion, music and a celebration of cinematic creativity.

The black tie event takes place at 7 pm at Villa de Palma, Savor’s 16,000 square-foot waterfront manse, one of Fort Lauderdale’s premier palatial estates. Guests will be treated to an Affair to Remember, with champagne flowing, open bar, lavish hors d’oeuvres, live music and multiple viewing screens indoors and poolside for the live Oscars telecast.

While Savor has hosted Oscar viewing parties in the past, this is the first year that he is opening his home for an Academy Awards fundraiser for FLiFF.  All proceeds from the event will benefit the 32nd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, which takes place November 3 – 19, 2017.

Space is limited, and advance purchase of tickets is required. Tickets are $100 General Admission; $75 for FLiFF members.
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 About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Since 1986, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) has introduced some of the finest American independent and foreign language films to South Florida audiences. FLiFF has honored many industry greats, including Audrey Hepburn, Peter Bogdanovich, Kevin Spacey and Jane Lynch. The Festival has also spotted many promising actors on the verge of becoming stars, such as Jeremy Renner.

At its two year-round art cinemas – Cinema Paradiso Hollywood and Savor Cinema, formerly Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale – FLiFF presents top new films daily, thus enhancing the festival’s commitment to the South Florida community. The theaters provide a venue where local filmmakers can screen their projects and where a variety of non-profit organizations present benefit events and premieres.

Under the direction of Gregory von Hausch for 29 of its 32 years, FLiFF has become one of the most respected film forums in the industry, as well as a top South Florida destination event.

SAVOR THE DATE: The 32st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will take place

November 3 – 19, 2017.

Dear Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival,

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According to reviews from real FilmFreeway users, your festival ranks in the top 2% of more than 4,700 film festivals and creative contests around the world. No doubt, this ranking is a testament to the countless hours of hard work and care that you and your staff have devoted to creating such a wonderful event.

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Cinema Paradiso Fort Lauderdale now to be known as SAVOR CINEMA FORT LAUDERDALE

Thanks to FLIFF Board member & Philanthropist Steve Savor on October 18, 2016, the new and improved Cinema Paradiso open its doors to the the new gem of Savor Cinema Fort Lauderdale.
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Best of Fest………….. LION, directed by Garth Davis

Audience Award Feature …………..LION, directed by Garth Davis

Audience Award Documentary…………..DATUNA: Portrait of An Artist, directed by Brian Bayerl

Best Foreign Film…………..EL CLASICO, directed by Halkawt Mustafa

Best American Indie…………..TOMORROW EVER AFTER, directed by Ela Thier

Best Comedy Feature…………..TWO LOTTERY TICKETS, directed by Paul Negoescu

Best Dramatic Feature…………..THE SCENT OF MANDARIN, directed by Gilles LeGrand

Best Feature Doc…………..A WING & A PRAYER, directed by Boaz Dvir

Best Short Doc…………..The Gathering, directed by Micki Dickoff

Best Short Film…………..The Boy By The Sea, directed by Vasily Churprina

Best Director…………..Hubert Toint – MIRAGE D’AMOUR

Best Feature Debut Director…………..Robert Schwartzman – DREAMLAND

Best Actor…………..Dev Patel – LION

Best Actress…………..Catalina Sandino Moreno – CUSTODY

Best Script…………..Fernando Perez & Paco Leo – KIKI, LOVE TO LOVE

Best Cinematography…………..Yves Angelo – THE SCENT OF MANDARIN

Best Editing…………..Chris Donlon – DREAMLAND

Special Jury Award …………..FAMILY FILM for script from Czech Republic

Special Jury Award………….. A HOLY MESS for Ensemble from Sweden

Special Jury Award…………..OUR MOTHER for story from France

Special Jury Award………….. UNA NOCHE DE AMOR for Direction from Argentina

Special Jury Award…………..Rated from USA for Production & Ensemble

Lifetime Achievement ………….. Beverly D’Angelo
Lifetime Achievement ………….. Talia Shire
Lifetime Achievement ………….. Arlene Dahl
Lifetime Achievement ………….. Martin Landau
Star On The Horizon ………….. Johnny Simmons
Young Filmmaker Award ………….. Bailee Madison

The Florida Prize ………….. Brian Bayerl and Mark Moormann

FLIFF 2016 College Film Competition Results

Short Narrative


“Las Cenizas”, directed by Jacob Kirby, Savannah School of Art & Design


“Bombing”, directed by Gloria Mercer, Simon Frasier University

“The Flower Girl”, Kaz Ceh, Melbourne Australia

“Pangaea”, Olivia Peace, Northwestern University, Chicago

“The Salt Man”, Seyed Sajad Moosavi, Soore Art University Of Tehran

“Hush”, Whitney Clinkscales, Florida State University

“How I Killed Pistol Rogers”, Ashlea Patterson, Florida State University

“The Perfect Fourth”, Henry Wolf, Yale University

“Father & Boy”, Evgeny Sinelnikov, London Film Academy

“Bubble”, Zahra Jafari, Soore Art University Of Tehran


“Han”, Jonathan Choo, Nanyang Technological University School of Art Design & Media Digital Filmmaking

“Piles”, Elsie Dortelus, Loyola Marymount University

“The Spotter”, Mitchel Lazar, New York University

“I Am A Virgin”, Cody Matieson Packer, New Zealand Broadcasting School

“Miles Away”, Corey Crumpacker, Florida State University

“OCD”, Alexander Beregovoy, Miami Dade College

“Copper Wire”, Hasan Najmabadi, Soore Art University Of Tehran

“Mother”, Stanley Xu Ruiyang, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, School of Film & Media Studies


Long Narrative


“Breathe”, Paul Kowalsky, American Film Institute


“Once There Was A Girl”, Natalie Kaplan, Tel Aviv University


“Inocente Palomino”, Gala Ricote, University of Miami




“The Gypsy”, Gabriel Valbuena, Florida State University


“Soleil”, Erik Kallin, Florida State University


“For Will”, Grayson Goga, Florida State University

“Coffin Cruisin’”, Brenton Richardson,

“Our Oldest City”, James Evans, University of Florida

“See Her”, Michelle Trujillo,

“A Helping Paw”, Faith Cox, University of South Carolina




“Confessions of a Breastimator”, Jisu Kim, NY School of Visual Arts


“David, William Mauer, Florida State University

“Parade De Satie”, Koji Yamamura, Tokyo Zokei University


“Again”, Nico Gao, NY School of Visual Arts

FLIFF 2016 High School Competition Results


Man Card, Jesse Velez, Calvary Christian Academy, Fort Lauderdale


Newsman, Clay Bloodsworth, Gulf Breeze High School, Gulf Breeze, Florida

Cosmonaut, Tristan Surman, Etobicoke School of the Arts, Ontario, Canada

Mirage, Harley Chamandy, Walnut Hill School, Natick, Massachusetts

Semi – Finalists

No Way Out, Anthony Fins, Flanagan High, Pembroke Pines, Florida

Reflections, Kevin Gordon, John P. Stevens High, Edison, New Jersey

Distinction, Cameron Thurman, Park City High, Park City, Utah

Pickles, Molly Smith, Florida Film Academy, Winter Garden, Florida

Honorable Mention

Hotel Noir, Andrew Steele, Viewpoint School, Calabasas, California

Torn, Ishan Modi, Singapore American School, Singapore

Escape, Mehrdad Parvani, Tehran, Iran




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The 30th Anniversary Edition of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival  
Comes to a Close with Awards and a Wrap Party
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (November 23, 2015) — The 30th Anniversary edition of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF), which began November 6, came to close November 21-22 with a weekend of awards, films and parties.   November 21 at the FLiFF Awards Gala, held at The Diplomat Resort and Spa, actor Ed Harris presented director Victor Nunez with the Florida Prize award which included a plaque and a $10,000 check from the Knight Foundation.  Harris starred in Nunez’ film A FLASH OF GREEN (1984) which was filmed in the Sarasota area. Nunez was also recognized for films including: RUBY IN PARADISE and ULEE’S GOLD also filmed in Florida.  

This was the inaugural year for The Florida Prize award, which was presented to a Florida film pioneer. Next year, the award will go to a Florida emerging artist.   
Other awards during the Gala were presented to local arts supporters: Nicki Grossman/President and CEO of Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention and Visitors Bureau who received the Visionary Award, Charles “Chip” Abele/Gold Coast Florida Regional Center received the Corporate Leader of the Year Award, and FLiFF supporters Ginny and Tom Miller, Betsy Cameron and Barry Smith, Bonnie Barnett and Robert Kagan, MD each received the Two for the Road Award.
Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of FLiFF, also presented Lifetime Achievement awards to both Ed Harris and Amy Madigan.  The two were taken by surprise. They had attended the event together as they were under the impression Harris was at the festival solely to present an award to his friend, Victor Nunez.  The two graciously accepted the award. Then Harris delivered a surprise and announced that the evening was also his and Amy’s 32nd wedding anniversary.
On Sunday, November 22 von Hausch announced the film awards prior to the closing night film,  A ROYAL NIGHT OUT.  The festival concluded with the Wrap Party at Bullock Coast Seafare and Spirits, the fabulous new restaurant located at the Ritz Carlton-Fort Lauderdale headed by General Manager Jimmy Chio and Director of Restaurants Justin Wilson.   The fare by Chef Gavin Pera, Chef de Cuisine, was the talk of the party.  
Below are the film awards. 
Best Short Film: BIRTHDAY
When a young military wife gets news that her Marine husband has been severely wounded in combat, she discovers that life ahead for them is going to be a difficult and yet an amazing journey.
Director: Chris King
Best Short Documentary:  CHAU: BEYOND THE LINES
Chau, a teenager living in a Vietnamese care center for kids disabled by Agent Orange, struggles with the reality of his dream to one day become a professional artist.
Best Florida Film:  3:13
From living a normal life to surviving homelessness in the city of Miami, Peter is a victim of the turbulent US recession during late 2000’s. A drama based on true events. A heartbreaking chronicle witnessing a drastic character transformation when he is exposed to the harsh cruelties the streets reveal.
Director:  David Jaure / Cast: Paul Alexandro, Bassem Ramirez Farach, Markeyth Powell
Documentary Special Jury Prize: JACO
Produced by Metallica’s Robert Trujillo and directed by Paul Marchand, JACO tells the story of Jaco Pastorius, a self-taught, larger-than-life musician who single-handedly changed the course of modern music by redefining the sound and the role of the electric bass guitar. Never-before-seen 8mm film, photographs, and audio recordings unveil the true story behind the legend of Jaco’s life, his music, and his heartbreaking end.
Director: Paul Marchand
Cast: Jaco Pastorius, Herbie Hancock, Sting, Flea, Geddy Lee, Joni Mitchell, Wayne Shorter, Bootsy Collins, Peter Erskine
Acting Debut Special Jury Prize: Victor Cabal, LE PERE NOEL
The story unfolds on Christmas Eve when a 6-year-old (Victor Cabal) goes to bed after dinner, hoping to ride with Santa Claus on his sleigh to see his father.  Naturally Antoine is stunned when Santa Clause (Tahar Rahim) appears on his balcony, thinking Santa is on his way distributing presents. Little does the boy know that the bearded man is really a burglar, trying his luck at luxurious Parisian apartments.  Determined to be his apprentice, the little boy follows Santa on his mission and the duo embark on an adventure on Paris rooftops.
Director:  Alexandre Coffre
Cast:  Tahar Rahim and Victor Cabal
American Indie Audience Award: SILVER SKIES
A group of eccentric tenants’ lives are turned upside down when their beloved apartment complex is suddenly sold out from under them. Starring George Hamilton, Valerie Perrine, Alex Rocco, Mariette Hartley, Barbara Bain
Director:  Rosemary Rodriguez
Cast:  George Hamilton, Alex Rocco, Barbara Bain
Foreign Audience Award:  The award was presented to two films.
While World War I rages in the Ottoman Empire, Hussein raises his younger brother Theeb (“Wolf”) in a traditional Bedouin community that is isolated by the vast, unforgiving desert. The brothers’ quiet existence is suddenly interrupted when a British Army officer and his guide ask Hussein to escort them to a water well located along the old pilgrimage route to Mecca. Hussein agrees to lead them on the long and treacherous journey, and the young, mischievous Theeb secretly chases after his brother. Soon, the group soon find themselves trapped amidst threatening terrain riddled with Ottoman mercenaries, Arab revolutionaries, and outcast Bedouin raiders. Won Venice Horizons Award for Best Director (Naji Abu Nowar) at 2014 Venice Film Festival and won FIPRESCI Prize for Best Narrative Film at 2014 Abu Dhabi Film Festival.
Director:  Naji Abu Nowar
Cast: Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat, Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen, Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh, Jack Fox
20 Year-old Amélie, a Japanophile Belgian, goes back to Japan, where she spent her childhood. To earn a living, she decides to give privates classes in French and meets Rinri, her first and only student, a young Francophile Japanese man with whom she soon has an intimate relationship. Between the pitfalls of a culture shock that is both poetic and amusing, she discovers a side of Japan she had never seen before.
Director: Stefan Liberski
Cast:  Pauline Etienne, Taichi Inoue, Julie LeBreton
After Hurricane Sandy left large parts of New York City without power, an internet savvy couple deals with the absence of technology, a flailing relationship, and the trappings of an analogue world. How far would you go to deliver a note in a blackout?
Directors:  Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf
Cast:  Janeane Garofalo, Devin Ratray, Sunita Mani, Negin Farsad and Jeremy Redleaf
Best Thriller:  MOJAVE
Garret Hedlund plays Thomas, a brooding artist in a spiritual funk who leaves the comfort of his
Hollywood Hills home to spend a few days in the Mojave Desert.  Before long, though, he meets
Jack  (Oscar  Isaac),  a  dangerous,  chameleon-like  drifter who  resents  Thomas’  wealth  and privilege.
Director:  William Monahan
Cast: Oscar Isaac, Garrett Hedlund, Louise Bourgoin, Walter Goggins
Obsessed with mob culture, and desperate to fit in, Thomas sets out to fix the 1992 trial of John Gotti. He believes if the plan is executed, it will put him at the center of all that he idolizes. The plot is foiled, setting off events worthy of mob lore. THE WANNABE intertwines real people and true events, past and present, with fantasy.
Director: Nick Sandow
Cast: Vincent Piazza, Patricia Arquette, Michael Imperioli, Nick Sandow
Best Foreign Comedy:  BOCCACHIOS IN HAVANA
In the style of Bocacccio’s “Decameron”, this Havana-set film is composed by three stories interconnected by a main storyline. At a writer’s studio, people share anecdotes, full of sensuality and hidden passions, hoping to make some money and become characters of a novel or a movie.  “Boccaccerías Habaneras” won Audience & Screenplay Coral Awards at the 35th Annual Habana Film Festival, won Best Screenplay & Best Director at the Havana Film Festival in New York.
Director: Arturo Sotto
Cast: Daniel Amat, Ulises Aquino, Yordanka Ariosa, Zulema Cruz
Best Foreign Film:  THE SECRET OF ITALIA
Inspired by true events that took place in the spring of 1945. Codevigo, a small town in the valley south of Padua, experiences the war only after the liberation. The drama of one family in what is known as ‘The Massacre at Codevigo,’ brought about by the Communist partisans, as seen through the eyes and heart of a young girl: Italia.
Director: Antonello Belluco / Screenplay: Gerardo Fontana and Antonello Belluco  / Producer: Antonello Belluco / Cinematographer: Giovanni Andreotta  / Editor: Antonello Belluco / Composer: Paolo Agostini  / Production Designer: Virgini Vianello / Costume Designers: Romilda Zaccaria and Caterina Pavan  / Sound Engineer: Enrico Lenarduzzi / Executive Producers: Maria Rafaella Lucietto & Carine McConekey / Producer: Roger Doche
President’s Award: WHEN VOICES MEET
South Africa was in flames from political violence, and the apartheid government was refusing to give up power. Risking their lives and careers, South African musician and music therapist Sharon Katz joined with singer and educator Nonhlanhla Wanda to form a 500-voice multiracial choir. Singing their way into the hearts, minds and soul of the divided country, they promoted a peaceful transition to democracy and went on to become Mandela’s face of the new nation. After performing together for seven years, this film documents the choir’s reunion 20 years later to tell their stories.
Director:  Nancy Sutton Smith
Best Documentary: WHERE TO INVADE NEXT
 In “Where to Invade Next” Michael Moore journeys abroad to find solutions to some of America’s most pressing problems. The film is a loving tribute to what used to be the American way — and could be again.
Director:  Michael Moore
Set on the Great Plains and the Badlands of Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, SONGS MY BROTHERS TAUGHT ME explores the bond between a brother and his younger sister, who find themselves on separate paths to rediscovering the meaning of home.
Director:  Chloé Zhao
Cast:  John Reddy, Jashaun St. John, Taysha Fuller, Eléonore Hendricks
Spirit of Independents Awards
Cassanova Canto is a struggling actor who fits none of today’s social stereotypes. She is a 5’7”, blonde, blue-eyed Cuban-American who has fallen in love with a woman, while still married to her husband. Throw in a famous Spanish soap star mother, a homophobic sister, and an imaginary naked Fantasy Man, and her dilemma takes a riotous unexpected twist. Leaving the audience pondering: Can you be a free-spirited, sexually fluid, pansexual, bisexual, metrosexual, monogamist – oh, and…also be Latin?
Director: Kevin Arbouet
Cast:  Jezabel Montero, Margo Singaliese, Paolo Andino
Conceived in an ashram, a young writer experiences a transformational journey through India as he searches for his dying father who he has never met.
Directors:  Christian Ducale, Christopher Lovick
Cast: Christopher Lovick
The Morning After follows eight characters who wake up having to deal with the aftermath of being in someone else’s bed. How do they escape their greediness, intimacy issues and infidelity?
Director:  Shanra J. Kehl
Cast:  Michelle Lombardo, Ben Esler, Mason Trueblood
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Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Unveils a New Look for Their 30th Year on September 30th, 2015

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) will unveil the poster representing a fresh new look for the 30th Annual event Wednesday, September 30, from 6:00pm-8:00pm at The Riverside Hotel (620 E Las Olas Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33301).  As part of the presentation, announcements will be made about the film line-up, events and special guests. The evening includes a cocktail party with passed hors d’oeuvres. Attendees will receive one complimentary drink with their general admission ticket of $15 or festival member rate of $10.

FLIFF at 30: Michael Moore, Jaco Pastorius Highlight 2015 Film Festival


An exclusive showing of Michael Moore’s so-called “secret” film project and a documentary about South Florida jazz icon Jaco Pastorius will open the 30th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Nov. 6 with the first-ever FLIFF screenings at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood.