Festival line-up and special guests to be announced


Fort Lauderdale, FL (September 22) —  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.

In addition to the poster, designed this year by Zimmerman Advertising, FLiFF has a new logo and is looking forward to the launch of their new website, also designed by Zimmerman. The 30th Annual television spot, created by the late Peter Langone and edited by Brian Bayerl of Greendoor Productions, will also be presented.

For 30 years Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival has introduced some of the finest American Independent and foreign language films to South Florida audiences; many went on to win Oscars, including: Volver, Black Swan, The Artist and The Great Beauty. FLiFF has also honored industry greats and actors most likely to become the next major stars. Under the direction of Gregory von Hausch for 27 of the festival’s 30 years, FLiFF has become one of the most respected film forums in the industry as well as a top destination event.

This year, the festival takes place November 6-22 with pre-fest activities beginning November 2nd. Over 100 films from 35 countries will be premiered; many with talent attending. Opening weekend will be sensational with both film and party at the Seminole Hard Rock and the traditional Sunday Breakfast Cruise aboard a Sun Dream luxury yacht. Signature events continue with Centerpiece weekend (November 13-15) at Sunrise Civic Center Theater and Closing Weekend (November 20-22) with the FLiFF Luminary Awards Gala at the Diplomat Resort and Spa, the Closing Night Film at Cinema Paradiso-Fort Lauderdale, where competition and audience film awards will also be announced, and the final big bash … The FLiFF Wrap Party at The Ritz Carlton-Fort Lauderdale.

“30 is a significant milestone for FLiFF. As we reflect on our achievements, past films and special guests we also look forward to exciting new programs during the festival and throughout the coming year, “ commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of FLiFF.   “Since I started on this journey in 1987, American Indies have come a long way; they’re better written, produced and realized and they’ve gained tremendous popularity. Our selections of Indies this year are certain to wow audiences.   My personal favorites are foreign language films, which tend to be overshadowed by the Indies. To better showcase them, we’re bringing back a version of Around The World in 80 Nights, a program that we presented a few years ago, that pairs films from different countries with native cuisine, art and music. We’re looking forward to a great 30th Anniversary year and we hope South Florida will experience these truly wonderful films,” added von Hausch.

Von Hausch and Bonnie Leigh Adams, who joined the film festival as Sr. Programmer in 1995, are now a husband and wife team who share the responsibility of viewing and selecting films. “Bonnie and I see thousands of films over several months. With so much excellent product available, selecting those to premiere at FLiFF can be challenging at times. We must also consider our audience and what they would enjoy. Von Hausch remembers, “When we saw The Artist during the Cannes Film Festival, we were completely enchanted with the film yet we questioned whether audiences would attend a silent, black and white film today. We took a chance and decided to open the 2011 festival with it. After all, what could be more fitting than a love letter from Paris to Hollywood?”

In addition to bringing outstanding films to South Florida, FLIFF has brought to town some of the greatest talent in the film industry. Honorees have included: Peter Bogdanovich, Audrey Hepburn, Michael Caine, Kevin Spacey, Matt Damon, Maria Bello, Jane Lynch, Edward Burns among others. FLiFF’s Star on the Horizon Award has been presented to new talent they felt were on the verge of becoming stars. Jeremy Renner received the award in 2007 and in 2010 he received an Oscar Nomination for Best Actor for The Hurt Locker, which launched his career. Others who received the award included: Bailey Madison and Michelle Monaghan.

In 1999, FLiFF moved into its first official, year-round home, the former Vinnette Carroll Theatre. The 200 seat, horseshoe shaped auditorium, originally built as a church and renovated as a live performing arts theatre in 1986, needed much repair as well as retro-fitting for film. Renamed Cinema Paradiso-Lauderdale, today the theater is a gem equipped with state of the art equipment, plush seats, a full bar, concessions and a covered patio. In 2013, Joseph Kaller & Associates began pro bono design work to modify a former pottery shop into an intimate 72 seat boutique … Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood. Construction Company of America began building in September and somehow finished and passed inspection allowing FLiFF to open on October 19th, 2013…an incredible feat!

With the availability of the two, year-round art cinemas, FLiFF programs top new films daily and has been able to further their commitment to the South Florida community. The theaters provide a venue for local filmmakers to screen their projects and present benefit premieres for other not-for-profit organizations like the American Breast Cancer Foundation, The Humane Society of Broward County, Broward County Partnership for the Homeless, among others. Mini-fests and celebrity events are scheduled during the year as well.

FLiFF’s community support was invaluable just days after Hurricane Wilma slammed into South Florida with surprising strength, taking out electricity for most South Floridians for weeks. Despite extensive damage to the theater, Friday after the storm power was restored to Cinema Paradiso. People flocked to the festival for escape, air conditioning, a cold bottle of water or a beer, and yes, even hot showers. Halloween fell exactly one week after. With no place for families to celebrate Halloween, FLIFF created a haunted house, a pumpkin patch, gave out food and candy and hayrides along the river, held scream & costume contests onstage, showed Halloween films and cartoons for kids’ and somehow, over 600 children and their parents found their way to our doors that evening. FLIFF, without one major corporate sponsor, saved Halloween for those families with nowhere to go that dark, humid evening.

Early on, FLiFF was expanded from a 10 day film festival to three weeks and eventually developed outreach programs throughout Florida and the Bahamas.

This year, once again, FLiFF hosts MiFo Gay & Lesbian Film Festival from October 9-18, 2015 and Focus on Romania Fort Lauderdale Waves film festival from October 22-25, 2015.


FLiFF 2015 is sponsored by:

Founding: Broward County Cultural Division. Co-Producers: Community Foundation, Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, Hollywood CRA, Mary N Porter, Zimmerman. Major Contributors: Air France, Cowan Industries, Diplomat Resort and Spa, Florida Arts, Broward County Film Commission, Forman, Gold Coast, Hard Rock, Kaller, Kanbar, The Ritz Carlton-Fort Lauderdale, The Riverside Hotel, Whole Foods Market – Ft Lauderdale. Gold: Sunrise Civic Center Theater, St. Johns County, Flagler County. Silver: Cadillac, Centuric, Jan Mitchell & Associates, JetBlue, Ken Perna Design,

Steve Savor. Bronze: Blue Ocean Press, Bright Pink Studios, CB Cares, Corazon Cinema. GreenDoor, Howard Kaye Insurance, John Mager, Lightner Museum, Peter Langone, Radiology Imaging, Splinter Studios, Whole Foods Mkt – Aventura. Supporting: AAA Fire Protection, Becker & Poliakoff, Crazy About Costumes, Fathom Impact Travel, Havana Air. Media Sponsors: Sun-Sentinel, City & Shore, NBC Comcast, WPBT2, New Times Broward-Palm Beach, Eurochannel, The DubHouse, LivingFla.com, MorPrinting, Promenade, Social Chat, St Augustine Social, TotallyStAugustine.com, WEInetwork Internet TV & Radio, WLRN-FM, CMG Designs. Beverage Sponsors: Grey Goose, Stella Artois, Cote de Provence, Cote Du Rhone, Macon Villages.