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FLIFF Unveils 2020 Film Festival Poster

August 29th, 2020 No comments





Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Friday, August 28) –The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) unveiled the poster and trailer for the 35th annual edition on the 40’ screen at FLIFF Drive-In Cinema last night at Pier Sixty-Six Marina South. Prior to the debut, live entertainment included: a dazzling stilt walker, a classic car display provided by Russ G. Events, and live music performed by local South Florida artists Cynfully Sweet, Ambori Jani, and Taylor Davis. Shared on screen were video congratulations for FLIFF’s 35 years from past Honorees, actors Joe Pantoliano and Diane Baker, Ed Harris and Kerry Sanders. Read more…

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Fest Announces Line-Up 2019

August 29th, 2019 No comments




Honorees Include:

Joe Pantoliano, Kevin Pollak, Diane Baker, Peter Riegert

Marco Leonardi, Natalia Oreiro, Justin Long and Bill Grefe


Special Guests Returning this year are Karen Allen and Talia Shire



Fort Lauderdale, FL (August 29, 2019) — The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) returns for its 34th year, November 1-17, with an exciting line-up of more than 150 films (60 feature film premieres representing over 25 countries), over-the-top theme parties, and both renowned and aspiring film talent.  American Independent, foreign language, and films from Florida will include features, documentaries and shorts with an eclectic array of genres. Read more…

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Hurricane Victims to get Boost from FLIFF Opening Night Gala

October 19th, 2018 No comments

Seminole Hard Rock Hotel &

Casino Hollywood 

hosts Opening Night of the

The 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film


and the East Coast Premiere of “The Return of the Hero”


FLiFF to Donate a Portion of the Proceeds to


Assist Victims of Hurricane Michael



Jean Dujardin and Noémie Merlant in Le retour du héros



Fort Lauderdale, FL (Oct. 18, 2018)  Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will host the 33rd Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival’s opening night festivities at the Hard Rock Event Center on Friday Nov. 2, 2018. The evening includes the East Coast Premiere of the swashbuckling comedy The Return of the Hero and a post-screening soiree with a French flair that includes scrumptious hors d’oeuvres and an open bar.

Directed by Laurent Tirard (Molière), The Return of the Hero pairs Oscar® winner Jean Dujardin, (The Artist) as dashing swindler Captain Neuville and Mélanie Laurent (Inglorious Bastards) as his sharp-tongued nemesis, Elizabeth.  Set in the year 1809, Neuville is to marry the naive Pauline when war breaks out, forcing him to depart for the battlefield. After not hearing from the captain for months, Pauline becomes ill with worry. Her sister Elizabeth devises a plan to write fake letters on behalf of Neuville, thinking he would never come back. But it all goes south when Neuville reappears.

“In 2011, we opened our Festival with The Artist starring Jean Dujardin. We’re proud to launch this year’s fest with Jean Dujardin’s hilarious new comedy The Return of the Hero at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, whose team is making our opening night stylish and fun, for the 4th year in a row,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

This year, in light of the recent devastation in the Florida Panhandle by Hurricane Michael, the festival will donate 50% of each full price, $12 ticket sold for the film, to United Way of Northwest Florida. The donation will be applied to relief efforts in that area, which bore the brunt of the Category 4 storm.

Venue location:  The Hard Rock Event Center is located at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, 1 Seminole Way, Hollywood, FL 33014.  Valet parking is available. Self-parking will be available in the Winners Way garage and Seminole Way garage.

Admission Prices:

Film Only:   $12 general admission, $10 seniors, $9 Students/Military, $8 FLiFF Members

Party & Film:  $100 general admission, $75 FLiFF Members.

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Ninah’s Dowry, Film Festival Review by John Delia

October 22nd, 2012 No comments






Review by John Delia

Life in other countries can be brutal in many different ways, with spousal abuse coming to the forefront more often in America the film Ninah’s Dowry becomes a harsh reminder.  The film runs through October 23 as part of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.  Direction, acting and cinematography are outstanding in Ninah’s Dowry with filmmaker Victor Viyuch in attendance at Florida Atlantic University on Tuesday October 30th at 2:30 pm for a Q&A.

Mbufung Seikeh as Ninah in Ninah’s Dowry

The film opens in the mountains of Cameroon, Africa with Ninah (Mbufung Seikeh) the 20-year-old wife of Memfi (Anurin Nwunembom) her head strong husband.  A sharecropper for a local land baron, his duty to him overshadows justice to his family.  On one afternoon Memfi gets a visit from the baron telling him that one of his children has ridden his horse. Being forbidden, Memfi has to punish the boy.  Ninah steps in to protect him she also gets beaten.

Deciding she has had enough abuse, Ninah escapes the house and travels to her sick father.  When she gets there they tell her that she must go back to her husband because it is the customary law.  Ninah refuses causing uproar among her family members and friends of Memfi.  Memfi demands his dowry back.  When she cannot pay he grabs her and forces her to go back to his farm.

The film has some very gut wrenching scenes with a lot of brutality. Director/writer Victor Viyuch gives the viewer a close up view of how women are treated in the Cameroon like slaves to their husbands and fathers.  In one scene her own son turns against her in favor of his pitiless father.

The movie is unrated but does contain violence, brutality and language.

FINAL ANALYSIS: A very good film that hits at the heart of troubled women in Africa. (B)

Additional Film Information:

  • Cast: Anurin Nwunembom (as Memfi), Mbufung Seikeh (as Ninah), Crista Eka (as Clarise)
  • Directed by: Victor Viyuch
  • Cinematography: Victor Viyuch
  • MPAA Rating: NR (Contains Violence, Language, Brutality)
  • Genre: Drama
  • Language: English + Pidgin & Babanki w/English sub-titles
  • Running Time: 1 hr 35 min
  • FLIFF Play Date: October 21, 22, 23
  • Country of Origin: Cameroon, Africa


Director Victor Viyuch filming Nina’s Dowry

THE DIRECTOR: Named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Independent Filmmakers to watch, Victor Viyuoh wrote and directed the thesis short MBOUTOUKOU which was filmed entirely in Cameroon, Africa. In one year on the circuit, Mboutoukou played at over 100 festivals including Venice in Italy, New Directors/New Films and Rotterdam. Beginning with its nomination for the 2002 Student Academy Awards, Mboutoukou won over 20 awards including Best Short at SXSW, Best Student Short at FLIFF, and the Rights of the Child Award at the Chicago International Children’s Film Festival. Victor is an alumnus of USC’s School of Cinema-Television and Film Independent’s Directors and Screenwriters labs.

FLIFF Announces 2012 Festival Line-up

September 14th, 2012 No comments





The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Announces Official 2012 Line-up for the 27th Annual Event  
 Star-studded premieres, returning filmmakers, parties and concerts
(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – September 14, 2012 — The 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) announced its official line-up for the 27th Annual event, October 19 – November 11, 2012.  Of the 200 films the festival presents, 78 are premieres including 14 World Premieres, 2 North American, 6 U.S. Premieres, 3 East Coast, 31 Southeast and 22 Florida.
“This year FLiFF has one of the most exciting film line-ups in our history.  There are a number of  films with all-star casts, a feature film directorial debut by one of our most revered actor. The documentaries are enlightening and engaging; some controversial, others political and some about Florida.  We also have 8 returning filmmakers and an expanding outreach program throughout Florida and on Grand Bahama Island,” commented Gregory von Hausch, President & CEO of FLIFF.

Giancarlo Esposito

For the second year, FLIFF takes films and talent on location to Grand Bahama Island for a 4-day excursion from October 25th – October 28th at the Pelican Bay Hotel while films continue simultaneously in Fort Lauderdale at three area theaters – Cinema Paradiso (downtown), Sunrise Civic Center Theater in West Broward and Muvico Pompano in North Broward.  Celebrated television, film and stage actor, Giancarlo Esposito, whose acting career spans over several decades has been named as this year’s Career Achievement Award recipient at FLIFF on Location: Grand Bahama Island. 

This year, FLIFF honors two of the brightest upcoming talents in Hollywood with the Star on The Horizon Award:  12 year-old actress and native of Fort Lauderdale, Bailee Madison  who has had starring roles in Bridge to Terabithia,

Bailee Madison in Cowgirls N’ Angels

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Adam Sandler’s Just Go With It and is coming up in Parental Guidance to be released this Christmas.  Garret Dillahunt, remembered for his roles in No Country for Old Men, Winter’s Bone and The Last House on The Left.  Madison will receive her award at a screening of COWGIRLS N’ ANGELS in which she stars as a feisty and rebellious young girl with fantasies of finding her father and is recruited to a team of young female rodeo riders.  Dillahunt will receive his award at the Southeast Premiere of ANY DAY NOW, in which he stars opposite Alan Cumming in a true story of a gay couple who takes in a mentally handicapped teenager and must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own.

FLIFF kicks-off October 19 with the Opening Night VIP Celebration, hosted by Warren Henry Auto Group together with Entre Nous, Arthur E. Benjamin and the Trinity Diversified Film Fund at Gulfstream Park.  The highly anticipated event features red carpet arrivals by celebrity guests attending films opening weekend followed by an exclusive film montage preview of films and talent featured at this year’ festival.  The film-themed evening includes signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction and an elaborate display of high-end vehicles.
The Official Opening Night Film, presented October 20, is the Southeast Premiere of The Sapphires (from Australia) which received its debut during the Cannes Film Festival to a rapturous standing ovation. The crowd-pleaser takes place in 1968 and features some of the greatest Motown hits of the time as four young, talented Australian Aboriginal girls, The Sapphires, entertain U.S. Troops in Vietnam, dodge bullets, learn about love, friendship and war.
Also screening opening day is: The Southeast Premiere of Quartet,two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman’s feature film directorial debut starring Maggie Smith, Tom Courtney, Michael Gambon and Sheridan Smith.  Based on the stage play of the same name, the film centers on four celebrated opera singers whose annual retirement home fundraiser begins to

“Deadfall’s” Director Stefan Ruzowitzky

unravel when a former Grande Dame moves in. The Southeast premiere of Deadfall directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky, whose film The Counterfitters won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film in 2007, is a riveting thriller starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, Sissy Spacek, Kris Kristofferson, Treat Williams, Charlie Hunnam, Kate Mara. The Southeast Premiere of How Do You Write a Joe Schermann Song, a brilliant and sexymusical centered around an Off-Broadway show, will be attended by director Gary King & star Christina Rose.  And, writer Domonic Paris, will attend the U.S. Premiere of his animated 3-D underwater adventure movie Sammy’s Adventures 2: Escape from Paradise, a favorite at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and the sequel to the popular A Turtles Tale: Sammy’s Adventures.   Lucy Mulloy, whose dynamic debut feature, Una Noche set in Havana, walked off with three big awards at the Tribeca Film Fest.  Mulloy brings it to FLIFF for its Southeast Premiere.  The film about three teens who escape from Cuba to Miami hit national news when the two Cuban actors, Javier Nunez Florian and Anailin de la Rua de la Torren, en route to Tribeca disappeared in Miami and resurfaced announcing they had defected to the United States. From Cameroon comes NINAH’S DOWRY, celebrating its World Premiere with director Victor Viyouh in attendance.  The US Premiere of SEX, LIES & SURGERY is a hysterical French farce and director/star Artus de Penguern will bring the film himself from Paris.

October also offers the Florida Premiere of  Here, an adventure-romance involving two travelers directed by Braden King and starring Peter Coyote, Ben Foster and Lubna Azab  The Florida Premiere of Shadow Dancer a provocative thriller about one woman’s incredible fight to protect her son, starring Clive Owen and Andrea Riseborough (W.E.) and directed by Academy Award winner James Marsh (Project Nim, Man on the Wire).  And, Southeast Premieres including:  A Late Quartet, directed by Yaron Silberman, examines the professional and personal relationships of a world-class

Salma Hayek in “As Luck Would Have It”

string quartet, played with precision by Christopher Walken, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Mark Ivanir.   All In (La Suerte En Tus Manos), a romantic comedy from Argentina, is directed by Daniel Burman (Every Stewardess Goes To Heaven) and starring Valeria Bertuccelli, Norma Alejandro and Jorge Drexler, Luis Brandon.

As Luck Would Have It, a bitingly funny and often perverse satire on reality television and the personal effect of today’s economy directed by Alex de la Inglesia, stars Spanish comedian Jose Mota and Oscar nominee Salma Hayek.  Smashed, directed by James Ponsold, stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Aaron Paul in a story of a young married couple whose bond is built on a mutual love of music, laughter and drinking. A Better Life  (Une Vie Meilleure) poses the question can love and passion survive all in this moving and incredible emotional roller coaster of a film directed by Cedric Kahn and starring Guillaume Canet, Leila Bekhti. The Other Son (Le Fils de l’autre), directed by Lorraine Lévy is a moving and provocative tale of two young men – one Israeli, the other Palestinian, who discover they were accidentally switched at birth.
FLIFF’s kicks-off November with the Centerpiece Film, the Southeast Premiere of Stuck, Stuart Acher’s delightfully kinky comedy about the morning after a one night stand starring Joel David Moore (Avatar, Dodgeball) and Madeline Zima (who doubles as Executive Producer). Using flashbacks in the creative fashion to tell the story, Acher magnificently puts the puzzle together leading to discovery and lots of laughs. The film will be followed by The Centerpiece Party in the Maxwell Room at the Downtowner Saloon.
The Closing Night Film, November 10, is the Florida Premiere of Silver Linings Playbook starring Bradley Cooper, Robert Deniro, Jennifer Lawrence and Jacki Weaver. Written and directed by David O. Russell, the seriocomic love story is about a man who loses everything and is determined to rebuild his life and reconcile with his wife. Things get complicated when he meets a mysterious girl who offers to help him, but only if he’ll do something very important in return. As their deal plays out, an unexpected bond begins to form between them, and silver linings appear in both of their lives.  The film will be followed by The Wrap Party at Villa de Palma.
November also includes: The Southeast Premiere of The Sessions,based on the poignantly optimistic autobiographical writings of California-based journalist and poet Mark O’Brien (John Hawkes), written and directed by Ben Lewin, tells the

John Hawkes and Helen Hunt in “The Sessions”

story of a man confined to an iron lung who is determined – at age 38 – to lose his virginity. With the help of a sex therapist (Helen Hunt) and the guidance of his priest (William H. Macy), he sets out to make his dream a reality. The Southeast Premiere of Junction, writer/director Tony Glazer’s high octane thriller that follows four strung-out meth-addicts who discover a dark secret about a homeowner during a burglary.  The Florida Premiere of Tales of the Night,  renowned animation auteur Michel Ocelot’s first foray into 3D animation, weaves together six exotic fables each unfolding in a unique locale. The Florida Premiere of Tio Papi, a heartwarming story about a bachelor who reluctantly becomes Tio Papi to his sister’s six children, is directed by Fro Rojas and stars Joey Dedio (Musical Chairs), Elizabeth Rodriguez, and Kelly McGillis.

The day prior to the Presidential election, FLIFF features two political films.  Party Crashers, directed by Travis Burroughs, is an engaging look at the grass-roots movement and the rise of The Tea Party.  Grassroots, is Stephen Gyllenhaal’s bittersweet, uplifting comedy based the true story of the 2001 Seattle City Council election and candidate Grant Cogswell an unemployed music critic who likes to dress up as a polar bear.  After voting on November 6, attend the Election Night Festivities at Cinema Paradiso free with your “I VOTED” sticker and catch the Florida Premiere of Mr. Cao Goes To Washington, followed by the election coverage on the big screen both inside the theater and outside on in the courtyard. Drink and food specials will be available all evening.  Mr. Cao Goes To Washington is director S. Leo Chiang’s intimate look at Representative Joseph Cao’s term as the first elected Vietnamese-American Congressman representing the 2nd district of New Orleans.
This year, eight (8) filmmakers are returning to FLIFF with their new films. Darcyana Moreno Izel (Avidente /2011), returns with the World Premiere of Dark Amazon, a supernatural thriller shot deep in the Amazon jungle of Brazil. Writer/director and actor, Artus de Penguern (Gregoire Moulin vs ‘Lhumanite/2001) brings the U.S. premiere of his new film Sex, Lies and Surgery, a spoof on American medical dramas like ER and Grey’s Anatomy.  Laura Colella (Stay Until Tommorrow/2004) attends her Southeast Premiere of Breakfast with Curtis, an off-beat story featuring a cadre of quirky characters who live in the same charming but funky abode. Rob Margolies (Lifelines/2008) returns with the Southeast Premiere of She Wants Me, a hilarious and original feel-great comedy starring Josh Gad, Kristen Ruhlin and Hilary Duff.  Daniel Schechter (writer, The Big Bad Swim/2006) returns with the Southeast Premiere of his funny and at times bittersweet buddy pic Supporting Characters and Ishai Setton who directed Schechter’s The Big Bad Swim, returns with the Southeast Premiere of his own film, The Kitchen, an ensemble comedy set entirely inside a kitchen starring Dreama Walker and Matt Bush.  In 2002, student filmmaker Victor Viyuoh entered FLIFF’s Kodak International Student Film Competition and won the short narrative section with his film Mboutoukou. Fast forward twelve years and Victor, now a professional filmmaker, returns with the World Premiere of Ninah’s Dowery, about a wife of 7 years whose escape from an abusive husband sets off an incredible series of events with a whirlwind of suspense, thrills, and adventure set across the Cameroon landscape. Go Ganges! by Josh Thomas and J.J. Kelley, the comic pair of Dudes on Media and the makers of the Emmy nominated documentary Paddle to Seattle, capture the danger,  joy and significance of the Ganges as they travel the mighty river by any means possible.
On Sunday, November 11, FLIFF celebrates Veterans Day with four premieres of films honoring military heroes, families whom have lost a loved one to war and remembering historical events that  changed the face of wars.  If I Should Fall, with special guest Military Advisor, Rick Ryan, this modern All’s Quiet on the Western Front, defines the tragedy of war through a families loss of an only son. True Story of WWII Hero, with special guests co-directors Jozef Lenders, Connie Barron, and subject of the film, Harry Beeman who, in the film, tells the vivid stories of one of the unsung heroes in his own words. Beeman saved many lives as a Navy swimmer and a Gunners Mate First Class.  At 90 years of age, Harry recalls every event and battle with great detail from brief encounters with two future presidents to his opinion of famous Japanese Admirals. Dive The USS Atlanta follows a team of scuba divers to the Solomon Islands where the ship was sunk during one the most chaotic and close-range naval battles in U.S. history took place.  The story is told through interviews with the divers, veterans who had served on the ship and through the most extensive footage of the wreck shot to date. Shady Lady is the epic docu-drama that portrays the story of the B-24 Liberator aircraft that set off from Darwin on Friday, August 13, 1943 on what was the world’s longest ever bombing mission of WWII.  After 16 hours and 35 minutes the fuel ran out forcing the crew to crash land  on a remote salt pan in NW Australia.  With help from the Aboriginal Community, Shady Lady amazingly flew again. Active military personnel and veterans will receive free admission. This Veteran’s Day Tribute sponsored by Wayne & Marti Huizenga.
A competition festival, FLiFF will recognize films for awards in categories including: The Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress/Actor, The Independent Spirit Award, the Audience Favorite, among others.  The Awards Presentation will be held November 10 at the World famous Copacabanna Supper Club in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a retro-glamorous restaurant with authentic Latin cuisine and music.
There will be seven (7) Meet The Filmmakers events hosted by Florida Atlantic University and presented by Florida State University’s School of Motion Pictures which also sponsors the High School Film Competition featuring films from 12 student finalists’ from around the globe.  The College Film Competition will feature films from 4 finalists.
In addition to nightly gatherings and parties at trendy area venues, there will be a brunch cruise aboard Sundream Charters’ yacht, The Caprice.
FLIFF celebrates Halloween on October 31 with the BOO-tacular for families including hayrides, a scream and costume contest, a not so scary movie and of course lots of treats. Late night is reserved for horror fans and and feature Dark Amazon and a Halloween Short Film Program with themed drink specials all night.
This year, live performances by dancers, local and national bands and musicians are paired with films:  Yoskiko Carlton on the Koto (Japanese Harp) at the screening of Dog Years, about an emotionally withdrawn Japanese-American, forced to battle with the ghosts from his past when he returns to Tokyo.  Violinist/guitarist, Ed Horowitz, who played with fellow musician David Bromberg in the 70’s will perform at the Florida Premiere of David Bromberg: Unsung Treasure.  Acclaimed tenor from Florida Grand Opera, Rolando Polo, takes us on a journey of Cuban music with the South Florida Premiere Una Noche.  In addition, Jazz musician, Randy Bensen will perform in a stand-alone concert the evening of October 26.  World class Argentinean Tango performers, Gabriel Toppino and Mariana Hamel will perform at the Southeast Premiere of All In and  Irish Dancers from Aranmore Academy will perform at the Florida Premiere of Shadow Dancer.
For Advance Tickets and a schedule of films and events visit: or call 954-525-3456
Tickets:  Most Films are $10 general admission, $8 seniors & students and $6 for FLIFF members.
Film Events and Parties are priced separately.
The festival FAST Pass offers free admission or considerable discount for all films and events and free entrance daily to the Whole Foods Festival Cafe, with complimentary gourmet foods and a full bar in the VIP section of the canopied courtyard.  Cost of the FLIFF Fast Pass is $395 for FLIFF Members and $450 for Non-Members.  FLIFF Membership offer a variety of levels and provides discounted pricing and some free films during the film festival and year-round at Cinema Paradiso.  Membership prices start at $75 general / $35 for students.
About Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF)
FLIFF is the top rated film festivals in Florida and has been honored with four major grants from The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. FLIFF operates its own year-round art house named Cinema Paradiso as it is housed in an original structure built as a church in 1926.  Renovated and completed remodeled into a state-of-the-art facility with stadium seating in plush blue velvet chairs from Paris, a huge canopied Courtyard and a full bar. Cinema Paradiso presents foreign films, America Indies, children’s films and a French, Spanish and Italian mini fests throughout the year. A monthly Cinema A La Mode program pairs a cooking/tasting demonstration with a film. Retro Reels brings back classic films. Splatter-Rama pays homage to B Films in the horror genre. During the first week of December, The CAN Film Festival for Charity provides three days of holiday films with the only admission being two cans of food or one new toy per person, all donate to charity. FLIFF’s Outreach Program is second to none as the festival blankets not only South Florida but, also take films to Daytona, St. Augustine, Tallahassee and Grand Bahama Island.  FLIFF is recognized by The Broward County Commission as one of five Major Cultural Institutions of Broward County.
About FLIFF On-Location
FLIFF On-Location brings the Fest to Grand Bahama Island (Oct 25 – 29) where a special deal includes the overnight cruise aboard the Bahamas Celebration, your own cabin, and accommodations at Pelican Bay Resort for 4/5 nights, all films and parties and air back to Fort Lauderdale. On board The Celebration you will mix and mingle with the filmmakers. When you arrive the next morning a limo takes you to Pelican Bay, which is situated just a pleasant stroll along the waterfront to The Marketplace. The Opening Night Film, SAMMY 2: Escape from Paradise (an animated family film about a brave sea turtle) takes place outdoors at beautiful Taino Beach on a jumbo 30′ screen. In addition to the films, the parties are great and plentiful. One of the highlights with the filmmakers is the drive your own jeep tour of the island, led by a tour guide with CB radio in each jeep. Following the Sunday Awards ceremony and reception, BahamasAir flies you back to Fort Lauderdale (a 30 min flight). There is also an option to take the Fast Ferry, Baleria direct from Fort Lauderdale to GBI.
The Fest also celebrates in historic St. Augustine January 17-20, 2013. The magnificent Casa Monica is the host hotel and you’ll be there for the spectacular Light Up St. Augustine nightly through Feb 1st. Stay at The Casa Monica or The Saragossa B&B for three nights and receive a complimentary badge good for all films and the three signature parties. The Opening Night party takes place in the early 19th century Antebellum mansion, The Markland House on Thursday, January 17. The event is inside and out on the great lawn. The Florida Party is Saturday night in the incredible Alcazar Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1887. The Alcazar (listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings also houses the famed Lightner Museum.) The Closing Night Dinner is back at The Markland and is prepared on the lawn by Carrabbas Italian Grill. So join us for The Guinness World Record for Longest Film Festival in the world as we take ‘a vacation from ordinary film’. For details write

‘ABOUT FIFTY’ film festival review by John Delia

October 20th, 2011 No comments




Check out the crazy little comedy About Fifty (originally called Fifty-nothing) a buddy film from writers Drew Pillsbury and Martin Grey.  It’s so much a buddy film that the two writers even decided to star in it.  And you know, they made their performances look easy and more natural than it probably would have been.   It’s playing tomorrow night at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival Kick-off party.


A modern comedy that explores the simple truth that it’s never too late to start over again. Even at age 50. We meet two long-time golf-buddies, Adam (Pillsbury), going through a trial separation from his wife of 15 years and Jon (Gottlieb), who is not only losing work to the “young guy”, but also dealing with a “generous” prostate. They decide to take off on a weekend journey to let loose and re-live the Palm Springs get-a-way of their younger days, but meet with unexpected results.


Drew Pillsbury and Martin Grey Gottlieb are Adam and Jon in ABOUT FIFTY

Struggling to fit in with the younger crowd, they find surprising comfort through encounters with women nearer their own age. As the weekend progresses, both are forced to come to a truce with middle life’s predicaments. A film that asks the question, “If fifty is the new thirty then why do my knees ache?” in what may be the world’s first coming of age story about the coming of age.


I enjoyed seeing the predicaments that Adam and Jon get into in this well written comedy that had me laughing and realizing that there is a lot of truth in fiction.  I especially liked the characters played by Wendie Malick as Kate, Anne-Marie Johnson as Erin and Kathleen Noone as Peggy adding a lot of lady to this fun filled move.  Oh, and if you go thinking About Fifty  is about golf, you are using the wrong club.


FINAL ANALYSIS: A good comedy that pokes fun at the after fifty “sex drive”. (B)


The writer/actors and director Thomas Johnston will be at the kick-off event on October 21st at 7:30 PM.  The film also plays again on October 24th and October 29th. Check the schedule at WWW.FLIFF.COM

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FLIFF in on Grand Bahama

October 13th, 2011 No comments

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FLIFF On-Location: Grand Bahama Island
October 27-30, 2011
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We are pleased to announce that the Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival ( FLIFF) On-Location is coming to Grand Bahama Island October 27-30, 2011 at Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel.

The Festival will feature movies made in The Bahamas, an Underwater Cinematography Workshop by award-winning cinematographer Paul Mockler, Independent Films, Complimentary Outdoor Screenings, International Student Film Competition, and more.

This is the first time the festival will feature an offshore component and will offer a wonderful array of programs and events, including:


• Dennis Haysbert Tribute & Reception (price $15.00 per person)
• Awards and Closing Party(price $15.00 per person)
• 13 Movies (price $7.00 per person)

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THE DIRECTOR: Fifty-Nothing is the second feature film for director Thomas Johnston. He co-directed his first feature, JEROME, released in 2001 and was a hit on the festival circuit worldwide including the AFI Los Angeles and Berlin Film Festivals. The Los Angeles Times wrote of JEROME, “an example of mature, disciplined American Independent filmmaking at its best.” Tom is a long-time associate of the filmmaking Coen Brothers, as well as director Robert Redford.

Reserve your tickets now…
Click here to complete the reservation form and pick-up your tickets at Canal House, Pelican Bay Hotel (host hotel)

Additional events happening on Grand Bahama include:

• High School Competition (Winner featured at FLIFF)
• Bahamian Film Segment
• Fam Trip for Visiting Filmmakers

LaCroix French Film Fest visits Fort Lauderdale

July 12th, 2011 No comments




(Fort Lauderdale, FL) – July 11, 2011 – Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF) presents their annual French Film Festival, sponsored this year by LaCroix Water, July 28 – August 1, 2011 at Cinema Paradiso. The LaCroix French Film Festival will showcase 15 French films over the 5 day event featuring the latest in French Cinema and soirees with French Cuisine.
The festival kicks-off Thursday, July 28 at 6:00pm with a menu of French favorites including Chicken Cordon Bleu, Beef Bourguignon, Herbed Potato Souffle, and desserts. Following the buffet at 7:30pm is the delectable comedy and recent surprise hit in France, ROMANTICS ANONYMOUS starring Benoît Poelvoorde (Coco Before Chanel), Isabelle Carré (Private Fears in Public Places).
Revving up the weekend on Friday, July 29, get a belly-full of laughs with the comedy JE NE SUIS PAS LÀ POUR  ÊTRE AIMÉ and the Cesar award-winning, wildly funny THE NAMES OF LOVE rev-up the weekend on Friday, July 29.  A reception with French wine, cheese and baguettes can be enjoyed prior to THE NAMES OF LOVE.
Saturday morning, July 30, bring the kids to the animated feature MIA AND THE MAGOO, a fable-like journey of a young girl who must overcome her fears on a quest to find her father and save the world from destruction. MIA AND THE MAGOO features the voices of John DiMaggio, Whoopi Goldberg, Matthew Modine, Wallace Shawn, James Woods among others.  Presented by FAB! Films for Kids, the admission is FREE for children, $5 Adults and includes Sorbet after the movie! .
The afternoon continues with a Ballet in Cinema presentation of CHILDREN OF PARADISE the Paris Opera Ballet; the surprising and moving new film CURLING by director Denis Côté and three comedies: SILENCE OF LOVE, THE DAY I SAW YOUR HEART, and and QUI M’AIME ME SUIVE.  The evening offers an array of almost every Quiche imaginable during the Quiche Affaire.
Sunday, July 31 start the day with Cafe Cinematheque featuring a traditional French breakfast and the lavish and visually sumptuous, bittersweet, historical drama MOTZART’S SISTER.  A discussion led by foreign language cinema expert, Shelly Isaacs, follows the film.  Sunday afternoon FLiFF features LA RAFLE, a faithful retelling of the 1942 “Vel’ d’Hiv Roundup” and the events surrounding it. Also showing Sunday afternoon is the comedy-drama about immigration, LE MAINS EN L’AIR and the bittersweet comedy, FROM THE AGE OF REASON.  Round out the day with the Closing Night Soiree featuring Potage et Salade and wrap up the evening with a French Cabaret with live performances by dancers from Cupcake Burlesque.
The final evening of films on Monday, August 1 features the comedy, A HAPPY MAN, starring Pierre Richard and Sylvie Testud plus one additional film to be announced.  Between the two films, FLiFF will present live French music and a lite nosh.
Venue: Cinema Paradiso is located at 503 SE 6 Street, in downtown Fort Lauderdale on the south bank of the New River just east of the Broward County Courthouse.
Parking is free after 6pm weeknights in the Courthouse parking garage and at meters; on Saturday parking is free in the Courthouse garage and after 6:00pm at meters and on Sunday parking is free all day in the Courthouse garage and at meters.
For details and advance tickets for the LaCroix French Film Festival, visit or call 954-525-3456.  Tickets for the films are $6 for FLiFF Members,$8 Seniors & Students and $10 general admission. Cuisine events are separately priced and most include a ticket to the film.  The LaCroix French Film Festival Fast Passes provides admission to all films and events over the 5 days and are $80 Members/$120 Non Members.

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Fliff Honors Death of George Hickenlooper

October 31st, 2010 No comments

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Will Honor George Hickenlooper At

Closing Night Film Casino Jack

Hickenlooper was scheduled to make his

fourth visit to the Film Festival

casino-jack-movie(Fort Lauderdale, FL) — October 31, 2010 — George Hickenlooper’s latest film Casino Jack, about former Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and starring Kevin Spacey, is the official Closing Night Film of the 25th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLiFF). Hickenlooper was scheduled to arrive Saturday, November 6 for two book signing events and to attend the two screenings of his film on Sunday, November 7 at 5:15pm and 7:00pm. This was to be Hickenlooper’s fourth visit to the film festival.

Upon learning of the death this morning, Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, commented, “George was one of my closest friends in the industry.  A three time guest and award winner at the Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival, George was scheduled to be here next weekend and officially close our 25th annual fest with his brilliant new film, Casino Jack.  He was a fascinating talent with an uncanny knack for storytelling.  All of us at FLiFF are deeply saddened by his passing.”

In memory of George Hickenlooper, FLiFF is planning a montage of his films which will be presented prior to the screenings of Casino Jack. The Spirit of Independents Award, which the festival was to present Hickenlooper at the first screening, will be sent to his family


georgeBorn in 1963 in St Louis, George Hickenlooper’s interest in film began in childhood and stemmed from his great-uncle’s involvement in the film Fantasia. Hickenlooper’s interest also bloomed from his father being a playwright and his mother starting a guerrilla theater troop, which would protest the Vietnam War. Through them he learned techniques of story telling. His first short Super 8mm films were animated and made with this grammar school friend Kirk Wise who, years later, would go on to direct Beauty and the Beast for Disney. Hickenlooper spent one summer studying film at the USC, and then went on to Yale for a B.A. in History and Film Studies. He then interned for producer Roger Corman and in 1991 wrote Reel Conversations, a collection of interviews with film directors and critics. His pro directing debut was Art, Acting, and the Suicide Chair: Dennis Hopper. His breakthrough was Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse, the acclaimed documentary about the making of Apocalypse Now, premiering at the Cannes.

The staff and owners of Your Entertainment Ticket are saddened to hear of George’s death and our hearts go out to his family.


October 3rd, 2010 No comments


Pussy willow posterStarring: Emily Mitchell, Christopher Lucas, Cheri Page Fogleman, Martin Ludwinski and Fen Tien Lui

Directed by: Wendy Jo Cohen

Genre: Mocumentary, Comedy, Historical

Running Time: 1hr 36 min

By John Delia

History was never like the movie The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek, but this cynical little tale takes extra steps to guide you through a coup that brought the South down during the American Civil War and settled the argument: Was Col. Jonathan Franklin Hale gay or was it the fashion to wear a dress in combat? Filled with tongue in cheek comedy, this witty ditty is the way all history should be told.

There were many battles during the American Civil War, but one was singled out to be hidden in the deep dark annals buried somewhere in the Library of Congress.  Well, so it is presumed because only those who lived it pass along this account.  Carried down from decade upon decade to families, friends and prostitutes it masterfully got in the hands of those who could bring it to the big screen.  This is a story of heroism and the only way to keep it from dieing is for moviegoers across America to see the film and talk about it for hours.

Colonel Jonathan Franklin Hale, General Li Shao-zu, Captain Elijah Swan, and drummer boy Nick Brody

General Li Shao-zu, Colonel Jonathan Franklin Hale, Captain Elijah Swan, and drummer boy Nick Brody

No comprehension of history is possible without an understanding of those who forged it.  By tracing the biographies of Pussy Willow Creek’s heroes – Colonel Jonathan Franklin Hale, General Li Shao-zu, Captain Elijah Swan, and drummer boy Nick Brody (aka, Rowena Harris) – this important film illustrates how their exceptional life stories inevitably led them to that day long ago when they faced an enemy fifty times their strength and somehow prevailed, buying the Union two more interminably tedious years in which to wage war until the Confederacy finally gave up from exhaustion and the Civil War was over – producer Grace A. Burns.

The presentation of the story is not unique but certainly enjoyable with actors posing as notables who have discovered this untold tale and are certain that it is true.  Of course that is for the audience to decide and I for one can find no reason to disbelieve it.  Especially the story of Civil War Hero Rowena Oaks (aka. Rowena Harris, aka. Candie Apple, aka. Poison Apple and finally aka. Nick Brody), who finding herself penniless entered Chickie’s Henhouse as a woman of ill repute.  This sad yet hilarious story is aptly told by Sheba Lajeune, Author of Ladies of Pleasure: A History, and Daphne Jones, Editor of Confederate Women on the Front Lines Digest.

The Battle of Pussy Willow Creek is playing as part of the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival on Wednesday October 6th, 7:10 PM, at the Cinema Paradiso, in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale at 503 SE 6th St, zip 33301.  For tickets go to their website at: or call (954) 525- FILM.

Death of Colonel Baker at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861

Death of Colonel Baker at the Battle of Ball's Bluff, October 21, 1861

Oh, and don’t tell a soul that the film is unrated, has some off color language (damn!), trifles with ethnicity (even dorks and nerds), shows photos of war violence (how could they), a mention of Elton John’s “Candle in the Wind,” and the drawing of the opium flower shown many times (how dastardly) or it may bring a standing room only audience and you may not get a seat.  If any of this offends you, then it’s probably your kind of movie.

This writer and publication is not responsible for whether you understand ‘tongue in cheek’ comedy.