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2023 Awards

Saturday night we celebrated our filmmakers and special guests in a joyful Awards Ceremony at The Studios of Key West.…

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Special Scheduling Note

The merry prankster spirits of Jimmy Buffett and Jim Harrison made themselves known after our screening of ALL THAT IS…

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Key West Film Festival Announces Ongoing Partnership With The Charles & Lucille King Family Foundation

Key West, FL — November 13, 2023 — The Key West Film Festival and The Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation…

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Tuesday night kick off – O Brother Where Art Thou?

Can't wait till the Key West Film Festival starts next Wednesday? Then join us Tuesday night at 7pm at Williams Hall for…

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The Key West Film Festival—where passion meets paradise—is an annual celebration of contemporary cinema in a historically rich, artistically vibrant, and culturally diverse island community.

KWFF strives to showcase the best of Florida filmmaking talent, while highlighting visiting filmmakers and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. The festival also looks to support the next generation of local student filmmakers with scholarships and other key awards.

The festival’s Critics’ Focus program, enhanced with the juried Critics’ Prize, together with the Costume Design Focus, marks the Key West Film Festival as a vital stop on the awards season’s fall festival circuit, with programs designed to support film criticism and craft while giving audiences greater context and perspective through public conversations guided by expert voices. Key publications represented in KWFF Critics’ Focus program and Critics’ Prize at the festival include: Los Angeles Times,, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, TimeOut NY, Roger Ebert, and more.

Past guests have included: Burt Reynolds, John Waters, Mariel Hemingway, Harmony Korine, Marisa Tomei,  Alan Cumming, Sebastian Junger, Tom Berenger, Paul Verhoeven, Billy Corben, Terry George, Corey Glover, Steven Bauer, Anson Mount, Celia Weston, Angus MacLachlan, Judy Blume, Ondi Timoner, Bob Wisdom, Val Lauren, Anne O’Shea, Lois Smith, Mark Bridges, Chris Cooper, Sean Baker and Tom Skerritt and many more!

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