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NOVEMBER 17–21 | 2021


Congratulations to all the Key West Film Festival 2020 Award Winners!


Best Women's Film

9 to 5: Story of a Movement
Directed by Julia Reichert

Best LGBTQ Film

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation
Directed by Lisa Immordino Vreeland

Best Florida Film

Cuba, Reframed
Directed by John Biffar

Breakthrough Voice

Director VP Alvarez
Revolution Rent

Best Music and Arts Film

Rock Camp: The Movie
Directed by Doug Blush

KWFF Critics' Award

I Carry You With Me
Directed by Heidi Ewing

Short Film Jury Award Winners


Best World Dramatic Short Film

1, 2, 3, All Eyes on Me
Directed by Emil Gallardo

Jury Awards for Excellence in Filmmaking

Hammer Down
Directed by Simon Hatt

Directed by Foster Wilson


Best World Comedy Short Film

The Last Mermaid
Directed by Fi Kelly

Jury Awards for Excellence in Filmmaking

Directed by Jared Wright and Eric Ivey

Second Team
Directed by Ria Pavia


Best Florida Short Film

The Last Job
Directed by Tony Armer and J. Declan Flynn

Jury Award for Excellence in Filmmaking

The Incredibly Short Life of Peter Panties
Directed by Daniel Abril


Best World Student Short Film /
Kimberly Peirce Student Filmmaker Scholarship

Remember When
Directed by Paola Ossa

Best Florida Student Short Film /
Kimberly Peirce Student Filmmaker Scholarship

All the Young Dudes
Directed by William Stead


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, Paul Haggis, 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 and many more.

2020 Key West Film Festival Sponsors

Official Providers help sustain festival operations through a broad range of in-kind goods and services. Their support is a key factor in keeping expenses at a minimum and directing more funds to the Festival’s core programs. We are grateful for their support.

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