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Havana

Celebrating the deep cultural connections between Key West and its island neighbor just 90 miles to the south - Cuba - we are honored to bring to the festival for the first time a selection of four, award-winning, Cuban shorts from rising filmmakers living and working in Havana, the USA, and Spain, and starring some of Cuba's most…

Florida and World Student Comedy

Off-beat and sooo Florida (plus other weird places like the suburbs): Day cults, night rituals, stay-at-home suicide moms, washed-up slasher stars, and the Florida Keys film commissioner as a freaky AF clown dentist. "Florida man” gets a run for his pesos in this wacky tranche of sunshine-state comedies. The following short films are included in this category:Old…

Florida Mystery and Thriller

Who dunnit? In this chilling cache of mystery and psychological dramas from Florida’s finest cinematic thrill-givers, the answer is desperate dads, dead moms, immersive tech, terrorists, and the Devil himself. Hope that wasn’t a spoiler?! The following short films are included in this category:Catatonia Director: Mike Greene | 16 min. A psychologist attempts to help…

Environmental Documentary and Animation

The fragile health of our ecosystems, oceans, and marine life are becoming critical issues to filmmakers and the public. At this year's festival we present a selection of "eco" documentary and animated shorts from concerned artists across Florida and the greater Americas. These are films that all ages can learn from and be moved and inspired by. The following short films are…

Florida Documentary

Through these engaging documentaries, meet Floridians making art from the excesses of our throw-away society, a brave woman battling her disease with dignity, and equally brave survivors of the spreading societal disease of school shootings. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and moved. The following short films are included in this category:Here for the Free Wine…

Florida Student Comedy

From light to dark, north to south, Florida film students are all over the funny map with morticians and mannequins, bizarre family dinners, bullied and bicycling and bibliophile high-schoolers, hapless two-timing killers, a normal dude in a boring marriage, and a guy that looks an awful lot like Hitler. The following short films are included…

Animation and Student Documentary and Drama

This phenomenal assortment of serious subject matter told through diverse genres of animation, documentary, and drama, shows the broad range of young Floridian and national talent, and how an important story can be made even more compelling by their cinematic imagination and skill. The following short films are included in this category:The Phantom 52 
Director:…

World Drama and Thriller

Where can a movie take you? In this selection, it’s from a claustrophobic closet and a cabin in the woods to the desertlands of Latin America and even outer space. These films also take you on an inner emotional journey from impossible childhoods to improbable quests for lost loves. The following short films are included…

World Comedy I

Whether it’s the end of the world or a lonely bar or mattress store post-breakup, whether you're trying to get hitched or knocked up, or if you’re just trying to get your actors to say their damn lines, these five films find the hilarity in everyday tragedy. The following short films are included in this…

World Student Documentary and Drama

A survey of the most inspiring student films from around the world in 2019: Intimate and poetic portraits of aging, death, and the passage of time, plus riveting tales of taking care of one’s own and following one's heart for the betterment of others. The following short films are included in this category:The Jacket Director:…

World Comedy II

If you like your comics dark and stormy, this tranche is for you: Wise-cracking sharks from outer space and wise guys laying low in Key West, kamikaze diva directors and female hunters (of a certain breed), nighttime delivery drivers and Really Bad Dates, bitter ex-lovers and designer baby-shoppers. Fun! The following short films are included…

WORLD DRAMATIC SHORTS

Perry Hotel FL

This event is free with RSVP!RSVP NOWPowerful stories selected from submissions from over 35 nations, a mix of both narrative and documentary.  Directed by KWFF alum Foster Wilson. 7 minutes. Florida Premiere! A lost and grieving Elizabeth Taylor returns to work and courageously delivers one of the greatest performances of her life. Winner of Best…

Free

WORLD COMEDY SHORTS

Perry Hotel FL

This event is free with RSVP!RSVP NOWA collection of comedic films from around the world that are funny in any language. Director: Leslie Alejandro, Kevin Alejandro. 10 minutes. Florida Premiere! Starring Lesley Ann-Brandt and Kevin Alejandro of Netflix hit Lucifer. In an attempt to “live colorfully,” the strength of a couple’s relationship is tested by a…

Free

STUDENT FILMMAKER SHORTS

The Oldest House Museum

This event is free with RSVP!RSVP NOWSubmitted from schools across the globe, the winning films will receive cash prizes totalling $3000 as part of the Inaugual Kimberly Peirce Scholarships for Student Filmmakers.  Directed by William Stead of Florida State University. 8  minutes. Live Audience World Premiere! Georgia, USA, 1973. Glam rocker Billy rebels against his…

Free

FLORIDA SHORTS

The Oldest House Museum

This event is free with RSVP!RSVP NOWFrom the panhandle to the Keys, the most talented filmmakers across Florida showcase their latest work. Free with RSVP! Scroll to the bottom of the page to reserve your seat. Directed by Naples filmmaker Brad Holloway. 9 minutes. Florida Premiere! When a snooty Realtor suspects a Latino couple is…

Free

DOCUMENTARY SHORTS

Williams Hall

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll love every minute of this year’s program. This lineup is loaded with compelling documentaries from renowned film festival around the globe, including Sundance, Tribeca, and South by Southwest, and an Oscar Nominated Short that will take your breath away.

$10 – $12

LATE NIGHT SHORTS AT WILLIAMS HALL

Williams Hall

Join us for a late night lineup of sexy, scary, and scintillating short films, at Williams Hall!

$10 – $12

US & WORLD SHORTS

Key West Theater

Oscar Nominees, stars from iconic TV shows and movies, plus jury winners of prestigious festivals all across the globe lead this year’s US & World Shorts roster.

$10 – $12

STUDENT FILMMAKER SHORTS

Williams Hall

The next generation of filmmakers is in the spotlight as directors from across the globe and also throughout the state of Florida lead this diverse and dynamic set of shorts. “Student Filmmaker Shorts.”

$10 – $12

FLORIDA SHORTS

Williams Hall

Comedy, action, drama, documentary, animation… this year’s Florida Shorts has it all. The best in filmmaking all across the state, from Miami to St. Petersburg to right here in Key West.

$10 – $12

ANIMATED SHORTS

Key West Theater

Audience Award Winners and celebrity cameos highlight the 2021 lineup. Imaginative and visionary animation from around the world lands here at the Key West Film Festival.

$10 – $12
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