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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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GIMME SHELTER

Coffee Butler Amphitheater 35 E Quay Rd, Key West, FL

Special performance by country artist Nick Norman prior to the filmBuy Tickets Add tickets (+) to the cart, then select Get Tickets.

$15

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…

Free

COMING CLEAN

The Oldest House Museum

The nation's tragic opioid crisis is explored as recovering addicts and policy makers join forces to make a positive change.

Free

DOUBLE FEATURE: WOMEN

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

The great American documentary filmmaker Julia Reichert, who is honored with this year's Golden Key Award, co-directed this 2019 doc with partner Steven Bognar, on the labor movement that inspired the movie.

Free – $10

CAN YOU HEAR MY VOICE?

The Oldest House Museum

Buy Tickets Add tickets (+) to the cart, then select Get Tickets.

$10

Max Richter’s Sleep

Perry Hotel FL

Emmy-nominated director Natalie Johns follows composer/performer Max Richter in the process of creating his epic 8-1/2-hour piece, Sleep – played live in overnight shows where the audience is invited to doze.

$10

I AM GRETA

The Oldest House Museum

Teenage climate activist Greta Thunberg was an unknown Swedish schoolgirl who became the face of a global movement in 2018. Director Nathan Grossman tracks her unlikely bid to save the planet in this intimate documentary.

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…

Free

Truman & Tennessee: An Intimate Conversation

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

Literary icons Truman Capote and Tennessee Wiliams spring with genius into the limelight in the 1950s, unabashed gay men who found fame and trouble in their dual journeys. This documentary recaptures those lives in the mens' own voices, and those of actors Jim Parsons and Zachary Quinto.

$10

SWEAT

The Oldest House Museum

The successful life of an Instagram fitness influencer in Warsaw takes an unexpected turn in this surreal drama, from Swedish filmmaker Magnus von Horn.

$10

Revolution Rent

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

Cuban-American theater director Andy Señor Jr. dreams of staging the musical Rent in his family's homeland. With 12 weeks to prepare, can he pull it off?

$10

Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President

Perry Hotel FL

A peanut farmer's dark horse quest for the U.S. Presidency would not have succeeded without the help of some of America's best-loved musicians – including the Allman Brothers Band. This is the story of how Jimmy Carter's love of rock'n'roll propelled him to the White House.

$10

CRITICS CHAT

Rams Head Sothernmost

Get insights on the best films of the year, early predictions of the Oscars, and thoughts on the general state of film criticism in a continually changing media landscape.

Free

THE HUMAN VOICE

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

The legendary Spanish filmmaker Pedro Almodovar revisits the classic Jean Cocteau monodrama – an introductory facet of his 1988 international breakthrough Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown – in this rare short film, which stars another legend, arthouse superstar Tilda Swinton, as a woman whose lover is dismissing her. On the phone.

$10

DOUBLE FEATURE: FLORIDA

Perry Hotel FL

It's been making a comeback since the global pandemic wreaked havoc on movie screenings in actual indoor theaters. In Key West, though, you can't have just a drive-in. Down here, you have a boat-in.This event is free with RSVP!RSVP NOW…

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.…

Free

I CARRY YOU WITH ME

Ernest Hemingway House and Museum

Director Heidi Ewing (Jesus Camp) tells the story of two gay men who risk everything to leave Mexico for New York City. Mixing documentary and fictional styles, the film uses actors in flashbacks to portray the subjects at a younger age.

$10

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…

Free

GOLDEN KEY AWARD FOR COSTUME DESIGN

Rams Head Sothernmost

Francine Jamison-Tanchuck began her 40-year-plus career as a Hollywood costume designer with one of the most auspicious assignments of the 1980s: The Academy Award-laden Civil War epic Glory.

This year, the Key West Film Festival presents her with its Golden Key for Excellence in Costume Design award.

Free

ROCK CAMP: THE MOVIE

Perry Hotel FL

Summer camp meets Spinal Tap in this documentary about Rock Camp. Now in its fourth decade, the annual getaway adventure brings rock'n'roll dreamers together with famous "counselors," like Steven Tyler of Aerosmith and Alice Cooper,

$25

BRIAN WILSON: LONG PROMISED ROAD

Coffee Butler Ampitheater

Brian Wilson, the visionary pop genius of the Beach Boys, takes a roadtrip through his life and times. Paired with short film Blondie: Vivir en la Habana: New wave rockers Blondie bring their classic '70s and '80s hits to Cuba.

$15 – $39

Opening Night Reception

Audubon House

Join us after the opening-night showing of BRIAN WILSON: LONG PROMISED ROAD. This is a ticketed event.

Blind Ambition

Williams Hall

Four friends from Zimbabwe, now South Africa's reigning sommeliers, go against the odds to win a coveted prize in a global wine-tasting competition.

$10 – $12

The Humans

San Carlos Institute

Just in time for the holiday season, this family drama features an all-star ensemble gathered for an unsettling Thanksgiving, in Stephen Karam's adaptation of his own Tony Award-winning play,

$10 – $12

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

Jockey

San Carlos Institute

Clint Bentley, Golden Key winner for Breakthrough Florida Director, presents his drama about an aging jockey yearning for one last championship ride.

$10 – $12

KWFF Welcome Party

General Horseplay

Join us at General Horseplay for our annual Welcome Party!

Coffee with the Critics: Limbo

Key West Theater

Enjoy a movie and a cup of joe with LA Times critic Carlos Aguilar! A Syrian refugee kills time and ponders his fate as he waits on a remote Scottish island for his asylum to be granted.

$10 – $12

Great Freedom

Key West Theater

A gay man struggles for freedom in the post-war era amid repeat incarcerations for the crime of homosexuality, as mandated by German law.

$10 – $12

Listening to Kenny G

San Carlos Institute

Love him or hate him, you'll never hear top-selling hornman Kenny G. in quite the same way after watching this thought-provoking documentary about music and taste.

$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

Final Set

Williams Hall

A failed tennis prodigy takes one last shot at greatness in this French-language drama.

$10 – $12

Parallel Mothers

San Carlos Institute

The latest film from Spanish master Pedro Almodovar stars Penelope Cruz as one of two new mothers whose lives become intertwined in a twisty saga with a dark undertow.

$10 – $12

Bernstein’s Wall

Key West Theater

An archivally rich portrait of the legendary conductor (and "West Side Story" composer) who became a pioneering cultural icon.

$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

C’mon C’mon

San Carlos Institute

A shambling journalist (Joaquin Phoenix) and his young nephew (Woody Norman) transform each other's lives when they embark on an unexpected roadtrip together.

$10 – $12

Alien on Stage

Key West Theater

A crew of theatrical bus drivers stage an unlikely amateur adaptation of the Ridley Scott space-horror classic.

$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

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Join us after the day's screenings at the Key West Legal Rum Distillery!

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

The Hand of God

San Carlos Institute

Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino turns from the spectacle he's known for to tell an intimate, personal story based on real-life tragedy.

$10 – $12

7th Annual Critics Panel

Viva Saloon

Get insights on the best films of the year, early predictions of the Oscars, and thoughts on the general state of film criticism in a continually changing media landscape.

Free

Golden Key for Costume Design

Viva Saloon

Get insights on the best films of the year, early predictions of the Oscars, and thoughts on the general state of film criticism in a continually changing media landscape.

Free

Firebird

Key West Theater

At the height of the Cold War, a troubled soldier forms a forbidden love triangle with a fighter pilot and his female comrade amid the dangerous surroundings of a Soviet air force base.

$10 – $12

Red Rocket

San Carlos Institute

Golden Key Award winner for Excellence in Filmmaking Sean Baker comes to the festival with his new film, about a washed-up male porn star trying to manifest a comeback.

$10 – $12

Boulevard! A Hollywood Story

Key West Theater

The wild story behind "Sunset Boulevard" star Gloria Swanson's attempt to make the classic film into a 1950s musical is told at last in this documentary.

$10 – $12

The Power of the Dog

San Carlos Institute

Director Jane Campion offers a fable of toxic masculinity in this period drama about two cattle-ranching brothers. Actor Kodi Smit-McPhee will be honored with the Golden Key Award for Breakthrough Actor for his performance.

$15 – $49

Bolivar

Key West Theater

When Maggie's addict brother shows up on her doorstep asking for help, she is forced to make sense of a reality that may not be what it seems.

$10 – $12

KWFF 2021 Awards

San Carlos Institute

Join the KWFF 2021 VIPs, filmmakers, staff, and local community for an evening celebrating this year's award-winning films!

High School Showcase

Key West Theater

Key West High School's award-winning "Conch 5 Studios" is one of the nation's top-rated high school television production programs, sending NINE films to the National High School Film Awards in New York.

Free

Cocaine Cowboys

Key West Theater

The classic documentary about Miami's transformation into America's drug (and murder) capital in the 1970s marks its 15th anniversary.

$10 – $12

Ludi

Key West Theater

A health care worker in Miami's Little Haiti struggles to achieve the American Dream in South Florida filmmaker Edson Jean's emotinally nuanced indie.

$10 – $12
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