Key West Film Festival readies for 9th annual event



Many events have been canceled, courtesy of COVID-19.

But the Key West Film Festival revealed its plans for the ninth annual festival, set for Nov. 18-22.

Building off the mantra of “Passion Meets Paradise,” the festival will be embracing its tropical paradise setting by moving all screenings to outdoor venues across the island. Each venue will feature socially distant seating and masks will be required throughout all screenings. Full COVID-19 policies will be released in the upcoming weeks, organizers said.

This year’s festival will have a spotlight on films by and about women, LGBTQ cinema and movies about music and the arts. Work from Florida filmmakers will be presented, as well as critically acclaimed shorts and features from around the world. Films showcased in the last five years of KWFF have amassed more than 65 Academy Award nominations.

The sixth annual Critics Panel is back once again, as is the Golden Key for Excellence in Costume Design.

Venues will span throughout The Key West Historic District (Old Town), and for the first time in KWFF history, extend to Stock Island. The festival also will complement its live, in-person screenings with virtual programming audiences can see from home.

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