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Media Contact: Jan Mitchell, Fort Lauderdale Int’l Film Festival, Email:, Phone: 954-520-3191


Fort Lauderdale, Florida – The 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) runs October 19 – November 11 with over 200 films & 30 parties in Lauderdale, Hallandale, Hollywood, Weston, Sunrise, Pompano as well as aboard yachts on the IntraCoastal Waterway.


The Official Hotel is The Riverside on trendy Las Olas. The Hotel has a special FLIFF rate of $199/night.  Stay four nights or more and get two FAST Passes good for all films and parties.   


The festival has nightly parties as well as a brunch cruise aboard a luxury yacht, the opening night party at Gulfstream Village, the centerpiece party at the Downtowner, The Great Gatsby Wrap Party at Villa de Palma and many celebrity events.  Those with FAST Passes can enjoy free entrance daily to the Whole Foods Festival Cafe, with complimentary gourmet foods and a full bar in the VIP section of the canopied courtyard.


FLIFF On-Location brings the Fest to Grand Bahama Island (Oct 24 – 28) where a special  deal includes the overnight cruise aboard the Bahamas Celebration, your own cabin, then a room at Pelican Bay Resort for 3 nights, all films and parties and air back to Fort Lauderdale.  On board the Celebration you will mix and mingle with the filmmakers.  When you arrive the next morning a limo takes you to Pelican Bay, which is situated just a pleasant stroll along the waterfront to the Marketplace. 


The opening night film, SAMMY 2: Escape from Paradise (an animated family film about a brave sea turtle) takes place outdoors at beautiful Taino Beach on a jumbo 30′ screen.  In addition to the films, the parties are great and plentiful.  One of the highlights with the filmmakers is the drive your own jeep tour of the island, led by a tour guide with CB radio in each jeep. Following the Sunday awards ceremony and reception, Bahamas Air flies you back to Fort Lauderdale (a 30 min flight).  There is also an option to take the Fast Ferry, Baleria, direct from Fort Lauderdale to GB.
The Festival also celebrates in historic St. Augustine January 17-20, 2013.  The magnificent Casa Monica is the host hotel and you’ll be there for the spectacular Light Up St Augustine nightly through Feb 1st.  Stay at The Casa Monica or The Saragossa B&B for three nights and receive a complimentary badge good for all films and the three signature parties.  The opening night party takes place in the early 19th century Antebellum mansion, the Markland House on Thursday, January 17.   The Florida Party is Saturday night in the incredible Alcazar Hotel built by Henry Flagler in 1887.  The Alcazar (listed on the National Register of Historic Buildings) also houses the famed Lightner Museum. The closing night dinner is back at the Markland and is prepared on the lawn by Carrabbas Italian Grill.  So join us for the Guiness World Record for longest film festival in the world as we take ‘a vacation from ordinary film.’


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