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WORLDS LONGEST RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL SCALES BACK - CinemaDave

Aug. 2nd, 2006 06:40 am WORLDS LONGEST RUNNING FILM FESTIVAL SCALES BACK

In 1998 Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), became the Guinness World Record holder as Longest Film Festival in the World. Since the early 90’s the fest has been recognized for its 37days of quality films.

The objective in offering a longer festival was to better accommodate audiences throughout South Florida’s massive urban sprawl. Mini fests, from Miami to Boca and in West Broward, increased the original 14 day event by three weeks. It made sense to go back to back, retaining many of the films in the main fest to feature at the mini fests. A major festival is a major expense, financially the longer festival created a greater opportunity for income potential to continue funding the event.

This year, Gregory von Hausch, President and CEO of FLIFF, announced that the 21ST Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will be 14 days shorter. Von Hausch commented, “With the advent of our year-round art house, Cinema Paradiso in January of 2000, we began to create, in a sense, a year-round festival. Now, 6 years later, our outreach has also become year-round with mini-fests and outdoor movies taking place in a variety of cities throughout four counties. It was essential that we shorten our major event.”

FLIFF holds mini festivals twice a year in Key West and has created shorter Annual Film Festivals through the year, like The Latin American Film Festival and The Perrier French Film Festival. Their free Maroone Moonlight Movies, sponsored by AutoNation, travels monthly to Weston Regional Park, Huizenga Park, and recently added events in Hollywood, Weston, Miramar, Bay Harbor Islands and Sunrise.

FLIFF presents monthly movies at Storks Las Olas Café in Fort Lauderdale. The festival has on-going efforts in Miami Beach, Coral Gables and Boca Raton and a new year-round presence of mini festivals in Hollywood, Miramar, Weston and Sunrise.

In addition, FLIFF promotes local movie making talent via annual events like The Best of Florida - Made in Florida, The Florida High School Film Competition. They host the DGA Screenings, and produce annual charitable events, like the Can Film Festival benefiting The Broward Partnership for the Homeless, The Easter Eggtacular benefiting Shoes for the Soul, and Luna Fest helping the The Breast Cancer Fund, and others. And, FLIFF has on-going collaboration with Emerging Pictures, offering South Florida a continuing series of the best in world cinema.

The 21st Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival will be held October 20 – November 12, 2006. There will be still be plenty of films (over 125). There will be more auditoriums visited by film talent. There will be even more high quality films as the programming process becomes even more selective. And, the parties and receptions will be even better.

Sponsors of this year’s fest include: Broward County, Greater Ft. Lauderdale, Florida Arts, Jet Blue, Air France, Alitalia, and FLIFF’s host hotel Gallery One Fort Lauderdale.

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