(Fort Lauderdale, FL, March 29, 2006) Gregory von Hausch, President & CEO of The Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), has named Hal Axler as the Director of Operations for The Broward County Film Society. Alxer’s responsibilities include the day to day operations for the Annual Fort Lauderdale International Festival, the festival’s year-round art house Cinema Paradiso, The Perrier French Film Festival, Maroone Moonlight Movies, and other special events.
Von Hausch will continue to oversee and be responsible for the entire direction of the Film Society and all events. The addition of Axler will permit Von Hausch to concentrate on continuing to grow and develop the Film Society. Bonnie Leigh Adams will continue to serve as the Senior Program Director, whose success in film selection is second to none. She was praised by press and audiences alike for her film selections during the 2005 Festival.
Axler, the former Executive Director of the Palm Beach International Film Festival (PBIFF) from 2004 – 2005, was responsible for coordinating the extremely successful event that broke attendance records, introducing several new additions to the fest, and received praise by both local and national press. Axler served as FLIFF's Operations Manager during the 2005 film festival. Though interrupted by Hurricane Wilma, Axler’s background with PBIFF was invaluable in helping to coordinate and implement measures that put the festival back on track quickly. His exceptional handling of the festival during this critical time, was Von Hausch’s deciding factor to promote Axler to Director of Operations and the duties of on-going management.
The Broward County Film Society, is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization that is the parent organization of Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) and Cinema Paradiso. Through FLIFF and Cinema Paradiso, year-round independent films and cultural events including festivals, fundraisers, and stage plays are provided that may not be available to experience otherwise in the South Florida Community. They are also dedicated to providing a location for both local and worldwide filmmakers and students to showcase their films.
Cinema Paradiso is South Florida's most unique year-round, art house movie theater presenting films from around the world. The theater features comfortable, plush, European stadium seating, along with a full bar, lobby and outside courtyard tables. They have been home to FLIFF’s many charitable events including: The Can Film Festival for charity (Broward Partnership for the Homeless and toys for ChildNet), The EGGciting Easter EGGtacular (Shoes for the Soul), and Luna Fest (America Breast Cancer Assn). In 2005, one week after Hurricane Wilma, Cinema Paradiso hosted a Halloween celebration, completely free of charge for over 650 kids. This Thanksgiving, FLIFF plans to introduce a TURKEYtacular to feed the families of Migrant farmers. Cinema Paradiso is located at Located in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale on the South side of the New River, one block east of the Broward County Courthouse.
The Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, now entering its 21st year, is a favorite of the South Florida community and introduces the area to hundreds of filmmakers and tourists world-wide. Bringing in over 100 U.S. and foreign films, and hosting spectacular parties on yachts and a variety of area venues, the event offers opportunities to meet celebrities and hob-knob with filmmakers and movie buffs. Running 37 days, the festival is noted in Guinness Book of World Records, as the longest running film festival in the world. The 21st Annual Film Festival will be held October 12 through November 20, 2006.