Dates announced for 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival

Mark your calendars! (credit: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival)

Mark your calendars! (credit: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival)

Florida News: World’s longest film festival happening October 19-November 11 2012

Between October 19 and November 11, more than 200 films will be screened and many, many parties will be held, during the 27th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – holder of the Guiness World Record for longest film festival in the world!

The official hotel for the event is The Riverside, found on hip Las Olas Boulevard. For only $199/night (The FLIFF special rate) film lovers can stay right in the heart of the action. And there is sure to be lots of action!

The films

Founded in 1986, FLIFF considers itself a non-pretentious and friendly film festival. FLIFF is dedicated to independent and foreign film with over 200 films from 35 countries being shown, including Last Call At the Oasis, Union Square, Why Stop Now, Elvis On Tour, All Wars End and The Imposter. Check the FLIFF website for a full schedule.

The space

FLIFF has a permanent space which is home to the festival’s film screenings but in addition, student films, children’s movies, foreign and independent films are shown there throughout the year. Cinema Paradiso is also used for book signings, celebrity appearances, dance, poetry, music and other arts events.

The parties

There are parties happening nightly during FLIFF, in places like Sunrise, Pompano, Hollywood, Weston, Hallandale and Lauderdale. Head to Gulfstream Village for the opening night party, take part in the brunch cruise on a luxury yacht, party at the Downtowner (the centerpiece party), participate in one of the many celebrity events that will be happening, and check out The Great Gatsby Wrap Party held at Villa de Palma.

FLIFF goes to Grand Bahama Island

FLIFF On-Location will be bringing the party to the Pelican Bay Resort between October 24-28! A special package will put you in your own cabin for an overnight cruise on the Bahamas Celebration where you can rub shoulders with film makers. From the ship, a limo will take you to your hotel – the Pelican Bay Resort – for a 3-night stay where parties will be had and films will be watched. Animated family film SAMMY 2: Escape from Paradise will be the opening night film and it will be screened outdoors on a 30′ screen at Taino Beach.

Besides the plentiful parties and films there are other activities taking place on the island. One highlight of the festival is the “drive your own jeep tour” where you’re led by a tour guide via CB radio.

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