Celebrating its 36th annual festival in 2021, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF) presents American indies and studio films, international films, student films, special tributes, seminars and introduces filmmakers to South Florida audiences. The festival runs November 5 – 21, 2021, and screens 200 films in Fort Lauderdale, Sunrise, Hollywood, St Augustine, and The Bahamas. Considered one of the most important regional film festivals in the U.S., the Festival's commitment to first-time filmmakers and innovative programming make it the perfect test market for your film.

If you are entering a STUDENT film, please include the name of your school.

Once you are accepted, we will need an MP4 file of your film, plus a YouTube trailer.

FLIFF retains the right to program all accepted entries, into FLIFF's Saint Augustine Film Festival which follows FLIFF's November dates, in January.

Okay…enough of that…the important reasons you should enter your film:

a) With our two year-round arthouses Savor Cinema in Fort Lauderdale and Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood, we often book festival films that have played in FLIFF for commercial runs following the fest. Furthermore, we will introduce you either in person or virtually to the programmers in Key West, Miami, Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, Orlando, Jacksonville, St Augustine, Tallahassee, Tampa, and St Petersburg. We will assist you in devising a Florida release schedule following your festival schedule.

b) FLIFF is FUN! We have a great variety of parties, receptions and galas…and as a filmmaker in the fest, you will have access to all, including: The Opening Night Party (held at Seminole Hard Rock Casino; The Brunch Cruise aboard the 250 passenger luxury yacht, The Sun Dream; The Centerpiece Party held at the Sunrise Civic Arena; a Gala screening at The AutoNation IMAX; The Veteran’s Day Cookout; The Wrap Party at Bailey Hall; plus nightly/daily receptions held in the Savor Cinema Courtyard.

Savor Cinema – Lauderdale
Built as a church in 1926, CPL is one of the coolest theatres in South Florida. Capacity is just under 250 is blue velvet stadium seats (that cost us a bundle at the Cannes Film Festival). We project DCP, HDCam, 35mm, BluRay, DVD and computer files. The CPL Courtyard is a canopied patio with three separate tents that can do receptions for 25 – 50 – 100 – 200 depending on the size of your event. Press interviews can also be held in the back tent or inside in the Green Room. CPL has a free parking garage…and of great interest, it also has a Full Bar. The cinema is just across the river, a five minute walk, from trendy Las Olas Boulevard where out Host Hotel, The Riverside, is located.

Cinema Paradiso – Hollywood
A storefront building built in the 50’s, CPH was renovated and retrofitted as an arthouse cinema in 2013. It is located in the heart of the Arts & Entertainment District of Downtown Hollywood and surrounded by eighty-seven different restaurants representing forty-three countries. The intimate CPH seats 82 people and projects DCP, BluRay, DVD or computer files. There is free parking right on the street and CPH serves Beer & Wine. Our Hollywood Host Hotel is The Diplomat (Florida’s largest and grandest hotel) located on Hollywood Beach. A one dollar trolley ride takes ten minutes.

Bailey Hall on the Broward College Campus
Opening Night takes place in the 1200 seat Bailey Hall in Davie, FL, a 20 minute drive from downtown Fort Lauderdale. Bailey Hall projects 4K DCP as well as HDCam, BluRay or DVD.

Sunrise Civic Center
The theatre is located in a beautiful complex with an Art Gallery, Banquet Hall, Breezeway (used for the Centerpiece Party). The Center is surrounded by fountains, reflecting pools and its own surface level free parking. The 300 seat theatre projects HDCam, BluRay, DVD or computer files. The theatre has dressing rooms, and a green room.

Hard Rock Live
The arena hosted our 2015 and 2016 Opening Night in their venue that can accommodate 5500 people and projects anything you want. Hard Rock Live has Full Bar, free parking and a variety of restaurants right outside the doors. Oh yeah, a casino too!

Past Guests
Over our three decades we have honored and/or featured a vast variety of industry leaders, including:
Ben Affleck
Shoreh Aghdashloo
Karen Allen
Jason Alexander
Claude Akins
Christina Applegate
David Arquette
Ed Asner
Armand Assante
Lord Richard Attenborough

Carroll Baker
Daniel Baldwin
Stephen Baldwin
Fairuza Balk
Steven Bauer
Jennifer Beals
Maria Bello
Jonathan Bird
Jaqueline Bisset
Karen Black
Shane Black
Claire Bloom
Peter Bogdanovich
Michael Bolton
Ernest Borgnine
Beau Bridges
Matthew Broderick
Betty Buckley
Cara Buono
Edward Burns

James Caan
Michael Caine
Irene Cara
Nestor Carbonnell
Leslie Caron
Joelle Carter
Veronica Cartwright
Seymour Cassel
Kim Cattrall
Lumi Cavazos
Richard Chamberlain
Charles Champlin
Candy Clark
Rory Cochran
Ethan Cohen
Jason Connery
Roger Corman
Bryan Cranston
Michael Crichton
Jon Cryer
Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Tony Curtis
Henry Czerny

Arlene Dahl
Stephen Daldry
Tim Daly
Matt Damon
Keith David
Beverly D'Angelo
Dana Delany
Artus de Penguerin
Joyce DeWitt
Fred Dryer
Keir Dullea
Charles Durning
Eliza Dushku

Giancarlo Esposito
Robert Evans
Shaun Evans

Peter Falk
Dennis Farina
Robert Forster
David Frankel
John Frankenheimer
Connie Francis
Laura Frazier

Bob Gale
Vittorio Gassman
Ben Gazzara
Alexie Gilmore
Adam Goldberg
Bobcat Goldwaite
Rob Goodman
Elliott Gould
Graham Greene
Ioan Gruffudd
Steve Guttenberg

Lukas Haas
George Hamilton
Ed Harris
Guy Harvey
Dennis Haysbert
Audrey Hepburn
George Hickenlooper
Arthur Hiller
Gregory Hines
Celeste Holm
Ernie Hudson
Finola Hughes
Tab Hunter

Anne Jackson
Joshua Jackson
Victoria Jackson
Thomas Jane
Norman Jewison
Van Johnson
Aphrodite Jones
Davy Jones
Ashley Judd

Howard Keel
David Keith
Irvin Kershner
Ben Kingsley
Barbara Koppel

Jon Landau
Piper Laurie
Marc Lawrence
Spike Kee
Jerry Lewis
Christopher Lloyd
Jane Lynch

Bailee Madison
Lee Majors
Mary Stuart Masterson
Paul Mazursky
Andrew McCarthy
Kevin McCarthy
Christopher McDonald
Darren McGavin
Jack McGee
Kelly McGillis
Penelope Ann Miller
Edgar Mitchell
Michelle Monaghan
Michael Moore
Roger Moore
Rob Morrow
Stephen Moyer
The Munchkins
Michael Murphy

Leslie Nielsen
Nick Nolte

Donald O’Connor
Edward James Olmos
Patrick O’Neal

Joe Pantaliano
Michael Pare
Adrian Pasdar
Estelle Parsons
Arthur Penn
Jo Ann Pflug
Michelle Phillips
Christopher Plummer
Bill Plympton
Benoit Poelvoorde
Pamela Poitier
Edward Pressman
Vincent Price

John Randolph
John Ratzenberger
Lynn Redgrave
Tim Reid
Jeremy Renner
Burt Reynolds
Alan Rickman
Doris Roberts
Eric Roberts
Alexandre Rockwell
Leonard Rosenman
Gary Ross
Tim Roth
Gena Rowlands
Saul Rubinek
Ingrid Rubio
Jane Russell
Mark Rydell

Eva Marie Saint
Mia Sara
John Sayles
Johnathon Schaech
John Schlesinger
Paul Schultze
Martin Scorsese
John Shea
Talia Shire
Kin Shriner
Wil Shriner
Elisabeth Shue
George Sidney
Jonathan Silverman
Gary Sinise
Tom Sizemore
Paul Sorvino
Kevin Spacey
Alana Stewart
Mel Stuart
D.B. Sweeney
Loretta Swit

Noah Taylor
Marlo Thomas
Lea Thompson
Mario Tosi

Frank Vincent

Eli Wallach
J.T. Walsh
John Waters
Lina Wertmueller
Fred Willard
Paul Williams
Treat Williams
Robert Wise
John Woo
Chuck Workman
Robert Wuhl

Ian Zeiring

We hope to add your name to this list!

Professional Film Awards
Best Film
Best Foreign Film
Best American Indie
Best Florida Film
Best Documentary
Best Short Documentary
Best Florida Documentary
Best Short
Best Florida Short
Best Interactive VR/AR Experience
Best Cinematic VR/AR Experience
Best Director
Best Cinematographer
Best Editor
Best Musical Score
President’s Award
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Supporting Actor
Best Supporting Actress

Lifetime Achievement Award
Career Achievement Award
Star On The Horizon

College Awards
Best Long Narrative (20 mins or more)
Best Short Narrative (under 20 mins)
Best Documentary
Best Experimental or Animation

High School
Best Long Narrative (20 mins or more)
Best Short Narrative (under 20 mins)
Best Documentary
Best Experimental or Animation
Best PSA
Best MusicVideo

1) Films must be Florida Premieres, unless they are Florida produced Films, then they only have to be South Florida Premieres.

2) Once submitted, a film cannot be withdrawn from consideration.

3) If a film is selected for acceptance into the Official Program, it cannot be withdrawn for any reason by the filmmaker.

4) If a film is submitted with incorrect, erroneous or false information, FLIFF reserves the right to disqualify the film from consideration and the entry fee will not be returned.

5) Entries will not be returned.

6) FLIFF will post the accepted entries on its Facebook page. This may constitute the only form of acknowledgment for those not accepted.

7) Entries must be received, not postmarked, by the dates outlined above to qualify for fees and/or acceptance of entry.

Entries submitted as OnLine FilmFreeway screeners.

Student Entries must list the School, City & State.

We do not require a press kit to be sent with your preview. If your film is selected, we will then request materials as described under "Check List" in each category. While you need not provide ALL these items, you may refer to this list for guidance.

Your entry through filmfreeway.com authorizes us to show clips on televison for marketing and/or news programs. If you receive early acceptance, all press material must be received by August 15th for professional categories only.

-Student status
-Name of school & city
-School contact

We only notify of acceptance, but if at any time you want to inquire about the status of your film, please email info@fliff.com You must indicate FilmFreeway #, which competition, which category, and title of film in order for us to help you.

Films selected for FLIFF, may be programmed for FLIFF's Saint Augustine Film Festival, which follows FLIFF in January.

Overall Rating

    Glad to have been part of this well organized festival !
    Thanks for "Best College Short Award!
    The staff is always available to answer any of your questions.
    I'll recommend this festival to anyone who's searching for a serious and good festival.

    February 2021
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Daniele...great to hear your thoughts!

  • This festival really shone in this very difficult year. Really well run, great communication, and a wonderful lineup of films. Highly recommend.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks John. Looking forward to your next film(s).

  • Samuel George

    Genuinely enjoyed my experience with FLIFF - they did an excellent job of transitioning to an online fest. I'm just sorry I couldn't meet folks in person. Was honored to be included with a slate of great films.

    December 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Samuel...loved your film, and how timely! Ok, let's get you down here in 2021.

  • Eddie Shieh

    Honored to be a part of the year's lineup with our comedy IN SYNC - especially during a pandemic. Greg and the festival team did a wonderful job updating the filmmakers. I hope to be back soon, in person. Thanks again,

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Your film was such a hoot! Did I tell you, we played it at our Drive-In too? Great response. Thanks.

  • Myat Noe

    Firstly, there's a personalized acceptance letter of my short "Love X Bites" from Fest Director Greg. This year's edition being part-virtual hybrid format, most of my communication was with Heather from Tech, who has this amazing ability to include all the info you may need, and answers to all questions you may have in her super up-to-date emails. There was a minor glitch in my trailer. I wrote to her and issue was fixed within 24hrs! Line-up was amazing. Love the boat-in concept, too. And their social media pages were always updating with new pics and videos as well.

    November 2020
    Response from festival:

    Thanks Myat for your kind words. The fest was successful - but I hope we never have to do it this way again. Your film is really something, sexy, edgy...and that end! Keep in touch with us. GvH