The mission of the Key West Film Festival is to showcase films that capture Key West’s essence: Creativity, Diversity, Sustainability, and Beauty.
Key West enjoys a rich tradition of inspiring locals and visitors alike to approach everything they do with a free and unbridled spirit and a sense of fun. We celebrate creativity and community as the highest and most concrete expressions of the human spirit, and strive to show truly excellent, diverse, socially-conscious, challenging, artful and creative works from across the world while celebrating our pride of place in South Florida, the Keys, and the Caribbean islands.
In our laid-back, tropical setting of Old Town Key West with its historic theaters within walking distance of each other, the bars of Duval Street and the magic of Mallory Square on the Florida Bay, celebrity guests have included: Burt Reynolds, Marisa Tomei, Billy Corben, Alan Cumming, Mariel Hemingway, Sebastian Junger, Judy Blume, John Waters, Celia Weston, Mark Bridges, Anson Mount, Joely Richardson, Val Lauren, Paul Haggis, Lois Smith, Terry George, Steven Bauer, Angus MacLachlan, Zachary Booth, Bob Wisdom, Anne O'Shea, and many more!
We showcase the best works from Florida filmmakers and beyond, while also fostering young talent through student scholarship awards and by hosting networking parties and workshops with seasoned names in the film industry. Topics include Commercial and Music Video Directing, Screenwriting with an Oscar Nominated Writer, Directing the Actor, Virtual Reality demos, top Film Critics Picks panels, Indie Doc & TV Filmmaking, Crowd-Funding with the director at Indiegogo, & Film Distribution with Magnolia Pictures.
Come be part of the unforgettable Key West experience!
Best Florida Short (or Pilot) - Narrative or Doc ($1500 Grand jury Prize Award & Audience Award)
Best World Narrative Short (Audience Award)
Best World Documentary Short (Audience Award)
Best Florida Student Narrative short (or pilot) ($1500 Jury Prize Award)
Best Florida Student Doc Short ($1500 Jury Prize Award)
Best World Student Narrative Short (or pilot) ($1500 Jury Prize Award)
Best World Student Documentary Short ($1500 Jury Prize Award)
**select student travel/ lodging grants provided as well
Florida Feature film - narrative or doc (Audience Award)
Narrative English language Feature Film (Audience Award)
Narrative Foreign-language Feature Film (Audience Award)
Feature-length Documentary (any language) (Audience Award)
Best LGBTQ feature film
Film Critics' Choice Award
Golden Key Award for Excellence in the Cinematic Arts
-Short films must be under 20 minutes in duration.
-Feature films must be 50-125 minutes in duration.
-Florida films must be written/directed/produced by filmmaker/s who currently reside in Florida or were shot at least 50% (locations or labor) in the state.
-Exhibition format for all films must be Blu-Ray, QuickTime or H.264.
-World premiere must have occurred no earlier than January 1, 2017.
See specific categories for further details