(Pictured: FLIFF staff at Awards event)
The 26th annual Ft. Lauderdale Film Festival, which began Oct. 21, wrapped Nov.11 after bringing in international films and well-known celebrities as well as local cinephiles to enjoy daily events and screenings. The festivities began with an opening night film “The Artist,” which ended up winning Best of the Fest, as well as multiple other awards. It continued with the Starry, Starry Gala, which brought out celebrities like Penelope Ann Miller (who was in “The Artist”), Beau Bridges, whose film “Don’t Fade Away” was screened at the fest, and Dennis Haysbert, who received a Career Achievement Award. The weekend continued with many other films and even a cruise, which allowed for more intimate conversation.
Other key events included the screening of “The Last Rites of Joe May,” which brought out the producers and star, Dennis Farina; a candid interview with Lifetime Achievement Award winner Piper Laurie, who also had a book signing; an interview with Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford and author of “Glenn Ford: A Life,” whose book signing was also attended by Sydney Poitier’s daughter, Pamela, who also was in another film in the fest with her father; and the Wrap party, which included an awards ceremony and a showing of “Like Crazy” and an appearance by producer Jonathan Schwartz. Most films included an appearance by someone associated with the film. For a full list of winners, additional reviews and photos, see www.independentstreak.ning.com.
In addition, this year, the fest did not stay only at Cinema Paradiso in Ft. Lauderdale, but also had screenings in places like Pompano Beach, Sunrise and the Bahamas.
For more information on FLIFF26, visit www.fliff.com.