Key West Film Festival Has Announced the Winners of the 8th Edition of the Festival

Key West Winners
Key West Film Festival has announced the winners of the 8th edition of the festival which ran November 20-24, 2019.

Waves directed by Trey Edward Shults, which closed the festival, was voted winner of the Audience Award.
After Parkland by Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman won for Best Documentary Feature, A Name Without A Place  by Kenny Riches won for Best Florida Feature and Portrait of a Lady on Fire by Celine Sciamma won Best LGBT Feature.

Other winners include: Bacurau by Kleber Mendonca Filho and Juliano Dornelles for Best Foreign Feature and  Atlantics by Mati Diop won the Critics Award.

During the festival Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce and legendary actor Tom Skerritt (Alien) received prestigious Golden Key Awards.
Arianne Phillips received the Golden Key Award for Costume Design.

*****KWFF 2019 AWARDS******
WORLD Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Always Remember Me
Nell Teare

Underwater Senses
Leonardo Sergiani

WORLD STUDENT Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Where’s the Fire
Yonca Talu

Deaf Reach: Hope for Pakistan
John Quatroche

FLORIDA STUDENT Narrative Short & Documentary Short

Hollis Rosenkranz

In Human Kind
Juancho Rodriguez

FLORIDA Narrative Short & Documentary Short

The Things they Left Behind
Sara Werner

Phil & Grace | The World's Oldest Scuba Diving Couple
Sonny DePasquale


SHORT: Violette Hayes: A True Story
By Giancarlo Fusi

FEATURE: Hearts of Key West
By Billy Nahn and David Fleer


FEATURE: Bacurau
By Kleber Mendonca Filho & Juliano Dornelles


FEATURE: After Parkland
By Emily Taguchi & Jake Lefferman


FEATURE: A Name Without A Place
By Kenny Riches

LGBT Feature

FEATURE: Portrait of a Lady on Fire
By Celine Sciamma


FEATURE: Atlantics
By Mati Diop


By Trey Edward Shults


The Key West Film Festival — where passion meets paradise — is an annual celebration of contemporary cinema in a historically rich, artistically vibrant, and culturally diverse island community.

KWFF strives to showcase the best of Florida filmmaking talent, while highlighting visiting filmmakers and industry leaders through discussions and workshops, with access to some of the biggest names in the film business. The festival also looks to support the next generation of local student filmmakers with scholarships and other key awards.

The Festival’s Critics Focus program, enhanced with the juried  Critics’ Prize,
together with the Costume Design Focus,  marks the Key West Film Festival as a vital stop on the awards season’s fall festival circuit, with programs designed to support film criticism and craft while giving audiences greater context and perspective through public conversations guided by expert voices.
Key publications represented in KWFF Critic’s Focus program and Critic’s Prize at the festival include: Los Angeles Times,, Rolling Stone, Indiewire, Vanity Fair, Washington Post, TimeOut NY, and more.

Past guests have included: Burt Reynolds, John Waters, Mariel Hemingway, Harmony Korine, Marisa Tomei, Paul Haggis, Alan Cumming, Sebastian Junger, Tom Berenger, Paul Verhoeven,  Billy Corben, Terry George, Corey Glover, Steven Bauer, Anson Mount, Celia Weston, Angus MacLachlan, Judy Blume, Ondi Timoner, Bob Wisdom, Val Lauren, Anne O’Shea, Lois Smith, Mark Bridges and many more.
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