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AFI FEST Adds 13 Foreign Language Oscar Contenders, Including ‘Foxtrot,’ ‘Thelma,’ and ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Plus, the rest of our bi-weekly Film Festival Roundup, including lineups for Key West and Portland, plus awards from Middleburg and Screamfest.

"A Fantastic Woman"

“A Fantastic Woman”

Lineup Announcements

– The 6th Annual Key West Film Festival has announced its official 2017 lineup. As Florida recovers from the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma, Key West Film Festival organizers are hoping the event will deliver light and joy during a challenging time through the power of cinema by showcasing some of the medium’s brightest talents, past and present, through what is quickly becoming a critical stop on the fall festival circuit just as awards season gets underway.

KWFF presents its 3rd Annual Critics Focus program, which will feature Los Angeles Times Film Critic Kenneth Turan kicking off the festival by presenting Guillermo Del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” accompanied by an exclusive video introduction from the director. Turan will be joined in a post-screening discussion by Time Out New York’s film editor Joshua Rothkopf who has chosen Richard Linklater’s “Last Flag Flying” to close the festival. Rothkopf will lead a discussion of the film following the closing night screening. This year’s Centerpiece film will be Luca Guadagnino’s “Call Me By Your Name,” featuring a discussion with Rothkopf, Turan, and Brian Brooks and Eugene Hernandez of the Film Society of Lincoln Center.

The festival will take place in Key West from November 15 – 19, and includes special event screenings and a curated selection of over 30 feature films encompassing narrative features, documentaries, foreign language cinema, LGBTQ cinema, and works by Florida filmmakers. Check out the KWFF website for full program information, a schedule of events, and travel and lodging details.

“Last Flag Flying”

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– The 2017 Portland Film Festival will screen 152 narrative and documentary films October 30 – November 5 at Portland’s iconic Laurelhurst Theater. The festival will include special opening and closing night screenings and parties, a Pittock Mansion Gala, educational panels, workshops, special presentations and daily networking events and opportunities throughout the festival.

This year’s fifth edition will present two opening and closing night films (a documentary and a narrative film on each night) and feature and short films in the following sections: Narrative and Documentary Competition Feature, Narrative and Documentary Spotlight, Shorts, Indigenous Voices, Portland Lens, and Special Screenings. This year, 89 of the films programmed (59%) were directed by women. You can see the full festival lineup, plus ticket and pass information, at the festival’s official website.

Awards and Honors

– The Middleburg Film Festival announced the Audience Award winner for Best Narrative Film, concluding the annual four-day festival, which went to “Mudbound,” directed by Dee Rees, who attended the festival and was recognized with the festival’s 2017 Visionary Award. Winners were chosen by audience ballot.

“We want to congratulate Dee Rees on her remarkable film,” said Middleburg Film Festival Executive Director Susan Koch. “With ‘Mudbound,’ Dee Rees has firmly established herself as one of the most talented and important directors working in film and television today – and we look forward to presenting many more of her films in the future.”

– America’s largest and longest running horror movie festival, Screamfest, awarded this year’s top movies, filmmakers, and actors last week at the conclusion of the festival.

As voted on by a jury panel, “Tigers Are Not Afraid” received the most awards of the night with five: Best Picture, Best Director – Issa López, Best Actor – Juan Ramón López, Best Actress – Paola Lara and Best Editing – Joaquim Marti. “The Lapace’s Demon” received four awards for Best Musical Score by Duccio Giulivi, Best Visual FX by Giordano Giulivi and Alessandro Zonfrilli, Best Special FX by Giordano Giulivi, and Best Cinematography by Ferdinando D’Urbano.


– Reed Birney hosted the 3rd Nordic International Film Festival Awards in New York earlier this month, where awards went to “A Home in Memory,” “69 Minutes of 86 Days,” “Renard Rouge,” “Man and a Baby,” “Tomorrow is Far Away,” and “Quit Staring at My Plate,” amongst others.

The Nordic International Film Festival (NIFF) celebrates Nordic and international films. They discover new and upcoming independent films as well as honoring great work from already established filmmakers. NIFF’s programmers focus on finding diverse independent films with strong characters and storylines and encourage all filmmakers, regardless of ethnicity or religion. The festival was founded by Johan Matton and Linnea Larsdotter; they partnered this year with Volvo.

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