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Oscar Contenders, Tribeca Faves Highlight Key West Film Festival Short Lineup

Riding the wave of being named to Moviemaker Magazine’s esteemed “Top 25 Coolest Film

Festivals in the World,” The Key West Film Festival has launched its short film lineup for the 12th Annual Festival, with World Premieres, Florida Filmmakers, and Oscar Contenders. The 2023 roster is highlighted by award winners from prestigious film festivals across the globe, including Sundance, Austin, and Tribeca. The festival will be shining a spotlight on The Sunshine State with its Florida Filmmaker and Florida Student Filmmaker Programs, including several World Premieres from hometown Key West storytellers.

The short film slate will focus on uplifting and entertaining work throughout its lineup of 50 films, selected from a record number of submissions. Powerful documentaries Jack and Sam and Under G-d – alongside The Best Chef in the World from Academy Award winning director Ben Proudfoot – are expected to contend for Oscar nominations in the year ahead. Headliners include Sundance and Tribeca Film Festival critically acclaimed comedies Savi the Cat, Troy and They Grow Up So Fast, plus Audience Award Winners from across the country like Ethan Barrett’s Rosemary A.D., Michael Gabriele’s thriller Get Away and Wes Andre Goodrich’s Speak Up Brotha!

Outstanding work from Florida Filmmakers will highlight the 12th Annual Festival. Storytellers from Miami to Orlando to right here in Key West will be lighting up the screens this month. In addition, the festival will be heralding the next generation of storytellers with its Florida Student Filmmaker Program. Featured filmmakers hail from the University of Miami, Florida State University, the University of Central Florida, Miami Dade College, and Ringling College of Art and Design, plus teen talents from West Palm Beach’s G Star School of the Arts, Lakeland’s Harrison School for the Arts, and the hometown Key West High School.


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