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All you need to know: South Florida’s upcoming film festivals and special events

Miami Herald logo Miami Herald 10/12/2021 Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald

Craving a movie-going experience beyond the traditional multiplex? Here’s a rundown of the film festivals and special movie events currently scheduled through next year around South Florida:

OUTshine LGBTQ+ Film Festival Fort Lauderdale, Oct. 14-24: The 13th edition of the bi-annual celebration of films made for and about the LGBTQ community returns with 85 films and TV shows available to screen virtually or in person. Opening night will bring the historical drama “Firebird,” about the romance between two Soviet Air Force pilots during the Cold War, at the Museum of Discovery and Science’s AutoNation IMAX Theatre at 401 SW Second Street in Fort Lauderdale. The other in-person screenings will be held at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. The 24th annual edition of the Miami version, which is where the festival was originally launched, will be held in April 2022.

Slamdance Miami, Oct. 28-30: The Sundance Film Festival offshoot launches its first-ever Miami edition with 18 films from Central and South America, the Caribbean and Florida. Opening night brings “Malpaso,” about twin brothers living in the border town between Haiti and the Dominican Republic, directed by Héctor M. Valdez. Screenings will be held virtually and in person at the North Beach Bandshell, 7275 Collins Ave., Miami Beach.

Miami Film Festival GEMS, Nov. 4-10:Miami Dade College’s eighth annual mini-festival of current films expands from four days to 10 this year. The lineup includes Pedro Almodovar’s latest drama, “Parallel Mothers,” starring Penelope Cruz; “King Richard,” starring Will Smith as the father of tennis prodigies Venus and Serena Williams; “Red Rocket,” director Sean Baker’s follow-up to “The Florida Project,” starring Simon Rex as a washed-up porn star who returns to his small Texas hometown; and “Spencer,” director Pablo Larrain’s drama about the decision by Princess Diana (played by Kristen Stewart) to leave her husband Prince Charles. The festival is held at the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami.

Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, Nov. 4-21: The lineup for the 36th edition of the venerable festival will be a hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings featuring 154 feature-length and short films from 40 countries. Titles include director Bruno Dumont’s media satire “France,” starring Lea Seydoux, and “My Promise To P.J.,” a documentary directed by Daniel Baldwin which features the first time he and his brothers Alec, William and Stephen appear in the same film together. Screenings will be held at the Gateway Cinema, 1820 E. Sunrise Blvd.; Cinema Paradiso Hollywood, 2008 Hollywood Blvd.; Savor Cinema, 503 SE Sixth Street; and the Pompano Beach Cultural Center, 50 W. Atlantic Blvd.

Miami Short Film Festival, Nov. 12-14: The 20th edition of the annual showcase of short films from around the world (including Florida) runs at two locations around Miami-Dade: The Deering Estate Courtyard, 16701 SW 72nd Ave., and the Regal South Beach, 1120 Lincoln Road. The festival also holds bi-monthly screenings at the Deering Estate.

FilmGate Interactive Festival, Dec. 3-5: The three-day festival returns with 15 virtual reality and augmented reality installations, interactive art, poolside chats and music events. All events to be held at the Frost Science Museum, 1101 Biscayne Blvd., and the Perez Art Museum, 1103 Biscayne Blvd.

Miami Jewish Film Festival, Jan 13-27, 2022: Named one of the top 50 film festivals two years in a row by Moviemaker Magazine, the 25th edition of the annual celebration of Jewish-themed cinema will return to its free virtual programming platform used at this year’s most recent festival. There will also be a pop-up traveling road show presenting films outdoors during the 13-day festival across Miami-Dade.

Sun Pass Film Festival, February 2022: The second edition of the festival created by Chris Molina to showcase the works of emerging Miami filmmakers will return in a possible hybrid of in-person and virtual screenings.

Miami Film Festival, March 4-13, 2022: The 39th edition of the oldest film festival in South Florida, presented by Miami Dade College, returns with screenings at the Silverspot Cinema, 300 SE Third St., and the Tower Theater, 1508 SW Eighth St., Miami.

Popcorn Frights, Aug. 11-18, 2022: South Florida’s only festival devoted to horror and genre movies returns for its eighth edition.

Third Horizon Film Festival: The annual showcase of films from the Caribbean, its diaspora and other marginalized spaces in the Global South will return in summer 2022 (dates and location to be announced).

ScreenDance Miami: Presented by the Miami Light Project, this annual festival showcases feature-length and short films made by local and international filmmakers exploring the intersection of dance, new media and video-art emergent concepts. Dates for the next edition, to be held at The Light Box at Goldman Warehouse, 404 NW 26th St., Miami, have not yet been announced.

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