As the arts community continues to emerge from pandemic precautions, the 36th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival (FLIFF), Nov. 4 – 21, will offer a hybrid experience with both in-theater and virtual film screenings on demand.

More than 150 American independent and international films from 40 countries will be presented during the 18-day festival. In addition to features, documentaries and shorts, a “Filmed in Broward" showcase will include projects with local ties. And, the hybrid format will also mark the return of special guest appearances by filmmakers and talent, post-screening Q&A sessions and gala.

FLIFF kicks off with the official opening night party on Nov. 5 at the Museum of Discovery & Science IMAX 3-D theater with two screenings of the latest Marvel Studios saga, “Eternals,” starring Salma Hayek, Angelina Jolie and Richard Madden. LGBT fans have been anticipating the film, which introduces Brian Tyree Henry as Phastos, an openly gay hero joined in the film by Haaz Sleiman as Ben, his husband. The two have a young son, making them the Marvel Cinematic Universe's first LGBT family.

“This year’s festival promises to be our most diverse to date,” promised Gregory von Hausch, FLIFF president and CEO. “Opening Night at the IMAX will kick off 18 days of great film and events with talent coming in from across the globe.”

In addition to the opening night event, screenings take place at Savor Cinema in downtown Fort Lauderdale and the Gateway Cinema on Sunrise Blvd.

Other LGBT-themed films include:

“Beautiful Dreamer” 

Amy Glazer, dir. 

USA / 94 min. / English

This contemporary dramedy explores the messy secrets and complicated nature of parenthood and the modern family, all the while testing the boundaries of love and friendship and the bioethics of surrogacy.

“Families Like Yours”

Rodolfo Moro, dir.

USA / 52 min. / English

This documentary follows six families as they attempt to balance work and school, rush kids to sports practice, and deal with diaper duty. The captivating, heartfelt, not-for-profit documentary is intended to accurately and compassionately depict LGBT families.

“My Best Part”

Nicolas Maury, dir.

France/ 111 min. / French with English subtitles

Up and coming actor Jérémie is going through an existential crisis. After setbacks in his career and his romantic life with boyfriend Albert, he flees Paris to “reset” in the country with his mother — who turns out to be more than a little invasive.

“Nora Highland”

Ryan Spahn, dir.

USA /64 min. / English

Adapted from a play of the same name about the casting of a gay character in an upcoming Broadway revival, “Nora Highland” was shot entirely on computers during the COVID-19 pandemic and recently premiered at Newfest in New York.

“Open Dialogues”

Freddy Rodriguez, dir.

USA / 20 min / English Center

Through a series of candid testimonials, “Open Dialogues” reveals the diverse coming-out narratives of seven Broward County residents who share their insights about love and family, threats and safe havens, being intimate in public, and the role of religion in the LGBT experience.


For a complete schedule and tickets, go to FLIFF.com.


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