Reel good time: Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val opens with VIP event

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En­tre­Nous, a com­mit­tee of the Fort Laud­erdale In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val (FLIFF) com­prised of pro­fes­sional women who pro­duce fundrais­ers throughout the year, will host FLIFF’s “Open­ingNightVIP Cel­e­bra­tion” at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 19 at Sport of Kings lo­cated in TheVil­lageAt Gulf­stream Park in Hal­lan­dale Beach.

The cel­e­bra­tion will fea­ture red car­pet ar­rivals by celebrity guests fol­lowed by a film-mon­tage pre­view. In ad­di­tion to a film-themed evening, guests are in­vited to en­joy: cock­tails from ZYRVodka; hors d’ oeu­vres from Brio Tus­can Grill, III Forks, Texas de Brazil and The Play­wright Ir­ish Pub; and a dis­play of ve­hi­cles fromWar­ren Hen­ryAuto Group.

Ad­di­tional spon­sors in­clude: Arthur E. Ben­jamin, War­ren Hen­ryAuto Group, Trin­ity Di­ver­si­fied Film Fund and Gulf­stream Park.

FLIFF Pres­i­dent and CEO, Gre­gory von Hausch, will honor tal­ent with the Ca­reer Achieve­ment, Life­time Achieve­ment and Star on the Hori­zon awards for their ac­com­plish­ments in the film in­dus­try.

Bailee Madi­son and Gar­ret Dil­lahunt will re­ceive the Star on the Hori­zonAwards; Dab­ney Cole­man will re­ceive the Life­time Achieve­mentAward.

At age12, Madi­son has worked with a num­ber of the in­dus­try’s stars, in­clud­ing “Don’t BeAfraid of the Dark” with Katie Holmes and Guy Pearce; “Broth­ers” op­po­site Tobey Maguire, Natalie Port­man and Jake Gyl­len­haal; “Con­vic­tion” with Hi­lary Swank and Min­nie Driver; and “Just GoWith It” with­A­dam San­dler and Jen­nifer Anis­ton.

Dil­lahunt, best known for his work on the ca­ble se­ries “Dead­wood,” is star­ring on the Fox se­ries “Rais­ing Hope” and film­ing “Any DayNow” star­ring op­po­site Alan Cum­ming, “Co­gan’s Trade” star­ring Brad Pitt, “Looper” with Emily Blunt and “Re­venge For Jolly!” with Kris­tenWiig.

Cole­man is best known for his roles in “Nine to Five,” “Toot­sie,” “WarGames” and most re­cently “Board­walk Em­pire.”

Tick­ets to the evening’s event are $125 and can be pur­chased at

Founded in1986, the an­nual fes­ti­val locally show­cases more than 200 in­de­pen­dent and for­eign films. Film­mak­ers and celebri­ties will at­tend the fes­ti­val, which will take place Oct. 19 throughNov. 11.

Films will be shown at Cinema Par­adiso, Fort Laud­erdale; Sun­rise Civic Cen­ter; andMu­vico Pompano.

Den­nis Fa­rina at Fer­rari-Maserati of Fort Laud­erdale be­fore his film pre­view in 2011.

Bon­nie Leigh Adams, left, Matthew Brod­er­ick and Gre­gory von Hausch at FLIFF’s wrap party at Chima Brazil­ian Steak­house in 2006.

Jane Lynch at FLIFF’s “Life­time Achieve­ment Award Cel­e­bra­tion” in 2008.

Michelle Mon­aghan atW Fort Laud­erdale cel­e­brat­ing her Star on the Hori­zon Award in 2009.

Gary Sinise cel­e­brat­ing his Ca­reer Achieve­ment Award in 2008.

Bailee Madi­son

Gar­ret Dil­lahunt

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