Reel good time: Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival opens with VIP event
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 www.FLIFF.com.
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.