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MiFo: South Florida's Very Own LGBT Film Festival Returns to Fort Lauderdale

Acronyms, who doesn't love them? And this year there's a new one to learn as the Miami Gay & Lesbian Film Festival officially merges its name with the Fort Lauderdale edition to become MiFo, the Miami-Fort Lauderdale LGBT Film Festival. Formerly the Fort Lauderdale Gay & Lesbian Film Festival, MiFo has grown from a three-day event to span two weekends, October 9 through 18.

“In addition to a spectacular lineup of films, one of the high points of the festival is the exciting and elaborate events and parties,” said Victor Gimenez, executive director of MiFo. “The opening night event at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale is going to be an over-the-top, elaborate affair, and the closing night awards party, with a lavish buffet and a fun and exciting awards show, is also a must to attend.”

According the MiFo's mission statement, the goal of the festival is "to inspire, entertain, and educate the public, encourage a sense of community through international and culturally diverse film, video, and other media that offer historical and contemporary perspectives on the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience."

MiFo Fort Lauderdale will showcase over 50 films highlighting and exploring the lives and experiences of the queer community, as well as plenty of special events and after parties. There will be special appearances by many of the films directors and stars including Patricia Velasquez (Liz En Septembre), Vanessa Dunn (Portrait of a Serial Monogamist), Joey Kuhn (Those People), and Zack Ryan (Something Beautiful). 

There are simply too many events to list, but here are some highlights. Visit for a full lineup of special events and guest appearances.

Friday, October 9

Opening Night Film Celebration Fourth Man Out and After Party, 8 p.m. to midnight at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, 1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

Saturday, October 10

Women's Spotlight Film and Party: Liz in September, 7:30 p.m. to midnight at C&I Studios, 541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale.

Thursday, October 15

Disco Dinner, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Thirteen Restaurant, 2037 Wilton Dr., Wilton Manors.

Centerpiece Film and Party 54: Director's Cut, 10 p.m. to midnight at Cinema Paradiso, 503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale.

Sunday, October 18

Closing Night Awards Party, 9:30 p.m. to midnight at Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Hotel, 801 Seabreeze Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.

The Festival takes place Friday, October 9, through Sunday, October 11 and Thursday, October 15, through Sunday, October 18. Screenings take place at various times at the Classic Gateway Theatre (1820 E. Sunrise Blvd., Sunrise), Cinema Paradiso (503 SE Sixth St., Fort Lauderdale), and C&I Studios (541 NW First Ave., Fort Lauderdale). The opening night festivities take place at the NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale (1 E. Las Olas Blvd., Fort Lauderdale)

Admission to an individual film is $13, while special events prices vary and packages are available. See the full film schedule and purchase tickets on

If you can't make it to the Fort Lauderdale fest — or you simply just can't get enough — no worries. The Miami edition takes place from Friday, April 22 until Sunday, May 1.
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