Dunedin, Fla. – You can find them all over the world. Venice, Sundance, TIFF Toronto, I am talking about International Film Festivals. Starting this Friday you can add one more to that list, with Dunedin to host their first International Film Festival. Pretty cool right?!
Kick Off Partys
Soggy Bottom Brewery- Kick off the festivities on Friday, starting at 6pm with the Opening Night Party! Hosted by Soggy Bottom Brewing Co. what better way to kick off the inaugural Dunedin International Film Festival than with performances by Dj Boomerang & Chang and the Highland Kites featuring Spaceship. Followed by a screening of Virgin Blacktop. And late night featuring Austin Van Der Beek, Vlad the Inhaler, & Booty Boo.
Free and open to the public*, this event is a part of the Dunedin International Film Festival.
*Passes are required for the Virgin Blacktop film screening portion.
The Fenway Hotel – I can’t think of a better setting than the poolside courtyard at the historic Fenway Hotel to host the kick-off event for the wearable ART short film category. Lina Teixeira will be presenting her “History of Fashion” in a live runway show that is sure to dazzle. With hair and makeup under the direction of Dunedin’s Salon GW, we can be sure these walking art exhibits will be anything but sore on the eyes.
Free and open to the public, *this event is a part of the Dunedin International Film Festival.
D.I.F.F. 3 DAYS - 170 FILMS
D.I.F.F. is a platform for international filmmakers to share their original content with the Florida filmmakers’ community. This platform is intended to develop the film community in Florida and bring awareness to the growing arts and cultural corridor of Dunedin. This film festival and the city welcome filmmakers from every walk of life with over 42 categories ranging from Horror to Drag Culture, Sustainability and Bonsai.
Walking Dead's Stephen Campbell
Walking Dead – If you have an all-access ticket (I highly recommend) you can join Stephen Campbell, Director of Photography for The Walking Dead in a discussion panel. With over a 20-year career in the Florida Film Industry, we are sure to find his stories and experiences on working his way from camera assistant to cinematographer exciting and enlightening. The panel will also host special guest actor Lance Tafelski.
Lance(pictured) was raised in Clearwater, where he began his acting career in local community theater. After attending Florida State University he trained at the Performers Studio Workshop.
For a full schedule of all the shorts, locations, and directions to all the venues go to The Dunedin International Film Festival website.
The After Party
With any film festival comes the after party! International recording artist and legendary house music DJ Roy Davis Jr. returns to OHC and makes his Dunedin debut for the inaugural Dunedin International Film Festival’s official afterparty at Blur Nightclub. All the details including ticket prices and more can be found here.
With categories and shorts ranging from “A dog’s life” to “LGBTQ Nation,” and show times ranging throughout the day, D.I.F.F. has made sure there is something for everyone. Tickets are ON SALE NOW.
Passes can be picked up at the film festival’s box office in front of the Dunedin History Museum Jan. 11-13, 8 am to 10 p.m.