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).