What You'll Get
The first moving picture, which depicted a horse running at full gallop, was quickly enhanced by the first special effects, which showed a horse exploding next to a 3-D spaceship. Enjoy advances in film with today's Groupon: for $237, you get one Anniversary Fast Pass (up to a $475 value, $350 for FLIFF members) to the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, taking place October 22–November 11 at Cinema Paradiso on Sixth Street.
Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world's longest film festival, the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival celebrates its 25th anniversary this year with a robust schedule of special events and a plethora of pictures spanning numerous genres. Starting with pre-festival screenings, which begin on September 27, a lineup of more than 150 movies from more than 80 countries gives pass possessors the visual stimulation of an all-you-can-watch film binge without the distraction of Hollywood's enormous signage and carnivorous palm trees. The on-screen fare ranges from documentaries to foreign films and kids' flicks to 30-minute-and-under shorts; some of the works are also designated as "competition films" and considered for Oscar-style awards. In addition to viewing privileges, pass-holders are also entitled to admission at an agenda-busting array of special events—such as the Opening Night Film and Gala and the Chairman's Cruise and Brunch—many of which include free drinks, snacks, and the chance to rub elbows, knock foreheads, and intertwine phalanges with celebrities and filmsmiths.
Cinema Paradiso, housed in a more-than-60-year-old former church, gives audiences an a-typical venue in which to view the work of actors, directors, and key grips residing together harmoniously on the cutting edge of film. During the festival, pass-holders can retreat between screenings to the on-site Festival Café, where they can use complimentary drinks and snacks to recharge their corneas and oil their weathered applause engines.
Seven Yelpers love the Cinema Paradiso, where the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival is held, and give it an average of 4.5 stars:
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Nov 11, 2010. Amount paid never expires. Not for resale. Allow 1 week for processing after redemption. Reservations available for individual shows; subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.