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Crew at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from Oct. 30-Nov. 3 will be able to view the entries in this year’s annual Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival.


A sneak preview of the films entered in the 2014 festival will be shown on the Jumbotron in the food court at Bahia Mar on Sunday night, Nov. 2, from 7-10 p.m. All crew, producers and invited guests are welcome. Guests will have the opportunity to cast their votes by text for this year’s winning entries.  


Created and presented each year by Crew Unlimited & CU Yacht Charters, the film festival is a competition between yacht crew for best short video in several categories. A variety of films also will be shown throughout the boat show at the Broward County Convention Center, downstairs at the south end in a dedicated cinema. Viewers there can also vote for their winning entries.


Also showing in the cinema will be a selection of Guy Harvey’s Ocean Conservancy films and trailers from some of this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival movies.


Winners of the Fort Yachtie Da International Film Festival will be announced at an awards ceremony on Nov. 15. 


“The support received from the Marine Industries Association of South Florida [which owns the boat show] for Fort Yachtie Da gives the contest tremendous exposure to more than 100,000 visitors attending FLIBS that we wouldn’t reach otherwise,” said Ami Ira, president and owner of Crew Unlimited. “Allowing the general population to share some of the crew’s special adventures and experiences filmed while working on yachts will entertain and educate others outside the industry as to what life is really like living and working as crew. As well, the videos will inspire those with an interest to join the industry as crew, charter a yacht for vacations, or buy a yacht of their own, all of which supports our South Florida marine industry.  It’s a win/win for everyone.”


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