Orlando Florida Film Festival

 

Orlando's film production boomed in the early 1990s, with much gratitude extended to the construction of the Disney-MGM Studios and Universal Studios production facilities along the area, constantly magnetizing filmmakers to their direction.

 

Orlando has been a favorable site for on-location shooting with noteworthy films such as Ron Howard's “Apollo 13” (1995, nominated for Oscars, Best Picture), Patty Jenkin's “Monster” (2003, an Oscar win for Charlize Theron, Best Actress), and Steven Soderbergh's all-star ensemble cast “Ocean's Eleven” (2001) listed on its resume. Truly, Orlando has dedicated its world in the cinema and the arts making it a perfect host for famous film festivals that cater to an audience of varied tastes. First in the list is the Florida Film Festival (FFF), an annual international film festival in the suburbs of Maitland.

orlando florida film festival

It is hosted and produced by the Enzian Theater that bears the motto, "Film is Art." This non-profit art house theater has an unconventional yet cozily attractive atmosphere, with viewers sitting around tables of drinks and meals while the film is rolling. The film festival is also funded by Orange County through the Arts and Cultural Affairs Program. The film festival showcases both feature films and short films. Narrative and documentary can be submitted on the feature film category. Same thing goes with the short film category, with the addition of animation and new media works on its list. Special screenings include Florida Films, Midnight Movies and Italian Cinema Night. FFF also holds educational film forums, cocktails and parties on its list of special events.

On its seventeenth year this 2008, the Florida Film Festival is being held from the last week of March to the first week of April, and is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the United States. One win can equate to an Academy Award consideration. Other festivals that carry the same prestige are the Seattle International Film Festival and Rhode Island International Film Festival. Some of the major winners in the recently concluded 2008 Florida Film Festival are "Tell No One," directed by Guillaume Canet, bagged the Audience Award for Best International Feature, "Operation Filmmaker" by Nina Davenport as Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary Feature, "Teat Beat of Sex" by Signe Baumane as Grand Jury Award for Animated Short and the musical gay film "Were the World Mine" directed by Tom Gustafson as the Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature. Prominent people in the film industry who served as guests in the Florida Film Festival include actors Malcolm McDowell, William H. Macy, Steve Buscemi and Christopher Walken and directors Ed Burns, Oliver Stone and Campbell Scott.

Another film festival hoested by the Enzian Theater is the annual Gay Orlando Film Festival, which will celebrate its sixth year on October 2008. although the Orlando Gay and Lesbian Film Series has been off the waves of the area since 1994. Some of the films that were screened here are "Boy Culture" (2007) and "The Gymnast" (2007). A new film festival, only on its third year, is the Orlando Film Festival that aims to utilize the film medium to promote downtown Orlando's culture. Venues for the 2008 Film Festival are the 240-seater City Arts Factory and Galler at Avalon Island.