Florida Film Festival Comes to Orange County
Living in Orange County, Florida offers a centralized location for plenty of fun activities and events. Life goes beyond the theme parks of Orlando. We have a rich heritage of exciting festivals and events within the towns and cities of Orange County, and there is one coming soon you won’t want to miss! April 8-17 marks the 25th Annual Florida Film Festival, being held at a variety of venues in Maitland and Winterpark. This film festival pulls its own weight with several category accreditations from the Academy of Motion Pictures. Those films presented during the festival in the specified categories are vying for the chance to be considered for Academy Award nominations. You can get a sneak peek at the year’s best films and maybe even view the future winners.
The Florida Film Festival will screen over 180 films from 36 countries. The majority of the films will be premiered at the festival in April, including 24 world premieres. The categories for Academy Accreditation include Animated Short Films, Live Action Short Films, and new this year, Documentary Short Subjects. The films that receive the Florida Film Festival Grand Jury Awards will be eligible for Academy Award nominations without having to go through a normal theater run. To be an accredited film festival showcases the commitment and quality of the Florida Film Festival, which has grown over its 25-year history.
There will not only be great films to view, but also celebrity appearances, including one form Sissy Spacek. You can look forward to several parties also, including an opening night party, festival block party, and a special farmer's market party centered on fresh, local foods paired with some documentaries to view. There will also be discussion forums presented on several topics, including an intro to cinema, shifting from short films to full-length features, and the perseverance of women breaking into the industry. With 59 entries in this year’s festival being from women, this is one forum to join if you are interested in the strides made by women in film.
The website has a full calendar of showings and events for you to plan out your 10-day festival experience. There are 20 feature films and 67 short films listed in the American Independent Competition this year as well. Each of these films will be eligible for up to three awards in their category including a Grand Jury Award, Special Jury Award, and Audience Award. There are also international audience awards to be given for the Best International Feature and International Short films. A new addition for awards comes on the heels of the very popular category of Midnight Shorts, with an Audience Award for the best one now being awarded.
A few of the films scheduled to be shown include The Lobster, starring Colin Farrell as a bachelor who has 45 days to find a mate or be turned into an animal of his choosing, King Georges, a biography looking at the life of French Chef Georges Perrier, and his influence on the culinary world, and Honey Buddies, the story of David, played by Grimm star David Guintoli, and his German friend backpacking in the Oregon wilderness, which was supposed to be David’s honeymoon trip. This comedic “bromance” has already won awards and looks to be a great piece of entertaining film.
Whatever films you take in during the Florida Film Festival, you are sure to have a great time and find just the film, or two or three, for you. I am here to help with all of your real estate needs. If you’re looking for a warm and engaging professional to help you with the purchase or sale of your home, contact me today at 407-234-5313 or by email: Jeff@JeffRoyle.com.