Florida Film Festival Returns to Orlando April 8-17, 2016 #FFF2016

Cinephiles rejoice! The Florida Film Festival is returning for its 25th year to the Enzian in Maitland April 8 through 17.

Florida Film Festival 2016

The Festival will screen more than 180 films representing 36 countries, along with celebrity guest appearances, forums, and parties. Of the films selected, 138 have premiere status,including 24 world premieres.

The 20 feature and 67 short films in the American Independent Competition will be eligible for up to three awards each: a Grand Jury Award for best film in that category, a Special Jury Award given at the jury’s discretion for exceptional achievements, and an Audience Award determined by audience votes for Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, and Best Short Film.

International films are also eligible for Audience Awards for Best International Feature and Best International Short. New this year, due to the extraordinary popularity of the Midnight Shorts category, an Audience Award will be given for Best Midnight Short as well.

But it’s not just local awards…for over a decade, the Florida Film Festival has been accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in both Live Action Short Film and Animated Short Film categories, and as of December 2015, the festival has also been accredited in the category of Documentary Short Subject.

This makes it one of the select few in the world to be accredited in all three shorts categories, and recipients of the Festival’s Grand Jury Awards will be eligible for Oscar consideration without the standard theatrical run, provided the film otherwise complies with the Academy rules.

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There are two celebrity events scheduled for the festival, providing an opportunity to interact with a director or actor from a film screened:

  • An Evening with Mark Duplass takes place on Sunday, April 10, and features a screening of The Puffy Chair, the 2006 film Duplass directed and stars in.
  • An Evening with Sissy Spacek takes place on Friday, April 15, and features a screening of the 1973 Terrence Malick film, Badlands, starring Spacek.

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Other highlights of the Florida Film Festival include:

The Opening Night Party on Friday, April 8, featuring the fest’s opening film, The Lobster, at the Enzian. Film only is $25; Party only is $95; and a combined ticket is $110.

A Festival Block Party on Saturday, April 9, from 3-5pm at the Regal Winter Park Village. The event is free for all Festival ticket and pass holders and includes free drinks and appetizers, along with live entertainment.

Locally Fresh!, another free event where Central Florida farmers and food purveyors partner-up with local filmmakers to show documentaries accompanied by a farmer’s market featuring cooking demonstrations and samples. It starts at 11am on Sunday, April 10, at the Enzian.

On April 10 and 17, there will also be a Sunday Brunch at the Eden Bar at the Enzian open to all. It costs $13.99 and runs from 11am to 2pm.

And that’s on top of film schedule of around 180 films and shorts available for viewing.

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“I just love the diversity and filmmaking talent that will be on display in this year’s lineup,” commented Matthew Curtis, Florida Film Festival Programming Director. “With the most films we’ve ever programmed in one FFF, the most countries ever represented, the most female filmmakers (59), and an exciting mix of new voices and 35 FFF alumni returning with outstanding new work, this promises to be a truly banner year as we celebrate our 25th anniversary.”

The best bet are the passes with start at $99 for all films before 5pm and go up to $1500 for all access to the movies, events and parties, along with a donation to the Enzian.

Next up are the ticket packages which offer savings over purchasing tickets individually for a movie. They run from $50 for a 5 film package to $180 for a 20 ticket package.

Finally, individual tickets can be purchased a la carte in advance, or day of, based on availability. Prices are $9 for a 5pm or earlier showing, and $11 for showings after 5pm.

For more information on the Florida Film Festival, including a full list of movies, show schedules, and ticket purchasing opportunities, visit floridafilmfestival.com.

About Michelle Snow

Michelle is the owner and editor of CitySurfing Orlando. She also owns Zengrrl.com, is a freelance writer specializing in travel and entertainment, and has authored/co-authored four guidebooks on Orlando and Florida. She lives in Orlando near Disney, and hears Magic Kingdom fireworks every night.
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