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Florida Film Festival

Fans of independent and international cinema won’t want to miss the Florida Film Festival this spring at the beautiful Enzian Theater in Maitland, Florida. It’s one of the few festivals in the country that qualifies winners for the Academy Awards in all three shorts classes: Animated Short Film, Live Action Short Film, and Documentary Short Subject. The 29th annual festival runs from April 17 to 26 and promises to show truly mind blowing movies. In fact, the Florida Film Festival is anticipating more than 23,000 attendees this year.

Throughout the 10 day event, the Florida Film Festival will screen more than 180 films. This includes more than 20 world premieres. The program will be announced on March 25 on their website, so check back on that day for the full list of films you’ll get to see at the festival, as well as printable handouts. In addition to the films, the Florida Film Festival hosts fun networking events for film lovers, filmmakers, and celebrities. The schedule for these events will also be announced at the end of March.

You can expect to see films across a wide variety of categories, including documentaries, narrative features, shorts, and international films. There are 15 categories for awards, however, only the shorts will qualify for Oscars. Last year’s festival was a massive success. Winners across all categories were announced, including three Oscar-qualified winning shorts:

  • Grand Jury Award for Best Animated ShortLas Del Diente – Directed by Ana Perez Lopez
  • Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative ShortLockdown – Directed by Celine Held and Logan George
  • Grand Jury Award for Best Documentary ShortDeparting Gesture – Directed by Brian Bolster and Jonathan Napolitano

For a taste of what to expect this year, check out this video featuring the opening night party at the 2019 festival:

Midpointe Hotel is conveniently located about 20 minutes away from the Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival. Book your stay today by clicking on the orange button at the top of the page or give us a call at (407) 352-1507.

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