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Interested in independent film and the processes and people involved in filmmaking?
Go ahead and get your tickets for the Orlando Film Festival, an annual event taking place in mid-fall and named one of the top “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine.
Location & Venue
The Orlando Film Festival is held at the Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe, a beautiful space with multiple theaters located in downtown Orlando.
The festival events take place in the theater and surrounding spaces. The theater is just a few blocks from both the interstate and Lake Eola, and within walking distance of countless restaurants, bars, nightclubs, and hotels.
So enjoy a break between films with a stroll around the lake or try to visit as many local Orlando restaurants as possible!
Quality Films are the Goal
Anyone can submit films to the festival; entries are not discriminated against based on premiere status or budgets. The curators of the festival are looking for “high-quality independent cinema,” and any film that fits that criteria may be submitted.
The Orlando Film Festival is a week-long event. Films are shown every day in six different theaters, so look closely at the schedule to pick which ones you want to see!
Luckily, many of the films have two screenings. All films are screened over the first five days of the festival followed by a night of “Best of the Fest” films shown.
Throughout the week, choose several of the “short blocks” to attend, where multiple short films are shown back to back.
The short blocks are categorized so you can choose genres you’re most interested in, such as drama, foreign, animation, and comedy.
Check out unique short blocks like comedy fantasy, healing, and wacky web series.
This is a film festival that celebrates the filmmaker, an often overlooked but extremely important part of the project.
The festival itself is curated solely by professional filmmakers, so you know that they take this focus seriously.
Filmmakers who enter the festival receive not only exposure in the Orlando community and beyond, but discounts at local bars, restaurants, and hotels, and special access to filmmaker-only events and parties.
More Than Just Movies
In addition to high-quality independent cinema, the Orlando Film Festival offers a variety of panels, workshops, networking opportunities, and award ceremonies.
Panels and workshops offer insight into the whole of film production and include topics from writing, producing, directing, and cinematography to editing, audio post-production, and distribution.
The final award ceremony is a night teeming with excitement, suspense, and celebration, and is an event you won’t want to miss.
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Location: Cobb Plaza Cinema Café, Orlando
Tickets: reasonably priced at $20 a day, $50 for three days, and $100 for the whole week.