Opening Night

Join the Cast and Crew of our opening night film as we share stories, toasts, and good times deep into the night. The room is always energized and lifelong memories, contacts, and friends are made.

Welcome Home

One of our personal favorites from the party line up. It’s our way of showing appreciation to the hundreds of filmmakers that join us every year. We let the Stella Artois and Tito’s fly as we reminisce with alumni and hold a toast at closing time to commemorate our commitment to the new group of alumni and initiate them into the family.

Nightly After Parties

Each night when the films wind down the networking festivities begin! A different venue, within walking distance, every night changes the mood and vibe from low key mixers to all out dance parties. There’s something for everyone and it’s the perfect way to end each night of your Downtown Orlando festival experience.

Filmmaker Appreciation

As we say good night to the final films of the festival it’s time to share one more evening of laughs with the brilliant minds that give our festival life. It’s here the Festival Staff & Filmmakers have their chance to let loose together and recall all the adventures had throughout the week. It’s always hard to say goodbye, but on more than one occasion we’ve found ourselves eating street pizza and planning for next year. Always a favorite, even though calling a wrap on this occasion is hard to do.


The Orlando Film Festival Music Showcase on Saturday October 21st is a must see event. With an eclectic mix of jazz, blues, rock and classic music, Chris Dispensa of Cascris Productions curates the best of Central Florida Musicians for this all day event leading into our Screenplay Awards and Nomination Ceremony.


Join us for two incredible nights of celebrating independent cinema, Awards and fanfare encompass two different stages on two different nights. Seeing both is a must for those looking to envelope themselves into the festival architecture.


This night is jam packed with music, award winners, and excitement. It’s this night where the world hears for the first time which films will have a shot at our unrivaled list of thirty four award categories. Multiple screenwriters receive accolades and awards for their efforts and the winning feature screenplay writer learns that their work will be read aloud by professional actors the following day. Lights, cameras, red carpet, and plenty of press collide making for a spectacular night to remember.


The grand event. You won’t want to miss out after a week-long journey through world class indie cinema. As many already know, our festival is curated solely by professional filmmakers which sets our bar very high. Even though every film in our festival can certainly hold it’s own, we select the truly exceptional works to receive awards for their unprecedented achievements. With limited seating, guest possessing advanced ticket reservations will be treated to a myriad of live acts such as music, dance, and comedic numbers all utilizing state of the art technology. Celebrities, filmmakers, and press room experts will be on hand to receive the best the festival has to offer.


Every year the festival strives to bring more than just films to the festival. With panels, workshops, award ceremonies, and revered after parties, every day is designed to educate, enlighten, and reward guests with networking opportunities only found in an environment like this. We strive to create a microcosm of experiences that promote a community atmosphere rather than one of going it alone.



Touch the Future


Derek Allen Roe, a filmmaker & VR activist brings out the latest VR technology to have an interactive discussion talking about in which ways this new medium will take shape. Don’t miss the chance to have the future of storytelling in your hands.

OCT 20


Live Screenplay Read


Get ready to create your very own vision of a full length screenplay as you witness this year’s winning feature read aloud by a host of professional actors in front of a live audience.

OCT 21


Anatomy of an Oscar Award Winning Short

Linda Olszewski acquisition executive from ShortsTV leads you on a journey through the minds of the Academy members who decide the fates of the short films that take away the coveted prize every year. With 15 years as an Academy of Motion Picture Sciences member, Linda breaks down what they look for and why the decide the way they do.

OCT 22


With Mark Shapiro


Laika Studios Marketing and Brand Management supervisor takes you on a backlot tour of the four-time Oscar Nominated Studio that brought you the animated hits The Boxtrolls, Coraline, Kubo and Paranorman.

OCT 24


Our festival provides much more than watching great movies and rubbing elbows with Hollywood Celebrities at the after parties. Our goal has always been to create as many fun and entertaining things for you to do while making friends and allies along the way. When your in between films, or just looking for a change of scenery, you’ll always have a wide variety of activities to look forward to.


  • Film Trivia
  • Karaoke Roulette
  • Grease Tribute Sing Along
  • Cinema Bingo
  • Escape Room Challenge
  • “StellaTime” Daily Happy Hour
  • Speak Easy Pub Crawl
  • Photo Gallery Head Shots
  • Daily Filmmaker Breakfast
  • The Final Supper
  • Q&As


Our workshops and panels are bright and inviting and provide perspective on the industry as a whole. This year we will continue with our “Concept to Completion” model offering seven days of education covering multiple phases of the film industry.


Our “Pitch Workshop” will help filmmakers hone in the skills they need to capture the attention of the studio executives, development personnel, and investors. The right pitch at the right time has catapulted multiple aspiring filmmakers into the Hollywood spotlight. Learn to deliver your best pitch over this three day course and have a chance to Pitch the Pro’s at the end. Who knows, you may end up with a development deal. Someone will walk away with the “Best Pitch Award” at our Award Ceremony on Wednesday evening.


Whether you plan to self distribute or find a distributor to pick up your film, you MUST present your project in it’s best light. From set stills, poster design, trailer editing, and timing your approach with a dedicated plan, the “Sell Your Film – Workshop” and it’s group of pros will guide you on your way to making a deal and getting your work out to the world.


Get insider tips and techniques from an industry professional on preparing yourself for the film writer’s journey.


Get real world information from DGA director, Jonathan Winfery who started with Roger Corman in the early seventies and continues to this day to direct multi-million dollar television shows and features.


There’s nothing more rewarding than being involved in a film that has been well produced. There is an art to the position that you’ll hear about first hand from an industry veteran.


Keeping the set moving is as much the cinematographers position as it is the AD. Hear from this world renowned expert on composing shots that keep the story moving forward and how she lights up the set with poise and confidence.


Learning one or two secrets from this professional Hollywood Editor could save you time and money. Find out shortcuts, workarounds, and many other tricks of the editing trade during this highly sought after panel.


Manage your workflow like a pro with the information you’ll learn from this Hollywood movie icon. From what to look out for in pre pro, to what can you REALLY fix in post. It’s a panel you can’t afford to miss.


The most coveted and hard to find information in the world of filmmaking is exposed in an easy to understand and commercially viable way. Stop the madness and endless searches for the right way to distribute your film. Ask the questions you always wanted to know.



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