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.

Opening Night – October 18 | 5 pm

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 – October 19 | 11 pm

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.

Filmmaker Appreciation – October 25 | 11 pm

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.


October 20 | 4 pm

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.

Nomination Ceremony:
October 23 | 10 pm

Award Ceremony:
October 24 | 8 pm – Theater 7


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 with 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 19

12 – 2 pm
Theater 10


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

1:30 – 3:15 pm
Theater 11


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. As an Academy of Motion Picture Sciences member, Linda breaks down what they look for and why the decide the way they do.

OCT 21

2 – 4 pm
Theater 7


Laika Studios Marketing and Brand Management supervisor Mark Shapiro 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 23

6:30 – 8:30 pm
Theater 7


Presented By: Mark Shapiro and Bill Suchy

October 22 | 6:15 – 8:15 pm | Theater 7

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 – Presentation” and it’s group of pros will guide you on your way to making a deal and getting your work out to the world.


“Best Pitch Award” Presented Wednesday, October 24th

Day 1: Don’t Blow It… | October 21 at 12 – 2 pm – Theater 10
Day 2: Pitch Practice | October 22 at 12 – 2 pm – Theater 10
Day 3: Pitch the Pros | October 23 at 12 – 2 pm – Theater 10

The Pros: Mark Simon, Linda Olszewski, Mark Shapiro, Eric Flemming, Paul Sirmons

Pitch Bootcamp is your chance to discover how to pitch your film and TV ideas like a Hollywood insider, hosted by Co-CEO of Sell Your TV Concept Now, author and pitch expert, Mark Simon. With over 4,000 production credits (including 44 features), he has landed over 35 deals for his own film and TV projects. Day 1 will focus on what goes into a successful pitch and how to land them. Day 2 will be interactive pitch practice with pitch-backs, where Mark will pitch contestant’s ideas back to them. Day 3 is the BIG PITCH.

After this session, attendees will know:

• How to land face-to-face pitch meetings with HBO, Netflix, Amazon, Universal, Fox, and more
• The flow of a pitch to get the best results
• 1-on-1 live pitch practice and critiques for those who volunteer
• How to pitch your show like a seasoned super-producer
• #1 pitch strategy to establish your credibility
• Top 3 questions you’ll be asked in a pitch
• The MANDATORY pitch package element every project must have


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.

WRITING PANEL - October 19 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

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

PRODUCING PANEL - October 20 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7


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 Sylvia Caminer, industry veteran.


Sylvia Caminer is an Emmy® Award-winning director. Over the past twenty years she has filmed on five continents, beginning her producing career in the independent New York film scene producing three features for director John Gallagher, BLUE MOON, THE DELI & MEN LIE. Through her production company DolGer Films she was the U.S. producer for the Harvey Keitel film CHOSEN as well as AFTERMATH (Anthony Michael Hall, Chris Penn, Frank Whaley, Lily Rabe, Elisabeth Rohm & Tony Danza), GRACE. (Annika Marks & Sharon Lawrence.) LOVE ‘N DANCING starring Amy Smart, Billy Zane, Rachel Dratch and Betty White; and BREAKING POINT starring Tom Berenger, Busta Rhymes and Armand Assante. Sylvia also directs/produces non-fiction and is currently the show runner/director for the new PBS series SAMANTHA BROWN’S PLACES TO LOVE. She also directed/produced the award winning feature documentaries TANZANIA A JOURNEY WITHIN and RICK SPRINGFIELD: AN AFFAIR OF THE HEART. Most recently Sylvia produced and co-directed the scripted pilot LAYING LOW and is in production on the feature documentary 2BME which is an exploration of the gender spectrum. Sylvia is slated to make her narrative feature directorial debut with CHICKADEE starring Chris Cooper and Julie Kavner based on a controversial 1920’s landmark case. She is also developing several other projects as a director/producer THE EXCHANGE, an urban drama she penned with John Gallagher and BLACKOUT GIRL based on the award-winning, critically acclaimed memoir tackling the relevant topics of youth, addiction and sexual violence.


DIRECTING PANEL - October 21 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

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.

CINEMATOGRAPHY PANEL - October 22 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

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.

EDITING PANEL - October 23 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

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





Oliver Peters is a veteran editor, colorist, and post production consultant. He is also a contributor to various industry publications writing about production and technology topics. He may be contacted through his website at


AUDIO POST-PRODUCTION PANEL - October 24 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7


Lee Riley, M.P.S.E. will show you how to manage your workflow like a pro. From what to look out for in pre-production, to what you can REALLY fix in post. It’s a panel you can’t afford to miss.


Lee Riley, M.P.S.E. is a Sound Designer, Re-Recording Mixer and Musician, who developed the love for sound and music at an early age. His Orlando-based company, Anything Audible, has provided audio post production work for local and international filmmakers, video games, theme parks and other multimedia projects. You can hear his work in TV shows such as “The Gifted”, “Halt And Catch Fire”, “The Walking Dead” and “The Good Place”, or in themed attractions such as the “Coca Cola Orlando Eye”, “Skull Island: Reign of Kong” and “The Incredible Hulk Coaster” at Universal Studios Orlando. Join Lee as he discusses the workflows and an inside track to the world of Audio Post-Production for Film.


DISTRIBUTION PANEL - October 25 | 10:30 - 12 pm | Theater 7

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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