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 17 | 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 18 | 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 24 | 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.


Award Ceremony:
October 23 | 8 pm – Theater 7

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.



There has never been a better time to pitch your novel, short story, memoir, or idea for the big or small screen.  Join screenwriter and script coach Brian Edgar for this engaging, interactive workshop, and begin to visualize your story for a feature film or new TV series.  Learn what it takes to craft an industry-quality Logline, Screenplay or TV series Pilot—and put your ideas into motion!

OCT 18

12:45 – 2:45 pm
Theater 7


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 20

11:45 – 2:15 pm
Theater 11



OCT 20

12:30 – 2:30 pm
Theater 7


 Even seasoned veterans will take away valuable insights from working actor and director Chris Greene.


OCT 22

5:00 – 7:00 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 October 23th

Day 1: Pitch Workshop | October 19 at 12:30 – 3:00 pm – Theater 7
Day 2: Pitch The Pros | October 20 at 12:30 – 3:45 pm – Theater 7

The Pros: Eric Flemming, Tracy Frenkel, and Daniel Springen

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. There will be interactive pitch practice with pitch-backs, where Mark will pitch contestant’s ideas back to them. Day 2 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 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.

Fri 10/18 – WRITING: Daniel Springen, Kevin O’Neill, Brian Edgar
Sat 10/19 – PRODUCING: Lawrence Haber, Scott Goldberg, Daniel Springen, Mark Simon, Alan Levi
Sun 10/20 – DIRECTING: Daniel Springen, Mark Simon, Kevin O’Neill, Mario Xavier
Mon 10/21 – CINEMATOGRAPHY: Kenny Beaumont, Gerald Wu, Richie Banales
Tues 10/22 – EDITING: Oliver Peters, Bill Suchy
Wed 10/23 – AUDIO POST: Alex Ginzo, Danny Donati, Evan Hodges
Thurs 10/24 DISTRIBUTION: Lawrence Haber, Brian Jalbert, Jake Jalbert, James Hunter, Daniel Springen



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