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A Film Festival For Filmmakers
The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support and promote the arts in Downtown Orlando through the medium of film. The Orlando Film Festival seeks to inspire filmmakers and enhance the movie viewing experience in Downtown Orlando through creative, unique and entertaining events. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating our filmmakers because we are all filmmakers ourselves.
We are proud to call the state-of-the-art Cobb Plaza Cinema Café our home. Twelve beautiful theaters with a high-end digital projection located right in the heart of Orlando. All our events take place in or around the theater, which is walking distance from our official festival hotels. Audiences do not just watch quality cinema but also get an immersive experience full of lively Q&A’s, panel discussions, script reads & fantastic parties. This is the perfect opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to directly interact with their audience, as well as others in the industry.
Named one of the top “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World” by Moviemaker Magazine, we make it our business to take care of our filmmakers. In addition to large, appreciative crowds, other perks include deep discounts at many of the local bars & restaurants, as well as hugely discounted rates at our official festival hotel. On Thursday mornings we offer a filmmaker-only private backlot tour at Universal Studios, which is an eye-opening highlight for those who attend. Our nightly parties have been known to shut down a few bars and our sponsor Stella Artois always takes care of the beer. We also give out over 25 filmmaking and screenwriting awards with some fantastic prizes, including a ShortsHD distribution deal offer for EVERY winning short film!
We’ve showcased films that have gone on to Academy Nominations and even one that took home the Oscar. We’ve also been honored with a slew of celebrity guests including Cheryl Hines, Olympia Dukakis, Erik Stolhanski, Christopher Titus, Haley Joel Osment, Alison Brie, Bob Hawk, and many others. But the truth is you can submit a film full of A-list celebrities or something you shot at your Grandma’s house with some friends. Your film’s budget doesn’t matter nor does its premiere status. All we care about is finding high-quality independent cinema. If your film fits that simple criteria, please send it our way.
Film submissions for 2018 are now open. The deadline for submissions is June 30, 2018.
Daniel E. Springen – Chairman
Holley D. Morgan – Sr. Vice President
Frank Smith – Vice President / Legal
Executive Director – Daniel E. Springen
Event Manager – Holley D. Morgan
Sr. Associate Director – Alex Frasier
Production Manager – Moe Fowler
Director of VIP Services – Aamira Browne
Art Director/Website – Tera Leigh Kenney
Sponsorship Coordinator – Tracy Frenkel
Box Office Manager – Mikk Stefanecu
VIP Coordinator – Michael Grise
Technical Director – Patrick Flannagan
Technical Assistant – Andy Sankar
Production Coordinator – Freddie Aponte
Asst. Production Coordinator – E.J. Bernard
Assistant Director – Mario Xavier
2nd Assistant Director – Betsy Ruiz
PR Director – Marc B. Lee
Director of Photography – Daniel Lightfoot
Event Coordinator – Jose Cartegena
Music Showcase Director – Chris Dispensa
Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe
Projection Floor Suite A
155 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801
Orlando Film Festival
5131 Gramont Ave
Orlando, FL 32812
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