FESTIVAL

FEEL THE LOVE AT THE ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL

OUR MISSION

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.

 

ABOUT

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 SUBMISSION

Film submissions for 2017 are closed. Check back on our website early 2018 for new submission dates and deadlines.

DIRECTORS

Daniel E. Springen – Chairman
Holley D. Morgan – Sr. Vice President
Frank Smith – Vice President / Legal

ADVISORY BOARD

Guy Austin
Sylvia Caminer
Jennifer Petty
Willmore Fowler
Sheena Fowler
Alex Fraiser

FESTIVAL STAFF

Executive Director – Daniel E. Springen
Event Manager – Holley D. Morgan
Sr. Associate Director – Alex Frasier
Production Manager – Moe Fowler
Art Director/Website – Tera Leigh Kenney
Sponsorship Coordinator – Tracy Frenkel
Box Office Manager – Mikk Stefanecu
Director of VIP Relations – Aamira Browne
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

FESTIVAL HEADQUARTERS

Cobb Plaza Cinema Cafe
Projection Floor Suite A
155 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, Florida 32801

MAILING ADDRESS

Orlando Film Festival
5131 Gramont Ave
Orlando, FL 32812
info@orlandofilmfest.com

2016 AWARD WINNERS

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2016 FILM AWARD WINNERS AND NOMINEES

BEST PICTURE

Winner – Te Ata

Nominees – Other Madnesses / Pushing Dead / Heels / Occupy, Texas / Railway Spine

BEST DIRECTOR

Winner – Pushing Dead

Nominees – Railway Spine / Te Ata / Other Madnesses / Year By The Sea / 2307: Winter’s Dream

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Winner – Despite The Falling Snow

Nominees – In Embryo / 2307: Winter’s Dream / Bear With Us / Alma

BEST SCREENPLAY

Winner – Railway Spine

Nominees – Pushing Dead / Where Are You Bobby Browning? / Bear With Us / Money

BEST PERFORMANCE

Winner – James Moles, Other Madnesses

Nominees – Q’orianka Kilcher, Te Ata / Keigian Umi Tang, The Lockpicker / Scott Townsend, Thirsty / Britt George, Heels

 

BEST SUPPORTING PERFORMANCE

Winner – Micah Parker, Road To The Well

Nominees – Kristen Hager, In Embryo / Arturo Castro, Railway Spine / Samantha Cope, Where Are
You Bobby Browning? / Cathrine Elvir, Occupy, Texas

 

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

Winner – Bear With Us

Nominees – Money / 42 Seconds of Happiness / Bad, Bad Men / Auld Lang Syne

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Winner – Travis: The True Story Of Travis Walton

Nominees – Paper Lanterns / The Dreamfinders / Gold Balls / Bang! The Bert Berns Story

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FEATURE

Winner – Alma

Nominees – Remittance / Mobarak / Prank

 

BEST SHORT FILM

Winner – Undertaking

Nominees – Age of Kaos / Wifey Redux / Star Child / Noose Jumpers

 

RALPH R. CLEMENTE STUDENT SHORT AWARD

Winner – Spilt Milk

Nominees – Keep To The Code / A Pointless Pencil / Chateau Sauvignon/ Captain Cyborg

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE SHORT FILM

Winner – Keep Going

Nominees – Closer Than They Appear / Bow Shock / Milkshake Express / The Ballad Of Ella Plummhoff

 

BEST ANIMATED SHORT FILM

Winner – Dream Catcher

Nominees – Moom / Brothers Brimm / Rabbit Blood / Portrait of a Wind-Up Maker

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT FILM

Winner – Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings

Nominees – Generation Hope / Fully Aquatic / Roll For Initiative / Don’t Get Tagged

 

BEST WEB SERIES

Winner – Lonely Lil

Nominees – The Comeback Kids / The Rub / Arthur / Barry Baker: Aspiring Serial Killer

 

BEST MUSIC VIDEO

Winner – The World Ender

Nominees – Little Party Queen / Consume Pedagogic / Microphone / Underwater

 

MOST OUTRAGEOUS!

Winner – Bullet Of Madness

 

MOST INSPIRATIONAL

Winner – Generation Hope

Nominees – Water Angel / Loving Henri / Adventures of Miss Fit / Where To, Miss?

 

SOCIAL AWARENESS AWARD

Winner – Foster Shock

Nominees – Paper Lanterns / Don’t Get Tagged / Time Passes Slowly / Hard To Believe

 

FOCUS ON ART AWARD

Winner – Love Bite: Laurie Lipton and her disturbing black & white drawings

 

JERRY CAVALLARO INDIE SPIRIT AWARD

Winner – Shooting Clerks.

 

CINEMATIC ICON AWARD

Winner – Bob Hawk

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Winner – 2307: Winter’s Dream

Nominees – Keep Going / The World Ender / Circle

2016 SCREENPLAY COMPETITION AWARD WINNERS

BEST ACTION / THRILLER SCREENPLAY

VALLEY OF SPIRITS

BEST COMEDY SCREENPLAY

MARRYING KINDS

BEST DRAMA SCREENPLAY

LION OF THE SEA

BEST SCI-FI / HORROR SCREENPLAY

HELL ON NEPTUNE

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THE BEST FEATURE SCRIPTS

Marrying Kinds / Valley of Spirits / Lion of the Sea / Chocolate Potato / Pizza Palace / False Targets

THE BEST SHORT SCRIPTS

Welcome Back / Dad(s) / The Library / Dakota Caves – 2 Miles / Shoot Me Nicely / Love

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