From April 9 through April 18, Central Florida will once again play host to the Florida Film Festival. The 19th edition will be one of the best ever, with a brand new venue (the beautiful new Plaza Theater and Cafe in downtown Orlando) to add to the existing venues, the Regal Winter Park Village and the Enzian Theatre.
This is a medium-sized festival that has a reputation for being low-key and user-friendly. Film fanatics can rub elbows with filmmakers, aspiring filmmakers as well as members of their own kind. There are always some well-known celebrities in the mix; last year, Jon Voight, Glenn Close and Anthony Bourdain were all in attendance. While the celebrity attendees have not been announced as yet, there are always some surprises.
The main thrust of the festival is the films of course, and there are always some outstanding ones at the festival. Da Queen and I will be attending only six – Leaves of Grass, Warlords, The Secret of Kells, Winter’s Bone, Mid-August Lunch and Waking Sleeping Beauty.
There is also food, with several food-and-film related events. There are special screenings in Winter Park’s Central Park and Orlando’s Lake Eola, as well as panel discussion and screenings of classic films. There are several Oscar nominees as well as Oscar winners in the Short films, documentaries and animated film categories.
The director of the Florida Film Festival, Henry Maldonado, invited bloggers to spread the word about this great event and I’m only to happy to do it. This is as unpretentious an event as you are ever going to find. It’s fun, there’s great people and great movies. You won’t have heard of many of them unless you’re a confirmed movie junkie but I guarantee you there’s at least one movie you will not just like but love.
I will be reviewing each of the movies I see at the festival but out of respect for the distributors and filmmakers I won’t print full reviews until after the movies are released.
So if you’re interested at all in movies, particularly movies that are out of the mainstream, this is the festival for you. I’ve put up links to the festival and for those unable to come to Orlando to attend, you can stream the festival live from this site. If you are in the Orlando area or are willing to travel there, ticket prices are reasonable and the return is far greater than you might expect.
Keep your eye on this space in the upcoming weeks for news about the Film Festival and if you’re planning on going, drop me a line! I’d love to meet you there!