Florida Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Florida Film Festival
SINCE: 1991
WHERE: Maitland FL
WEBSITE: www.floridafilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Through ten days of 170 films and first-class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the theater.

Florida Film Festival Announces Films for 2014 Festival; Opens With Florida Premiere of THE TRIP TO ITALY

Florida Film Festival Announces Films for 2014 Festival; Opens With Florida Premiere of THE TRIP TO ITALY

 THE TRIP TO ITALY directed by Michael Winterbottom.THE TRIP TO ITALY directed by Michael Winterbottom.

The program lineup was unveiled today for the 23rd Annual Florida Film Festival, taking place April 4 to 13, 2014, in Maitland and Winter Park, Florida. FFF will screen more than 170 feature and short films representing 26 countries, along with celebrity guest appearances, forums and parties. The festival opens with Florida Premiere of THE TRIP TO ITALY directed by Michael Winterbottom.

Michael Winterbottom’s largely improvised 2010 British TV series-turned-feature-film, The Trip, had comedians Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing variations on their own public personas as they went on a restaurant tour of northern England. In this hilarious and incisive follow-up, the director has reunited the pair for a new culinary road trip, retracing the steps of the Romantic poets’ grand tour of Italy and indulging in some sparkling banter and, thankfully, more impersonation battle-royales. On assignment by The Observer to write about some high-end restaurants and historical sites along the Italian peninsula, Rob enlists the on-hiatus-from-Hollywood Steve to join him on this new journey. So off they go in a rented Mini-Cooper, enjoying mouthwatering meals in gorgeous settings from Liguria to Capri while riffing on subjects as varied as the latestBatman flick, the artistic merits of Alanis Morissette, and of course, the virtue of sequels. As the camera captures the idyllic Italian landscape and the gastronomic treasures being prepared and consumed, THE TRIP TO ITALY effortlessly mines the chemistry and brilliant comic interplay between Coogan and Brydon. Thankfully, we’re all along for the ride. 

2013 Florida Festival Winners, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER Takes Top Prize

2013 Florida Festival Winners, THIS IS MARTIN BONNER Takes Top Prize

The 2013 Florida Film Festival announced the Jury and Audience Awards, and the film THIS IS MARTIN BONNER, directed by Chad Hartigan took the top prize, the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature. The film about fifty-something Martin Bonner (Paul Eenhoorn), a divorced father of two grown kids who’s just declared bankruptcy, and starting a new chapter in his life in Reno, Nevada, was the winner of the audience award for Best of NEXT at 2013 Sundance Film Festival.

Accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, the Grand Jury Award for Best Live Action and Animated Short films automatically qualifies the winners for entry into the Live Action and Animated Short Film categories of the Academy Awards®.

The complete list of jury and audience award winners of the 2013 Florida Film Festival in the American Independent and International Feature Film, Documentary, and Short Film categories are as follows:

Midnight Movies and Music Films Featuring Rock Icon Doc Pomus Unveiled for 2013 Florida Film Festival

Midnight Movies and Music Films Featuring Rock Icon Doc Pomus Unveiled for 2013 Florida Film Festival

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES

The Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, unveiled the Midnight Movies and Music Sidebar programs for the 2013 edition.

This year’s Music Films feature rock icon Doc Pomus, inspirational punk/reggae band Bad Brains, and theforefathers of the indie/alternative rock movement Big Star. For the Midnight Movie lovers, films include a group of Brits fending off zombies in London’s East End, a documentary about the first midnight movie star Divine, and two films that tackle the found footage genre, including one directed by graduates of Full Sail and UCF. This year’s Festival runs April 5-14, 2013 and is located in Central Florida.

2013 Florida Film Festival Reveals International Films and British Shorts Now Program Lineup

2013 Florida Film Festival Reveals International Films and British Shorts Now Program Lineup

BROKEN

The 2013 Florida Film Festival announced the international feature films that will screen at the festival. The 2013 International Showcase released includes the harsh tale of a loan shark enforcer with mother issues, a unique coming of age tale set against a British neighborhood, a shocking portrayal of accusation and scandal, and a Capture the Flag contest.

New to the Festival this year is the British Shorts Now! program, featuring several examples of UK short film. This program is filled with recognizable faces such as Dame Judi Dench (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Michael Fassbender (Shame), Liam Cunningham (TV’s Game of Thrones), and Mackenzie Crook (TV’s The Office).

2013 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE

Narrative and Documentary Feature Films Announced for 2013 Florida Film Festival

Narrative and Documentary Feature Films Announced for 2013 Florida Film Festival

BIG JOY – THE ADVENTURES OF JAMES BROUGHTON

The 2013 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, will screen a record-breaking 170 films representing 23 countries selected from over 1500 entries. This year’s Festival runs April 5-14, 2013 and is located in Central Florida.

Among them, Director Jorge Hinojosa, who grew up in Oviedo, FL, unveils his documentary about the legendary Chicago pimp and author, Iceberg Slim. Benjamin Fuqua (Producer), a Full Sail graduate, and FSU graduates Cherie Saulter (Producer) and Julio Perez (Editor) have films competing in the Narrative Feature competition. Among the recognizable faces on screen this year are Jane Adams (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), Jason Ritter (TV’s Parenthood), Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network), Tippi Hedren (The Birds), and Melanie Lynskey (Up In the Air).

The films include: 

Cloris Leachman to Attend 2012 Florida Film Festival for Screening of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

Cloris Leachman to Attend 2012 Florida Film Festival for Screening of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW

The “funny, unique, and multi-talented” Cloris Leachman will attend the 2012 Florida Film Festival, on April 20 to present a screening of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW (for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar®) and reminisce about her expansive career during a live Q&A.   Leachman will screen a digitally restored, definitive director’s cut of THE LAST PICTURE SHOW with 7 minutes of original footage previously unseen in its theatrical release. Described as one of […]

Films from Denmark, Japan, Norway and UK at 2012 Florida Film Festival

Films from Denmark, Japan, Norway and UK at 2012 Florida Film Festival

The 2012 Florida Film Festival International Showcase lineup announced today includes an outrageous adventure, a moving tale of childhood wishes, a sexually-charged coming-of-age comedy, and a darkly witty take on the afterlife. 2012 FLORIDA FILM FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL SHOWCASE CLOWN, Denmark (Director: Mikkel Nørgaard) SOUTHEAST PREMIEREIn Danish with English subtitlesFrank and Casper planned an elaborate adventure to an exclusive brothel under the guise of a canoe trip. The problem is Frank just discovered his girlfriend is […]

2012 Florida Film Festival Unveils Florida and Music Films

2012 Florida Film Festival Unveils Florida and Music Films

The 2012 Florida Film Festival unveiled the Florida Showcase and Music Sidebar programs earlier this week.  Film subjects include about a hurricane, ’70s sensation Paul Williams, songsmith Andrew Bird, Florida’s juvenile justice system, and legendary artist Paul Simon. This year’s Festival runs April 13-22, 2012 and is located in Central Florida. FLORIDA FEATURE FILM SHOWCASE: EYE OF THE HURRICANE / USA (Director: Jesse Wolfe) EAST COAST PREMIERESet in the majestic but dangerous Florida Everglades, EYE […]

2012 Florida Film Festival Announces Narrative and Documentary Feature Films and Selects Renee as Opening Night Film

2012 Florida Film Festival Announces Narrative and Documentary Feature Films and Selects Renee as Opening Night Film

The 2012 Florida Film Festival, announced that a record-breaking 167 films were selected to screen at the festival, with 144 having their Florida premiere (or higher) at the Festival. This year’s Festival runs April 13-22, 2012 and is located in Central Florida. The Narrative and Documentary Feature Film selections for the 2012 Florida Film Festival American Independent Competition were announced. Among them, DeLand based director Sylvia Caminer unveils her documentary on pop star Rick Springfield. […]

Florida Film Festival Award Winners 2011; HAMILL Voted Best Film by Audience

Florida Film Festival Award Winners 2011; HAMILL Voted Best Film by Audience

The 20th annual Florida Film Festival came to a close last weekend with an awards reception recognizing the best in American independent and foreign film. The jury and audience award-winners of the 2011 Florida Film Festival in the American Independent and International Feature Film, Documentary, and Short Film categories are as follows: FEATURE FILMS Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Feature THE HAPPY POET, directed by Paul Gordon Special Jury Award for Outstanding Debut Performance […]

Official Lineup + Project Nim to Open 20th Florida Film Festival

Official Lineup + Project Nim to Open 20th Florida Film Festival

The 20th annual Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, will take place April 8 through 17, 2011, and this year’s lineup features more than 160 films from 25 countries with 43 female directors. The documentary, Project Nim, from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker, James Marsh (Man on Wire), will serve as the Festival’s Opening Night Film on April 8. Humorous, eye-opening, and thought-provoking, Project Nim tells the tale of a chimp taken from its mother […]