By Leslie C. Halpern
The 27th Annual Florida Film Festival, produced by Enzian Theater and held this year from April 6 – 15 throughout Central Florida, offers 183 feature and short films from 38 countries. The Festival includes the American Independent Competition, 23 world premieres, 82 women filmmakers, and a new experimental shorts program named Sunspots: New Visions in the Avant Garde. As always, Festival goers also can choose from a variety of additional programming, such as celebrity guest events, special screenings, film sidebars, family films, parties, and the popular film forums offered free to the community.
Here’s a quick look at this year’s forums, all held at Enzian Theater. No tickets are required, and the forums are free and open to the public; however, seating is limited. The moderator asks questions of the panelists, and a general Q&A with the audience follows the discussion.
Write Now! A Screenwriter’s Road from Keyboard to Storyboard
- Wednesday, April 11, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Enzian Theater
This group of respected screenwriters will provide an up-to-the-minute insider’s guide to succeeding in the film industry, including tips on breaking in and working with the changing markets (such as Amazon, Netflix, and Hulu). Panelists will discuss agents, hot topics, and writing on spec, among other issues. Moderated by screenwriter Barry Sandler (Crimes of Passion, Making Love), this panel features Nick Naveda (Say You Will, Words on Bathroom Walls) and Don Mancini (Childs Play).
Indie Women: Grab ‘em by the Movies
- Thursday, April 12, 11:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater; sponsored by Full Sail University
In recent years, Florida Film Festival has devoted time and attention to some of the extraordinary women filmmakers working today. The Indie Women film panel returns this year, marking an even stronger presence at the Festival with women filmmakers representing more than 45% of the total programming. With strong women filmmakers including Greta Gerwig (Ladybird) on today’s scene at the same time as the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, these are changing times in the entertainment industry (and beyond). Panelists include Brooke Purdy (Quality Problems), Raama Mosely (Tatterdemalion), Jen Serena (My Indiana Muse) and Caroline Voagen Nelson (Aquacade), who will talk about their industry experiences. The forum will be moderated by Anne Russell, Program Director – Film Production MFA at Full Sail University.
- Friday, April 13, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater; sponsored by IMDBPro
Always a favorite, the filmmaker forum brings together a combination of talents from each year’s Festival. Conversations are lively, dynamic, and totally unscripted. Panelists reveal their triumphs and challenges, gloats and grievances, along with plenty of colorful anecdotes of the independent filmmaking process. Charles Sutter, Adjunct Professor, Film Department, UCF School of Visual Art & Design and festival selections team member, will moderate the panel, which includes Karl Jacob (Cold November), Fiona Dawson (TransMilitary), Christina Parrish (Call Me Brother) and David Howe (Call Me Brother).
Visit the Florida Film Festival website for full movie listings and ticket information.