Celebrate Florida Filmmakers at Florida Film Festival 2016

The Florida Film Festival has revealed this year’s program, which is chock full of parties, discussions and special guests! Tonight, Maitland’s own Academy Awards® qualifying film festival opens with its classic Opening Night Party featuring a film called The Lobster, directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Colin Farrell.

While we are excited to welcome actress Sissy Spacek and director Mark Duplass to Central Florida, we are even more excited to see Florida’s awesome filmmakers up on the big screen! Be sure to follow Top 5 contributors (and filmmakers!) Rich, Jay, Allen, Jen and first time guest contributor Christopher Collins for live updates from #FFF2016!

At Enzian Theater’s annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase, a mix of 13 schools (nine colleges & four high schools), 7 FilmSlam Winners, and many other independent entries (totaling 62 films!) were screened. Twelve films, made right here in Florida, were selected by a combination of jury and audience votes to screen as part of the Florida Sidebar in this year’s Florida Film Festival (April 8-17, 2016), sponsored by Full Sail University.

Below is the program for Florida Shorts: The Best of Brouhaha followed by three great Florida centric documentaries! If you see one of the filmmakers at this year’s fest, be sure to give them a high five! Festival tickets are available for purchase online or at the Enzian box office: www.FloridaFilmFestival.com/tickets

Written/Directed by Jake Hammond, Produced by Chloe Lind, Florida State University, 6 min 33 sec

A moody 10-year-old boy, stuck at his little sister’s birthday party, slips away for solitude and encounters a malevolent presence hiding within the ball pit of a sprawling indoor playground.

Directed by Sterling Sims, Full Sail University, 8 min 37 sec
(Meet Sterling Simms at the 4/16 screening!)

The story of the owner of Florida Discount Music, Mike Della Cioppa, who turned an ailing music shop into a cultural music hub that the community didn’t even know it needed.

Written/Directed/Produced by Richard Lee, University of Central Florida, 3 min 10 sec
(Meet Richard Lee at the 4/16 screening!)

A deep sea diver finds himself stranded in a forbidden domain at the bottom of the ocean.  In the face of danger, he must seek out parts to repair his submarine.

Written/Directed by Lydia Dullinger, Produced by Brandon Cox, Florida State University, 7 min 28 sec

Lily has a rare genetic trait that’s causing her to grow wings during puberty.  Surviving high school gets even more complicated when she meets Logan, a gay teenager determined to be her friend.

Co-written/Directed by Steve Jean-Jacques, Co-written by Jordan Loscalzo, Full Sail University, 9 min 58 sec
(Meet Steve Jean-Jacques at the 4/16 screening!)

A girl with a death wish meets her mother’s new boyfriend with some mixed results.

Written/Directed/Produced by Christina Chang & Charlie Parisi, Ringling College of Art and Design, 3 min 52 sec

A strict father-son relationship is put to the test on a piñata ranch when the boy befriends one of the livestock and the ultimate sacrifice is on the line.

Written/Directed by Yiyi Yin, Produced by Saad Nawab, Florida State University, 15 min 4 sec

Xiao is so relieved after his perfect girlfriend returns to him.  But when he realizes she’s still in love with another man, he resorts to revenge…and the love of a mannequin.

Written/Directed/Produced by Paige Callan, Lake Highland Preparatory School, 6 min 8 sec
(Meet Paige Callan at the 4/16 screening!)

On the last day of her senior year, Maddie does not want to leave high school with any regrets.  She is finally ready to profess her true love to the boy she has liked since Pre-K.  But is the feeling mutual?

A very strong program from our June 2015 #filmmakers! #filmslam

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CARTERPILLAR [June 2015 FilmSlam Audience Award Winner]
Co-written/Directed/Produced by Ariel Zengotita, Co-written by Alex Zengotita, 2 min 57 sec
(Meet Ariel Zengotita at the 4/16 screening!)

A misfit toy car stars in this heartwarming, stop-motion film about loneliness and the need to belong.

Written/Directed/Produced by Grace Marrero, Florida State University, 7 min 26 sec

When animals fall victim to human-related incidents, Busch Wildlife Sanctuary heals and releases them back into the wild to once again be free.

NONE OF THAT  (Brouhaha Audience Award Winner)
Written/Directed/Produced by Anna Hinds Paddock, Kriti Kaur & Isabela Littger, Ringling College of Art and Design, 4 min 11 sec

A night museum guard discovers he’s in for more than he bargained for when a mysterious entity begins to censor all of the nude artwork.

Written/Directed by Armaan Uplekar, Produced by Aubrey Danielson, Florida State University, 13 min 44 sec
(Meet Armaan Uplekar at the 4/16 screening!)

Rhett and Deacon, white teenagers growing up in the Deep South, have blood on their hands after committing a racially motivated murder.  In the hours afterward, Rhett struggles to reconcile his guilt with his racial beliefs, while drawn to the affections of a local waitress.

Also included in this year’s program are three Florida centric documentaries;

Sponsored by Orlando Film Commission
Directed by Cecilia Aldarondo, SOUTHEAST PREMIERE/2ND US SHOWING

Twenty-five years after Cecilia Aldarondo’s Uncle Miguel died of AIDS, she tracks down his long-lost lover in search of answers as to why Miguel repented his homosexuality as death drew near. Uncovering the truth requires Cecilia to confront her family members with tough questions in an attempt to peel back the layers of denial associated with her uncle’s sexuality. Confronting her own family’s, the Latino culture’s, and the Church’s issues with homosexuality, she gives voice to his struggle for both love and acceptance. The search for answers about her uncle’s deathbed repentance becomes a complicated exploration of unresolved family drama. Stylish and unflinching in its approach, MEMORIES OF A PENITENT HEART explores both the personal story of Cecilia’s own family conflict, and the larger story of the AIDS crisis during the 1980s and 1990s—particularly the under-explored history of the many Latino artists who died during that time.

Directed by Eric Rockey
(Meet Eric Rockey at the 4/17 screening!)

Growing up in conservative rural Florida, a six-year-old, gender non-conforming boy named Jeffrey wants to be a princess for Halloween.

Sponsored by Orlando Film Commission and Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission
Directed by Andrew Shea, WORLD PREMIERE
(Meet Andrew Shea, James Eowan and Udi Epstein at the 4/16 screening!)

America’s last true frontier wasn’t the Golden West. It was the sawgrass seas of Florida’s Everglades, where a few thousand Native Americans fled 200 years ago and refused to die out. From that fierce, hardscrabble lineage comes the last of the great Indian chiefs, James Billie—a man born into this century but forged by the mythology of the past—a hunter, poet, soldier, and charismatic leader of 4,000 Florida Seminoles made wealthy beyond their wildest imaginings by Billie’s invention of (mostly) legalized gaming on reservations. With a deep personal charm that works almost magical results on everything from alligators to politicians, Billie is untouchable—until hubris, that bane of every hero beloved of the gods, threatens to bring him down and tumble the empire he built for the tribe he loves.

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