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9th Annual Orlando Film Festival starts this week

By: @jenvargas

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With over 250 films screening, this is Orlando Film Festival’s biggest year ever! More than 300 filmmakers and talent from around the world will descend upon Downtown Orlando to represent their films. Welcome filmmakers!

Orlando Film Fest kicked off last night with a Wine’d Down Wednesday pre-party at Kasa Restaurant and Bar and followed with a opening night screening of the “pitch-dark comedy,” Tiger Lily Road. Director Michael Medeiros with a few cast and crew members attended the screening before heading over to Kres Chophouse on Orange Ave for a great after party.

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Photo by Nando Torres

Festival passes, VIP and VIP Elite passes are still available at orlandofilmfest.com. Stay for a single film, block of films or go for the VIP Elite pass to get priority seating and unlimited access to the entire fest including; every screening, party, panel, music conference, filmmaker and VIP lounges.

Below, Indie Cinema Showcase goes behind the scenes of last year’s festival to find out why MovieMaker Magazine named Orlando Film Festival one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals In The World!”

Speaking of filmmakers, you may recognize the host of the segment above. He’s guest contributor Nando Torres! Readers here know Nando as a HUGE WWE fan, but he’s also an actor, filmmaker and Chief Operating Officer of Bad Kitty Films. Nando produced a short film called The Conversation which is screening this weekend at Orlando Film Festival. He and his Bad Kitty partner in crime, actress/director Christina Carmona, also play a pair of evil villains in another film screening this weekend called TechSquad, produced by Creative Inlet Films. I highly encourage you to check out both, with the least amount of bias I can muster!

On Social: 

Twitter: @OrlandoFilmFest, #OFF9

Facebook: /OrlandoFilmFest

Orlando’s 48 Hour Film Project returns Aug 22-24

Lights… camera… ACTION, Orlando filmmakers!!

The 48 Hour Film Project Orlando is seeking filmmakers, actors, musicians, and artists of all kinds! Filmmakers of all levels of proficiency are welcome to sign up for this contest. Filmmaker and actor meetups are happening every week before the August 22nd Kickoff Event at CuePhoria Billiards and Cafe in Winter Park.

Teams from around the world gather to make a short film – from concept to completion – in just one weekend! (Check out our wrap up from last year, as well as Orlando Weekly’s cover story by resident Film Critic, Cameron Meier.)

Last year’s Orlando winner, “TechSquad” from Team Creative Inlet, has screened at notable film festivals local and abroad including the Florida Film Festival, Sanford’s awesome Love Your Shorts Film Festival, the Miami International Science Fiction Film Festival and the upcoming Central Florida (CENFLO) Film Festival in Ocoee on Labor Day weekend. (Also screening at CENFLO is a short called The Conversation, a film by our own Guest Contributor Nando Torres of Bad Kitty Films!)

Orlando’s “TechSquad” advanced to Filmapalooza in New Orleans this year where it was [literally!] one step away from making it into the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Short Film Corner in France. A little Twitter birdie told us Team Creative Inlet will compete again this year…

This caught our eye –> According to their press release, “New Amsterdam Vodka and The 48 Hour Film Project will co-host a national filmmaking competition. New Amsterdam’s “It’s Your Town” competition will invite five teams from 25 US cities to participate in a challenge that requires filmmakers to produce short, docu-style films and provide an insider’s view into the places and people that make their city unique, focusing on the local stories outsiders normally wouldn’t see. At the close of the competition, a screening of a selection of New Amsterdam’s “It’s Your Town” films will be shown at The 48 Hour Film Project’s culminating celebration, Filmapalooza 2015.

Will Orlando be selected for this challenge? WE HOPE SO!! For more information and instructions on how to register for this year’s 48 HFP, please visit: https://www.48hourfilm.com/orlando/ and follow the competition on Twitter @Orlando48HFP

Break a leg‘ Orlando filmmakers!


About the 48 Hour Film Project

The 48 Hour Film Project is the oldest and largest timed film competition in the world.  The 48 Hour Film Project’s mission is to advance filmmaking and promote filmmakers. The tight 48-hour deadline puts the focus squarely on the filmmaking, emphasizing creativity and teamwork and “doing” instead of “talking”. The emphasis is also on building communities of local creative people, facilitating making new connections, showcasing skills, and celebrating what creativity and teamwork can accomplish in just one weekend.

Director Devin Lucia brings ‘Dog Sees God’ to Orlando’s The Venue

A special invitation to all of YOU from the cast through Google Glass!

Opening this weekend is a local production of Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, written by Burt V. Royal. The story cleverly juxtaposes Charles Schultz’s classic Peanuts characters with commonplace teens and the daily problems they face. The echoing subject throughout the play? Bullying, an unfortunate hot button topic in today’s society and especially prevalent in high schools. In this production they fearlessly tackle it all; being gay, overweight, hate crimes, racial stereotyping, drugs, peer pressure and more. Not only do they tackle it onstage, they’ve opened an anti-bullying dialogue across social media, on their website and through video interviews with the cast via their Dog Sees God Orlando YouTube page


Sound too heavy? Don’t worry. There are well-paced, comedic breaks along the way. And! If you’re a huge Peanuts fan like I am, there are plenty of nifty easter eggs [hidden and not-so-hidden] throughout the performance. (Who doesn’t like a good Snoopy Dance?!)


The play’s director, Devin Lucia, has given the script a bit of an update from its early 2000’s context. Her staging aims to push the boundaries of social identification. Through the main character “CB,” we follow a journey of awkward adolescent phases of self discovery. In association with UCF’s Bully-Free Florida Network, fundraising and awareness efforts to support this cause are intertwined within the show. A dedicated cast of local 20-something thespians handle this production’s heavy material with grace and humor. Tickets are only $10 and are available NOW for purchase online or in person at The Venue Orlando
CB – Matthew Hughes
Beethoven – Isaac Bannasch
CB’s Sister – Jordan Irvine
Van – Jonathan Jimenez
Van’s Sister – Cassandra Buelich
Matt – Adam Ressa
Tricia – Christina Carmona
Marcy – Lindsay Taylor
Director & Producer – Devon D. Lucia
Assistant Director – Brian Gutierrez
Executive Producer – Dannon Lucia
Production Manager – Heather Mowad
Communications Manager – Steven Calamusa
Event Manager – Chris Meushaw
Graphic and Set Designer – Samantha Sanders
Set Construction – Dan Mende