Can you believe it’s been 24 years since the Florida Film Festival debuted at Enzian Theater in Maitland?? The theater itself celebrates it’s 30 year anniversary this year, with plans (now public) to expand to three screens and add up to 130 seats!
Much has changed for the fest and its home over the years. Florida Film Festival has since become an Oscar®-qualifying festival, which brings even more current, independent and international cinema to Central Florida. Enzian has a remodeled theater with more seating options. With the addition of Eden Bar at Florida Film Festival 2007, tasty additions to both the theater and bar menus and comfortable new outdoor furniture, it’s no wonder the Fest goes into the wee hours of the morning! Back in 2011, Central Florida Top 5 even hosted the first ever Florida Film Festival tweetup!
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… and we can’t wait!
This week Enzian announced a list of community events taking place at the 24th Annual Florida Film Festival (April 10-19, 2015), in Maitland and Winter Park, Florida, with Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and Primary Public Partners Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs.
The full program announcement happens this Wednesday and will take place during an invite only Film Lineup Luau at Enzian Theater. Central Florida Top 5 will be there, learning about this year’s film selections, live tweeting the deets about this year’s visiting guests and more! We will also be around during the ten days of fest, so if you see any of our contributors (new or seasoned) walking around, please say hello!
ProTip: Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 21st.
This year’s community events include:
All outdoor films are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.
Monday Night Pitcher Show, featuring (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Sponsored by Orlando Date Night Guide
Monday, April 13th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film from 8–9:35PM at Eden Bar
Who doesn’t love a good date? Cozy up on a blanket on the lawn for a free screening of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, an offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists and the young man who falls for her.
Popcorn Flicks in Central Park: GIRL HAPPY
Tuesday, April 14th
8–9:40PM at Central Park, Winter Park
251 Park Avenue South, Winter Park, FL 32789
Presenting Sponsor: Full Sail University
Co-sponsored by: City of Winter Park & iHeartMedia
Don’t miss this opportunity to groove under the stars for this special 50thanniversary screening of GIRL HAPPY! Come watch Elvis Presley on the big screen in this killer 1960s flick as he takes to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale during spring break.
Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, featuring DONNIE DARKO
Wednesday, April 15th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film from 8–10PM at Eden Bar
Enzian’s audience was asked to help select this Pitcher Show by answering a question: “What film do you find the most interesting?” And the winner is …drumroll… DONNIE DARKO, the mind-bending cinematic adventure of a troubled suburban teenager who survives a freak accident only to be plagued by doomsday visions guided by a monstrous rabbit called Frank.
Bring a blanket and hang out on the lawn for this free screening. Eden Bar will be serving up your favorite cocktails, so stay after to discuss “interesting” films with fellow cinefiles. Make sure to check out some of the other terrific responses, which will be published in the FFF15 special edition program guide.
Thursday Night Pitcher Show, featuring AMELIE
Thursday, April 16th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM
Film begins at 8PM at Eden Bar
2015 marks Enzian’s 30th Anniversary! Celebrate the occasion with other Enzian fans by enjoying AMELIE for free on the lawn at Eden Bar. This magical romantic comedy from visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the third of five of his astonishing works that have played at Enzian.
For the cinephiles and filmmakers out there:
All discussions are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.
Film In Florida
Wednesday, April 15, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian
Presenting Sponsor: Orlando Film Commission
Co-sponsored by Tampa Hillsborough Film & Digital Media Commission and our friends at Women in Film & Television Florida
From white sandy beaches to brick paved main streets, Florida is America’s backlot. The Film in Florida panel is your Everything You Need to Know Guidefor filming in Florida, from locations, to incentives, and everything in between. Learn more about how Florida has the 3rd largest talent pool in the US and how Florida can make the most out of your budget. Florida is more than just a great place to visit with your family… It’s the set of your next film. Sheena Fowler, Director, Film & Digital Media at Orlando Film Commission will moderate, and filmmakers Jason Kupfer and Tighe Arnold (“Invaders”) and Sheri Kebbel (“Dan Behind His Eyes”) will be among those participating.
After the FILM IN FLORIDA discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix-and-mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers. This event is free and open to the public.
Florida Film Mixer
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30–1:30PM at Eden Bar
After the Film in Florida discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix and mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers.
Making Meaning: Films that Change the World
Thursday, April 16, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian
Sponsored by FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY
Films have a huge impact on our world. They not only impact how we see ourselves, but they can affect the political and cultural landscape. Ultimately, a thoughtfully expressed film can create activism and engender compassion for some of the big issues facing the world.
This panel will discuss the many ways that films impact society for better and sometimes worst. Should films simply be about entertaining, or is there a larger responsibility at hand? Are documentary films more accessible than in the past, and what new distribution models allow niche projects to reach a wider audience? What are the issues and opportunities filmmakers encounter when they join forces with organizations? Filmmakers who’ve delved into broad-reaching topics such as gay marriage, Asperger’s syndrome, poverty, citizen’s rights, the environment, and freedom will participate in the discussion. Maylen Dominguez, Program Director of the Film Production Master in Fine Arts at Full Sail University will moderate.
Across the Pond: American Screenwriters, British Madmen
Friday, April 17, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian
What happens when two writers who happen to teach at the University of Central Florida—one in the film department and one in the English department—end up writing films for two of the most brilliant, visionary, and over-the-top (some might say “crazy”) directors in British film history? Find out as American screenwriters Barry Sandler and Pat Rushin share their experiences working with Ken Russell (The Devils, Tommy, Altered States) and Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil) on the films Crimes of Passion(1984) and The Zero Theorem (2013). Both of these iconoclastic English filmmakers are known for their unpredictability, excess, and wild imaginations, and Barry and Pat will unfold the layers of creative collaboration that went into producing such a provocative sexual thriller with Russell and a playfully cerebral work of science fiction with Gilliam. Moderated by Stephen Schlow, UCF Associate Instructor of the School of Visual Arts and Design, Film Division.
Friday, April 17, 2–3:30PM at Regal Winter Park Village
Sponsored by WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
The Florida Film Festival hosts some of the most talented new independent filmmakers every year and always sets aside one day just to pick their brains. This lively and dynamic exchange of ideas and know-how inevitably defines a high point in the festival—peppered with tales of triumph, challenge, and creative methods. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done. FFF selections committee member and Rollins College Professor Denise Cummings, Chair of the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, will moderate.
For those who love a great party (we do!):
All parties take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.
Opening Night Party
8PM–2AM at Enzian and Eden Bar
8–9PM: Eden’s Cocktail Hour
9–11PM: Food will be served
Drinks will be available all night
Film & Party ticket price $110
Film ONLY ticket price $25
Party ONLY ticket price $95
Celebrate opening night and sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots.
Participating restaurants and bars include Brio Tuscan Grille, K Restaurant, Swine & Sons, Soco Thornton Park, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Distributing, Rogue Pub, Terrapin, and more!
Saturday, April 11, 11AM–12:30PM at Enzian
Sponsored by Edible Orlando
Tickets are $12 each
Don’t miss this delicious afternoon of local eats and a sneak peek into the world of farming, featuring Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tastes and live cooking demonstrations are included in ticket price.
Locally Fresh! Farmers Market
Saturday, April 11, NOON–2:30PM on the lawn at Eden Bar
FREE and open to the public
After the Locally Fresh! event, head right out to the lawn at Eden Bar for a farmers market. Guests will get a chance to talk to the famers and other local vendors as well as purchase goods to take home and enjoy.
Whole Foods Market Tasting
Saturday, April 11, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Enzian and Eden Bar
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
FREE and open to the public
Sample a delightful spread of natural and organic tastes from Whole Foods Market. These appetizers are complimentary for festival attendees.
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 12, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar
Enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.
Festival Block Party
Sunday, April 12, 3–5PM at Regal Winter Park Village
Sponsored by Winter Park Village
510 North Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789
FREE for Festival ticket and pass holders
Look for the Winter Park Village fountain located across from the Regal cinema for a Block Party celebration of the Florida Film Festival. Festival ticket and pass holders will receive free drinks and appetizers from select Winter Park Village restaurants and also enjoy live entertainment by renowned electronic violinist Jarred Burnett. Space is limited so plan to arrive early.
Saturday, April 18
5–6PM Awards Ceremony at Enzian
6–8:30PM Dinner Buffet and cash bar at Eden Bar
7–10PM Live music with The Legendary JC’s and cash bar at Eden Bar
Ticket price: $45 in advance, $50 day of event
Have you picked your favorite films of the Festival? At the annual Awards Ceremony, you’ll be among the first to find out if they’ve won! Don’t miss this exciting and fun opportunity to hang out with filmmakers as the big winners are announced. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be served after the Awards Ceremony.
Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 19, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar
This is a perfect time to enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s own chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.