Regarded as one of the finest film festivals in the U.S., the Florida Film Festival (taking place April 17-26, 2020) is an annual showcase for the best in American Independent and Foreign Cinema.
This 10-day celebration of filmmakers and their art includes an American Independent Film Competition for features, docs, shorts, and animation, along with an International Showcase, Spotlight Films (those already with distribution), Midnight Movies, Music Films, Food Films, Florida Films, Secret Screenings, Tributes, Special Guests, Panels & Forums, parties, and more.
Hosted by the historic Enzian Theater in Maitland (Orlando), Florida, the Florida Film Festival has been named “one of the top 50 festivals” by indieWIRE, and one of the top 10 festivals in the world by festival guru Chris Gore in his book, The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Nestled in at number eight (alongside such prestigious events as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, and SXSW), the Festival continues to showcase the best in American independent and foreign cinema.
Moviemaker Magazine named the FFF one the “50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee” in 2014, 2018 & 2019, and one of the “Coolest Film Festivals in the World” in 2013.
The Florida Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Oscars in all three shorts categories: Live Action, Animated, and Documentary. As of 2019, the Florida Film Festival remains the only Oscar-accredited festival in the State, and one of the only festivals in the world to be accredited in all three shorts categories.
The winners of the Grand Jury Awards for Best Short in those categories will automatically qualify to enter the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, and Documentary Short Film categories of the next year’s Academy Awards.