The annual Florida Film Festival is recognized as one of the most respected regional film events in the country. The Florida Film Festival, now more than a quarter century old, is accredited as a qualifying festival for the Oscars in the category of live action short films. Which means the winner of the Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short is automatically qualified to enter the Live Action Short Film category of the Academy Awards.
Every spring, the 10-day festival is a mix of industry parties, special events and almost non-stop screenings around Central Florida. The festival is open to everyone, with special packages covering multiple events and screenings. Each festival normally explores a single theme, such as “Film Sweet Film,” movies that evoke a sense of home.
At least one major Hollywood celebrity attends the festival. Past attendees include Malcom McDowel, Jennifer Tilly, Paul Newman, Brian Dennehy, William H. Macy, Christopher Walken, Glenn Close and Ken Russell.
The event is headquartered at the Enzian, a non-profit art house and cinema cafe offering mostly independent and foreign films throughout the year.