Film buffs are suiting up for another fantastic Florida Film Festival set to run from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 14. The lineup for this celebrated event includes 170 … that’s right … 170 fine American films in every genre imaginable. Showcased this year will be everything from independent and foreign films to regional flavor to animated and family films. And it’s not just films you can experience at the festival. The program also includes parties, discussions, and even celebrity guests. The event is sponsored by the Enzian Theater, located at 1300 South Orlando Avenue in Maitland.
This fabulous event kicks off opening night with cocktail hour at Eden Bar at the Enzian Theater, known as “Florida’s best alfresco dining destination.” From there you can ride along with comedians Rob Brydon and Steve Coogan as they set out in a mini-cooper for more comedic banter, philosophical insights, and restaurant hopping in the opening night film, Florida’s premiere of the hilarious Trip to Italy, the awaited sequel to the mostly improvised 2010 British TV series-turned-feature-film, The Trip.
If movie life on the edge is more your style, this diverse festival will be packed with a mixed bag of midnight shorts. From uneasy characters being driven mad by rats in the walls in Max Isaacson’s 2013 short, Whispers, to adorable teddy bears hunting the last unicorns in the 2013 animated film, Unicorn Blood, these gritty shorts are sure to placate your darker side.
For those who wish to experience the film industry from a more hands-on approach with celebrity guests, spotlighted in the program on Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm will be ‘An Evening with Susan Sarandon, featuring Dead Man Walking.’ In the controversial 1995 Academy-Award winner, a nun visits a convicted killer on death row and empathizes with both the killer and his victim’s families. Ms. Sarandon will present a Q&A after the screening of this film to discuss her Oscar-winning role. On Saturday, April 12 at 11:00 am the 1990 Academy-Award-winning Goodfellas will be presented with actor Paul Sorvino giving an up-close-and-personal Q&A following the film.
Rounding out this exciting event will be discussions, Sunday brunch buffets, a Whole Foods Market Tasting Reception, a filmmaker welcome party, an awards bash … and so much more! This unique and stimulating film industry event is a must for all film lovers, casual and serious. For more information, call 407-629-1088 or visit http://www.floridafilmfestival.com.