"This was really a wonderful festival experience. I loved it and was impressed with all aspects of it.I especially love the energy or spirit with which everything was handled - I felt a genuine passion for film and filmmakers that of course should be at every festival, but unfortunately is not." -Alix Lambert, Prison Zoo & Edge of Daybreak

"The Florida Film Festival has become my favorite festival to attend. The staff are so friendly, personable, and truly enthusiastic about what they do. Their taste in film is the best. I can't get over how organized and knowledgeable the volunteers are. It's a laid back and well-oiled machine." -Brian Lonano, Gwilliam

"The audiences of the Florida Film Festival are some of the most fun I’ve experienced anywhere! It was truly excellent being able to not only watch our movie with the Florida audience, to feel their energy, but also really great to be able to hang out with them afterwards - laughing, talking and — lots and lots of mojitos." -Stefan Avalos, Strad Style

"I really think [Florida Film Festival] might be the best festival ever. The energy is so great, the venue is fantastic, and as a few other festivals are approaching, I have such an appreciation for how organized and thoughtful you guys were leading up to the festival. - Amanda Bailly, 8 Borders, 8 Days

"The Florida Film Festival in Orlando gets it right by every metric you can think of." - John Wildman, Festworks

Regarded as one of the finest film festivals in the U.S., the Florida Film Festival is an annual showcase for the best in American Independent and Foreign Cinema.

This 10 day celebration of filmmakers and their art includes an Oscar® accredited 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, VR/AR, New Media/Web, 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 2021 the Florida Film Festival remains the only Oscar accredited festival in the State.

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.

After thirty years of bringing cutting edge cinema to Central Florida, the Florida Film Festival is excited to announce the addition of Virtual Reality (VR/AR) and New Media (Web) to the festival’s official programming. The festival will showcase this content as part of an exclusive online program. “VR and New Media is such an exciting and innovative world, and we’re really thrilled to bring our audience these works,” said Tim Anderson, Programming Coordinator. “The pandemic has afforded us an opportunity to utilize online streaming services to expand our offerings, and we think it’s a natural fit to showcase this broad range of new voices through the very medium that these projects were created for.”

In recent years, special guests and forum hosts included Isabella Rosselini, Karen Allen, Joe Bob Briggs, Richard Dreyfuss, Joshua Leonard, Cynthia Wade, Ellen Burstyn, Pam Grier, Blake Jenner, Don Mancini, Romany Malco, Billy Crudup, Lea Thompson, David Zucker, Robert Hays, AnnaLynne McCord, Sissy Spacek, Mark Duplass, Sam Rockwell, Bob Balaban, Susan Sarandon, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Tippi Hedren, Zoe Bell, Cary Elwes, Barry Levinson, Cloris Leachman, Glenn Close, Ken Russell, Jon Voight, Emma Stone, Edward James Olmos, Allison Anders, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Lee, Joe Pantoliano, Ed Burns, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Alan Rudolph, Leelee Sobieski, Peter Falk, Judy Greer, Peter Bogdanovich, Chazz Palminteri, John Waters, Joan Chen, Anthony Bourdain, Jennifer Tilly, Malcolm McDowell, and Mary Stuart Masterston. Past years' guests include Oliver Stone, Gena Rowlands, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy. Festival seminars have included such film industry notables as Bingham Ray, Victor Nunez and Blair Witch creators Dan Myrick and Ed Sanchez; cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Bill Butler; animators Bill Plympton and Corky Quakenbush; screenwriters Shane Black, Mike Werb and Guinevere Turner; distributors Bob Berney and Tom Prassis; and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Mike Medavoy, and Roger Corman.

Grand Jury Award - Best Narrative Feature
Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary Feature
Grand Jury Award - Best Narrative Short
Grand Jury Award - Best Documentary Short
Grand Jury Award - Best Animated Short

The Florida Film Festival is accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS). The Grand Jury Award for Best Narrative Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short automatically qualifies the winner for the next year's Academy Awards in the categories of Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short.

The Florida Film Festival requires films in competition for the Grand Jury Award be at least a Florida Premiere.

Special Jury Awards are bestowed in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Short Film

Audience Award - Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award - Best Documentary Feature
Audience Award - Best Short Film
Audience Award - Best Midnight Short
Audience Award - Best International Feature
Audience Award - Best International Short

American Independent Competition requires that the feature film have at least 51% U.S. funding and that the film NOT be financed, produced or initiated by a major motion picture studio. However any film conforming to all guidelines and purchased by a studio after completion is eligible.

Films eligible for competition Grand Jury Awards should be at minimum, Florida Premieres.

Films may not have been completed and/or publically screened prior to January 1, 2021

Films are scheduled at the discretion of the Florida Film Festival. The Florida Film Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

Films that have not been accepted may not be officially notified until early March.

Print Shipping Information:

The Florida Film Festival will pay for one-way, regular shipping within the U.S. of exhibition copies for accepted films.

The Florida Film Festival will not accept C.O.D. shipments.

Exhibition Formats:

All short films are exhibited from ProRes 422, ProRes 4444 or DNxHD files.

All digital exhibition files must be received no later than February 21, 2022

Feature films on physical DCP must be received by March 14, 2022

Films which arrive early stand a stronger chance of receiving a press screening.

Overall Rating
  • Jim Bernfield

    Could there be better medicine as the pandemic recedes than the Florida Film Festival? The venue -- the Enzian Theater and their bar -- is terrific. The audiences come from all over Florida because they love movies. The team putting the festival together are great hosts, movie aficionados, as well as really fun people. The filmmakers they bring together are in a class by themselves. And the parties are a blast. Even better -- they flew us down, put us up, and introduced us around. A superior experience would simply not be possible.

    May 2021
  • This was a great festival. Tim was always quick to answer my questions and patient. The actual event was lovely and they did a great job despite the pandemic. I was SO happy it was an in-person event. I know they had to work hard for that. The only thing I wish they had was some panels/workshops. It would have made meeting people and networking easier. I did not know anyone there except by the last few days I did make some connections and people started talking to me. Thank you Florida Film Festival for selecting my film which is SUCH an honor. I would surely recommend this festival!

    May 2021
    Response from festival:

    Hi Jennifer!

    We were so happy to have you. We promise panels and parties will return when the pandemic is over. We missed them too!

  • Justin Monroe

    As a filmmaker, I've had the pleasure of attending many great festivals over the years. The Florida Film Festival is absolutely one of my very favorites! The leadership, the staff, the volunteers, the food, the location, the events, the audience, and the organization as a whole is top-notch across the board!

    I've always heard great things about this festival, but have never been able to attend personally. This year, my documentary, HOLY FRIT, had the great honor of being selected into the 2021 FFF line-up, and I was so grateful to be able to attend. The staff took such great care of us, and were so kind and encouraging.

    As we all know, 2021 was a COVID year, which meant FFF had to go to great links to be able to host a live event, while keeping everyone safe and secure. They pulled it off with flying colors! I know the staff was a little bummed that they had to limit attendance this year, and tone down the events. But in my experience, I didn't feel anything was lacking.

    My experience was so exciting, full, encouraging and fun in a COVID year... It's hard to even imagine how the festival could top this experience in a normal year.

    April 2021
  • Ben Young

    FFF is a beautifully programmed, designed, and run festival, even for those of us who had to roll remote during this year's hybrid edition. An absoute diamond.

    April 2021
  • Diana Mantis

    I was so grateful to be able to attend this year at Florida Film Festival & premiere my short film there, the staff were all so amazing and accommodating and made me feel like I was part of the family. The venue was intimate but cozy & felt welcoming. Overall it was an incredible experience and I can't wait to go back!

    April 2021