"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 2022, and one of the "Coolest Film Festivals in the World" in 2013.

In October 2022 FFF was also named "40 Great Festivals to Find Your Film a Home" by Moviemaker.

The Florida Film Festival is a qualifying festival for the Oscars in all three shorts categories: Live Action, Animated, and Documentary. As of 2022 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.

In recent years, special guests and forum hosts included William Shatner, 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
Audience Award - Best Florida Film

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 publicly screened prior to January 1, 2022

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 24, 2023.

Feature films on physical DCP must be received by March 20, 2023.

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

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  • I am very honored that my film was able to participate in this wonderful film festival. I will continue to work hard and make films so that I can participate in this festival again someday.

    August 2022
  • So happy I finally made it out for this! Such a great fest and in one of the coolest venues I’ve been to.

    Take the opportunity to see the amazingly awesome side Orlando removed from the theme parks(which are also awesome).

    Great chance to socialize and network too. I’ll definitely make a point to attend for more days the next time I have a chance.

    July 2022
  • Housed in the best dinner theater in all of Florida, the Florida Film Festival is THE MAIN EVENT for anyone looking to make impressions and connections in the sunshine state! I was honored to premiere our pilot episode from the documentary series Tales of Sunshine: Florida EcoStories here - and they even hooked us up with an encore screening! Both showings included Q&As with an impressive number of film-lovers in the audience. Great parties, amazing staff, and even lodging support for travelling filmmakers! This place is a community hot spot - I look forward to coming back again and again in the future.

    May 2022
  • The best film fest in Florida. The atmosphere is comfortable and welcoming; you're able to talk with fantastic filmmakers from all over the globe. The programming team has great communication and is helpful in accommodating any issues that come up. Each year I make lasting connections with other film folks that have on multiple occasions blossomed into collaboration.

    May 2022
  • We had the very best time premiering our short at the 2022 Florida Film Festival! Tim and his team put on a true party of a festival! From the opening night party to the Saturday afternoon block party, we were enjoying ourselves at every moment. We also really appreciated the hospitality that the festival extended to us, offering lovely hotel accommodations near our screening. Lastly, we met some awesome people-- both fellow filmmakers and audience members. I hope to be back again soon!

    April 2022