**UPDATE**
Unfortunately, due to COVID concerns, we are going to be unable to present any in-person awards at the in-person portion of the festival this year. Instead, any and all awards will be sent to winners via email. Apologies for any inconvenience caused by this, and congratulations to all of our official selections!

Both Livestream Tickets and In-Person Vehicle Passes are now available on our website at www.floranafestival.com.

Our first finalist judge has been announced and it is Vince Vaughn! To see the rest of the judges and for more updates follow @floranafest on instagram.

Films that win the top award of their category will be given a contract to have their film shown, before a feature, at the Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre which will be active for 3-4 months following the festival dates.
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The first ever Manhattan Beach International Film Festival, Florana is a drive-in film festival in the span of a couple days in February. Florana Festival is the yearly place to be for anyone looking to experience a new form of Film Festival with Live Screenings in the culture epicenter of Southern California. Filmmakers will get to see their film on the big screen being judged by some of Film Industry's finest along with a special celebrity guest judge. The festival is located in Manhattan Beach, a city with year-round sun and one of the biggest beaches in all of California.

The film festival portion of Florana will take place from Friday February 26th at 5 p.m. in the evening to Saturday, February 27th at around 10 pm, at the latest, on top of one of the largest lots in the city just a 10 minute drive from the beach. The film festival programme will consist of over 30 screenings at the venue along with awards and free meal vouchers for those who got into the festival. The entire film festival takes place in one location, with a single large drive-in screening venue, links to large film festival groups with every successful submission, vendors will supply box dinners (which can be ordered in advance for a small fee), a merchandise vendor, and a festival bar which will create a movie-premiere, drive-in style atmosphere.

The programme contains many different categories of films, specifically documentary shorts, animated shorts, short films for children, romantic comedy shorts, an experimental filmmaking category, and a general short film categories. By recent projections, we will have upwards of 30 short films from all over the world, divided into more than 15 categories of awards.

Besides the film programme, the drive-in music festival will take place directly before and after each day of the festival and will feature live, up and coming artists and bands.

------Why pay a fee?-----

With our fee at only $15, its sole purpose is enabling us to treat your film fairly. Without this fee, we would have too many submissions and we would not be able to give them all our full attention.
As a festival, we're proud to say our competition is 100% selected from paying submissions. We don't go prospecting for films at other festivals and give every film the same fair chance. We don't look at the festival screening history of the submitted films or the previous works of the directors. Everyone starts with a blank slate and we only judge the films based on their own merits.

*Due to the spread of COVID-19 in LA County, the music festival will be severely limited this year. Contact us on our website for more details.

Acceptance into the Festival
- Laurels
- Access to New Productions Exclusive online Film Community (Given to everyone involved in the film, including actors)

Best Editing
- Editor Gets Contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Laurels
- Award

Best Score
- Composer Gets Contact with New Productions Studio and Florana Music Productions
- Laurels
- Award

Best Director
- Contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Laurels
- Award

Best Supporting Actress
- Laurels
- Award

Best Supporting Actor
- Laurels
- Award

Best Actress
- Laurels
- Award

Best Actor
- Laurels
- Award

Best Original Idea
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Laurels
- Award

Best Short Film (Overall)
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

---Category Based Awards---

Best Comedy Short Film
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Horror Short Film
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Short Film for Children
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Animated Short
- Filmmaker, Producer, Writer, and Animator will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Short Romantic Film
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Experimental Film
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Documentary Short
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

Best Short Film (Category)
- Producer, Director, Writer, and Filmmaker will have direct contact with New Productions Film Studio
- Manhattan Village Drive-In Theatre Distribution Contract (Subject to Availability)
- Laurels
- Award

---Category Rules---

Comedy Short Film Category (Eligible for Best Comedy Short Film and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Must be a Comedy Short Film

Horror Short Film Category (Eligible for Best Horror Short Film and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Must be a horror short film

Short Films for Children Category (Eligible for Best Short Film for Children Award and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Made for children (animated or live action)

Animated Short Category (Eligible for Best Animated Short and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- animated

Short Romantic Category (Eligible for Best Short Romantic Comedy and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Must be romantic film or romantic comedy film style

Experimental Short Film Category (Eligible for Best Experimental Film Award and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Any type of film style necessary

Documentary Short Category (Eligible for Best Documentary Short and Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Documentary style

General Short Film Category (Eligible for Best Short Award)
- 1-40 min
- Live-action or animated

---General Festival Rules---

You must be willing to take a COVID test prior to showing up at the festival in order to go on stage to accept your award if you win. (If not we can hand it to you in your car or send it to you via mail following the ceremony).

You must be willing to wear a mask while at the festival or risk disqualification from any and all awards along with removal from the festival.

You must have a car to attend the festival (unless attending via online link).

You DO NOT have to have an in-person representative for your film at the festival, but if you don't someone MUST attend via online link.
- You will have to confirm whether you are attending online or in person after becoming an official selection of the Festival.

Overall Rating
Quality
Value
Communication
Hospitality
Networking
  • Piero C

    Excellent communication and careful selection of shorts. It's a great honor to have received the award for the Best Horror Short. Thanks for everything!

    March 2021
  • It was an honor for ASTRAL PLANE DRIFTER to win Best Comedy at the 1st FloranaFest. Nicholas, Ruairidh, and Michael were awesome, and super communicative and accessible. Looking forward to being a part of FloranaFest again in the future!

    March 2021
  • We are happy to be present at this festival and thank the festival for this event๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ’

    March 2021
  • We sincerely thank you for being selected my short film. We wish you luck.

    March 2021
  • Greg Karnilaw

    I was glad to be a part of the first Florana Film and Music Festival. They did a great job, arranging the festival and communicating with us. We were honored to be named a finalist and have our film Nature We & I screened in the Festival. Thanks we appreciate your efforts

    March 2021