Named one of the top "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Moviemaker Magazine, we're now in our 13th year of showcasing incredible cinema from around the world!

The Orlando Film Festival hosts an immersive 8 day festival full of diverse films, insightful panels & workshops, nightly parties & happy hours, a variety of interactive activities & networking opportunities and an exciting awards ceremony where prizes valued at over 1 million dollars will be awarded.

Over the course of the week over 300 filmmakers from all over the world join us to showcase hundreds of films (406 in 2017 alone), to over 12,000 participants.

Though we have hundreds of films each year, the festival is run by working filmmakers, so it is important to us that every film and filmmaker is given the attention they deserve. Every filmmaker is given time for a Q&A after their screening in order for the audience & filmmakers to really get the most out of the event and we find ways to help people connect & network where possible. Our desire is for every filmmaker to leave the festival not only having had a blast, but also with valuable experiences that will enhance their careers.

We are proud to call the state-of-the-art Cobb Plaza Cinema Café 12 our home; located right in the heart of Orlando. All our events take place in or around the theater, which is walking distance from our official festival hotels. The festival operates six auditoriums featuring beautiful high-end Barco projectors, 5.1 surround sound, plush luxury chairs - every screening is truly the real theatrical experience.

Audiences & filmmakers do not just watch quality cinema but also get an immersive experience full of spirited Q & A’s, panel discussions & workshops with industry professionals, script reads & fantastic nightly parties. This is the perfect opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to directly interact with their audience, as well as others in the industry.

In addition to large appreciative crowds, other perks include discounts at many of the local bars & restaurants, as well as hugely discounted rates at our official festival hotel. Our nightly parties have been known to shut down a few bars and our sponsor Stella Artois always takes care of the beer for everyone.

We also give out over 40 filmmaking and screenwriting awards with some fantastic prizes, including a ShortsTV distribution deal offer for EVERY winning short film and a $500,000 & $50,000 development deal with Valencia Motion Pictures; a local production company with over 3 million dollars of equipment.

Many films showcased over the years have gone on to worldwide distribution & critical acclaim including Sundance Grand Jury Nominations (such as Queen of Versailles) and even one that took home an Oscar (Taxi to the Dark Side).

We've also been honored with participation from slew of celebrity guests including Kevin Smith, Malcolm Mcdowell, Alison Brie, Michael Rooker, Haley Joel Osment, Milos Foreman, Cheryl Hines, Marcia Gay Harden, Olympia Dukakis, Patrick Fabian, Christopher Titus, Bob Hawk, and many many others.

But the truth whether your film features a cast of A-list celebrities or it was something shot with some friends - your film's budget, clout, or it's premiere status doesn't matter to us. All we care about is showcasing high quality independent cinema.

If your film fits that simple criteria, please send it our way and join us for what will surely be our biggest year yet!

Our sponsors include Stella Artois, Cobb Theaters, VER, Valencia College, United Arts, Great Graphics Photoscan, Movie Magic, ShortsTV, and many others.

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We present over 40 filmmaking and screenwriting awards each year.

The current combined value of all prizes & in-kind services awarded is estimated to be over 1 million dollars and we are working to include more every day.

Current 2018 prizes include:
- $500,000 Production deal with Valencia Motion Pictures to the winner of Best Feature
- $500,000 First Look Deal with Valencia Motion Pictures for the winner of Best Screenplay
- $50,000 Production deal with Valencia Motion Pictures winner of Best Short
- ShortsTV Distribution Deal for every winning short film across 14 categories
- First Look Deal with Valencia Motion Pictures for the winner of Best Screenplay
- Custom Website Developed by Beelive Tech LLC for the winner of 3 categories
- EP Movie Magic Software Licenses to the winners of 10 categories
- VER Equipment Package (more info TBA)
- Live Script Read of Selected Screenplay Submission by cast of SAG actors

Filmmaker Festival Benefits & Perks:
- 2 VIP Elite Passes ($600 value)
- 2 VIP Passes ($300 value)
- Access to our 3-day Pitch Workshop & Competition ($1,000 value)
- Discounts on additional passes & pass upgrades
- Free beer during daily happy hour & nightly parties
- Deep discount at official festival hotel
- Discounts at over 15 local bars & restaurants within walking distance
- Welcome swag bag

SUBMISSIONS:
The Orlando Film Festival is a competitive exhibition for domestic and international feature films, documentaries, shorts and screenplays. The Orlando Film Festival reserves the right to determine the eligibility of any project submitted. Only projects that are completed within 24 months of the event date are eligible for competition. All accepted films will be considered for competition unless otherwise noted. Projects my be accepted and presented “out of competition” if they fail to meet certain criteria. Works in progress will be considered if noted as such and the screener is updated to the final version before the final deadline. The festival does not pay screening fees for submitted films.

ALUMNI FILMMAKERS:
Once you’ve be accepted to OFF, you become family. We seek to cultivate a rich community of filmmakers and our alumni discount is one of the ways we do it. Filmmakers that have had a film play at the festival in the past are eligible for the OFF alumni discount. Please choose the alumni fee option & let us know which film you had in the festival in the past when submitting.

SUBTITLES
All foreign-language films must be submitted with English subtitles. Unfortunately, any films that do not provide working subtitles will be disqualified without refund of submission fees.

ELIGIBILITY

-Premiere status is not require, but is taken into account when curating the final lineup. Central Florida Premiere is minimum requirement.

-If your film plays at another festival within 75 miles from OFF, prior to the current festivals dates, it is not eligible to play at OFF.

-Films who’s primary focus is suicide, elicit or promote violence & discrimination, function as propaganda, pornography, or hate speech are not eligible for consideration.

TECH DETAILS
It is the responsibility of the filmmaker to quality check the finale file thoroughly before sending to the festival. While we check the files before exhibition and will notify you of errors, things can slip through the cracks when reviewing 1000s of hours of content, therefore it is on the filmmaker to deliver a file that they are pleased with being exhibited as is.

FEATURES SPECS:
DCP on hard drive
h.264 .MOV on hard rive or thumb drive

SHORT SPECS:
h.264 .MOV on hard rive or thumb drive
NO DCP

SHIPPING 
The festival requires all films delivered on either a USB drive or a DCP drive within 20 days after notification of acceptance to the follow address:

ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL
5131 Gramont Ave
Orlando, FL  32812

The cost of shipping any materials and films to the festival must be paid by the entrant. The festival will not pay the cost of shipping the materials back to the filmmaker. The festival cannot guarantee shipment of drives to other festivals during the days of the festival. All packages with pre paid shipping label with be mailed back after the festival.

The accepted methods for materials getting back to filmmakers are:
i) the package is shipped with a SASE or pre-packaged shipping label back to you
ii) the filmmaker collects their drive in person AFTER their last screening during the event

LIABILITY 
Though every possible care is taken with materials while in our possession, we cannot accept responsibility for loss or damage. Please do not send original or masters files or drives.

REPRODUCTION AGREEMENT 
Submission to the festival grants the Orlando Film Festival permission to utilize excerpts of accepted work & it’s associated promotional material (such as film trailers, posters, photos, etc) in all promotional activities related to the festival.

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SCREENWRITING COMPETITION RULES:

- Scripts must not be optioned or sold prior to the start of the festival.
- There is no limit to how many scripts you can submit, but each one must be a separate submission.
- Scripts must be properly formatted and submitted via PDF or by mail. (Mailed submissions will not be returned)
- Feature Length scripts should be 80-130 pages in length.
- Short Scripts should be up to 50 pages in length.
- Please clearly label your script's genre on your cover page in your online submission.
- Screenplays must be an original work. If based upon another story or a real person, you must include a statement attesting to those rights to make such adaptations.
- Once submitted, you cannot make any changes to your entry.
- If the script is the work of more than one author, you must include every author's name in the submission. Prizes will be split amongst the author and an additional Award can be purchased at cost.
- Although not required, we do highly recommend you register your script with either WGA or WGA-East, or with the US Copyright Office.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS

By submitting this film, you are responsible for the film submitted with this application, and by submitting said film to The Orlando Film Festival (the "OFF") you hereby represent, warrant and agree to the following:

1. I hereby represent, warrant, and agree that the film is not currently subject to any distribution agreement or other obligation that would prevent it from being exhibited at the OFF if accepted.
2. I have carefully read and understood and will comply with all rules, regulations and eligibility requirements of the OFF, all of which are incorporated herein by reference.
3. I represent and warrant that: (a) I have the full right and power to make and perform this Agreement without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all of them are also signing this Agreement); (b) the film does not violate any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity, and will not constitute a libel or slander of any person or entity or defame or disparage any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the rights of privacy, reputation, publicity, intellectual property and/or any other rights of any kind or nature of any person or entity; and (c) the film is not the subject of litigation or any claim that might give rise to litigation.
4. I hold the OFF harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the festival's possession of the film; and agree to provide the festival a copy of the film at my own risk and/or provide my own insurance to cover loss and/or damage of the copy. Further, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the OFF and its affiliates from and against any liability, claim, cost, damage, or expense arising out of or in connection with any breach by me of this Submission Agreement.
5. (Competition Entries only) Should this film win an award Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress or Audience Choice or any other award at the festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive all cash prizes and awards.
6. I understand and agree that acceptance of my film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent, production crew, or any other parties.
7. I agree that all materials will be sent prepaid and understand and agree that neither fees, submission videos nor any other materials will be returned whether or not my film is accepted (except as set forth in clause 8 below).
8. I understand and agree that if my film is accepted, OFF will not pay any shipping fees for exhibition copies or promotional materials. Materials will ONLY be returned if it is received with a self-addressed prepaid envelope or box, prepaid shipping label for original shipping package, or package provided by the filmmaker with postage prepaid.
9. I understand and agree that if my film is selected, the number of screenings, days and venue is at the sole discretion of the OFF.
10. If the OFF accepts my film, I agree that the OFF may use, filmmaker provided Blu-Ray or DVD copies for press reviews and will not be obligated to conduct any separate theatrical screenings for members of the press.
11. I understand and agree that all information received on the application may be utilized in the program guide and the website. Any corrections must be received in writing by September 1st, 2018. Changes will not be made after September 1st, 2018. The OFF will not be liable for any errors or omissions in the program guide or the website.
12. I understand that any prizes of in-kind services and their maximum potential value are dependent on the recipients utilization of them while following the terms & conditions provided by the vendors and do not constitute any liquid asset unless specifically stated.
13. I acknowledge and agree that in the event of any breach by me of this Submission Agreement, the harm to the OFF would not be adequately compensated for in damages and, therefore, in the event of any such breach, the OFF shall have the right to equitable relief by way of injunction or otherwise; provided, however, that resorting to such relief shall not be construed as a waiver of any other rights or remedies the OFF may have for damages.

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  • Emily Skyle-Golden

    Such an amazing experience!!! As an independent filmmaker, selecting which festivals to submit to, and even more so, actually attend, can be challenging. The Orlando Film Festival is one you can feel confident in. And I'm not saying that because our film won an award - because we didn't :)
    I'll start with the team - wow! From the top all the way to the volunteers, these people love filmmakers. They get this world because they produce films themselves! Special thanks to the Director & his wife - they made sure to make everyone feel welcome - and are a down-to-earth blast.
    Networking - parties every night, filled with visiting filmmakers. We met some pretty amazing folks that became friends throughout the circuit. The best part? Everyone is treated the same - from the teams behind student shorts to the Directors of star-filled features.
    Panels/Workshops - impressive. Every single one. Every single day. And a special shout-out to the Pitching Workshop - $1000 value for free! Mark is a fountain of knowledge, and his quick wit and humor make the 3 days go by quickly. I went from never pitching before, to winning. Highly recommended.
    Screening Facilities - a luxury movie-plex. Our audience was a healthy blend of supportive filmmakers and engaged, local film lovers. The Q&A's are hosted after every screener.

    May 2018
  • Paul Wright

    I couldn't make it myself, but from the films on show it looked like high quality competition. Everyone was super helpful even though a hurricane seemed determined to stop the fest. Congrats, and thanks for showing Fissure.

    March 2018
  • Lloyd Frost

    Daniel and his enthusiastic team really create a tremendous festival for filmmakers and audience. From first email contact to screening, Q&A, talks and after events (venues and the street stage outside the cinema) it was totally enjoyable. Met folks from North America and Europe too. So pleased to have screened again at the Orlando Film Festival, thanks Daniel and all!

    November 2017
  • Deborah Ortiz

    The Orlando Film Festival was an absolutely amazing festival!

    November 2017
  • Steve Radley

    One of best festivals out there that isn't a high profile event, yet. They treat the filmmakers as well as any fest anywhere. Well attended by filmmakers from all over. Great parties and great networking with many diverse people in the industry. No brainer to submit and make the trip.

    November 2017