The Central Florida CineFest is an annual international film festival in Orlando Florida offering a platform for several emerging filmmakers to tell their original stories in the hopes of inspiring the audience.

This 2023 in Florida, Central Florida CineFest will transform the Marshall Ellis Theatre to the ultimate film festival dedicated to building up a community of excellent resources for people that want their creative voices heard. CFCF is an outlet that helps a new generation of filmmakers find their voice and share their work with the rest of the world.
We accept submissions from all over the world via FilmFreeway only.
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For 2023

Judges Awards:

1. BEST FEATURE
2. BEST SCREENPLAY SHORT NARRATIVE FILM
3. BEST SHORT DOCUMENTARY
4. BEST NARRATIVE SHORT FILM
5. BEST SHORT ANIMATION
6. BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY (All Categories)
7. BEST DIRECTOR (All Categories)
8. BEST SOUND DESIGN (All Categories)
9. BEST ORIGINAL MUSIC (All Categories)
10. BEST STUDENT FILM FROM CENTRAL FLORIDA (Short Narrative Film)

Audience Awards:

11. BEST OF THE BEST
12. BEST ACTOR (All Categories)
13. BEST ACTRESS (All Categories)
14. BEST OF ORLANDO (Short Narrative film)

1) We accept films made in 2019 and up.
Films are split into three divisions - Short films: maximum 30 minutes, Short Documentaries: maximum 30 minutes & Feature films: 60 minutes.
Festival accepts secure online screener like vimeo.
2) Entry of a film in multiple categories is allowed but in such cases, it is necessary to pay the entry fee for each category.
3) English subtitle is compulsory for all Non-English films.
4) All movies are downloaded for live screen viewing; we do not share your movies.
5) The movie rated as “Best of each category” will receive trophy. The winners must contact us within 15 days after the notification to get the prize.
6) The winners get the trophy at no cost only if they attend the award event. However, all the winners will be able to receive our official certificate (PDF format) and trophy for a small fee. All the semi-finalist will be notify via email and will be able to get certificates and trophy for a small fee.
7) Entry fees are non-refundable.
8) The decision of jury members will be final and accepted by all. No inquiries or arguments will be entertained. The organizers reserve the right not to award any or all of the prizes.
9) The applicant agrees to have read and accepted the rules & regulations for participation in the Central Florida CineFest.
The applicant confirms that he/she has the requisite authority or has obtained the requisite authority from the producer/right holder to enter this film in the Central Florida Cinefest. Furthermore, an applicant formally declares possession to all rights regarding screening of the film.
Under NO circumstance, the authorities of Central Florida CineFest will not entertain or be answerable to anyone else apart from the applicant.
10) All submissions in personal categories (like “best actor” or “best director”) need the name of the person you are registering to the category. You can send us your submissions with the cover letter. The name must match with the real person who covers the role.
11) While submitting the movie the applicant accepts the sharing of trailer, pictures, and posters of the movie on our social page, website, and other media platforms. If the applicant objects to this, notification by email is necessary.
12) We do not answer questions about the selection, as our judges have the final say over movie selections.
13) We can withdraw the selection or award of any candidate at any time if the above rules are not respected.
14) We do not grant waivers.
15) No premiere requirement.

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  • Isaiah Quinones

    CFCF was a wonderful festival and it was a great thrill to screen our short film “Abuela”. My producers went in my absence and had nothing but positive things to say about the entire operation. Thank you CFCF for the selection as well as the award for Best Narrative Short Film!

    December 2022
  • Thank you for having my film at the Festival. Congratulations for holding a great space for filmmakers to share their stories.

    December 2022
  • Christopher Frentzel

    This was a sweet, fun festival. Thank you for showing my feature, Somebody to Love. I wish I could've met with more filmmakers, but most leave after their shorts screen. Perhaps in the future, one day could be dedicated to features and another to shorts?

    It was still a good time and the staff was lovely.

    December 2022
  • thank you to every involved in selecting my short as a finalist. And congratulations to all the winners as well. this definitely gave me the boost needed to keep going!!

    December 2022
  • CFCF was super fun! They were very communicative and we had a great time attending the festival. Thank you for screening Dance for Me and the honor of winning Best Director.

    December 2022