Filmmakers gathering near Orlando in September

August 21, 2017 by  

A local film festival will highlight the work of talented newcomers during its 12th annual event.

The Central Florida Film Festival began in 2005 when Bob Cook and Brandon Arrington joined together to create a festival that would help talented artists to share their films with the public. They also wanted to provide assistance to anyone interested in improving their craft through workshops, seminars, and screenings.

The initial festival held in 2006 received only 33 entries and 9 of those were rejected for various reasons. However, the festival was a positive experience for all involved and the decision was made to continue the event. Last year, 79 films were accepted and shown, and this year is expected to be even larger.

The three-day festival will include screenings of the movies in one location, guest panels and workshops. There is plenty of time to mingle and network with others in the film industry, and it is the sort of event where attendees fill presentation folders with flyers, brochures, and résumés and connect with the people they need to turn their ideas into reality.

The festival runs from 10:00 AM on September 1, to 10:00 PM on September 3 at the West Orange Cinemas at 1575 Maguire Road in Ocoee. Ticket prices range from $10 for admittance to a single film to $200 for a VIP all access pass for all three days. Visit the film festival website to view what each ticket includes.