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Orlando Film Festival, Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Film & Video

Mission: The mission of the Orlando Film Festival is to support and promote the arts in Downtown Orlando through the medium of film. The Orlando Film Festival seeks to inspire filmmakers and enhance the movie viewing experience in Downtown Orlando through creative, unique and entertaining events. We put a strong emphasis on celebrating our filmmakers because we are all filmmakers ourselves. We truly are a film festival for FILMMAKERS by FILMMAKERS!

Target demographics: Filmmakers who love their craft and subscribe to the concept of continuing their understanding of film as an art form.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1000's of actors, writers, producers, and directors who earn the right to showcase their work to a receptive and captive audience.

Geographic areas served: Central Florida

Programs: 400 + films, panels, workshops, social events, and networking opportunities.

Community Stories

97 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

marcusmizelle

Client Served

Rating: 5

Over the last decade, Daniel and Orlando FF have selected to screen 5 of my films so far, and each time has been an exceptional experience. I've honestly never been treated so well at a festival as I have here. It is a great feeling as a filmmaker to know you have support and appreciation and Daniel and OFF have always given that. Nothing but love to this great festival. Hope to be back with the next one!
-Marcus

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We all had a great time screening "Actor For Hire" at the 2015 Orlando Film Festival. We are honored to have receive "Best Ensemble" and were treated quite well throughout the 5 days. Tons of great films, filmmakers and the venue was top notch. We couldn't be more happy with the results and hope to be back soon! Thanks again to Daniel Springen for having us.

Marcus Mizelle
writer/director

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Been involved with this fest for the last 6 years and it is one of the best film festivals in Florida by far! Supper supportive, great location and all around fun. It’s always a Yes when I am invited to come to the Orlando Film Festival!

Miguel Y Javier Berzal de M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Deeply grateful with this wonderful International Film Festival for the award and the nominations for "Sin novedad" ("No News"). Miguel Berzal de Miguel

Dimitri de C.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

OFF is an amazing festival with a great team running it! A festival organized by filmmakers for filmmakers with a fabulous selection of films. Dan and the organizers share a true passion for Cinema. The communication with the festival was excellent. It was such an honor to have our feature film You Go To My Head selected and win the Best Foreign Language Film Award! We highly recommend the Orlando Film Festival!

Marisa F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

I was so thrilled when my TV pilot "THE ENTERPRISE" was selected as a finalist for the OFF screenplay competition. While I was unable to attend in person, the reps kept me in the loop on all of the events, so I was aware of their level of communication - there was even a traffic update! So important when you have attendees from out of town. There were constant email updates and social media posts. The level of content they screened was clearly very high. Then the kicker - they livestreamed the awards and I was able to watch "THE ENTERPRISE" win BEST TV PILOT! How cool is that??? I shared in the enthusiasm of all of the great creative folks that were part of OFF. Thanks to Daniel and Aamira - festivals are an amazing logistical feat and I appreciate you making me feel a part of the experience all the way in LA! Marisa Forrest

Reelproductions

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This was my second year attending the Orlando Film Festival, and just like last year it did not disappoint. This festival is well put together, offers great workshops/ panel discussions, and displays a lot of great indie films. I especially like the laid back environment, the friendly nature of everyone who attends, and the fact that there aren't big egos flying around.

I would put this on the list of necessary to-do's because the networking is amazing! Well done Orlando Film Festival!!!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I attended the festival during opening night film Master of Dreamers: The Road to Epcot, which was amazing and was Orlando based. I thought it was a great opening night choice. I especially enjoyed the heartfelt panel OFF hosted at the end of the film with filmmakers of the movie. Hearing their road to creating the film was just as good. I also enjoyed taking pictures on the red carpet. I’m excited to come and experience more of the festival next year.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival is an awesome experience within the downtown area. When I attend the festival, I feel like I'm among family; they really know how to take care of their filmmakers. All of the films this year were fantastic. Congratulations to all the winners!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This non profit festival was really inspiring! I was a chaperone for Highschool day and the students loved the experience. The staff worked with the students to explain the different roles of filmmaking and even allowed them to make their own commercials with industry standard equipment. The students took away skills not just information! I'm hoping to return with more students next year!!

Kevin D.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an amazing festival, full of opportunity for anyone who seeks it. The films were greta, the panels and workshops the best I have ever attended, and the camaraderie was second to none. The staff were amazing and everyone there, from filmmakers on, had the same mission: to further the art of filmmaking and build bridges for everyone. I can't recommend the Orlando Film Festival enough.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What an incredible experience it has been having the world premiere of my film open the Orlando Film Festival. Right from the beginning Dan Springen, the festival's Executive Director made me feel right at home. He called me minuted=s after watching my film to tell me he was so impressed by the story and it's historical significance, that he wanted us to open the festival. I was always made to feel like I was one of the family. The team at the OFF was so attentive and so gracious. The entire experience was truly memorable. I look forward to another year of great memories at the OFF. They are truly a team of professionals that continue to give back to the community!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was incredibly impressed at the attention to detail and red carpet treatment myself and my crew received. Thanks to Jerry Cavallaro for being a great host!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Orlando Film Festival is an amazing organization that provides a place to meet up and coming film makers. Getting the opportunity to listen in panels, network with the staff, and see what local filmmakers can do has been nothing short of amazing. From the people I met, the the knowledge I gained, this experience is truly invaluable.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Hello,

I wanted to share my experience working with O.F.F. this year. I have been volunteering for this festival for the past two years, and this year I had a staff position. One thing I can say is that the O.F.F. Staff goes above and beyond to make sure that the film makers are happy. We cater to them and ensure they are taken care of from beginning to end.

This year the festival ran 8 days which was a first and it went great. Of course with any event there are things that can happen that were not planned. But we moved like a well oiled machine and we were able to resolve every issue that came up. I am proud to be a member of the staff and I am amazed at how much it has grown over the past couple years. I cannot wait to see what the future brings.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival is an epic event for people who love Indy film and celebrate filmmakers and the filmmaking process.

The festival features great films, engaging industry panels and a supportive, creative environment that is a perfect atmosphere for anyone who loves cinema. This is THE place to be for filmmakers, cinephiles and anyone who is inspired by great stories. The OFF has it all in one place!

StephenWise

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

For the last two years, the Orlando Film Festival has selected my projects to participate. Last year was my short film "Sur'vi" and this year was my feature screenplay "Paradigm", for which they generously presented me with an award. I attended both years and enjoyed myself. The staff are awesome and are dedicated to bringing the best experience to both filmmakers and to the general audience at large. What I like most about this festival is that they strive to bring an educational aspect to the festival with panels and workshops that benefit independent filmmakers, and I benefited from them. The festival also offers a wide range of genres and types of films, from features to shorts to documentaries. Also, many films are screened twice throughout the week, so the audience has multiple changes to see what they want. This is fairly unique for film festivals. I highly recommend all filmmakers to consider participating in the Orlando Film Festival, and this is a win for film lovers as well.

Writer

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Our film, Surviving Lunch, was shown at the Orlando Film Festival, and we were thrilled. Orlando Film Festival is a world class festival with fantastic films, friendly, passionate and inspired staff and volunteers, terrific panels and events that are truly geared towards filmmakers, great networking opportunities, and a gorgeous theatre. Bravo!

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

We brought our feature film, The First Time Club to Orlando Film Festival this year and what a joy for all of us who attended! We were so impressed with the professionalism of how the film festival was run - while at the same time - the entire staff of OFF was warm, inviting, fun and passionate about filmmakers and filmmaking. I see why OFF is considered one of the coolest film festivals - there were so many elements working to make it a terrific festival - amazing films from all over the world, great workshops on every aspect of the filmmaking process from concept to distribution, a gorgeous venue, terrific parties, and a film festival staff that was welcoming and professional from the moment you walked in the door. We are so grateful that Orlando Film Festival chose The First Time Club. Fantastic experience! Thank you!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The 2019 OFF was a great event.
Over 300 films, informative pro film panels everyday, a great Pitch Boot camp, and a great staff.
Highly rec to all film makers looking for a very film maker friendly venue.

Kim D.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am fairly new to the film festival circuit but I was overjoyed that my screenplay was selected to be a part of this festival. Not only was it a great excuse to take a trip back to my former home of many years, but all the effort they put into making this festival an unforgettable experience was worth it. Great panels every day, great friendly staff, met a lot of nice filmmakers and hope to keep in touch. The nightly afterparties and happy hours provided a fun and relaxing way to connect with other attendees. I think many festivals should follow the example set by Orlando Film Festival! I hope to attend next time as a filmmaker, learned a lot about producing aspect so am going to focus on producing a short from my screenplay next! I can’t say enough about how much this festival is worth attending! Keep up the amazing work

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The amount of heart and love that the staff has for the filmmakers and the festival itself is always something that warms my heart year after year. They work hard with very little support and somehow have the time to make almost everyone feel special.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 4

The Orlando Film Festival is one that truly puts it's heart and soul into making it's filmmakers as welcome as possible. They always come first. There are some ups and downs in some of the organization but we see that the staff is putting their all into it and everything always works out in the end. The quality of the films shown over the years has also increased which makes attending the festival that much more enjoyable. I'm not sure if this year's choice to make the festival stretch beyond the weekend into the work week was the greatest choice but it was its first time doing this, so hopefully next year there will be a higher attendance for the general public. I love this festival and I love watching it grow. I wish it the greatest of luck in its future years.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival put on a really killer festival that's clearly designed with the filmmaker in mind. From the outset they were very responsive, with a focus on networking and the craft of filmmaking. I loved their individual website-per-project where you can host stills, trailers, posters and more. The caliber of the films presented were excellent, and the staff availability and communication was top notch. Here's hoping that I'll be able to make many return visits.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Excellent Film Festival with lots of potential to shine, even among the large guys! Keep it up, Orlando!

E.J. B.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I love coordinating the Orlando Film Festival. I love seeing all the filmmakers come together from all over the world. My favorite part of all is mentoring all the young and eager volunteers. They are the future of film. Can’t wait for next year!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Every year it amazes me the impact the festival has on people. We bring people together to celebrate the art form they are share and it's an experience that is so humble, encouraging, inspiring that it's a shame that it is only once a year.

Something we hear often is that few other festivals are so welcoming & caring when it comes to the filmmakers. That is bittersweet to hear, as it's at once heartbreaking to hear that there aren't more places out there for them that truly caring, but at the same time is so rewarding to know that we are providing what they have been needing. A home that cares about them, their stories, their industry, their audience and their causes.

I'm pleased to be a part of this place and look forward to meeting the next group of filmmakers, film students, volunteers and film lovers and showcasing them.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I really enjoyed my time at this film festival. I really hope I can finish my next film in time for OFF 2020!

Advisor

Rating: 5

So please as the response to this years festival. We added a few new things such as portraits for our guest & video essayist panels and the response as amazing. Everything we do is for to provide benefit to the lives of the guests & filmmakers so everytime we try something new we want to make sure it lives up to that goal. If the feedback was anything indication is sure did. It was fun for us, fun for them and I don't think we've had happier filmmakers than we did this year.

The volunteers these year were incredible. There were so many, and I wish we could name them all. But thank you to everyone who came out, helped out. Thank you to all the kind filmmakers who thanked our volunteers and staff, expressed their appreciation, gave us feedback on what we can do better. OFF really is a home for filmmakers and every year the family gets stronger and stronger.

Advisor

Rating: 5

The festival continues to inspire festival goers and it's staff alike.

Working at a non profit can be an intense, and often, seemingly unrewarding experience. But when you finally see effect from all the efforts that have gone into the planning and execution, there are few things in life that equal that feeling.

To not just meet people, but to get to know people from all around the world, from all different walks of life, for 8 days is frankly life changing. I heard it from the volunteers, from the guests, from the staff. What now? The feeling of whiplash after spending so much time with so many people, getting to know them, hearing their stories, celebrating their accomplishments and sharing in the pride of the accomplishments of our brand new friends. They experienced so much is such a short amount of time and now they will take those connections & insights and apply them towards their life.

I've never heard so many people express their appreciation for an organization before. At least 5 times a day, new people would voluntarily express gratitude for what the festival was doing, for the friendly staff, for us caring for the filmmakers. It's extremely humbling and proves to me that the festival is on the right path.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

This really was an awesome festival. Very well organized and felt like a home away from home for filmmakers. They also surprised everyone with free professional head shots along free Stella every night. I'll definitely be bringing my film there next year.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

So OFF was something else. I never rate or review anything, I've been to a lot of festivals over the years, as a guest, as a filmmaker, etc. They're always fun, but they eventually start to feel the same and I was thought I knew what a festival could offer. That is until I went to the Orlando Film Festival.

While there's little to no glitz, humble panelist and the occasional hiccup. I've never felt so embraced by a group of people. The energy here is simultaneously electric & inspiring while also calm and homey. I've had so many conversations these year genuinely connecting with people. Expressing candid thoughts and feels about all manner of film, careers and just life!

I have to give credit to the festival for crafting this atmosphere. The staff, the venue, the conversations they instigate all contribute to this openness that is just intoxicating. No pretension, no ego. And it's all so organic. Considering the festival is held somewhat close to Halloween, it'd be appropriate that the only word that fits is that it's spellbinding.

The festival brought out the best in the diverse group of people, who work in a field thats known for ego and intense personalities. I don't know what they're doing, but it's working and I can't wait to go back and get enchanted again.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Another year, another great festival. I'm pleased to see such a great organization run with such a passionate, caring group of people. Seeing filmmakers, students and film lovers from all around the world learning and growing together really shows the power of film and the importance of organizations like film festivals.

There are a lot of festivals out there, but by the end of this one you feel like you've gone through a transformative experience. You're leaving with new friends, new knowledge & insights, new inspiration and direction. Never have I seen so many people expressing the same sentiment. "There's something special here".

I look forward to coming back next year to take part this unique & invaluable experience.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

If you like films, you’ll love this festival. It’s run by filmmakers!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival exceeded what I've come to know about film festivals and community events. Most of this comes down to the staff. They were so welcoming and knowledgeable. When you enter a event it can be intimidating, so many people, so many options of things to do or see, and at a film festival its also a place to learn and grow. The atmosphere the staff cultivated eliminated all of the hurdles that come with events like this. They learn your name, your interests and help guide you through this week of film, education and networking.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival provides a wonderful opportunity to bring cutting edge art from around the world to Orlando. Dan and his team create a culture of openness and accessibility, making sure everyone is welcome and receives the experience they want, whether that be screenings, workshops, networking, or just a great time. Plus, they obviously care about the Orlando and greater Florida film scene and want to bring the city and state back to regional supremacy. I highly recommend the experience for anyone with even a scintilla of interest in film.

MariaLiljenhjerte

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

My experience with the Orlando Film Festival was great.
Dan and Holley are fantastic. They were professional, caring and made us feel at home.
When there were small things that needed to be taken care off, they immediately jumped on it.
As a matter of fact, the entire staff was really helpful and friendly.
The festival itself was really well organized. Sure, there was the occasional technical issue here and there, but heck… It’s 400 movies/shorts. Something is bound to happen.
In general, it was an absolute honor having my short (Look Inside) being screened (and nominated) at this festival.
It was done in a professional manner on a high-quality screen in a beautiful location.
There was also plenty of room for great networking. All of this in a non-business, but more friendly, relaxed enviroment. No egos.
To finish my review, I will have to end with one negative;

It actually ended :P And I had to go home. While going home isn’t bad, I would have loved to stay for another week. The atmosphere and general experience was that good. And that is not even counting in gorgeous Orlando, Florida itself.

All jokes aside, it was a great motivation to produce something of equal or better value to be able to experience this event again.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

After attending the Orlando film festival two years in a row, it has become my favorite arts event. I’m not a filmmaker but I am a writer who enjoys seeing what others have created. There is always a buzz at OFF. The staff is more generous than you can imagine. Always ready to help. The talent is inspiring. I love the Orlando Film Festival. Addicted!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

My boyfriend and I happened to be in Orlando from Clearwater on opening night. We went downtown to see a movie & saw that the Orlando Film Festival was happening so since we have never seen it, we decided to buy VIP passes to do the Opening Night Festivities. We are so glad we did! What a fantastic movie the Orlando Film Festival chose for Opening Night. It was called Andover and had Jonathan Silverman and his real life wife! It also starred Steven Bauer, who we didn't know at the time was in the classic SCARFACE! Because of the VIP pass, we were able to do the before the movie cocktail hour, watch the movie and then attend the after party with the people who made the movie and were in the movie! We actually got to hang with Steven Bauer for a while. He was very cool! The Stella was free and plentisome, again, because of the pass. Next year, we are definitely going to plan on being there for the entire week, and we are definitely doing the VIP passes again, its the way to go!

Freddy R.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

What a wonderful festival!

I had never been to the Orlando film festival and loved it. My music video "You'll Never Know" was invited to screen, so I attended the festival for 4 days. I wish I had stayed the entire run. Orlando Film Festival is a filmmaker's festival. The panels are informative, the blocks of films were diverse , well-rounded, and expertly crafted, but more importantly the folks that run the festival are filmmakers themselves and accessible. This is not your exhibitor only type of festival. At Orlando Film Festival you feel welcomed, supported, and encouraged to meet other filmmakers. This is a great festival!

...And walking away with BEST MUSIC VIDEO made it even more AWESOME :)

Freddy Rodriguez
Director/DP/Editor
You'll Never Know - Music Video
66 Films
[email protected]
sixtysixfilms.com

FloridaBushLeagueWrestling.com

Client Served

Rating: 5

A wonderful film festival! Happy to have our little film, in the Fest, amongst some incredible films and talent. OFF's marketing team even got a great write up for our film, Florida Bush League Wrestling, in the Orlando Sentinel!! This year's workshops were really informative and professional. The 3 day pitch workshop in particular. Oh, the live steaming of events and what's happening keep it up! It was nice to be able to peek in when you can't attend events.

cameronbarsanti

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

From the minute I stepped foot in the Cobb Plaza for the Orlando Film Festival, I felt like I was a part of more than just a festival. Daniel and the entire staff make you feel right at home. Throughout the festival I kept thinking to myself how nice it was being amongst such a talented, wonderful, passionate, hardworking group of fellow filmmakers. Thank you to everyone affiliated with OFF for an amazing experience. I look forward to seeing you again next year!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I was at the festival just a few days ago with my film The Visit. I had such an amazing time I'm still getting over it.

Sometimes I just can't travel with my cast or crew but I still like to come represent my film. That was the case this time, so naturally I arrived without knowing where to go or who to talk to, but that changed really fast!

The festival team made me feel at home right away and they also made sure that all filmmakers had plenty of chances to connect with each other. The fact that the festival is self-contained within the amazing Cafe Cinema 12 Theaters also created an ideal environment where we could just go from screening to screening without having to waste precious time driving around.

We also got to enjoy amazing panels/workshops, filmmaker interviews and Q&As, parties, red carpet photos and one of the best curated programs I've ever seen at a festival. Every single film was extraordinary in one way or another.

Needless to say I loved the experience and hope to be back!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The 2017 Orlando Film Festival was delivered with professionalism, welcoming friendliness, energy and passion for the love of the Arts. My family has attended the festival for 7 straight yeas and the quality of films continues to improve every year. Access to filmmakers and staff was excellent. It gave us the the opportunity to discuss the true story behind the key scenes and give feedback about their craft. A wonderful opportunity for film lovers all over Orlando. Can’t wait to see how they will outdo themselves in 2018. Thank you for keeping this going!

Kayla T.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival is absolutely magical. Events and films every minute of the day for 8 straight days. The support of the filmmakers is unparalleled. They supported my film immensely and the experience was top notch. All of the red carpets have great press and the evening parties are at various upscale locations around Orlando. Everyone was a real class act, Daniel, Holly, Alex, Pat, Tara and the rest of the team really have created something special with this film festival. The support of the arts and community is just amazing with this nonprofit.

Daniel P.1

Donor

Rating: 5

Beelieve Tech was a sponsor for the Orlando Film Festival. For anyone who has been to a film festival, knows that it's a mix of artistic perspective and self expression, as well as art and social awareness. The other sponsors, staff, filmmakers and supporters are all very supportive about nurturing these wonderful aspects into the community. I am pleased to have been part of something that makes the community so great!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have worked with 100s of events and this is clearly one of the best. Top notch professional organization. Responsive and flexible. A pleasure to work with and a great organization.

Thomas G.1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Filmfestivals are a story for itself - but the Orlando Fim Festival is a very special one - in particular for me as my career in film production actually started at the FullSail University back in 2002. I feel very honored that my feature film debut was granted "best foreign film". Thank you and keep up the good work. Next time I'm hopefully able to join in person. Best regards, thomas

Client Served

Rating: 5

Had a wonderful time at OFF and saw so many great films. Not to mention met a lot of great fellow students, which is sometimes rare at festivals of this size. Couldn't have asked for a better experience as a student filmmaker.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It was an amazing time this year with the Orlando film festival. All the staff and volunteers made it awesome as did all the films and film makers. I can't wait to be there next year.

Writer

Board Member

Rating: 5

This year we had so many amazing films and more importantly the filmmakers themselves made the festival worth running year after year. Our staff remained focused on the ultimate goal of making sure the filmmakers had a good time and their stress levels remained low. Thank you again to everyone who participated.

Freddie A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Yet again this crew has created the best environment for film makers ever, I loved every second of this years festival and I cannot wait until next year.

Mario X.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was impressed to see such an amazing assembly of talented artists in one place. The collection of films, many of which were very socially conscious documentaries very much awakened the palette of the average film maker. As a volunteer, I myself had the opportunity to speak to so many wonderful movie goers who left the theater with a new appreciation for a variety of cinema, many of which originated here in Florida or topics they otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to be exposed to. I will most definitely be volunteering and attending next years Orlando Film Festival and hopefully for many years go come.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

This festival is an absolute blast from start to finish. From the stand point of working the festival we are extremely accommodated to an abundance of food, knowledge and of course fun. We were never hungry and even had the opportunity to view a ton of the films. From the stand point of an attendee this festival is something to look forward to every single year. While watching the films I got to talk and get together with filmmakers from every genre. Everyone had nothing but great things to say and NOBODY was ever bored. I appreciate everyone who worked and attended this festival and hope I see you all every single year.

-Michael Grise

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Board Member

Rating: 5

The festival has grown every year, we continue to improve every step of the way. Truly is an honor to serve as the VP. Looking forward to 2018!

Client Served

Rating: 1

I wanted to share my experience with this festival, because I think it's absolutely disgraceful that they exist and present themselves as a charitable/humanitarian organization. I submitted a feature documentary to OFF and was accepted and planned to fly to Orlando at my own expense to help promote the screening. I had scheduled several important guests including a Florida Senator and a House Rep and other characters from our documentary who were going to travel to the screening from across the State to speak in a panel discussion after the film. Most festivals would be thrilled to host an event of this significance, but OFF told me after I'd confirmed the speakers' travel plans that I would have to BUY ONE-DAY FESTIVAL PASSES FOR THEM in order for them to be allowed into the theatre. After I told them this was absurd, they insisted on the requirement. I told them we were pulling out of the festival based on this requirement, and they replied CC'ing their lawyer in a vague attempt to intimidate us. Make no mistake, Orlando Film Festival does not care at all about film or filmmakers, and will only attempt to extract as much money from them as they can. They refused to even help provide filmmakers with PR contacts - and also attempt to get filmmakers to pay them to print posters. They are also the only festival which requires an "entry fee" retroactively from fee-waived filmmakers upon acceptance of their film. I'm sure they'd love you to believe that they "promote arts in central Florida" but they don't seem to care about that at all. They mostly seem concerned about being able to generate income and reap the rewards from Sponsorships and grants. An absolutely shameful organization. Steer clear.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

As a filmmaker - and a first-timer at OFF - I felt wonderfully welcome. The organizers clearly enjoyed having us be a part of the festival. I also personally got a lot out of the panel sessions and workshops the organizers brought in - they were really well done. Thanks!

Uppie D.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of being invited to the festival with my first feature. We were made to feel very welcome by the organizers. I'd happily premiere another film there. Special thanks to Dan, Holley and Jerry.

Client Served

Rating: 4

Great local film festival! Venue is top notch, parties are well done, and films are well chosen and high quality. Staff is also very friendly and accommodating.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 2

I was delighted to have my film, Quaker Oaths, programmed at this year's Orlando Film Festival. However, in the weeks leading up to the festival, I found it painfully hard to communicate with an actual human. I had questions about the festival but there was no way to call anyone, and weeks would go by before anyone emailed me back.

But I decided to go to the festival anyway- spending the money to travel there for my film's screening. I got in earlier that day, and planned to hang around the festival and meet people and promote my film, and also find out about other films to see. But when I got to the theater and was given my badge, the place was a ghost town. Nobody was around. I hung out in the lobby for half an hour, but very few people came by. Only later that night did I find out that there was an actual "cafe"/bar type place down a long hallway, where everyone was hanging out and talking. I was so confused about why the Orlando Film Festival volunteers and staff hadn't told me about this. I really feel like I wasted my trip. This festival has great movie-enthusiasts and a terrific theater, but it really does need some human connection.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival was such an inspiring and motivating environment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I attended the 2015 Orlando Film Festival and I was enthralled from beginning to end. The festival strives to provide original, meaningful content as well as outstanding break-out sessions with professionals with direct film experience, in front of and behind the camera. Festival attendees (students, filmmakers, industry professionals and lovers of film) walked away with a broad palette of the complexities of film and film-making. Meanwhile, the strong curation of independent film challenged viewers to examine key stories and topics.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film festival was one of the most professional experiences I've ever had. I had the privilege to work along side industry professionals that passed on their knowledge of film making. I would highly recommend anyone who is trying to peak what's inside the giant door which is the film industry to come out and volunteer for it is an excellent experience that you don't want to pass up.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is certainly the best film festival in Florida. Absolutely a great atmosphere with wonderful films from all over the world. I've been going for the last seven years and can't wait to go again.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ORLANDO FILM FESTIVAL is a cinephiles dream come true. Having been in Los Angeles for nearly twenty years it's refreshing to come back to my hometown to see the growth and the exciting cultural shift that the Orlando Film festival has helped shape. For me, when attending a festival, the location and set up are a huge contributor to the vibe and overall experience. Orlando offers a unique setting with an eclectic, cultural downtown scene surrounded by beautiful lakes and a small town welcome. All films are in one central venue. I found this key for catching as many shows as possible as well as meeting other filmmakers from around the world. Orlando is always hopping and the festival utilizes top restaurants and exciting venues for numerous events throughout the week. It's one great party...Everything is within walking distance and well planned. As a filmmaker, I was able to really take in the entirety of the experience, the OFF team made sure of it, great hosts and great place to premiere your film. I've been fortunate to premiere a short film here followed by a feature a few years later. The screenings were packed, the festival has a large local support base and is a huge draw for film lovers across the southeast. The theaters are top-notch, really good food and full bars in the facility. It's easy to stay for hours, press junkets are held on site, exposure is excellent. It's quickly becoming a member of the short list for all projects I'm involved with.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Im from Argentina and Orlando Film Festival is a great opportunity for independent filmmakers around the world to show your work, the people and the city make you feel a fantastic experience. Daniel is a great anfitrion. And year by year is more big. Don´t miss be part of this great world independent film festival.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The Orlando Film Festival was amazing! With the constant bombardment of media with a focus on the West Coast, how great it was to be in our own back yard! Professionally put together, featured a lot of buzz, great turnout, and fun. Too bad it's only once a year! A lot of great talent in Orlando was showcased and it is a great experience.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Fantastic film festival. I volunteered at this festival and had a great time while doing so. The filmmakers that I encountered all seemed to enjoy their experience, and the other volunteers were incredibly passionate about making the festival a success.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great festival! The crew was great and very informative, very personable. Loved the films from all the days I attended. There was lots to do and enjoyed meeting filmmakers after their films and during the numerous after parties.