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.
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.
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!
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!
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 :)
You'll Never Know - Music Video
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.