ORLANDO, Florida. – It’s time for filmmakers everywhere to tap into the excitement as the 2023 Florida Film Festival is now accepting entries for its 32nd annual event.

The festival is set to take place at the Enzian Theater in Maitland from April 14-23, 2023, and organizers are seeking submissions from newcomers and experts.

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Deanna Tiedtke, director of public relations and development for Enzian Theater, said the “beast of an event” will highlight an “Only in Florida” theme throughout the festival, with community sponsorships and restaurant partners. which plays with the fact that we’ve basically become “a one-state meme at this point.”

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Despite the hyperlocal angle, Tiedtke said everyone is welcome to apply for the Oscar-accredited festival and expects many diverse and international artists to return.

“We’re an Oscar-accredited festival and it could be pretty intimidating to apply, but really, I mean, we’ve accepted films from, you know, rookie filmmakers, we’ve accepted films from people who’ve applied for 10 years in a row. You know, everyone has a chance to succeed,” Tiedtke said.

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Last year, they selected over 150 films to screen during the 10-day festival from nearly 3,000 submissions.

“So that’s a lot of movies to watch. It’s a lot to figure out what’s, you know, the best of the best out there,” she said of the selection process. “And obviously from an operations and logistics perspective, there’s a lot of events… (we’re) just trying to make this event as amazing as possible.”

Filmmakers are invited to submit films in a number of competition categories, including Short Films (both Narrative and Animation), Documentary Films (both Short and Feature Films), Narrative Feature Films and international films (short and feature films).

This festival’s three short film categories could put filmmakers in the running for an Oscar. The prizes are determined both by a jury of film professionals and by votes from the public.

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One lucky entrant to the Central Florida Film Slam will also have a chance to score a spot on the festival lineup, after the audience prizes are pooled and a final winner is decided.

The deadlines to participate are as follows:

  • Early Deadline – September 30

  • Regular delay – November 11th

  • Late deadline – November 25

Interested artists can submit their applications to FloridaFilmFestival.com through Cinema Highway. For more information, visit the festival website.

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