MAITLAND, Fla. — The Florida Film Festival has announced its upcoming lineup for this year, which will include a virtual component due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival will run from Aug. 7-20 at The Enzian in Maitland, 1300 South Orlando Ave. It will be the only venue hosting screenings; in previous years, the festival spanned several locations.
“The fact that we’re still able to project a filmmaker’s work onto the big screen here at Enzian, and for them to be able to have what may be their only live showing of their film moving forward on a movie theater screening, is really important,” said Matthew Curtis, programming director for The Enzian and the Florida Film Festival. “We’re really thrilled and honored to still be able to do that for all these artists and filmmakers.”
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Select titles will be screened virtually through Eventive, festival organizers said. Details will be announced later.
This year there are 177 films in the festival representing 37 countries. Of them, have connections to Florida.
The opening night film “Surviving Supercon,” directed by Orlando native Steven Shea and shot in South Florida, will play twice on Aug. 7. All other titles throughout the festival will only play once.
Though there will be “less filmmakers than normal at the festival,” Curtis said, drive-in movie critic Joe Bob Briggs will host “How Rednecks Saved Hollywood” at 8:15 p.m. Aug. 14.
The festival was originally slated for April, but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials said they were able to retain more than 90% of the films they originally planned to showcase.
General admission tickets go on sale July 29. Individual tickets are $12 per film. They can be purchased at floridafilmfestival.com or in person at The Enzian box office.
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