26th Annual

Florida Film Festival

April 21, 2017 to April 30, 2017

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Narrative Features
This category falls within our American Independent Competition and requires that the feature film have at least 51% U.S. funding and that the film NOT be financed, produced or initiated by a major motion picture studio. However any film conforming to all guidelines and purchased by a studio after completion is eligible.
Documentary Features
These films should be Feature length Documentaries over 41 minutes and that originate in the USA.
Short Films
Your film must be under 41 minutes and the majority of funding must originate in the USA.
International Shorts
This Category is for films that originate in a country other than the USA. These films must be under 41 minutes.
International Features
This category is for feature films over 41 minutes that originate in a country other than the USA.
Animated films, both shorts and features, are accepted in this category.
Documentary Shorts
This category is for Documentaries in a Short Format under 41 minutes that have the majority of their funding originate in the USA.


An oasis for both film lovers and filmmakers in the Southeast, the Florida Film Festival is an annual showcase for the best in American Independent and Foreign Cinema. This 10 day celebration of filmmakers and their art includes an American Independent Film Competition for features, docs, shorts, and animation, along with an International Showcase, Spotlight Films (those already with distribution), Midnight Movies, Florida Student Works, Special Screenings,Tributes, Special Guests, Panels & Seminars, parties, and more. The programming is dominated however, by the American Independent Film Competition, where films are eligible for Grand Jury Awards, Special Jury Awards, and Audience Awards.


The Florida Film Festival was recently named "one of the top 50 festivals" by indieWIRE, and one of the top 10 festivals in the world by festival guru Chris Gore in his book, The Ultimate Film Festival Survival Guide, 2nd Edition. Nestled in at number eight (alongside such prestigious events as Sundance, Toronto, Cannes, Berlin, and SXSW), the Festival continues to showcase the best in American independent and foreign cinema.

In recent years, special guests and forum hosts included Sissy Spacek, Mark Duplass, Sam Rockwell, Bob Balaban, Susan Sarandon, Giancarlo Esposito, Paul Sorvino, Tippi Hedren, Zoe Bell, Cary Elwes, Barry Levinson, Cloris Leachman, Glenn Close, Ken Russell, Jon Voight, Emma Stone, Edward James Olmos, Allison Anders, Gabriel Byrne, Jason Lee, Joe Pantoliano, Ed Burns, Campbell Scott, James Caan, Alan Rudolph, Leelee Sobieski, Peter Falk, Judy Greer, Peter Bogdanovich, Chazz Palminteri, John Waters, Joan Chen, Anthony Bourdain, Jennifer Tilly, Malcolm McDowell, and Mary Stuart Masterston. Past years' guests include Oliver Stone, Gena Rowlands, Christopher Walken, Dennis Hopper, Steve Buscemi, and William H. Macy. Festival seminars have included such film industry notables as Bingham Ray, Victor Nunez and Blair Witch creators Dan Myrick and Ed Sanchez; cinematographers Haskell Wexler and Bill Butler; animators Bill Plympton and Corky Quakenbush; screenwriters Shane Black, Mike Werb and Guinevere Turner; distributors Bob Berney and Tom Prassis; and producers Gale Anne Hurd, Mike Medavoy, and Roger Corman.

The Florida Film Festival is pleased to announce it is now a qualifying festival for the Oscars in all three shorts categories: Live Action, Animated, and Documentary.

The winners of the Grand Jury Awards for Best Short in those categories will automatically qualify to enter the Live Action Short Film, Animated Short Film, and Documentary Short Film categories of the next years' Academy Awards.

The Florida Film Festival's primary sponsor is Full Sail University.

About Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the 2016 “Top 25 Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Full Sail was named the 2014 “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail University is a Graduate and Undergraduate degree-granting institution offering on-campus and online degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, Sports, and Web & Technology. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.



Christy Smith (VP of Business Operations); Elizabeth Mukherjee (Executive VP); Matthew Curtis (Programming Director); Tim Anderson (Programming/Submissions/Images Coordinator); Valerie Cisneros (Marketing Manager)


Submissions postmarked before December 16, 2016 will be notified of acceptance by February 20, 2017. Films that have not been accepted may not be officially notified until early March.

Films are scheduled at the discretion of the Florida Film Festival. The Florida Film Festival retains the right to make changes to the published schedule at any time and for any reason. Films may be screened more than once.

Print Shipping Information:
The Florida Film Festival will pay for one-way, regular shipping within the U.S. of exhibition copies for accepted films. The Florida Film Festival will not accept C.O.D. shipments. If selected, all video files must be received no later than Friday, March 10, 2017, and all feature "prints" must be received by Monday, March 27, 2017. Films which arrive early stand a stronger chance of receiving a press screening.


Certification of Entrant:

I, the undersigned, acknowledge and agree as follows:

I have read, understood, and complied with the rules and regulations;
To the best of my knowledge, all statements in this document are true;
This film is not subject to any litigation nor is any litigation threatened;
I am duly authorized to submit this film to the Florida Film Festival;
For films submitted for competition:

Should this film win a 2017 Jury Award or Audience Award, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to designate the director of the film to receive all awards unless otherwise indicated in writing before the Festival occurs.