11th Annual

Orlando Film Festival

October 19, 2016 to October 23, 2016

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155 N. Orange Ave
Plaza Cinema Cafe
Projection Floor - OFF Office
Orlando FL 32801
Phone: (407) 217-1390

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Feature Competition
Any Narrative Film. Any Genre. Any country of origin. Just keep us entertained for more than 50 minutes!
All feature films are eligible for numerous awards including Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Performance and more. The feature chosen for Opening Night will receive some compensation for travel and hotel costs. All selected horror / sci-fi films will have at least one screening on Thursday during our annual Horror Night!
Short Film Competition
Narrative & Documentary. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make us shriek in fear. Make us feel whatever you want except bored. And keep it under 50 minutes!

*** Every short film that wins an award will receive a distribution offer from ShortsHD!
Student Short Competition
Already paying too much for school? Student directors deserve a break. Submit your under 50 minute work of art at a discount!

*** Every short film that wins an award will receive a distribution offer from ShortsHD!
Documentary Feature Competition
Does your documentary take more than 50 minutes to entertain, educate and inspire? Then this is where it belongs!
Animated Shorts Competition
Whether it is traditionally hand drawn or flashy Pixar quality, we love seeing your animated films. Any form of animation that is 50 minutes or less should be submitted here. (Please submit your animated features in the regular Feature Competition)

*** Every short film that wins an award will receive a distribution offer from ShortsHD!
Music Video Competition
Does your short perfectly marry music and the moving image? Then this is where it belongs. You must have permission from the musical artist to screen your short. Films in this category are eligible for our "Best Music Video" Award.
Web Series Competition
Have a show that's optimized for mobile? We'll show it on the big screen. All genres welcome. 1 episode per submission only. Films in this category are eligible for our "Best of the Web" Award!
Screenwriting Competition: Feature
Have an amazing script for a feature length film? This is where it belongs. Scripts should be between 80-130 pages and properly formatted. Submissions can be from any genre but please label the genre in your cover page. Scripts submitted to this category are eligible for the following award: Best Horror/Sci-Fi, Best Drama, Best Comedy and Best Action/Triller. We will also select one script from the entire competition for a live script read and to be featured in our panels!
Screenwriting Competition: Short
If your script is under 50 pages, this is where it belongs. Please label the genre when submitting. This category is eligible for the following awards: Best Horror/Sci-Fi, Best Drama, Best Comedy and Best Action/Triller. We will also select one script from the entire competition for a live script read to be featured in our panels!

***All scripts submitted this year will receive a waiver code to submit the finished film for half off at a future festival!


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!


Now in our 11th year of showcasing incredible cinema from around the world!

We are proud to call the state-of-the-art Cobb Plaza Cinema Café our home. Twelve beautiful theaters with high-end digital projection located right in the heart of Orlando. Virtually all our events take place in or around the theater, which is walking distance from our official festival hotels. Audiences do not just watch quality cinema but also get an immersive experience full of spirited Q & A’s, panel discussions, script reads & fantastic parties. This is the perfect opportunity for filmmakers and screenwriters to directly interact with their audience, as well as others in the industry.

Named one of the top "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World" by Moviemaker Magazine, we make it our business to take care of our filmmakers. In addition to large appreciative crowds, other perks include impressive discounts at many of the local bars & restaurants, as well as hugely discounted rates at our official festival hotel. On Thursday mornings we offer a filmmaker-only private backlot tour of Universal Studios, which is a highlight for many who attend. Our nightly parties have been known to shut down a few bars and our sponsor Stella Artois always takes care of the beer. We also give out over 25 filmmaking and screenwriting awards with some fantastic prizes, including a ShortsHD distribution deal offer for EVERY winning short film!

We've showcased films that have gone on to Academy Nominations and even one that took home the Oscar. We've also been honored with a slew of celebrity guests including Cheryl Hines, Olympia Dukakis, Erik Stolhanski, Christopher Titus, Haley Joel Osment and Alison Brie. But the truth is you can submit a film full of A-list celebrities or something you shot at your Grandma’s house with some friends. Your film's budget doesn't matter nor does its premiere status. All we care about is finding high quality independent cinema.

If your film fits that simple criteria, please send it our way and join us for what will surely be our biggest year yet!

Our sponsors include Universal Studios Production Group, Kodak, Stella Artois, United Arts, Cobb Theaters, Great Graphics Photoscan, Clear Channel Outdoor, Mears and many others.

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Daniel Springen (Chairman / Executive Director); Daniel Springen (Chairman / Executive Director); Daniel Springen (Chairman / Executive Director); Daniel Springen (Chairman / Executive Director); Holley Morgan (Sr. Director); Jerry Cavallaro (Associate Director); Jerry Cavallaro (Associate Director); Jerry Cavallaro (Associate Director); Jerry Cavallaro (Associate Director)


As we have said before, premiere status does not factor into our decisions. We do not care about your budget, your star power or if you are in the middle of a distribution deal. If you have a good film, we want to see it!

If you are a filmmaker and your previous film played at OFF, please choose the alumni fee option & let us know which previous film you had in the festival when submitting.

Please submit any webseries or music videos as either Short Films or Student Shorts. If we have enough accepted films, we will create individual awards for each category. Transmedia projects can be submitted either as a short or feature depending on the amount of time the theater will be needed for the presentation.


***Exhibition copies and submission material will NOT be returned. Sorry, no exceptions. Leftover promotional materials can be picked up IN PERSON ONLY ***


GENERAL RULES AFTER ACCEPTANCE: We do not need the following material until AFTER your film is accepted into the festival.


WEBSITE NEEDS: Film Poster / One Sheet, 2 Production Stills (no crew photos), One Line Synopsis, One Paragraph Synopsis, Trailer if available, and please list any AWARDS or HONORS in the body of the email.

Send all above items via email to: orlandofilmfestival@gmail.com




All feature exhibition copies must be post marked no later than SEPTEMBER 15th, 2016 and delivered to:

Orlando Film Festival
C/O Projection
5131 Gramont Ave
Orlando, FL 32812



Send your .m4v file via YOUSENDIT, MEGAUPLOAD, etc. to orlandofilmfestival@gmail.com


If your film is selected for exhibition we would love for you to join us at the festival this year. We will strive to make sure that as many films as possible will have two (2) screenings and that the filmmakers are treated like family. You will receive two (2) VIP ELITE Passes ($400 value) and 2 VIP Passes ($200 value) Any additional Passes will be available for 1/2 price.


By submitting this film, you are responsible for the film submitted with this application, and by submitting said film to The Orlando Film Festival (the "OFF") you hereby represent, warrant and agree to the following:

1. I hereby represent, warrant, and agree that the film is not currently subject to, and will not in the future become subject to, any distribution agreement or other obligation that would prevent it from being exhibited at the OFF (provided that it is accepted into the OFF).
2. I have carefully read and understood and will comply with all rules, regulations and eligibility requirements of the OFF, all of which are incorporated herein by reference.
3. I represent and warrant that: (a) I have the full right and power to make and perform this Agreement without the consent of any third party (or, if the consent of other parties is required, all of them are also signing this Agreement); (b) the film does not violate any copyright, trademark or other intellectual property right of any person or entity, and will not constitute a libel or slander of any person or entity or defame or disparage any person or entity or infringe upon or violate the rights of privacy, reputation, publicity, intellectual property and/or any other rights of any kind or nature of any person or entity; and (c) the film is not the subject of litigation or any claim that might give rise to litigation.
4. I hold the OFF harmless from damage to or loss of the print en route or otherwise during the course of the festival's possession of the film; and agree to provide the festival a print of the film at my own risk and/or provide my own insurance to cover loss and/or damage of the print. Further, I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the OFF and its affiliates from and against any liability, claim, cost, damage, or expense arising out of or in connection with any breach by me of this Submission Agreement.
5. (Competition Entries only) Should this film win an award Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor/Actress or Audience Choice or any other award at the festival, I am authorized and/or empowered by all parties legally representing this film to receive all cash prizes and awards.
6. I understand and agree that acceptance of my film does not guarantee airline or hotel accommodations for talent, production crew, or any other parties.
7. I agree that all materials will be sent prepaid and understand and agree that neither fees, submission videos nor any other materials will be returned whether or not my film is accepted (except as set forth in clause 9 below).
8. I understand and agree that if my film is accepted, OFF will not pay any shipping fees for exhibition copies or promotional materials. Materials will ONLY be returned if it is received with a self-addressed prepaid envelope or package provided by the filmmaker.
9. I understand and agree that the number of screenings, days and venue (if any) is at the sole discretion of the OFF.
10. If the OFF accepts my film, I agree that the OFF may use Blu-Ray or DVD copies for press reviews and will not be obligated to conduct any separate theatrical screenings for members of the press.
11. I understand and agree that all information received on the application may be utilized in the program guide and the website. Any corrections must be received in writing by October 1, 2016. Changes will not be made after October 1, 2016. The OFF will not be liable for any errors or omissions in the program guide or the website.
12. I acknowledge and agree that in the event of any breach by me of this Submission Agreement, the harm to the OFF would not be adequately compensated for in damages and, therefore, in the event of any such breach, the OFF shall have the right to equitable relief by way of injunction or otherwise; provided, however, that resorting to such relief shall not be construed as a waiver of any other rights or remedies the OFF may have for damages.