Enzian Announces 2015 Florida Film Festival Community Events

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Orlando, FL – (March 11, 2015) Today, Enzian announced the community events taking place at the 24th Annual Florida Film Festival, April 10-19, 2015, in Maitland and Winter Park, Florida, with Primary Sponsor Full Sail University and Primary Public Partners Orange County Government and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs. The full program announcement is on Wednesday, March 18th and will take place during the Film Lineup Luau at Enzian Theater. To be invited to the Film Lineup Luau and learn about all of the films before the general public, purchase a pass or package and also receive early redemption benefits. Individual tickets will go on sale to the public on Saturday, March 21st.


All outdoor films are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.


Monday Night Pitcher Show, featuring (500) DAYS OF SUMMER
Sponsored by Orlando Date Night Guide
Monday, April 13th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM Film from 8–9:35PM at Eden Bar


Who doesn’t love a good date? Cozy up on a blanket on the lawn for a free screening of (500) DAYS OF SUMMER, an offbeat romantic comedy about a woman who doesn’t believe true love exists and the young man who falls for her.


Popcorn Flicks in Central Park: GIRL HAPPY
Presenting Sponsor Full Sail University
Co-sponsored by City of Winter Park & iHeartMedia
Tuesday, April 14th
8–9:40PM at Central Park, Winter Park
251 Park Avenue South
Winter Park, FL 32789


Don’t miss this opportunity to groove under the stars for this special 50th anniversary screening of GIRL HAPPY! Come watch Elvis Presley on the big screen in this killer 1960s flick as he takes to the beaches of Fort Lauderdale during spring break.


Wednesday Night Pitcher Show, featuring DONNIE DARKO
Wednesday, April 15th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM Film from 8–10PM at Eden Bar


Enzian’s audience was asked to help select this Pitcher Show by answering a question: “What film do you find the most interesting?” And the winner is …drumroll… DONNIE DARKO, the mind-bending cinematic adventure of a troubled suburban teenager who survives a freak accident only to be plagued by doomsday visions guided by a monstrous rabbit called Frank. Bring a blanket and hang out on the lawn for this free screening. Eden Bar will be serving up your favorite cocktails, so stay after to discuss “interesting” films with fellow cinefiles. Make sure to check out some of the other terrific responses, which will be published in the FFF15 special edition program guide.


Thursday Night Pitcher Show, featuring AMELIE
Thursday, April 16th
Food & drink specials start at 6PM Film begins at 8PM at Eden Bar


2015 marks Enzian’s 30th Anniversary! Celebrate the occasion with other Enzian fans by enjoying AMELIE for free on the lawn at Eden Bar. This magical romantic comedy from visionary French director Jean-Pierre Jeunet is the third of five of his astonishing works that have played at


All discussions are free and open to the public and take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.


Film In Florida
Wednesday, April 15, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian


From white sandy beaches to brick paved main streets, Florida is America’s backlot. The Film in Florida panel is your Everything You Need to Know Guide for filming in Florida, from locations, to incentives, and everything in between. Learn more about how Florida has the 3rd largest talent pool in the US and how Florida can make the most out of your budget. Florida is more than just
a great place to visit with your family… It’s the set of your next film. Sheena Fowler, Director, Film & Digital Media at Orlando Film Commission will moderate, and filmmakers Jason Kupfer and Tighe Arnold (“Invaders”) and Sheri Kebbel (“Dan Behind His Eyes”) will be among those participating.


After the FILM IN FLORIDA discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix-and-mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers. This event is free and open to the public.


Florida Film Mixer
Wednesday, April 15, 12:30–1:30PM at Eden Bar


After the Film in Florida discussion, head out to Eden Bar for a mix and mingle with industry professionals and fellow filmmakers.


Making Meaning: Films that Change the World
Sponsored by FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY Thursday, April 16, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian


Films have a huge impact on our world. They not only impact how we see ourselves, but they can affect the political and cultural landscape. Ultimately, a thoughtfully expressed film can create activism and engender compassion for some of the big issues facing the world. This panel will discuss the many ways that films impact society for better and sometimes worst. Should films simply be about entertaining, or is there a larger responsibility at hand? Are documentary films more accessible than in the past, and what new distribution models allow niche projects to reach a wider audience? What are the issues and opportunities filmmakers encounter when
they join forces with organizations? Filmmakers who’ve delved into broad-reaching topics such as gay marriage, Asperger’s syndrome, poverty, citizen’s rights, the environment, and freedom will participate in the discussion. Maylen Dominguez, Program Director of the Film Production Master in Fine Arts at Full Sail University will moderate.


Across the Pond: American Screenwriters, British Madmen
Friday, April 17, 11AM-12:30PM at Enzian


What happens when two writers who happen to teach at the University of Central Florida—one in the film department and one in the English department—end up writing films for two of the most brilliant, visionary, and over-the-top (some might say “crazy”) directors in British film history? Find out as American screenwriters Barry Sandler and Pat Rushin share their experiences working with Ken Russell (The Devils, Tommy, Altered States) and Terry Gilliam (Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Time Bandits, Brazil) on the films Crimes of Passion (1984) and The Zero Theorem (2013). Both of these iconoclastic English filmmakers are known for their unpredictability, excess, and wild imaginations, and Barry and Pat will unfold the layers of creative collaboration that went into producing such a provocative sexual thriller with Russell and a playfully cerebral work of science fiction with Gilliam. Moderated by Stephen Schlow, UCF Associate Instructor of the School of Visual Arts and Design, Film Division.


Filmmaker Forum
Friday, April 17, 2–3:30PM at Regal Winter Park Village


The Florida Film Festival hosts some of the most talented new independent filmmakers every year and always sets aside one day just to pick their brains. This lively and dynamic exchange of ideas and know-how inevitably defines a high point in the festival—peppered with tales of triumph, challenge, and creative methods. Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done. FFF selections committee member and Rollins College Professor Denise Cummings, Chair of the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies, will moderate.

All parties take place at Enzian Theater, unless otherwise stated.


Opening Night Party
7PM–2AM at Enzian and Eden Bar
7–8PM: Eden’s Cocktail Hour
8–11PM: Food will be served
Drinks will be available all night


Film & Party ticket price $110
Film ONLY ticket price $25
Party ONLY ticket price $95


Celebrate opening night and sample food and cocktails from your favorite local spots. Participating restaurants and bars include Brio Tuscan Grille, K Restaurant, Swine & Sons, Soco Thornton Park, Tito’s Vodka, Brown Distributing, Rogue Pub, Terrapin, and more!


Locally Fresh!
Sponsored by Edible Orlando
Saturday, April 11, 11AM–12:30PM at Enzian
Tickets are $12 each


Don’t miss this delicious afternoon of local eats and a sneak peek into the world of farming, featuring Lake Meadow Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. Tastes and live cooking demonstrations are included in ticket price.


Locally Fresh! Farmers Market
Saturday, April 11, NOON–2:30PM on the lawn at Eden Bar

FREE and open to the public


After the Locally Fresh! event, head right out to the lawn at Eden Bar for a farmers market. Guests will get a chance to talk to the famers and other local vendors as well as purchase goods to take home and enjoy.


Whole Foods Market Tasting
Sponsored by Whole Foods Market
Saturday, April 11, 5:30PM – 7:30PM at Enzian and Eden Bar

FREE and open to the public


Sample a delightful spread of natural and organic tastes from Whole Foods Market. These appetizers are complimentary for festival attendees.


Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 12, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar
Price: $13.99

Enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth- watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.


Festival Block Party
Sponsored by Winter Park Village
Sunday, April 12, 3–5PM at Regal Winter Park Village
510 North Orlando Avenue
Winter Park, FL 32789


FREE for Festival ticket and pass holders

Look for the Winter Park Village fountain located across from the Regal cinema for a Block Party celebration of the Florida Film Festival. Festival ticket and pass holders will receive free drinks and appetizers from select Winter Park Village restaurants and also enjoy live entertainment by renowned electronic violinist Jarred Burnett. Space is limited so plan to arrive early.


Awards Bash
Saturday, April 18
5–6PM Awards Ceremony at Enzian
6–8:30PM Dinner Buffet and cash bar at Eden Bar
7–10PM Live music with The Legendary JC’s and cash bar at Eden Bar

Ticket price: $45 in advance, $50 day of event


Have you picked your favorite films of the Festival? At the annual Awards Ceremony, you’ll be among the first to find out if they’ve won! Don’t miss this exciting and fun opportunity to hang out with filmmakers as the big winners are announced. Dinner is included in the ticket price and will be served after the Awards Ceremony.


Sunday Brunch Buffet
Sunday, April 19, 11AM–2PM at Eden Bar
Price: $13.99


This is a perfect time to enjoy brunch with friends and compare notes on all things Florida Film Festival! This mouth-watering brunch prepared by Enzian’s own chef is sure to leave a good taste in your mouth! No ticket necessary.



Now in its 24th year, the Florida Film Festival is an Oscar®-qualifying festival, premiering the best in current, independent, and international cinema. Through ten days of 170 films and first- class events, film lovers mingle with filmmakers and celebrities over hand-crafted cocktails and a delicious menu at Eden Bar and inside the theater.


Enzian and Florida Film Festival President, Henry Maldonado, welcomes you to “the festival with a heart.”


“This wonderful community is bringing so much love of film to new generations of young people… you touched my heart!!” –Jon Voight, Academy Award® winning actor


“I wish I could have stayed longer.” –Glenn Close, Academy Award® nominated actress


Festival tickets are available for purchase online or at the Enzian box office.


The Festival is a program of the non-profit Enzian Theater. 2015 Festival sponsors to date include Primary Sponsor: Full Sail University; Primary Public Partners: Orange County Government, Florida, and the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs; Public Partners: Art Works, United Arts of Central Florida; Major Sponsors: Doubletree by Hilton Downtown Orlando, Kodak, Lure Design Incorporated, Metro Orlando Film Commission, Regal Entertainment Group, SunDance Marketing Solutions, Uber, Walt Disney World Resort, Whole Foods, Winter Park Village; Sponsors: The Alfond Inn, Antonio’s, Deeb Studios, Drive New Media, Edible Orlando, Enemy Ink, Gifn, H.J. High Construction, Mears Transportation Group, Southeast Performance, SAGIndie, Sprint, Tampa Hillsborough Film and Digital Media Commission, Terrapin Beer Co., Women In Film & Television – Florida; Media Partners: Bright House, Florida Travel + Life, Real Radio, Orlando Arts Magazine, Orlando Date Night Guide, Orlando Live, Orlando Magazine, Orlando Sentinel, Orlando Style Magazine, Orlando Weekly, The Daily City, Visit Orlando, WKMG, WPRK, and Yelp.


Our Sponsor community enriches the Festival experience and helps sustain the year-round programs of the not-for-profit Enzian. floridafilmfestival.com


Since 1992, Enzian has been the proud host of the Florida Film Festival. As part of its mission to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film, Enzian presents innovative and original cinematic programming not just during the Festival, but all year long. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, community-supported arts organization for which ticket revenue accounts for only 25% of its operating budget, Enzian owes its existence to the generosity of fans of film, food, and fun–like you.


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
2014 “Top 25 Graduate 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. Recently, 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 offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to Art & Design, Business, Film & Television, Games, Media & Communications, Music & Recording, and Web & Technology. Full Sail graduate credits include work on OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike VGX Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.



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