The Florida Film Festival begins this evening (read our reviews here
), and in case you weren't aware, it's more than just a bunch of movies – every year, the festival offers food programming, panel discussion, parties and free movie screenings on the lawn of the Enzian. Some of the events are ticketed, and some are totally free and open to the public. Here's a rundown of what's on tap at this year's fest.
Friday, April 10:
The Florida Film Festival kicks off its 24th year today, with its opening night party.
which happens at the Enzian Theater and Eden Bar. It kicks off at 7 p.m. with a cocktail hour at the Eden Bar, then from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. food will be served at various stations set up around the Enzian. Participating restaurants include Brio Tuscan Grill, K, Swine & Sons and SoCo, and participating bars, beers and liquor include Rogue Pub, Tito's Vodka and Terrapin. The opening-night film is Welcome to Me
(read our review here
). Tickets to the party and film are $110. You can attend the party only for $95 or the film only for $25.
Saturday, April 11:
Check out the Locally Fresh!
event at 11 a.m. at the Enzian Theater. For $12, you can browse goods from local vendors, check out cooking demos and sample goods from the likes of Lake Meadows Natural Farms, Palmetto Creek Farms, Olde Hearth Bread Co., and East End Market. At 12:30 p.m., the ticketed portion of the programming ends and everyone is invited to browse a Locally Fresh! farmers market,
which is free and open to the public until 2:30 p.m.
Enzian Theater hosts a Whole Foods Market tasting
from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., which is FREE and open to the public.
Sunday, April 12:
Kick off the day with a Sunday brunch buffet
prepared by Enzian's chef. The cost is $13.99 per person, and brunch is available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Eden Bar. Fuel up for a full day of film programming.
From 3 to 5 p.m., ticket holders are welcome to attend the FFF block party
at Winter Park Village, where participants can stroll and take advantage of free drinks and appetizers will be offered by the local restaurants and bars.
Monday, April 13:
The Monday night pitcher show
for film fest week is a free screening of 500 Days of Summer
. Bring your blankets and lawn chairs.
Wednesday, April 15:
Film in Florida:
This free panel discussion, held at the Enzian at 11 a.m., explores the incentives available for filmmakers who work in the state.
After the Film in Florida panel discussion, join your fellow film buffs at the bar for a free mixer
with industry professionals and filmmakers.
The Wednesday night pitcher show
is a free screening of Donnie Darko
outside on the lawn at 8 p.m.
Thursday, April 16:
Attend a free panel discussion, Making Meaning: Films that Change the World,
which discusses the making of documentary films. Presented by Full Sail University and held at the Enzian at 11 a.m.
Full Sail University hosts a Filmmakers Welcome Party
at Rangetsu in Maitland. This one's not open to the public – you have to be invited to attend.
The Thursday night pitcher show
is a free screening of Amélie
outside on the Enzian's lawn at 8 p.m.
Friday, April 17:
Attend a free presentation, Across the Pond: American Screenwriters, British Madmen
. UCF professors Barry Sandler and Pat Rushin share their experiences working with British directors Ken Russell and Terry Gilliam. Takes place at 11 a.m. at the Enzian.
The free Filmmakers Forum
takes place at the Enzian at 2 p.m. The fest calls this a "once-in-a-lifetime airing of artistic laundry by the filmmakers who get the job done."
The Industry Party
is held at Taps in Winter Park Village. This is another event that's by invitation only, so if you don't get an invite, don't show up because you probably won't get in.
Saturday, April 18:
The Florida Film Festival Awards Bash
takes place at the Enzian. An awards ceremony takes place from 5-6 p.m., followed by a dinner buffet and cash bar at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m., the Legendary JC's begin to play and everyone parties. Tickets are $45 in advance, $50 day of the event.
Sunday, April 19:
Cry a sad little tear with friends over the Sunday brunch because it's time for the Florida Film Festival to end. For $13.99 per person, you can attend the closing brunch buffet
from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.