Artegon hosts International Student Film Festival and Urban Film Festival this weekend


If you've already watched everything on Netflix, maybe it's time to give up on Netflix and chill for a night. Instead, get your sorry sass off the ouch and check out the emerging talent featured in the two film festivals taking place in Orlando this weekend. 

On Friday, Nov. 6, Gods and Monsters at Artegon hosts the International Student Film Festival, which screens 45 student films from around the world that were selected by a panel of judges who work in the film industry. Broadcast journalists, directors, photographers, producers and filmmakers selected this movies to screen based on the quality of their scriptwriting, cinematography, editing and more. At 6 p.m., the festival will screen movies from Florida high school students, followed by entries from national and international high schoolers.

There will also be workshops for young filmmakers on things like augmented reality – using smartphones and tablets to create overlays that give filmmakers a new way to tell a story – 3D motion graphics, special effects and more, and at 7:15 p.m., screenings of films submitted by college students begins. The festival is free to attend. Children are the future, right? Go show them you care enough to not miss a free film festival where they're showing off their best work. For more information, check out the Facebook page or website.  

This weekend, the Urban Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmakers and music producers, sets up shop at the Cinemark Theater at Artegon on Nov. 6-7. The fest begins on Friday night with a How Well do You Schmooze event, followed by screenings of short films. It continues on Saturday with more screenings, meet and greets, giveaways and schmoozing, and the evening wraps up with a screening of Paramount Pictures' feature film Chocolate City, about a male exotic dancer who tries to hide his lucrative career in the strip club from his mother and girlfriend (see trailer below). 

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