Entries are officially being accepted for the 29th Annual Florida Film Festival, taking place April 17-26 and sponsored by Full Sail University. Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries on FloridaFilmFestival.com through Film Freeway.

Competition categories include short films (both narrative and animation), documentary films (both short and feature length), narrative features, and international films (both short and feature length). Awards are determined by a jury of film professionals and by audience ballot.

Deadlines to submit are:


October 11, 2019 – Early Entry Deadline
November 15, 2019 – Regular Entry Deadline
November 29, 2019 – Late Entry Deadline
December 13, 2019 – Extended Late Entry Deadline

The Florida Film Festival is one of only a handful of film festivals in the world, and the only one in the state, to be accredited as a qualifying festival for the Oscars® in all three short film categories: Live Action, Animation, and Documentary. The winner of the Grand Jury Award in each of these categories will automatically qualify to enter the following year’s Academy Awards®.

For additional questions, please visit FloridaFilmFestival.com, contact the Florida Film Festival’s programming department by calling (407) 629-1088 x326, emailing entries@enzian.org, or sending U.S. mail to Florida Film Festival, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751


Now in its 29th 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 locally-sourced menu.

“Now having attended several top festivals, I can confidently say Florida has THE best programming of all of them. THANK YOU for what you do and the care and thought you use to make your film fest what it is. Obviously, changed my life!” – Megan Seeley, Filmmaker

“Thank you so much for such an excellent juror experience! It was a great week. The festival was so well programmed and everything was so organized, and people were so friendly. I am so glad that I was able to serve on the jury after all these years. It was worth the wait.” – Cynthia Wade, Oscar-winning Filmmaker and Juror

“I’m not blowing smoke! This was really a wonderful festival experience. I loved it and was impressed with all aspects of it. I especially love the energy or spirit with which everything was handled – I felt a genuine passion for film and filmmakers that, of course, should be at every festival, but unfortunately is not.” – Alix Lambert, Filmmaker

 “The Florida Film Festival has become my favorite festival to attend. The staff is so friendly, personable, and truly enthusiastic about what they do. Their taste in film is the best. I can’t get over how organized and knowledgeable the volunteers are. It’s a laid back and well-oiled machine.” – Brian Lonano, Filmmaker

 “[We] had a great time at the festival.  We’ve been to a few festivals with the film, and Florida is one of our favorites!” –Academy Award® winner Ron Judkins, Filmmaker

“Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for having me down to the festival. What an absolute treat it was! It was a truly wonderful four days and I can say honestly that I don’t think there was single clunker among the 16+ hours of films we screened. That’s pretty impressive!” – Andrew Carlin, Juror (Oscilloscope)

“I may be biased (considering the FFF was the first festival I’ve ever participated in) but I really think it might be the best festival ever. The energy is so great, the venue is fantastic, and I have such an appreciation for how organized and thoughtful you guys were. I came back to Beirut and said ‘I need to make another film this year to go back next year.’” – Amanda Bailly, Filmmaker

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. Enzian.org

Full Sail University:
Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in entertainment, media, arts and technology. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has received accolades throughout its history, including most recently: One of the 2017 “Top Graduate & Undergraduate Schools to Study Game Design” by The Princeton Review, one of the 2016 “Top 25 Music Schools” by The Hollywood Reporter, and one of the 2016 “Top 50 Film Schools” by The Wrap Magazine. The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges also named Full Sail the 2016 “School/College of the Year.”

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 Technology. With over 60,000+ graduates worldwide, Full Sail alumni have worked on countless award-winning projects with individual recognition including OSCAR®, Emmy®, GRAMMY®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Video Game Award honors.


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