Orlando may have Universal Studios and Disney’s Hollywood Studios, but the 2015 Florida Film Festival is set to be a blockbuster. The 10-day event, which ends on Sunday 19 April, showcases the best in current, independent, and international cinema and is an Oscar-qualifying event.
The popular festival features 170 films and first-class events from more than 30 countries, which attracts celebrities, film lovers and filmmakers. This year’s special guest at the Enzian Theater in Maitland is Gosford Park producer, Bob Balaban who starred as head executive of NBC in Seinfeld.
The festival includes many Central Florida film professionals, including filmmaker and photographer, Brian Carlson with his documentary Mr Gold, the redemptive story of a well-known jewellery store advertisement sign-spinner who entertains the Colonial Drive area of Orlando.
The event includes four free movie screenings and various film forums that the public can attend without charge.
Talking of free arts festivals, from Friday 10 April at the Dr Phillips Center in downtown Orlando there are six days of free events presented by the University of Central Florida — including appearances by former Star Trek actress Kate Mulgrew and Voice contestant, singer Sisaundra Lewis.
The UCF festival includes an interactive video-game showcase, choral and symphonic concerts, make-up and costume displays, a cabaret, movie premieres and a percussion performance. Among those taking part are Orlando Shakespeare Theater and the Orlando Philharmonic.
The two popular public events illustrate Orlando’s thriving arts and crafts sector, its community appeal and diverse choice of attractions, says Garrett Kenny, CEO of top Central Florida real estate developer and agent, Feltrim Group.
“With so many lively arts events, world-class theme parks, tourist attractions, malls and sports venues, you can always find something to do in Central Florida.
“It’s one reason why the city attracted more than 62million visitors last year – a US record – and continues to draw those looking for vacation homes, buy-to-let property investors or those wanting to live here permanently.”
Orlando is home to fine arts museums, theaters and art galleries that showcase local and worldwide artists, plus ballet and dance troupes.