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Enzian Announced Florida Film Festival Film Lineup
Florida Film Festival 2015 is screening films from 30 countries and includes 20 world premieres. The slate of films is 176 deep. Twenty of the films programmed have direct Florida connections. At least 100 filmmakers are planning on attending; 55 women directors submitted their work in this year's festival which is up 20 from last year's numbers. Those are the basic stats for this year's fest running April 10-19.
Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, introduced the festival line up with a cruise director pitch amongst his luau themed reception. Maldonado, a former career TV executive, spoke to the patron and press filled Enzian Theater about his vacation from corporate work to escape to the Florida Film Festival for a few weekends each year. He enjoyed his time and found others like himself who took vacation time to attend the festivities. He recalls one such fellow festival goer commenting that vacation time at the festival is "better than a cruise". Maldonado welcomes everyone to come out and experience the "friendly, with a heart, crazy, not intimidating" festival.
The Opening Night film will screen at the Regal Winter Park and will be the latest from Actress Kristin Wiig titled Welcome to Me. Wiig portrays an $86 million lottery winner with Borderline Personality Disorder that buys her own TV talk show.
An Evening with Sam Rockwell includes a screening of Moon followed by a Q&A with Rockwell on Friday, April 17. Bob Balaban was also announced as a guest you would see around the festival this year.
The schedule is full of screenings, panels, and parties. Other items of note include the farmers market returning to the Eden Bar on Saturday, April 11 with locally fresh offerings. The hill on the Enzian property is screening three outdoor movies. International shorts plays from 4:15-6pm on Sunday, April 19. For punk fans, there is Salad Days: A Decade of Punk in Washington D.C. (1980-1990). Billy Mize and the Bakersfield Sound plays twice during the schedule and challenges the notion that country music comes from Nashville. Mark Silver's documentary about the Micheal Dunn murder trial in Jacksonville, Florida entitled 3 1/2 Minutes will have one screening on April 18 at 2:30p.m.
Tickets are on sale now at www.floridafilmfestival.com or at the Enzian box office located at 1300 S. Orlando Avenue in Maitland.