The Florida Film Festival celebrates its 31st year

MAITLAND, Fla. – The 31st Florida Film Festival is underway in Maitland.

Hundreds of filmmakers screen their projects throughout a 10-day period which is back in person this year.

What do you want to know

  • Maitland hosts the 31st Florida Film Festival
  • More than 160 films are screened
  • The Florida Film Festival runs until April 17

“We have an incredible number of world premieres this year,” explained Deanna Tiedtke, Public Relations Manager for Enzian Theatre.

This year is special for Tiedtke – it’s the first time she’s run the show with a new title for Enzian, but it’s a place she fell in love with ten years ago.

“And it became my little oasis. It felt like my home away from home.

When Tiedtke was in college, she visited the historic theater and watched the classic movies they played.

Fast forward a few years later and we’ve come full circle.

Now she works with filmmakers and coordinates their premieres in a place that is dear to her.

“No one has hosted in-person film festivals in a while.”

Tiedtke says it’s great to have in-person networking again.

COVID protocols have altered normal routines. This year things are back to normal and over 160 films are screened while the festival is in town.

For some of the filmmakers, this is the first time a live audience will see their projects.

Bradley Berman is a director who was able to screen his film Jack Has a Plan.

“It’s kind of hard to figure it out in a way,” Berman explained. “After all this time working on something so meaningful to me, to be able to share it with an audience, but the double side is that I grew up about three miles from here,” he continued.

In addition to dozens of filmmakers, 190 volunteers help make this film festival possible.

Tiedtke says it takes a full year of teamwork to prepare for these times.

“Just the fact that the filmmakers come here and watch those relationships blossom, it’s priceless,” she said.

The Florida Film Festival runs until April 17.

Darcy J. Skinner