The Orlando International Film Festival kicks off this weekend – Orlando Sentinel

The third Orlando International Film Festival (OIFF Lions Club) is set to hit the Orange County Convention Center this week, kicking off July 9 with Youth Day and continuing through July 15. . This year’s event will feature over 300 films from more than 40 countries, making it one of the biggest festivals of the year and a must for local film fans.

Orange County Mayor Jerry Demings will officially open the festival with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on July 10, before the premiere screening of “The Last Teardrop,” a documentary film that tells the deeply personal story of Bobby Wilson and his connection to “Mr. Excitement” Jackie Wilson. Immediately following this screening, a panel with Bobby Wilson and several filmmakers will take place.

Another highlight of this year’s festival is “The Story of Harry T. Moore,” which premieres at 2 p.m. on July 10 and chronicles the life and death of the first martyr of the modern civil rights movement. From director Dr. Florence Alexander, Founder and Board Chair of the Orlando International Film Festival, this film was shot primarily in Florida with several scenes filmed on location at historic sites in Central Florida. The film also uses local actors.

In addition to film screenings and previews, the 2022 Orlando International Film Festival will also include educational workshops and panels for those interested in learning more about the filmmaking process and the business aspects of filmmaking. the making of a film, including securing distribution and financing for their projects. Meet and greets, table reads, parties and red carpet events are also planned.

While there are plenty of films for fans to watch in person, there will also be a virtual option that will include both on-demand and live festival programming. Not all films will be available to virtual attendees, but those considering this option can preview some of the included content at

The festival’s closing ceremonies will take place on July 15 and will include an awards show at 6 p.m. that will feature grand jury recognition in several categories, including fiction, documentary, student and Florida-based films.

A complete film guide including screening data for all selections can be accessed at Local moviegoers can also filter this year’s lineup to find specific content with Florida connections.

Day passes to the festival are available for $35 and can be used for any day of the festival. Multi-day passes start at $50 for a two-day pass and go up to $175 for a full-week pass. Virtual-only passes are also available for $40. For more information and to purchase tickets, moviegoers can visit

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Darcy J. Skinner