Move over Sundance. Mount Dora will once again play host to the 16th Annual Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO) kicking off on January 21.
Movie lovers are expected to trek from near and far to the small town known for its quaint downtown and low rolling hills for the three-day festival of film screenings on January 21 through 23. The international festival will screen comedies, dramas, suspense, horror and adventure. All screenings will be held at the 12-screen Epic Theatre located at 2300 Spring Harbor Boulevard, just off U.S. Highway 441.
After films were submitted to the festival for consideration, they underwent a rigorous judging process on specific criteria. Films with the highest grades from judges were accepted into the event and CENFLO will select the winner from four finalists. The Mount Dora Mayor's Choice Award will also be awarded again this year, plus it will be the first year the festival will present the Hollywood Luminary Award for outstanding contribution to film. The inaugural recipient is legendary comic book artist and writer George Perez for his impact on how superhero movies have impacted cinema over the past decade. More details of the award’s presentation will be announced via the festival’s social media sites closer to the event.
CENFLO will also have fun and informative panel discussions with industry professionals, nightly networking parties at the theater, and a closing night award ceremony.
The popular festival has come a long way since its debut year in 2005 at the Osceola Center for the Arts. In 2013 it was named among the "Top 25 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee" by Movie Maker Magazine.
Individual movie tickets are $10 with daily movie passes costing $35, which allows access to all screenings on that day. Die-hard movie lovers can opt for a $85 V.I.P. pass for access to all films for the entire festival. Tickets and more information will be posted on CENFLO’s website.