The annual Florida Film Festival is put together by the Enzian theater, Orlando’s go-to theater for independent film. The Enzian is a not-for-profit cinema in Winter Park that plays independent films throughout the year. The Florida Film Festival carries out the theater’s goal of entertaining, inspiring, educating, and connecting the community through film.

The 2023 event marked the 32nd year of the Florida Film Festival and featured many notable movies and a worthwhile celebrity talk.

 Notable Screenings

The FFF showed screenings of movies that had been picked up by major distributors along with shorts and other independent films. Some of the major movies, which were played at the Regal theater, included Polite Society, Sisu, Somewhere in Queens, BlackBerry, The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster, and Sanctuary. 

While some of these movies had already released and were playing on theaters elsewhere, some were screened at the festival ahead of their official release date. The Angry Black Girl and Her Monster later screened at Regal and other theaters for only one night, June 9, 2023, before the movie was released On Demand and on Digital. The movie Sanctuary screened at the festival on Sunday, April 35, but didn’t officially release until May 19, 2023. 

With the Hollywood movie Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret. soon to be released nationally, the festival screened a documentary film Judy Blume Forever. Blume is most known for her book about Margaret, a young girl learning to navigate teen life in a new environment — from boys, to female friendships, to body changes. Directed by Davina Pardo and Leah Wolchok, this movie on author Judy Blume reveals her own coming of age story.

Special Events

Each year, the programming team features a celebrity in film to join the “An Afternoon/Evening with…” event. This special event consists of an introduction to the guest, along with a screening of an influential film and a talk or Q/A session. John Cusack was the star celebrity at the 2023 Florida Film Festival. Mr. Cusack answered questions from the audience after a screening of the 1989 movie Say Anything. 

Ticket Prices

Ticket prices for the 2023 event were announced as follows. Details about tickets can be found below, but all details should be checked against the information on the official Florida Film Festival website, available at https://www.floridafilmfestival.com.

Pass Prices

The festival sells access to the festival in three ways: passes, packages, and individual tickets. Attending the festival with a pass is the most economical method for attendees who plan on watching multiple films.

  • Matinee: $125
  • Binge: $350
  • Film Lover: $675
  • Producer: $1500

Package Prices

  • 5-Pack: $60
  • 10-Pack: $115
  • 20-Pack: $220

Individual Tickets

  • Single Tickets: $13 each

Festival Ticket Types (2023)

The festival sells access to the festival in three ways: passes, packages, and individual tickets. Attending the festival with a pass is the most economical method for attendees who plan on watching multiple films.

Regular films are the normally-priced screenings, which in 2023 were priced at $13 a ticket. Regular films do not include special events like the “An Afternoon/Evening with…” celebrity events. Producer passholders are given priority seating — they can enter the theater early — followed by Film Lover passholders, Matinee and Binge passholders, and then attendees with single tickets.

Even with a pass, admission might not be guaranteed. The Matinee and Binge passes do not include early admission, and all pass holders are advised to arrive to the showing 30 minutes ahead of the scheduled start time to ensure admission.

The event website lists all the details for tickets, available at https://www.floridafilmfestival.com/attend/tickets/.

Pass Types

The Matinee pass allows entry to regular films that start at 5:00 pm and earlier. Attendees with this pass can watch movies all day long throughout the festival. This pass does not include early admission.

The Binge pass allows entry to all regular films for the nine days of the festival, along with a program and t-shirt. This pass also offers the option to purchase tickets to the Programming Announcement Party. This pass does not include early admission.

The Film Lover pass allows early entry to all regular films with exclusive access to press screenings and other special events. This pass also offers the option to purchase tickets to the Programming Announcement Party and the “An Afternoon/Evening with…” celebrity events. Film Lover passholders also have access to the pre-fest press screenings, opening night film & party, filmmaker party, and awards party. In addition, there are lots of perks to the Film Lover pass, like the program and t-shirt, but also a swag bag and recognition in the printed festival. 

The Producer pass allows access to all films, events, and parties, and a portion of the pass price is a tax-deductible gift to the Enzian cinema. Producer passholders have access to “absolutely everything” at the festival (RSVP might be necessary). In addition to everything offered Film Lover passholders, Producers will receive early notification of programming and special events, which also includes a special pre-show luncheon with the festival’s programming director. 

Packages

Attendees can buy single tickets for regular screenings in bulk to save. Tickets are sold in packs of 5, 10, and 20.

Individual Tickets

Attendees who want to purchase tickets a la carte can do so by buying individual tickets. Single tickets can be purchased in advance or on the day of the show, if available.

How to Buy

Tickets can be purchased on the film festival’s website, at https://www.floridafilmfestival.com/attend/tickets/. In-person ticket sales are possible at the Enzian’s box office, located in Maitland, Florida at 1300 S. Orlando Avenue.