Orlando welcomes its fall fests

The fall is a good time for fans of film festivals in Orlando. Actually, any time of year is. But the autumn tends to be particularly packed.

The Global Peace Film Festival and the Enzian Theater’s South Asian Film Festival just wrapped, and it will soon be time for the Spooky Empire Horror Film Festival, to be held October 21-23 at the Orange County Convention Center. I’m a judge this year, and I’d like thank the organizers, particularly Aléa Figueroa, for the opportunity to witness a lot of blood and gore, which I detest. Good times!

The biggest Florida fest of them all, when judging by number of movies (more than 300 features and shorts), is the Orlando Film Festival. That event will run October 27 through November 3 at the CMX Plaza Cinema Cafe downtown. (One of the best feature films at this year’s event will be The Justice of Bunny King, which played April’s Florida Film Festival. Go here for my review.)

Next up will be another of the Enzian’s mini-fests, the Central Florida Jewish Film Festival, November 12-15, followed by yet another of the art cinema’s events, the Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase, with tentative dates of November 19-20.

With all these fests and more, plus great autumn weather, there is no excuse to remain at home.

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