CenFlo grows

Exclusive to MeierMovies, August 21, 2019

Update: Because of Hurricane Dorian, the festival has been postponed until September 27-29.

Often considered one of the top five film festivals in the Orlando area, the Central Florida Film Festival, or CenFlo, moved last year from its longtime home at Ocoee’s West Orange Cinemas to the new Epic Theatres in Mount Dora. And under the leadership of Brendon Rogers – who took the reins from Bob Cook in 2018 – the festival is back at the new venue for its second year, to be held September 6-8.

As one might expect after a big move and a change in leadership, the festival is still experiencing growing pains – but not the way you might expect. Surprisingly, the number of films has jumped from 66 last year to approximately 125 this time. Although that total includes short films, it’s still an ambitious undertaking because it makes CenFlo the third-largest film festival (by number of movies) in Central Florida, after the Orlando Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival.

“The 14th annual Central Florida Film Festival will be our biggest yet, with over 125 films from around the world, including features, shorts, documentaries, animated shorts, outstanding student projects and several world premieres,” Rogers says. “Special filmmaker panels with industry professionals, our nightly networking parties, special appearances and more will add to the fun throughout the weekend.”

The festival has not confirmed any celebrities yet, and Rogers says they are concentrating more on films than on VIP guests. But the festival might have some announcements closer to kick-off.

Tickets to a single screening are $10, a day’s worth costs $35, and an all-festival pass goes for $85. For more information, visit CentralFloridaFilmFestival.com.

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