Florida Film Festival concludes with awards party, Hitchcock flick

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The 27th annual Florida Film Festival ended this weekend with an awards presentation and party on Saturday and a 75th anniversary screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt on Sunday.

Florida Film Festival concludeswith awards party, Hitchcock flick

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Florida Film Festival: Female directors gauge progress

‘Indie Women: Grab ’em by the Movies’ was a popular forum last year at the Florida Film Festival. This year’s sequel carries the same title but examines an industry transformed by the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, Oprah Winfrey‘s speech at the Golden Globes and Frances McDormand’s call to action at the Oscars.

‘I believe change can happen quickly,’ said Anne Russell, who will moderate the free discussion at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 12, at the Enzian theater in Maitland. She is program director of Film Production MFA at Full Sail University near Winter Park.

‘We’re already seeing a big increase in female directors hired for TV,’ Russell said. ‘However, I also think the bigger question is, will this trend last?’

A record 82 female filmmakers are represented at this year’s festival, or more than 45 percent of the total schedule. The 10-day event concludes Sunday.

‘For years, the Florida Film Festival has celebrated the struggles and accomplishments of women in the film industry,’ said Matthew Curtis, the festival’s programming director. ‘The ‘Grab ’em by the Movies’ panel continues this tradition of giving these women a voice.’

  • Publisher: OrlandoSentinel.com
  • Author: Hal Boedeker
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One Spark winners announced

Entrepreneurs earned accolades as well as cash awards as One Spark 2018 concluded Saturday evening following the two-day innovation festival at Daily’s Place amphitheater adjacent to EverBank Field downtown.

A total of 67 creators from throughout the nation who converged at the amphitheater that organizers touted as “a city of innovation where all different types of entrepreneurs, businesses, communities come together and share ideas.”

The event featured five Creator Spark Zones, where innovators showcased businesses, projects and products in an effort to get feedback as well as secure funding to make their ideas become reality.

Rain and strong wind gusts forced organizers to conclude the event earlier than planned Saturday but not before a total of $50,000 was presented to winners in a variety of categories. Winners were selected either by judges or popular vote by the crowd.

Ollies also won Creator of the Year. They had the most votes overall and received an additional $7,500 to earn a total of $10,000 in prize money, according to event organizers.

  • Publisher: The Florida Times
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