Orlando, Florida: Film Festivals Cooperate to Bring Outdoor Showings to Locals

Still from Ghostbusters. With the two festivals at opposite ends of the year, it's only natural that there be not just a friendly rivalry (they are making each other better), but a little cooperation. We hear the FFF may get to show films at The Plaza Cinema Cafe, though no official word on whether that's worked out yet. MightВ The Enzian actually host an OFF event or two in the fall? Let's float that trial balloon, too, while we're at it.

Free movies return to downtown Orlando on Sunday, March 14, at 7:45 p.m. A unique partnership of the Orlando Film Festival, the Florida Film Festival, and the Downtown Development Board (DDB) brings the return of flickering entertainment under the stars to the shores of Lake Eola.

MOVIE NIGHT DOWNTOWN will debut with a screening of GHOSTBUSTERS at the Lake Eola Bandshell. The collaboration between the Orlando Film Festival and the Florida Film Festival brings the resources of two great movie institutions to a wonderful effort which will delight and entertain and become another jewel of downtown living, said Brett Jaffee, Chairman of the Orlando Film Festival.

The Orlando Film Festival screens over a hundred features, shorts, and documentary films at the Plaza Cinema CafГ© theaters in the heart of the city. The 5th Orlando Film Festival will take place November 10 through November 14. All screenings are free.

Henry Maldonado, President of Enzian and the Florida Film Festival, adds, Watching a movie under the stars is a wonderful experience. Our Popcorn Flicks are entering their 8th year in Winter Park, and this partnership with our friends at the Orlando Film Festival and the DDB brings all this fun to a truly beautiful setting. This is the logical evolution of a beautiful friendship.

The Florida Film Festival is entering its 19th year, April 9 through April 18. The Festival attracts over 25,000 fans and is considered one of the top 15 film festivals in the nation. Enzian Theater, home of the festival, is currently celebrating its 25th birthday with a year-long series of special programs.

The Movie Night Downtown series has scheduled two dates, March 14 and April 11; both start at 7:45 p.m. The first showing will take place at the Lake Eola Bandshell with the classic comedy, GHOSTBUSTERS. The second screening will be a picnic and movie under the stars, slated to coincide with the Florida Film Festival. Attendees are invited to bring blankets and box dinners, and watch COCOON, which also celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.

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