Florida Film Festival ends today

The 10-day-long Florida Film Festival ends tonight with the closing-night film, a 50th-anniversary restoration of Jean-Luc Godard’s Alphaville, at 9:30 p.m. at Enzian Theater. Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, one of the best films of the festival, also has its final showing, at 9 p.m. at Regal Winter Park Village.

The awards bash was held last night at Enzian, and Imperial Dreams walked away the big winner, taking home the Audience Award and the Grand Jury prize for best narrative feature. Tomorrow We Disappear won the Grand Jury prize for best documentary feature, while Limited Partnership won the documentary Audience Award.

Among shorts, Unmappable won for best documentary, Myrna the Monster won for best live-action, and The Pride of Strathmoor took home the prize for best animation. The Audience Award went to The Gunfighter. The Florida Film Festival is an Oscar-accredited festival, which means the live-action and animation jury winners are now potentially eligible for an Academy Award nomination.

The judges created three special awards this year. For “special innovation in [short film] storytelling,” For Ofelia took home an award. For “nonfiction storytelling,” Welcome to Leith received recognition. And Katerine Stoykova-Klemer of Proud Citizen won for “outstanding debut performance.”

Keep in mind not all films were eligible for awards, as many, such as Spotlight films, were screened out of competition.

The event was hosted by Peg O’Keef in full mermaid costume, and guests were treated to music on the Enzian lawn by the Legendary JCs and a hysterical, seemingly impromptu bit of musical madness by Bené (Bennett Jones), the star of I Am a Knife With Legs.

The festival was generally well-received this year, with the only drawback being the weather, which forced the cancellations of all three outdoor films at the Enzian and even the shuffling of venues at Regal Winter Park Village thanks to a leaky ceiling.  

Remember, many films screened at Florida Film Festival come back in commercial release; you can keep an eye on all of our 2015 preview picks here, and reviews filed during the festival here.


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