This year I’m volunteering with the Florida Film Festival, and I went to my orientation meeting on Saturday at the Enzian, despite fighting a cold and having to periodically leave the room to expel from my nose. Unpleasant, but I wanted to be involved in a film festival I’ve been enjoying on and off since 2001. I say “on and off,” because some years I missed out on some films, either being too broke or being out of the country at the time, but oh well.
Due to a drawing of lots to sign up for volunteer spots, I am unfortunately not going to be a very active volunteer, having had most of the spots for volunteering taken by people who had numbers higher than mine (#187, which is rather ominous). Oh well, I *am* going to be working on putting up posters in the Bumby/Crystal Lake area, so at least I’ll earn my badge in that manner.
The Florida Film Festival will be running from Friday, March 27th, through Sunday, April 5th, so that’s more than a week to catch some great films from all over the world. This year is supposed to showcase a number of animated films, too, so I’m excited for that. Film admission is $10, but if you plan on seeing many films this year, you may want to look at the prices for passes and ticket packages if you’re interested in saving five bucks or so. The complete schedule of films and events should be up by the 9th, so keep an eye out for movies you may want to see.
If you’re really looking forward to the Florida Film Festival, and want to start your film geekery early, this month the Orlando Museum of Art’s 1st Thursday event is The Art of Film Making. Since I’m an OMA member, I can get in for free (haha!), but for non-members, the event fee is $10 for admission. It’s this Thursday, the 5th of March, and I hope to be able to make it. I have a jury summons for the 5th, so I’m really hoping I won’t be called in.
If you are on Twitter, you can get information tweeted to you by following FloridaFilmFest. Take a gander at the Florida Film Festival blog as well to see how far along the staff and volunteers are coming. And if you’re on Facebook like all the other cool kids, there is a Facebook Group you can join as well.