It is Florida Film Festival time and filmmakers, artists, and fans are gearing up for an exciting weekend. Celebrating its 23rd year, the Florida Film Festival draws a lot of attention to the area because it is an Oscar-qualifying festival. This means, if selected, a filmmaker can automatically be qualified to submit their film for the same category for the Academy Awards. It’s every filmmakers dream to get acknowledge for their creative work, but it’s an even bigger dream for them to be able to get their film into the Academy Awards. This can only mean one thing, and that’s open doors. Filmmakers submit their films to festivals across the world to get acknowledged for their work. They do this in hopes of that big investor coming on board to help produce their next big project, or to even take their film into distribution to theaters around the world. On the Florida Film Festival site, you can find all the wonderful updates for the weeks amazing festivities. From parties, to discussions, to the amazing showcase of films, the Florida Film Festival keeps the week alive. This is a great time for filmmakers to mingle with other filmmakers and other artists. Like artist management, a filmmaker is looking for a big producer to take them under their wing and provide that next big thing, which would be distribution or funding towards the next big project. The big difference is, artist mangers are looking for new artist. In the film business the executive producers are looking for new material and new talent. Film festivals are a perfect way to showcase that talent. The Florida Film Festival always brings in special guest that keeps their week even more exciting. According to the website, Academy Award Winning Actor, Jon Voight said, his heart was touched by the Winter Park community bringing so much love of film to this new generation of youth. This is just one of the great reasons of why you should consider checking out this year’s Florida Film Festival. It will be going on this April 4-13 in Winter Park, Florida. I hope to see you there!