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Posted on: August 9, 2016

[ARCHIVED] The 11th Annual Central Florida Film Festival

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CENFLO, billed as “Florida’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival,” has set this year’s festival dates for September 2 -4, 2016.

The 11th Annual Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO), billed as “Florida’s answer to the Cannes Film Festival,” has set this year’s festival dates for September 2 -4, 2016. The Film Festival will utilize a state-of-the-art theater at the West Orange Cinema, 1575 Maguire Road in beautiful Ocoee, Florida.

Winner of prestigious international and national awards, such as “Top 25 Film Festivals to Submit to in the World,” by Movie Maker Magazine, CENFLO grows in popularity each year. Call for entry has closed for this year's event as organizers look forward to a phenomenal line up of films that will hit the big screen.

“CENFLO'S reputation as one of the top venues for showcasing feature films, documentaries and short films has helped the festival grow,” says founder and executive director, Bob Cook. “While we are proud of how international the festival has become, the beauty of expanding the Central Florida Film Festival over the years has also opened a submission category for local and regional students and budding filmmakers, in addition to the outstanding global films we enjoy,” said Cook. "It simply is a wonderful opportunity for exposure for our community and artists.”

Attending this year’s event will be filmmakers, industry producers and several actors from featured films, short films, and documentaries, all of whom will have interaction with the audience in informal Q&A sessions following select films. This audience participation will not only provide film industry networking, but will also offer a deeper understanding of the filmmaking craft, from the on-the-screen and behind-the-screen perspective.

In addition, this year's festival will celebrate a "family friendly", old-fashioned matinee on Saturday, September 3 at 10:30a.m. The program will be complete with Warner Brothers cartoons, the John Wayne classic "Big Jake," starring the Duke himself and costarring Chris Mitchum, the son of legendary actor, Robert Mitchum. Following the film, Chris (Mitchum) will participate in a Q&A, answering questions about working with John Wayne and having a famous Hollywood dad. At intermission, each paying guest receives a 16 ounce soft drink and a small popcorn. This will be followed by a second family friendly feature titled "Spare Parts" starring George Lopez, Jamie Lee Curtis and Marisa Tomei.
Tickets to the matinee include two admissions, two features, two 16 ounce soft drinks and two small popcorns for only $20. Tickets can be purchased in advance through PayPal at
Saturday evening (September 3), the Central Florida Film Festival will present the perfect date night. The evening will start at the West Orange Cinema at 7:15p.m., and will feature the screening of the Eddie Murphy classic, "Beverly Hills Cop." The screening will be followed by a special appearance by costars Lisa Eilbacher (Jenny Summers) and John Ashton (Sgt. Taggert). The pair of Hollywood celebrities will perform a Q&A and swap stories about the making of the film.
The date night includes two admissions, medium popcorn and two 16 ounce soft drinks for only $20. Tickets for all events or for more information, visit

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