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1st Annual White House Student Film Festival


Yes, THAT White House.

In the sprit of DeLand’s own STARTFEST and other student geared film festivals and showcases such as; the Flamingo Film Festival in South Florida and Palm Beach International’s Student Showcase of Films in West Palm Beach, comes the 1st Annual White House Film Festival. The topic? Technology in schools; how does a student currently use technology in school and what kind of role will technology play in future classrooms? Given the current iGeneration, I will be very curious to see the entries. The TechHead in me is even more curious to see HOW they choose to capture their entries…

Official selections have a chance of screening at the White House in mid-February 2014, as well as promotion on the White House’s Official web (YouTube AND Vimeo) and social media sites. Not bad for a K-12 student’s first film fest, right? Should the White House need an outlet to cover this soon-to-be-esteemed, inaugural film festival (and include travel/accomodations!) or a great, kid-friendly panel of professional judges, our ICS Field Team is standing by. (I have never been to Washington, DC!!)

More entry information for teachers/students via whitehouse.gov/filmfestival below…

You don’t have to be a kid to be excited about this:

The first ever White House Student Film Festival launches today — and it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. We’re asking you to answer these big questions:

What’s your education story & how does technology and connectivity fit into how you learn at school or on your own? How do you imagine technology will change the educational experience for kids in the future?

Films can be short – in fact 3 minutes tops. The official selections will be featured on the White House website, and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. In fact, if selected, you may have a chance to attend the film fest yourself at the White House.

Ready to get started? Check out our official page at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest — where you can learn more, read the official rules, see how to submit your video, and hear from Bill Nye (the Science Guy). And if you’re a parent, guardian, or teacher, make sure you spread the word to kids with big ideas!

We can’t wait to see what you make.

Here are more important details you should know:

  • Every student entry has to have a parent/guardian or teacher sponsor.
  • Films can be submitted now through January 29th, 2014. 
  • If your video is selected as an official selection, you could have a chance to attend the mid-February screening at the White House.

Read the complete rules (and submit your video!) at WhiteHouse.Gov/FilmFest


22nd Annual Brouhaha Film and Video Showcase This Weekend at Enzian

22nd Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase

Now featuring an Audience Award, Brouhaha has quietly grown to become one of the premier outlets for locally produced films and videos, the best work from film schools statewide, and a fun-filled gathering for lovers of independent film. Audiences are made up of filmmakers, film educators, local production representatives, industry organization members, and the general public, all fascinated by the scope and creativity of films screened each year representing the entire spectrum of Florida’s immense talent pool. The 22nd Annual Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase will take place November 23 & 24, 2013.

Regular admission is only $5 per program with a $10 Showcase Pass which covers all 4 programs over both days. Admission is FREE for Enzian Film Society members and participating filmmakers!
Click here to join or renew today.

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Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival Sept 6-7

#MIFF2013 Indie film friends, take note! The 15th annual Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival starts tomorrow, Friday, September 6th and runs through the 7th. Florida indie spirit comes alive on the Space Coast with events and screenings such as; Matinee Magic, Fright Night Friday, the MIFF Comedy Show, speciality cocktails and a late night film Grindhouse presentation. Purchase tickets, get directions and download a full schedule at http://www.3boysproductions.com/miff.htm!.



Come see an 18 year old Randy Molnar in his film debut!

This year is a special one for sure. The almost forgotten “Blame it on Florida,” a 60s beach themed film starring a young and carefree Cocoa Beach; back when parking was free and you could park your car in the sand! The film was directed by Brevard Community College alum, Glenn Przyborski.

What I particularly appreciate about this fest is all ticket sales benefit the No Limits Academy, a school for children with physical challenges. Real Food Kitchens, the online show and magazine, will once again be holding a food tasting event with proceeds benefitting The Children’s Hunger Project, “Brevard County’s Backpack Program.

There’s never an excuse to not give back to your community, filmmakers. MIFF is a great example of indie film and community love! See you there!


Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival 2013 – Blame it on Florida! is scheduled for Sept 6-7

August 14th, 2013 (Melbourne, FL) – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

The Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF) is set for Sept. 6-7, featuring a rarely seen 1969 beach movie shot in Brevard County, Cartoon Network Adult Swim personalities, dozens of quality independent films from around Florida and the globe, and the return of “Real Food Real Kitchens.” The 15th annual event will be held at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, 1800 W. Hibiscus Blvd. in Melbourne, Florida.
Each year, the MIFF brings some of the best independent films to an enthusiastic Florida audience and promotes the filmmaking arts while raising money for good causes. The theme of this year’s event is “Blame it on Florida!” in honor of our exclusive presentation of one of the earliest successful independent films, and it hasn’t been seen in over 35 years. Shot in Brevard County in 1969, Glenn Przyborski’s “Blame It on Florida” features retro surf footage and historical shots of our community while telling the story of two girls on spring break who learn to surf. This year’s film festival is proud to honor the spirit of that film and features spectacular films selected from over 250 entries. The MIFF also takes pride in showcasing Florida filmmakers and local talent. This year will be no exception.
At 3 p.m., the MIFF begins with a 2 hour pre-show called Matinee Magic featuring a slate of excellent short films to build the mood for a weekend of film adventure.
At 5 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 6, Real Food Real Kitchens, the series about family, food, culture and history, will open the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival for the second year in a row. This year, we will be premiering the first episode from Season 2; a new series, “Real Food Real Kitchens Resorts & Vacations”; the recently released Real Food Real Kitchens magazine; and more to be announced. All of this will be followed by a food tasting event with dishes featured on the TV series and in the magazine.

A fantastic horror program entitled Fright Night Friday is sure to scare genre fans and is planned at 7 p.m., headlined by a Florida feature film, Jaime Velez-Soto’s “Rockabilly Zombie Weekend.”

At 9:15 p.m. Friday, the MIFF is proud to feature the triumphant return of comedian Dana Snyder (Master Shake from “Aqua Teen Hunger Force,” “Squidbillies”). If you missed it last year, we’re sure you heard about it. He will host a spectacular R-rated comedy show featuring films and performance with special guests Lear Bunda (Adult Swim, “Squidbillies”), Matt Mariska (“Code Monkeys,” “Robot Chicken”), Jon Schnepp (“Metalocalypse,” “The Venture Brothers”), Andy Sipes (“Code Monkeys”), and cocktail-making aficionados Pat Martin and Billy Tracey from Facebook’s “What Are Pat and Billy Drinking?” Also featured are “The Dock Show”, “La Croix Boyz” and exclusive content not yet shown on Adult Swim and Comedy Central.

The evening ends with a late night Grindhouse presentation featuring delicious shorts and Joel Wynkoop’s classic karate “masterpiece” “Lost Faith” at 11 pm.

On Saturday, Sept. 7, the show begins early at 9 a.m. with the Florida Filmmakers Matinee, which will showcase an exceptional selection of short film projects from around the State of Florida.

At 1 p.m., the Meet the Filmmakers Roundtable Q&A will give a chance for the audience to interact with the filmmakers themselves.

At 2 p.m., special guests Zak Knutson (“MILIUS”) and John Schnepp (“The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?”) will discuss their film careers and how to make a meaningful documentary for today’s audience and the future.

At 3 p.m., director Zak Knutson presents, by exclusive engagement, “MILIUS – the John Milius Documentary.” Directed by Joey Figueroa and Zak Knutson, the film details the life story of one of the most influential and controversial film directors in the history of Hollywood, John Milius (“Apocalypse Now,” “Jaws,” “Big Wednesday,” “Conan The Barbarian,” “Dirty Harry,” “Red Dawn”).

At 5 p.m., the “World of Spectacular Films” program features a specially chosen selection of international and non-Florida films.

At 6:30 p.m., the red carpet reception begins, and then a program of fantastic shorts will be shown, followed by the awards ceremony. Films include Glenn Przyborski’s 1969 indie classic “Blame It on Florida,” two Academy Award-nominated shorts, Paulette King’s “Betrayal Square,” Steven Shea’s “Fiend Fatale” and more. The VIP reception upstairs afterward features live performances by recording artists Robin & Eddy, delicious food from The Courtyard at the Oaks, and great camaraderie celebrating independent filmmaking.

Tickets will be available at the Premiere Theaters Oaks Stadium 10, or online at www.premieretheaters.com. The best deal is a $60 pass that gets festival goers into all events all weekend, including the Friday and Saturday night parties. Guests also may purchase tickets for individual events.

All proceeds benefit The No Limits Academy; the Real Food Real Kitchens program will benefit The Children’s Hunger Project.

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Florida Film Festival 2014 Call For Entries


Media Contact:

Jennifer Guhl

Enzian/Florida Film Festival, Public Relations and Marketing Manager

(407) 629-1088 ext. 302





Orlando, FL (August 16, 2013) – Entries officially are being accepted for the 23rd Annual Florida Film Festival sponsored by Full Sail University, April 4-13, 2014. Qualified filmmakers can submit their entries through Florida Film Festival’s online entry form on floridafilmfestival.com or through Withoutabox.com.

Competition categories include short films (both narrative and animation), documentary films (both short and feature length), narrative features, and international films (both short and feature length). Awards are determined by a jury of film professionals and by audience ballot.


Deadlines to submit are:

SHORTS DEADLINES                                          FEATURES DEADLINES

Early: October 18, 2013                                          Early: November 8, 2013

Late: November 15, 2013                                       Late: December 6, 2013


The Florida Film Festival is accredited as a qualifying festival for the Oscars® in the Live Action Short and Animated Short film categories. The winner of the Grand Jury Award in each of these categories will automatically qualify to enter the following year’s Academy Awards®.

For additional questions, please visit www.FloridaFilmFestival.com, contact the Florida Film Festival’s programming department by calling (407) 644-5625, email filmfest@enzian.org, or send U.S. mail to Florida Film Festival, 1300 South Orlando Avenue, Maitland, FL 32751


The Florida Film Festival is the premier showcase in Central Florida for American independent and international film.  The Festival, which debuted in 1992, is a core program of ENZIAN, a nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1985. ENZIAN and the Florida Film Festival have served more than 1.5 million guests and hosted Academy Award winning celebrities including Paul Newman, Oliver Stone, Christopher Walken, Jon Voight, Cliff Robertson, Rod Steiger, Barry Levinson and Haskell Wexler.

The Festival is funded in part by national and local corporations and receives government support via Orange County Government through the Arts and Cultural Affairs Tourism Program.  The festival is also supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts Campaign and by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs, the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts.



Full Sail University is an award-winning educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment and media industry. Founded in 1979, Full Sail has been recognized as one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs by Electronic Gaming Monthly, one of the Best Music Programs by Rolling Stone Magazine, and one of the Best Film Programs by UNleashed Magazine. Recently, Full Sail received the “21st Century Best Practices in Distance Learning Award” from the United States Distance Learning Association, was named the “School/College of the Year” by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges, and was recognized as one of the Top 100 Social Media Colleges by Studentadvisor.com.

Full Sail offers on-campus and online Master’s, Bachelor’s, and Associate’s degree programs in areas related to animation, art business, education, graphic design, film, marketing, web development, music, recording arts, sports, and video games.  Full Sail graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy®, Grammy®, ADDY®, MTV Video Music Award, and Spike Video Game Award nominated and winning projects.






Filmmakers in Austin! Check out Lights. Camera. Help.


Anyone who knows me knows I LOVE IT when my worlds combine and form a nifty hybrid of awesome; film and volunteering, space and social media or any combination of all the above. “Lights. Camera. Help.” is a film festival after my own heart. LCH Co-Founder & Exec Director, Aaron Bramley, and I go way back on Twitter. (He used to work for another cause close to my heart, American Cancer Society.)

On the heels of last weekend’s Global Peace Film Festival here in Orlando, this Austin, TX based fest is shining a light on some fantastic organizations. LCHFF kicks off tonight at Alamo Drafthouse in Austin, TX. Florida film peeps working/living in Austin should check it out. Read more about them below…

On Twitter: @NPFilm, #LCH2013

Big Impact on the Big Screen at the Film Festival for Causes

The 5th Annual Lights. Camera. Help. Cause-Driven Film Festival is set for August 15-17.

Austin, TX – July 14, 2013 – Lights. Camera. Help.’s uniquely cause-driven Film Festival kicks off on August 15 at the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema’s Village Location. The three-day film festival will host dozens of cause-driven films that focus on the good happening in the world and the organizations that are getting it done. The festival brings together activists, film fans, advocates, nonprofits and filmmakers to show us the beautiful results when causes and films meet.

The Festival’s Program Coordinator, Virginia Hernandez, said “We’re so proud to present this year’s film selections. The quality and variety of submissions we received was truly impressive, and as a result, we were able to cultivate a unique and inspiring program. We are excited to show these works, and even more excited to draw attention to the great causes behind the films.”

Badges are $70 and come complete with entry to all three nights of the festival, dinner and a drink each night and admittance to the awards party on Saturday night. Tickets may be purchased for $25-$30 for admittance to a single night of festival screenings. You may also purchase a ticket to the awards party on Saturday night only for $20.

Aaron Bramley, co-founder and Executive Director shares his excitement about the closing awards event, stating, “The awards party will be a chance to celebrate those who do good in our community, network with other filmmakers and nonprofit professionals and award prizes to the nonprofits associated with the winning films of the festival. With numerous food and drink sponsors, it’s sure to be a night to remember.”

Our featured, closing night film this year is Brasslands, a story of the world’s largest trumpet competition in a tiny, Serbian village. The competition is teeming with Serbian trumpet champions and Roma gypsies, and, this year, an unlikely brass band from New York City. The festivities and competition that commences is a testament to the transcendent nature of music. This documentary film shows that despite vast political, racial and ethnic divides, people can gather to dance, to enjoy music and to celebrate life. The screening will include a panel discussion and audience Q&A with the directors, a group of filmmakers from Meerkat Media Collective.

On Friday night, join us after our feature “When I Rise” for a discussion with the director of that film, Mat Hames. When I rise is a feature-length documentary about Barbara Smith Conrad, a gifted University of Texas music student who finds herself at the epicenter of racial controversy, struggling against the odds and ultimately ascending to the heights of international opera.

For a complete list of the films that will be screening, you can visit our website. The nonprofits that are represented in the films include Austin locals I Live Here, I Give Here, Center for Public Policy Priorities, and Austin Children’s Shelter, among many other national and international organizations such as Mama Hope, The Kashi REAL Project and The Nature Conservancy. Lights. Camera. Help. is thrilled to have such a varied cast of organizations and we hope you will come out on August 15-17 to support them and us.

Lights. Camera. Help. is a nonprofit organization that enables others to create significant positive change through film. We do this through an annual film festival, our education program and a matchmaking service that pairs filmmakers with nonprofits. Information is available at www.lightscamerahelp.org.

48 Hour Film Project Orlando: Aug 23-25, 2013


It’s back! The 48 Hour Film Project Orlando makes its way back to Orlando in time to close a very humid summer. This will be the 6th year for ‘The 48,” and if it’s anything like those in years past, it will also be a HOT one! Details from Producer, Rob Ward;

“From August 23-25, 2013, hundreds of Central Floridians will spend a wild, sleepless weekend creating short films at breakneck speed as part of a global competition that is equal parts The Amazing Race, American Idol, and Tough Mudder.   Fueled by imagination, ingenuity, and energy drinks, filmmakers will compete for the chance to win a $5,000 grand prize and the opportunity to screen their mini-masterpiece at the Cannes International Film Festival’s Short Film Corner in 2014. 

Here’s how it works: At the Orlando Kick-Off Event on Friday, August 23, each team registered will receive a movie genre, character, prop, and line of dialogue that must be incorporated into their film. The teams then have 48 hours to write, direct and shoot their film, which must be submitted on Sunday, August 25th at the Drop-Off Event to qualify. Films submitted even one minute late are disqualified.”

The only ‘pre-production’ (loosely used) a team is allowed to do in this competition is to line up talent, crew, gear and locations. The rest of the elements, as Rob mentioned above, are assigned at the Kick Off Event on Friday, August 23rd. Think you have the chops to make a movie in 48 Hours? The first of TEN Meet and Greet events starts TOMORROW!

As of this writing, 7 teams have already joined this year’s 48. Sign up soon… spots fill quickly!

Meet and Greet Dates (Dates hyperlinked to Facebook Event Page, venues linked to company website)

  1. Tuesday, July 16, 4-7pm at Eternal Tap (Downtown Orlando)
  2. Friday, July 19, 4-7pm at Twin Peaks (International Drive)
  3. Tuesday, July 23, 4-7pm at Eternal Tap
  4. Friday, July 26, 4-7pm at University Orlando Ale House (Near Full Sail)
  5. Tuesday, July 30, 4-7pm at Eternal Tap
  6. Friday, August 2, 4-7pm at Cue-Phoria Billiards and Cafe (Semoran & Aloma)
  7. Tuesday, August 6, 4-7pm at Eternal Tap
  8. Friday, August 9, 4-7pm at Cue-Phoria Billiards and Cafe
  9. Tuesday, August 13, 4-7pm at Eternal Tap  <—Alfred Hitchcock’s birthday!
  10. Friday, August 16, 4-7pm at Cue-Phoria Billiards and Cafe

Full Disclosure: Members of our ICS staff will be joining a team this year but we are in no way associated with the planning, judging or logistics of this event. We are simply letting you, our filmmakers, know that it’s happening. (I personally have participated in all six 48 Hour Fests here in Orlando!)

Florida Film Festival 2013 Special Edition

We were had to take a short break after spending 10 days at the Florida Film Festival. It kicked our butts! The fruits of our labor aired tonight on VISION/Orange TV locally. For those of you outside of Orange County, heck, even out of the state, country and even planet? (Ground control to ISS…), here is Season Three: Episode Eight of Indie Cinema Showcase featuring the Florida Film Festival!

Special thanks to those who came out and lent a hand, mic and/or camera; Kate RamseyPeter Hoang, Samantha Laine, TL Westgate and Darwin Godbout. Huge thanks to everyone at the Florida Film Festival, particularly Enzian Theater; Jen Guhl, Shannon Jones, Joshua Martin, Matthew Curtis, Phillip and Sig Tiedtke.

Shout Outs and Thank Yous also go out to the following who took the time to speak with us for this show:

Our show would be nothing without our ICS Field Team; Christina Carmona, Nando Torres, Jay De Los Santos and honorary ICSFT member, ‘Dangerous’ Dave Kuskie. Thank you to our Producers Gerald Godbout, Allan Marrero and Jen Vargas (yes, I just thanked myself) for keeping us motivated and moving forward!

StARTfest Film Festival Coming to DeLand June 7

Past Popcorn Gallery panelist and award-winning filmmaker, Kyle Snavely, shines the spotlight on our filmmaking future at this years Student Art Festival. Student Art Festival, Inc. is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization composed of educators, festival coordinators, and film enthusiasts – all of whom are dedicated to seeing STARTFEST becoming a nationally recognized destination for youth education in the film arts. (Look for our coverage in Season 4!)

Kyle has done an amazing job assembling a fantastic board of directors ranging from a former Ops Manager of the Florida Film Festival to a Doctor! The judges are no slouches either. Students will have their work looked over by; ICS featured filmmakers Nicholas Ruff (Dust and Mud), Enrique Zarate (Zellwood) and Ken Lowrie (Situation Normal: A film about SNAFU), as well as a co-producer of The Mentalist, a camera op for CSI: Miami and an Assistant Editor for The Voice! Please support this local, student centric fest and help encourage the creative minds of tomorrow!



Top student films to screen at [STARTFEST] ‘13

Orlando, FL – Where can Florida high school and college students learn from a head camera operator for CSI, an MTV music video producer, or a director with CBS News? Student Art Festival [STARTFEST] bridges the gap between young, aspiring filmmakers, and leading industry professionals. “It’s the first film festival specifically designed for students,” says Kyle Snavely, President of [STARTFEST] and former video production teacher. “From my years teaching at both the high school and college level, I realized there needed to be a place where students can compete against their peers, AND receive valuable, constructive feedback from people who know what it takes to be successful in this industry.

It’s very encouraging to young filmmakers,” explains Amelia Langston, a Senior TV Production student at Oviedo High School. “Not only is it just for students, but we get the opportunity to have our films viewed by professionals. That’s unheard of in most film fests.

Amelia, along with over 100 other high school and college students from across the state, submitted films to be evaluated and scored by current film, video and broadcast professionals. The top 26 films with the highest scores will be shown at the inaugural [STARTFEST] ‘13 at 7 p.m. June 7th at the Athens Theater, 124 N. Florida Ave., DeLand.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors, $10 for students and $8 for groups of eight or more. For more information, go to studentartfestival.org.

Student Art Festival Inc., a Florida nonprofit organization, was founded in January, 2012 to provide high school and college students with education, exhibition and recognition in the arts.


If you’d like more information about this topic, or to schedule an interview with Kyle Snavely, please call at (321) 285-9237 or e-mail Kyle at KSnavely@StudentArtFestival.org

Florida Film Festival 2013 Teaser

We admit it.

We had to take a little break to re-charge our collective batteries, tech and homosapien, after this year’s Florida Film Festival. Our short bloghiatus (not a Lady Gaga album) has concluded and… We’re BACK!

From Enzian Theater, Eden Bar, FFF Staff (especially Jen Guhl and the Marketing Teamcoming to The CW this Fall!), Volunteers, Sponsors, UCF Street Teams, to our own ICS Staff and Guest Correspondent David Kuskie — THANK YOU for helping make our experience covering the 2013 Florida Film Festival the best yet!

Stay tuned! Our special full episode featuring all the fun at this year’s Fest is set to premiere in May on VISION/Orange TV, then promptly afterward on the web via our YouTube // Vimeo Channels and on iTunes. Until then…

(YES! That’s David with legendary Hitchcock leading lady, Tippi Hedren!!)
Related FFF Coolness: 

Queer Film Critic FFF Preview

Cinema Crespodiso FFF Wrap Up

CinemaFunk’s 2013 Florida Film Festival Coverage

Podcast: Florida Film Festival 2013 Day 7-10

Days 7, 8 & 9 of the Florida Film Fest were busy ones for us at ICS! We’ve been busting our humps to bring you the best from the Florida Film Festival, and even landed exclusive interviews with Hitchcock leading lady and big cat activist, Tippi Hedren, and actress/stuntwoman/all around badass, Zoe Bell! Stay tuned…


We’ll be back momentarily with Days 8, 9 & 10 but in the meantime, please listen to Day 7’s wrap up here:



The Enzian lawn was packed with Tarantino fans!

More fun from the FFF 2013 after this short break…

Thank you to everyone out there for listening! We hope you enjoy our ramblings about the Florida Film Festival, among other things. To those of you watching our MegaConvention Web Exclusive on Vimeo and YouTube – THANK YOU! We are blown away at the number of views this and our other episodes of ICS are getting. It makes us very proud, and we’re glad you are listening!


Shout outs to:

  • Christina Carmona
  • Nando Torres
  • David Kuskie
  • Jay De Los Santos
  • Kate Ramsey
  • TL Westgate

Apologies to:

  • Our listeners
  • Wallpaper
  • Ghosts
  • Truffle Fries

Shame on:

  • Jen Vargas
  • Sleep in general

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