Full Sail Real World Education Serves As Presenting Sponsor of The 16th Annual Florida Film Festival and Celebrates Its Tenth Sponsorship Year

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Presenting Sponsor, Full Sail Real World Education, and the Enzian Theater announce the 16th annual Florida Film Festival from March 23 - April 1, 2007. This will be the tenth year that Full Sail has served as a sponsor of the event and it's fourth year serving as the Presenting Sponsor.

Presenting Sponsor, Full Sail Real World Education, and the Enzian Theater announce the 16th annual Florida Film Festival from March 23 - April 1, 2007. This will be the tenth year that Full Sail has served as a sponsor of the event and it's fourth year serving as the Presenting Sponsor. The 10-day festival highlights the best in American independent and international filmmaking today. Facts to note about this year's event are the following:

  •     Films screened at the Festival are eligible for Grand Jury, Special Jury and Audience Awards in each of thirteen categories.
  •     Of the 170 films in this year's Festival, 140 are premieres (82%). The selections include 26 World, 3 North American, 8 US, 43 East Coast, 38 Southeast, and 22 Florida premieres. 15 of the films will have their Second US Showing at the Festival.
  •     This year's films are from 24 countries. 36 of the films are from female filmmakers (up from 29 in 2006). Also, 26 of this year's selections were shot in Florida or produced by Florida filmmakers.

In addition to a wide variety of events, panel discussions and open forums, Full Sail will hold the Producers Forum: (March 28, 2:30PM, Winter Park Village Stadium 20, FREE and open to the public). The panel will answer the questions, "What is a producer? A supervisor? Or a person responsible for the financial and administrative aspects of a stage, film, television, or radio production?" and will address a variety of topics related directly to what it really takes to make a film happen from start to finish.

The Festival will also feature the Opening Night Film and Party Under The Stars (March 23, 6:30PM, Enzian Theater, film & party $75.00, party only $50.00) where guests may join fellow film fans for a special premiere screening of The TV Set with special guest Judy Greer followed by a grand festival kick-off celebration featuring the Tastes of Orange County Florida. Guests will dine on a dynamic and diverse array of dishes showcasing the finest ethnic cuisine Central Florida has to offer, from Asian and Hispanic to Soul Food and Florida fare.

In addition, on Wednesday, March 28, at 8:00 PM, Full Sail will be hosting the Filmmaker Welcome Party at nightclub, Rhythm and Flow for all filmmakers attending the Festival.

Dave Franko, Program Director of the Film Degree Program at Full Sail stated, "Full Sail is proud to mark our 10th anniversary sponsoring the nationally acclaimed Florida Film Festival. As Full Sail continues to strive as one of the leading educators in the film industry today, having both the Festival and Full Sail both located in Central Florida is a testament and a credit to our growing community."

For a full listing of events or to purchase Festival Platinum Pass and Packages on sale now, please log on to: http://www.FloridaFilmFesival.com.

Festival Headquarters, located at the Best Western Mt. Vernon Inn, will house the main operations for the 2007 event, including pass, package and single ticket sales. Headquarters will be open from 11AM to 7PM on weekdays March 13 through March 24 and everyday from March 25 through April 1.

The Fest 20 Pack ($170) and Fest 6 Pack ($51) provide vouchers to programs, benefits such as invitations to special filmmaker soirees, and the opportunity to redeem vouchers before individual tickets go on sale. Vouchers may be redeemed for individual films, "Afternoon/Evening with" Celebrity Events, and the Opening Night Party. Single tickets go on sale online Friday, March 16 and in-person at Headquarters on Monday, March 19. Single tickets are just $9.

About Full Sail

Since 1979, Full Sail Real World Education, a college outside of Orlando, FL, has been an innovative educational leader for those pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. With over 25,000 alumni, graduate credits include work on Oscar, Emmy and GRAMMY-winning projects, best-selling video games, and the #1 grossing U.S. concert tour seven out of the last seven years. Full Sail's 178-acre campus proudly welcomes over 5,000 students from 50 states and 37 countries. Currently, Full Sail offers degrees in the following disciplines: Computer Animation, Digital Arts & Design, Entertainment Business, Film, Game Development, Music Business, Recording Arts, and Show Production & Touring.

Students experience a "real world" education with a professional class structure of 8-12 hours per day and a 24-hour around the clock schedule which earned Full Sail the "Most Innovative Program" Award by the Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges. The college has also been named: one of the top three entertainment media colleges by Shift Magazine (alongside the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and New York University); one of the Top Five Game Degree Programs in the world by Electronic Gaming Monthly; one of the "Best Music Programs" in the country by Rolling Stone Magazine; one of the "Best Music Business Departments" in the Schools That Rock: The Rolling Stone College Guide; and one of the Best Film Programs in the country by UNleashed Magazine.

About The Florida Film Festival

Centrally located in Orlando and Winter Park, the Festival was founded in 1992 and is sponsored by Full Sail Real World Education and Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs, the Florida Film Festival is produced by Enzian Theater, which will celebrate its 22nd year of service to the community in 2007. Enzian exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film.

Enzian Theater and the Florida Film Festival are supported by United Arts of Central Florida with funds from the United Arts campaign and by State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, and the National Endowment for the Arts. This project is funded in part by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.

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