Festival Name: Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO)
Location: Orlando, FL, United States
"In 2005, Bob Cook, Writer/Producer/Director and Brandon Arrington, Artistic Director of the Osceola Center for the Arts, decided to produce a new film festival for the Central Florida area and thus, the Central Florida Film Festival was born. However, it wasn't going to be another festival where filmmakers wondered if their film was even viewed or perhaps a friend or local filmmaker had won Best Picture based on something other than merit. Through the use of Bob's industry contacts he was able to set up a festival program including; screenings, seminars and workshops with the goal to make those attending filmmakers better.
In 2006 the festival received only 33 entries and accepted 24. In rejecting nine films I wanted to let the filmmakers know their work was given every chance and I wrote a detailed critique with a rejection notice. For the most part, it was well received. Film is art and like most art, subjective. Everyone is entitled to an opinion. Having made more than a dozen films myself, allowed me to critique films from experience, often giving suggestions on how certain problems
could be solved. The critique is our niche.
In 2007, we received 112 entries and 63 critiques went out. Five industry professionals view each entry and before they vote, tell me what they liked and didn't like. I then compile the info and look for consistencies. If four out of five judges thought the script was weak, chances are
it was. As one filmmaker put it, 'Your entry fee is worth just getting the feedback about our film.'
In 2008 - CENFLO became a full fledged International Festival. Robert Hackett of the United Kingdom became the first foreign winner. He traveled all the way from England to attend the festival and was more than happy when he received his award for Best Short 'Patience'."
Rob Cook, Founder.
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