The third year of the growing festival will showcase films up to 30 minutes each from Florida, Hollywood, Germany, Australia, Spain, Korea, China and other locales around the globe.
Films will be shown in seven categories (comedy, drama, animation, documentary, sci-fi/horror, Florida Flavor, and E for Everyone), plus an opening-night variety of films, and a Best of the Fest competition on closing night. Each block of movies is about 90 minutes.
There’s a little something for everyone with titles such as “The Guys Knows Everything,” “The Things My Father Never Taught Me,” “Good Karma $1” and “The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete.”
A forum made up of some of the visiting filmmakers also will be presented during the festival.
Tickets for each film block are $8, except for the Saturday morning, family-friendly E for Everyone category, which are $2. Weekend passes for entry to all the blocks are $55. The Saturday afternoon filmmakers panel is free.
Moviegoers at each block vote for their favorite film. Each winning film then advances to the final block on Sunday night, where a panel of film experts selects the Best of the Fest.
In the 2011 Love Your Shorts Film Festival, the movie “God of Love” by Luke Matheny of New York won the Best of the Fest and soon afterward won an Oscar for best live short.
For a schedule, descriptions of films, and to purchase tickets, go to the LoveYourShorts.com website. And to stay up-to-date on the buzz, check out Love Your Shorts on Facebook.
What filmmakers are saying about their films and Love Your Shorts
• German director Christian Lima Dehne’s film “Over Lunch” will have its U.S. premiere at the Love Your Shorts Film Festival. The film features actor Moritz Tittel, the star of a daily TV show called “Tempest of Love,” seen in 20 European countries.
“We started searching for festivals where an audience plays a large roll. Love Your Shorts Film Festival was the first festival we submitted to,” Dehne said.
“We thought that a younger festival with particular emphasis on audience participation would give us the interaction and feedback that we as filmmakers needed to develop the idea into a feature film...We really liked the festival's mission statement and the logo. So we submitted as soon as we could.”
This will be the director’s first trip to the United States. “I'm very excited since I, like most of the world, grew up watching Woody Allen, Francis Ford Coppolla and George Lucas films,” he said.
• Ormond Beach director Joops Fragale is a returning filmmaker to Love Your Shorts. This year’s entry, “The Guy Knows Everything,” also has been invited to be shown to studio executives and others during the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January.
His production company, 386 Films, has made six short films since 2007 along with music videos and commercials.
“Having been lucky enough to be included in last year's festival with our film, ‘Date Night,’ I can say that this is by far one of our favorite festivals,” Fragale said. “We have been included in festivals in L.A. and N.Y. to London, but the way the filmmakers are treated at LYSFF is amazing. Short films usually don't get the respect they deserve.”
Fragale said Love Your Shorts is a “nice element to the Florida festival circuit. Also the theater choice is so classy and nostalgic. Its great to have something...for us in the Central Florida area. I know this year will have more great films. Can't wait to have our cast and crew attend this awesome fest.”
Love Your Shorts welcomes back 5 panel judges for festival
When it comes time to decide the Best of the Fest the Love Your Shorts Film Festival uses the best of the best.
Winners of the eight categories of film blocks (opening night, comedy, drama, animation, documentary, sci-fi/horror, Florida Flavor, and E for Everyone) are chosen by the audience and compete against each other in the Best of Fest block.
The film festival enlists the help of five judges to decide the grand prize of Best of the Fest. The returning panel of judges in the Best of the Fest competition features these film-industry professionals:
• Tim Anderson, a film critic who runs the monthly Film Slam at the Enzian in Maitland, a competition of short films.
• Denise K. Cummings, an associate professor in the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies at Rollins College, where she co-coordinates the film studies program.
• Tracy Frenkel, an Orlando producer, director, casting director, acting teacher and member of the Screen Actors Guild.
• Lisa Mills, an assistant professor of film, documentary, at the University of Central Florida, who also was a broadcast journalist for 25 years.
• Roger Moore, film critic for McClatchey-Tribune News Service and former longtime film critic for the Orlando Sentinel.
The Best of the Fest block will take place Sunday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center at 201-203 S. Magnolia Ave. Tickets can be purchased online at LoveYourShorts.com