August 10th, 2006

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Florida’s Future Filmmakers Call For Entries ~

Florida’s Future Filmmakers is currently accepting entries from filmmakers throughout the state of Florida for their first ever Next Generation Short Film contest. Open to everybody from film students to industry professionals and amateur filmmakers, a panel of leaders from major film organizations, industry professionals, and film instructors throughout the State of Florida will select the winning entry from a short list of 10 finalists. The winner of the Next Generation Short Film contest will be announced prior to An Afternoon with Kevin Smith, a no holds barred Q&A session with the critically-acclaimed movie director, taking place on September 23rd, 2006 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL.

“Kevin Smith has a major fan base of people from all walks of life and tickets are selling fast. Since our mission as Florida’s Future Filmmakers is to specifically reach people who make or want to make films, we decided to pull some tickets aside for the upcoming September 23rd An Afternoon with Kevin Smith event specifically for this target market before it sells out to the general public,” said Michael McNamara, President of Florida’s Future Filmmakers. “In lieu of an additional fee to enter this contest, we will waive an entry fee for all applicants with their purchase of a ticket to Kevin Smith event. This will guarantee that filmmakers will gain admittance to the Kevin Smith event.”

The grand prize package worth over $50,000 consists of thousands of feet of film from Kodak, a full 35mm camera package from Panavision Florida, a full lighting kit from Hollywood Rentals, audio equipment and several other perks. In addition, the winner will get to meet Kevin Smith before the show, have his or her short film showcased before thousands of attendees, and their story and subsequent project chronicled by Florida Film Monthly magazine.

Florida’s Future Filmmakers is currently accepting entries, with a limit of one per person. For all information regarding rules and regulations, hotel and car rental discounts, visit Tickets for the all day event are $35.00. Tickets may be purchased in advance at or by phone at 321-274-9678.

Florida’s Future Filmmakers was started in 2005 with the sole purpose of providing resources for the next generation of filmmakers in the state of Florida. This will be one of many events that the organization will present over the next couple of years to help further educate industry professionals as well as aspiring filmmakers in the state.

An Afternoon with Kevin Smith is being presented by Florida’s Future Filmmakers and sponsored by several organizations including Full Sail Real World Education, Metro Orlando Film & Entertainment Commission, Women in Film & Television – Florida, and Florida Film Monthly magazine (