Like The King once crooned, “It’s Now or Never.” Anyone out there interested in submitting their 40-minute-and-under film to the 2006 Florida Film Festival needs to get it in gear by this weekend. Today (November 18) is officially the final entry deadline for all shorts, be they narrative, documentary, animation, experimental, International, or some hybrid of the aforementioned categories. Since it is actually a “postmark” deadline, we will continue to take shorts submissions until the end of next week–after that pleading must be done on a case by case basis and you’re probably out of luck. As always, info and an entry form are available at www.floridafilmfestival.com. So come on already–stop procrastinating and send us your masterpiece! And if it happens to be titled “Broken” you may want to consider a late change–we are now up to five films with that distinction, easily a record for entries with the same name. Do I hear six?
On another note, the Enzian and Florida Flm Festival staff offer a sincere note of congratulations to the following flms which earlier this week made the “Short List” for a Best Documentary Feature nomination in this year’s Academy Awards: Jessica Sanders’ AFTER INNOCENCE; Alex Gibney’s ENRON: THE SMARTEST GUYS IN THE ROOM; Luc Jacquet’s MARCH OF THE PENGUINS, and Henry Alex Rubin and Dana Adam Shapiro’s MURDERBALL. All of these films had spectacular theatrical runs at Enzian and/or triumphant screenings at the 2005 Florida Film Festival, and we wish all of the filmmakers the best of luck. And though I have yet to see all of the other eleven films that made the Doc Feature “Short List,” I have to agree with Anthony Kaufman’s incredulous comments earlier this week: why isn’t Werner Herzog’s GRIZZLY MAN on this list? At least the IFP got it right and nominated it for a Gotham award.