Despite glorious sunshine and much-anticipated warmer temps in the mid-70s, this past weekend’s FilmSlam–Enzian’s monthly showcase for “locally produced” shorts–drew a healthy 80+ indie film enthusiasts to its diverse 7-film program. First Place Audience Award winners under 10 minutes get an automatic bye into December’s Brouhaha, the 2-day Florida shorts-only event that yields a “Best of” 90 minutes to play in next year’s Florida Film Festival, so there’s always some suspense and competitive flavor to the proceedings, which this time included films from Parkland, DeLand, Orlando, Winter Park, Maitland, and Oviedo.
Congratulations go out to Jason Williams and Elizabeth June for taking 1st Place with their film, JITTERS, in which a bride and her estranged father engage in conversation moments before he is to walk her down the aisle. Kudos also to 2nd Place winner Gabriel Tyner for his film, CHIEFLAND, about a bull-rider returning to his sport ten years after a train accident, and Leah Woodworth and Natalie Vazquez Rivera for PENUMBRA, a story about two women who find one another and fall in love, which took 3rd Place.
Due to the 19th annual Florida Film Festival coming April 9 – 18, there will be no FilmSlam next month. Watch for its return on Sunday, 5/16, the week after Mother’s day this year, and don’t forget to send in your submissions by the end of April.