Jacksonville Film Festival

There is a wide range of festivals that attract travelers to Florida. From seafood festivals to cultural festivals, all year long there are special events that provide an excuse to plan an extra trip to the Sunshine State. One of the festivals on this list is the Jacksonville Film Festival. If you're interested in film and want to see what's new from both domestic and international filmmakers, it's time to plan a trip to Jacksonville. Beyond the films, this festival is also packed with additional events such as workshops, panel discussions, awards, and special events.

jacksonville film festivalThe 2011 Festival

The 2011 Jacksonville Film Festival is taking place Oct. 13 - 16 . Over the course of this weekend, film buffs from across the country will gather for four days of great films, passionate discussions, and opportunities to learn more about filmmakers and the process of making films. The official festival website has a full list of films that are being screened. These films fall into several categories, from features to shorts to independent films. If you're undecided on attending the festival, check out the list of films to stir up your interest.

Special Events

Beyond film screenings, the Jacksonville Film Festival is also known for special events. 2011 will mark the 9th annual film festival in Jacksonville, bringing together much more than just a great list of films. Many people eagerly anticipate the workshops, including a wide range of topics such as "The Art of the Pitch" or "Producing 101." There are many opportunities to learn from some of the best people in film today, specifically at panel discussions such as "Acting for TV and Film" and "Pitch Competition and Development Panel." There are also interactive events such as the "Top 10 Screenwriters Event" which will feature screenwriters pitching an idea to win your vote for best pitch.


Now that you're hooked on the idea of attending the Jacksonville Film Festival, it's time to take care of the practical stuff. Some festivals allow guests to buy tickets for individual films, allowing you to participate as much or as little as you want. For the Jacksonville Film Festival, there are only two options for tickets. The first is the Festival Pass , for $100. This ticket includes access to all screenings, workshops, panels, and the awards ceremony. The next type of ticket is the All Access Pass , for $200. This tickets offers access to everything including events, workshops, and parties.

The Fine Print

Some film fans might be wondering about the venues within Jacksonville. Pay close attention to the festival schedule as events are scattered across several different venues. First up is the Ritz Theatre , a venue for screenings. Panel discussions will take place at several different venues including MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) and the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens . A couple other screening venues in Jacksonville include the San Marco Theatre and the Five Points Theatre .


If you're planning a trip to Florida specifically for the Jacksonville Film Festival, you might want to extend your trip and enjoy that signature Florida sunshine. The best way to soak up the sun is by choosing a Jacksonville vacation rental (or accommodation in nearby Jacksonville Beach). Skip cramped hotels in favor of a spacious rental by the ocean, complete with an outdoor deck and your own kitchen. A rental will set the stage for a relaxing vacation. After attending a few film screenings, you will have a cozy place to return to and put your feet up with a group of friends.

Another great local event is the Jacksonville Caribbean Carnival.

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