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Tallahassee Film Festival Goes on Hiatus, Postpones Festival

By: Tallahassee Film Festival Release Email
By: Tallahassee Film Festival Release Email

Tallahassee, Florida- September 5, 2012

The Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) has announced the organization’s plan to go on hiatus and postpone this year’s festival previously planned for Nov. 9-11. Conflicting community events recently scheduled on the same dates, compounded by the competitive fundraising atmosphere of an election year, have forced TFF to take a time out. The festivities will be rescheduled to insure both the filmmakers and audience members the premium experience they deserve, and which the Festival is known for.

“As our Board of Directors and Committee Members announce this difficult decision, we are certain that this break will only make our annual festival even bigger and better,” says Lou Armesto, TFF Board Chair. “As partners, TFF and Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts will continue to showcase important films that challenge, engage and entertain our community and spotlight the special place we have for world-class film and the local talent that surrounds us. We are very optimistic for the future and truly appreciate our community’s ongoing support along the way.”

TFF is pleased to announce that it will continue to schedule regular film screenings and fundraising events in this interim period. TFF’s unique and unforgettable film screenings (such as The Big Fix last March and Wild Horse, Wild Ride screened in July) will still be brought to the viewing public throughout the calendar year. TFF will continue to release details of the next festival and future events in the coming days, weeks and months. To make a donation in support of Tallahassee’s film culture or to learn more about the organization, please visit www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

About the Tallahassee Film Festival:

The Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose Mission is to nurture all aspects of film culture and stimulate economic development; its Vision is to make Tallahassee a nationally recognized film center. To those ends it produces an annual festival and other year-round, film-related events. For more information, visit www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

About Florida State’s College of Motion Picture Arts:

Florida State’s College of Motion Picture Arts is one of the most highly ranked film schools in America. Its faculty of professional filmmakers provides hands-on training and a high-caliber education to prepare graduates to succeed in an extremely competitive industry. The Torchlight Program is a non-degree granting academic program designed to enhance the education of film students by providing instruction in current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry. Recently recognized by The Directors Guild of America for its distinguished contribution to American culture, the College’s students have won over 700 awards, prizes and featured screenings at national and international festivals, including those of the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

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Tallahassee, Florida- August 30, 2012

Success has been 5 years in the making. The Tallahassee Film Festival and the Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts have announced plans for this year’s Veterans’ Day weekend events, November 9 – 11.

Elected officials, University representatives, Film Festival Board Members, successful filmmakers, community leaders and film enthusiasts gathered at the magnificent home of Beth and Lawton Langford to hear the details during a “Cirque de Cinema” reception on July 31.

Film Festival Board Chair, Lou Armesto; FSU Film School Dean, Frank Patterson; and Torchlight Program Director, Paul Cohen teamed to share plans for a premiere screening at the Student Life Center on November 9th which will be followed by a Premiere Party “under the Big Top” at the FSU Flying High Circus Tent.

“Prestigious film makers from all over the country who attend this event will not forget this unique experience”, said Paul Cohen. “Los Angeles may have gorgeous homes and swimming pools the size of small oceans but imagine the excitement of circus performers. jugglers, acrobats in the midst of our reception under the circus tent. Its never been done before at a film festival anywhere and it will be combined with the Southern hospitality the Tallahassee Film Festival has built its reputation on.”

Lou Armesto announced the significant support of Capital City Bank for this years’ festival as well as the event’s first national sponsor, BMW and Capital Eurocars. The event’s attendees were invited to invest in what is believed to become a major film festival of national significance because of its formal agreement with one of the world’s premiere film schools.

“The marriage of the Film Festival and the Film School is good for both organizations and our community,” said Frank Patterson. “The Film School has always been committed to teaching students to be great film makers but it is equally important to teach them to be good business people. Paul Cohen will bring outstanding independent films and film makers to the festival providing our students with additional opportunities to meet, network and learn from industry professionals. The Film Festival and our community will get the benefit of extraordinary film experiences that are likely to become Oscar contenders.”

State Representative Michelle Rehwinkle Vasilinda stressed that the Tallahassee Film Festival is important to economic development. She has been a supporter of the Festival since its inception and remains committed to supporting incentives for filmmakers and the industry in order to generate clean, green jobs for Florida. Florida Film Commissioner Shari Kerrigan echoed these sentiments in her remarks and expressed her, “enthusiasm for the direction the Festival is headed.”

Those in attendance shared many great ideas and proposed several creative initiatives that organically stemmed from their business and community connections; however more sponsors and volunteers are welcome. Persons interested in becoming involved in the festival should contact Lou Armesto @ 850/363-3665 or go to www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

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About the Tallahassee Film Festival:

The Tallahassee Film Festival (TFF) is a 501(c)3 charitable organization whose Mission is to nurture all aspects of film culture and stimulate economic development; its Vision is to make Tallahassee a nationally recognized film center. To those ends it produces an annual festival and other year-round, film-related events. For more information, visit www.tallahasseefilmfestival.com.

About Florida State’s College of Motion Picture Arts:

Florida State’s College of Motion Picture Arts is one of the most highly ranked film schools in America. Its faculty of professional filmmakers provides hands-on training and a high-caliber education to prepare graduates to succeed in an extremely competitive industry. The Torchlight Program is a non-degree granting academic program designed to enhance the education of film students by providing instruction in current and emerging business practices of the motion picture industry. Recently recognized by The Directors Guild of America for its distinguished contribution to American culture, the College’s students have won over 700 awards, prizes and featured screenings at national and international festivals, including those of the Cannes Film Festival, the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.


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