The Festival screens only short films under 30 minutes in length. Films are divided into different blocks for screening. Audience members at each block vote for their favorite film and winners are announced on the spot. The winning films from each block advance to a final block for a panel of judges to pick the overall festival winner. Winners of each block earn the festival’s award, the “Monroe,” an original piece of metal artwork named after Sanford’s Lake Monroe. At the end of each block a brief Q&A session is conducted between the filmmakers and audience members. The Festival also hosts an hour-long moderated filmmakers panel in which movie techniques and filmmaker triumphs and tribulations are discussed. In 2012, 70 short films were shown to an estimated 1500 people. Over 30 filmmakers attended.
The winner of each competition block will receive a cash prize of $400 and our prized accolade called the "Monroe," which is an original piece of metal artwork.
Four Monroe awards will be given for Best Directing, Best Screenplay, Best Scene, Best Cinematography and Best Actor/Actress.
The Best of the Fest winner will receive a Monroe award and a cash prize of $1,500.
Documents and Other Requisite Items
Selection Media Type
Screening Media Type
No premiere requirement
Jury and Organizers
Nelson Beverly (Festival Coordinator).
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Sanford FL 32771
U S A
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