Love Your Shorts Film Festival returns: The 3-day event will show 70 films from 17 countries
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Guests gather outside of the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center on Friday night for the opening block of the Love Your Shorts Film Festival.
Guests gather outside of the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center on Friday night for the opening block of the Love Your Shorts Film Festival.
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One of Florida’s fastest-growing film festivals will open its heart and take to the silver screen again starting on St. Valentine’s Day as the Love Your Shorts Film Festival will return to the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center.

Running from February 14-16 in historic downtown Sanford the 2014 Love Your Shorts Film Festival will feature 70 films from 17 countries including Spain, Canada, England and China. The nine blocks of presented films are: Opening Night (a mix of genres), family-friendly “E” for Everyone, Documentary, Animation, Drama, Comedy, Sci-fi/Horror, Florida Flavor, and Best of the Fest.

Tickets for the event are being sold at $8 per block or $55 for a weekend pass. Couples planning a romantic evening can purchase fan sponsorships packages for $200. The packages include two weekend passes, two invites to the Opening Night Party (event exclusive to filmmakers and sponsors), two t-shirts, two VIP badges, and recognition in the festival program.

“We really wanted to put on a film festival in Sanford because it's a great community for the arts. Therefore we created something we thought would be unique to the area and would help showcase films that an audience might not normally get the chance to see,” said Co-founder and Filmmaker Liaison Cristina Grace. “The festival brings in local and international filmmakers and shows them what a great filming town Sanford is and facilitates collaboration between professional and amateur filmmakers. It's also great exposure for local shops and businesses.”

By definition, a short film is one that is not considered a feature film. The Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences defines a short film as "an original motion picture that has a running time of 40 minutes or less, including all credits". Short films were originally assumed to be part of a presentation with a feature film and are often made by independent filmmakers to prove their talent in order to gain funding for future films or to establish their talents

According to Seminole County CVB Executive Director Danny Trosset, “Love Your Shorts has become a favorite with both locals and visitors and we are proud to support such a great and growing cultural event. We regularly receive calls from out-of-state asking for details on Love Your Shorts and are delighted that it will be screened in Sanford again in 2014.”

In addition to the broad array of short films, the Love Your Shorts filmmaker panel will take place on February 15 at 5 p.m. Always one of the most popular parts of any film festival, the panel will be free and open to the public – panelists will be announced nearer to the event.

Free education workshops will also be offered to visiting and/or aspiring filmmakers on Feb. 13, at the Greater Sanford Regional Chamber of Commerce. The sessions will be led by Lisa Mills, associate professor of film at the University of Central Florida. The education workshops are a new addition to this year’s schedule of events.

For more information on Love Your Shorts Film Fest please email contact@LoveYourShorts.com or visit Loveyourshorts.com for full film schedules and descriptions.