For 16 years, FilmSlam has been Central Florida's only consistent, public screening event for independent filmmakers. We have grown to become a popular local screening outlet as well as a collaborative, creative networking opportunity for independent and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida!
Our history began in Downtown Orlando at the historic Rogers Kiene Building. We grew at Enzian Theater, and continue to grow at our new venue, the Orlando Museum of Art!
FilmSlam has always been independently organized and run by local artists who donate their time and talents to ensure Florida's novice, student, and professional filmmakers and storytellers, especially those in Central Florida, have a dedicated public place to screen their works.
We are a safe space for filmmakers of all ages, disciplines, backgrounds, and abilities including filmmakers who happen to be female, minority artists, and members of the LGBTQ+ community. Each screening begins at 2pm, runs for 60+ minutes, and is followed by a live Q&A which broadcasts live on Facebook.
Sadly, until further notice, our public screenings have been postponed due to the Coronavirus global pandemic. Be sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest information on future screenings and to see what our filmmakers are up to!
All in-person screenings remain postponed until deemed safe by local and national health leaders.
Please stay safe out there, everyone. Wear a mask properly, wash your hands, sanitize when you can, and keep that 6 foot distance for the safety of all.
We miss you too.
In 2020, we partnered with the fine Impress Ink folks and Orlando Merch Store to produce our first and second ever FilmSlam t-shirts! While we did not envision doing this during a global pandemic, we hope that you like them! We've been asked about t-shirts for years and figured, why not?
Our first design features our classic audience voting ballot on black with a generous tear across the 1 star, our lowest possible rating for a film during a screening. We like to think that none of the Florida made independent films we screen deserve a "1" but in the case of COVID-19, we will 100% allow it!
Our second design features our original FilmSlam logo on grey. Look for future designs soon!
We appreciate local efforts like #MerchOnOrlando and their support of Orlando's restaurants, small businesses, and non-profit organizations - like us!
Supporting Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is imperitive during these unknown times to ensure local families (and filmmakers!) are staying nourished. Any support you can throw their way is appreciated.
Practice safe sets!
We encourage all filmmakers, crew, and talent to complete Safe Sets International's free COVID-19 (Level A) Certificate course online.
We are living in challenging times, and clearly industry practices have changed. Whether you're part of a huge production, or a smaller one, understanding the new practices and protocols of production benefits *and* protects everyone. Safety first ALWAYS.