The 13th annual Love Your Shorts Film Festival will return to Sanford on Feb. 9-12 to the historic Ritz Theater, which turns 100 years old this year.
The festival’s 68 selected films will be shown in the categories of Comedy, Drama, Animation, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Horror, International, Florida Flavor, and E for Everyone, which is family friendly. Also scheduled are an opening-night variety of films and a Best of Fest competition of all the category winners on closing night. Films shown at past festivals have gone on to win Oscar and Emmy awards.
“Love Your Shorts is my favorite festival because they make it special,” said Paris filmmaker Sabine Crossen, who attended the festival three years ago when one of her films won the Best of the Fest award. Another of her films was selected for this year’s event.
An additional component of the festival is an educational program in partnership with the Organization of Independent Filmmakers, which will be “Florida Film Works: How Filmmakers Get Their Start.” The program begins at 7 p.m. Feb. 9 and will include a panel discussion, an audience Q&A and a block of select short films by OIF members.
Films at the festival are a maximum of 30 minutes. The Animation block usually has the most films – this year 14 – because many of them are less than 4 minutes.
In addition to the films from the United States, there are 11 foreign countries represented, included one by a Ukranian filmmaker titled “Uprooted.” Several films are from Central Florida, including a handful with UCF ties.
The Ritz Theater, part of the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, is turning 100 years old this year. It is one of a few historical theaters remaining in Florida, dating to 1923, and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Who: 2023 Love Your Shorts Film Festival
What: 13th annual festival hosted by a Sanford 501c3 nonprofit organization to feature 68 films from 12 countries.
When: Feb. 9-12, 2023
Where: The Ritz Theater at the Wayne Densch Performing Arts Center, 201 S. Magnolia Ave., Sanford. The 1923 performing arts center is turning 100 years old this year and was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.
Tickets: $12 for individual blocks of films, (except $5 for the E for Everyone block), and $85 for a weekend pass to all films. Available through the LYS website LoveYourShorts.com
Major sponsors: Wayne Densch Inc., Professional Testing Inc., Orlando Sanford International Airport, Wharton-Smith Inc., DDSM Consultants, City of Sanford, Seminole Cultural Arts Council
Where They’re From – LYS is showing films from 12 countries this year:
Uprooted (Featured Photo)
Andzej Gavriss, Ukraine, 2:40 (Drama) A group of Ukrainian refugees who escaped war in their country send a message of support to others who have been displaced.