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Panel of Judges for “Best of Fest” Award

While the audience plays the role of judge for each of the other blocks, we have chosen a special panel of judges to decide our Best of Fest award at the Awards Finale, Sunday, February 17th at 7 p.m.  Those who attend the Best of Fest will be able to view the audience favorites and will be there first hand to find out who will be crowned Best of Fest.

The Love Your Shorts Film Festival welcomes and thanks our panel of judges for selecting the 2013 Best of the Fest award:


Tim Anderson, a music and film critic from Sanford, also is the host and programmer of the monthly Enzian FilmSlam in Maitland. His reviews have been published in Metroxmix, Film Threat, Cult Movies Magazine, and other media. Anderson is the DVD managing editor for, executive producer of the film “Die & Let Live,” and producer of the short film “2:22,” which has been shown at more than a dozen international film festivals.


Denise K. Cummings is associate professor in the Department of Critical Media and Cultural Studies at Rollins College, where her areas of teaching and research interest include film history, theory, and criticism; 20th century American and American Indian literatures, cultures, and film; critical theory; cultural studies; and Florida studies. At Rollins she co-coordinates the Film Studies program, and annually leads student-immersion courses and service-learning experiences in the Global Peace Film Festival (Orlando) and the Florida Film Festival (Maitland). She is editor of “Visualities: Perspectives on Contemporary American Indian Film and Art” (Michigan State University Press, 2011), and is working with LeAnne Howe and Harvey Markowitz on a new edited collection on American Indians and the cinema.


Tracy Frenkel is a producer, director, casting director, acting teacher and member of the Screen Actors Guild. He earned his BFA in Theater at UCF along with a minor in Radio/TV Communications. He has appeared in several films including “Things Change,” “The Bros.,” and “Extreme Force,” various Nickelodeon programs such as Coach Roach/Coach Rochelle on “Welcome Freshmen,” “Kenan & Kel,” “Slime Time Live,” TV commercials, HBO’s “Earth to the Moon” and many live venues, including stand-up comedy. He is a graduate scholarship student of The Second City Training Center in Chicago, where he also was employed from 1987-1989, working alongside actors such as Bonnie Hunt, Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Richard Kind, Tim Meadows, Jane Lynch, Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Jeff Garland, Amy Sedaris, and others.


Dr. Lisa Mills is an assistant professor of film, documentary, at the University of Central Florida. She received her BA in English from Jacksonville University, her MA in Mass Communication from the University of Central Florida, and her PhD in Political Communication from the University of Florida. Before entering academia in 1999, she was a broadcast journalist for 25 years at several television stations in the Southeast. “The Young Composers Challenge,” her second feature documentary, won the national faculty award for “best long-form documentary” at the Broadcast Educators Association’s Festival of Media Arts in 2010. Her feature film “Dear Mr. Gore” screened in film festivals in the United Kingdom, Spain and South Korea in 2009. Her short films have also won awards. “The Circle Closes” won for best editing from the Florida Motion Picture Television Association in 2010. “Peace Corps: JFK’s Bold Legacy” won the cultural achievement award at the MOFILM festival in Spain in 2009. She is working on a new feature documentary, “Wally’s Way to the Moon,” about a retired rocket scientist.


Roger Moore was, for years, film critic and film industry reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, and is now chief critic and entertainment writer for McClatchy-Tribune News Service, which places his reviews and profiles in thousands of newspapers and websites all over North America.

Permalink to Happy New Year from Love Your Shorts!

Happy New Year from Love Your Shorts!

We can’t believe we are already approaching our third film festival.  It has truly been such joy to see this event grow and the excitement that surrounds it.

You may have noticed we have started a little tradition – announcing our Official Selections on January 1st.  To see this year’s line up click here.

It is always tough to program the festival.  We receive so many quality films, but we are constrained by time.  We want all of the filmmakers to know that we value each and every submission and the hard work that went into each project.

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Playing Catch Up

It’s been a little while since we’ve posted and given you all some updates on the Festival.  So here we go!

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The 2013 LYSFF Poster is Here!

We are proud to unveil the Love Your Shorts Film Festival poster for our 2013 season!  A famous landmark in Sanford was the inspiration for the art.  Can anyone guess which local establishment inspired it?

Many thanks to artist and board member, Frank Loose, for his design!

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LYSFF Featured on Indie Cinema Showcase!

Indie Cinema Showcase spotlights the independent film community in Florida as well as the talent of filmmakers from all over the state – with the main focus on Central Florida. The show gives audiences a chance to actually watch independent film projects as well as get valuable insight and knowledge from industry professionals and independent filmmakers throughout our community.

Love Your Shorts was recently featured in a new segment titled “On Location with ICS.”  ICS visited us during our February 2012 festival and caught a glimpse of the excitement.

View the entire ICS episode below (the “On Location” segment begins at 25:14) or click here to view the “On Location” segment on YouTube.

For more information about Indie Cinema Showcase, visit their website at  They are continually accepting short film submissions and trailer to feature on the program.

Permalink to “Film Fest: We Could Do This in Sanford” – A Documentary about the LYSFF!

“Film Fest: We Could Do This in Sanford” – A Documentary about the LYSFF!

We were very honored when Full Sail student David Kuskie approached us during the 2012 festival and asked if he could bring in his crew (fellow Full Sail students) and create a short documentary for their class.  Throughout the festival weekend they filmed our activities and then interviewed us.  We had no idea how it would turn out, but knew we were in good hands with David.  He and his crew really did it right and we are thrilled with the final cut!  What a great way to show people around the world what we’re doing in Sanford!

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2012 LYSFF Winners

2012 LYSFF Winners



A Finger, Two Dots Then Me
Drama, Directed by David Holechek, USA, 8m
Based on a poem by Derrick Brown, this film takes a look at life, death and love. Brown has performed around the world as a headliner and with bands such as the Flaming Lips and the Cold War Kids.



Bubblegum Smackers
Directed by Lindsay Garvin, USA, 17m
Kids, trench coats, film noir.



Carbon for Water
Directed by Evan Abramson, USA, 23m
In Kenya’s western province, most drinking water is contaminated. This film shows the inspiring people who face daily hardships and explores one company’s innovative solution for improving the health of millions of Kenyans.



Captain Fin
Directed by Kevin J. O’Neill, USA, 16m
A longshoreman sentenced to jail for manslaughter is visited by his 18-year-old daughter more than a decade after his crime.



Interview Date
Directed by Mike Lemcke, USA, 13m
Everyone is at the right place at the right time – but with the wrong person.


Directed by Chris Capel, USA, 19m
Lifelong friends Andrew and John hike to the middle of nowhere to face a difficult decision.



Floyd the Android
Directed by Jonathan Lyons, USA, 4m
Floyd the Android is an animated robot that gets into crazy situations, but always manages to escape. This project includes two episodes that give a view of his world.



Bad Influences
Directed by Kate Emery, USA, 17m
Instead of making real friends, a timid hypochondriac with a vivid imagination hangs out with the diseases she thinks she has: Influenza, asthma and mono.



A Finger, Two Dots Then Me
Drama, Directed by David Holechek, USA, 8m
Based on a poem by Derrick Brown, this film takes a look at life, death and love. Brown has performed around the world as a headliner and with bands such as the Flaming Lips and the Cold War Kids.


Permalink to Meet the Panelists for our FREE Filmmakers Panel, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4pm

Meet the Panelists for our FREE Filmmakers Panel, Saturday, Feb. 11 at 4pm

Join us for our FREE Filmmakers Panel on Saturday, February 11 at 4pm in the theater.  The following filmmakers will be talking about their experiences with their films and the industry.  The panel will be moderated by Matt West and there will be opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

David Holecheck, Director/Producer of “A Finger, Two Dots, Then Me” (Opening Night)

David Holechek has been working in the film industry for the last decade as a director, producer, editor and visual effects artist. His second directorial feature film effort, ‘305’ was released in 2008 as the follow-up to his dramatic 2006 release “Arizona.” “305” was called “potentially groundbreaking” by the LA times, was selected as a 2008 A&E Indi Film Spotlight Winner, screened at over 15 film festivals in the United States and the UK, and received worldwide distribution by Peace Arch Entertainment and Allumination Filmworks. Since then, he has completed work on two festival-touring short films, “Obedience” (2009) and “Moya” (2010, Best Short winner, Renderyard Film Festival 2010), completed production on a feature-length documentary, and served as lead editor for the anticipated return of the mock rock band Spinal Tap and their CD/DVD combo package, “Back From the Dead”.

Elisabeth Wilhelm, Publicist for “Carbon for Water” (Documentary)

A graduate of Pratt Institute with a major in Writing for Publication, Performance, and Media and a longtime New Yorker, Elisabeth currently works at Vestergaard Frandsen as New Media Specialist in the company’s communications department. She has worked on three separate film projects, all focused on Africa, health, and development, over the last two years, but is most excited about Carbon For Water. She was next door neighbors with Evan and Carmen, Carbon For Water’s filmmakers, for five weeks of the program’s launch in Western Province, Kenya in April and May of last year at the infamous Golf Hotel in Kakamega. She currently acts as the film’s publicist and returns to Kenya regularly to help with the program as it grows. The whole team behind Carbon For Water hopes that the film will spark important conversations about how to improve people’s health and the environment together in innovative ways.

Kevin James O’Neill, Director/Producer of “Captain Fin” (Drama)

Captain Fin is Kevin’s second film as writer and director. His directorial debut was with his short film Clark that is currently touring the festival circuit. Kevin has been a working actor for over thirty years working in Florida and Los Angeles in feature film, television and commercials. Kevin teaches a directing course at Full Sail University and has been teaching actors for over fifteen years. He has written several screenplays including a feature length version of Clark that he will direct in the near future. He has been writing the feature length version of Captain Fin and plans to direct another short he’s written titled “The Letter Carrier” sometime soon.

Ali Yasin Akarcesme, Director of “Departures” (Drama)

Ali Y. Akarcesme’s passion for cinematic storytelling began at an early age, making Handycam movies on the backstreets of his native Istanbul, Turkey. At home in the US since 1999, he received his Bachelor’s in Film and Media Arts from Temple University in 2004, and has produced heaps of socially conscious documentaries including one Emmy- nominated series. Most recently, Akarcesme completed a Master’s in Writing and Directing from New York’s School of Visual Arts. DEPARTURES is the first narrative film in his career.

Alex Broadwell, Cinematographer/DP of “I Was a Parade” (Florida Flavor)

Alex Broadwell is a 22 year-old filmmaker and photographer from Greenville, North Carolina. In 2007 he moved to South Florida where he studied motion pictures and art at the University of Miami. He currently works mostly with non-profit organizations but hopes to get back into narrative work soon.

Joops Fragale, Director, and Michael Long, Producer, of Date Night (Florida Flavor)

386 Films was formed in 2007, by Joops Fragale and Michael Long. Since that time the two along with their small dedicated crew have produced five short films; (Mama’s Boys [2007], Breaking Val [2007], Parting [2008], the award winning, Simone [2010], and their latest, Date Night [2011], which was chosen as a top 5 short film of the year by a national review site. 386 has also produced commercials, music videos, and various other lensed projects. The source material has been a mix of self-penned and optioned scripts. Their work has been seen in multiple festivals, broadcast TV, and was a featured selection of the London Film Society.

Joops studied illustration and advertising design eventually moving into film/television production. His design work has been honored with an Addy award for web site design. Joops also contributed to a national award winning commercial as a puppeteer. Lending his design services to Support Our Troops, he helped to design the nationally available license plate, which profits go to military families.

Mike, a Florida native, has been working on and off for the last 20 years on various short films, commercials and instructional videos. After a 10-year stint as a police officer, Mike traded in his service gun to continue in the field of film making and started Glideshot Industries, a manufacturer of camera jibs and dollies. His company has since catered to professional and indie filmmakers all over the world.

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LYSFF Announces 2012 Official Selections!

On January 1, 2012 the Love Your Shorts Film Festival programming committee announced its selections for the February 10-12 film festival in Sanford, Florida.

Click here to view official selections.

The committee is proud of this year’s short films and believes audiences will appreciate the eclectic mix and range of films.

Several films have a local connection.

Included in the lineup is “Bubblegum Smackers,” a short film written and directed by University of Central Florida film student, Lindsay Garvin and produced by University of Central Florida film student, Meg Wechter.

Also included is “Italian Life” by University of Central Florida film student Eric Coppa-Cross.

Additionally, the Florida Flavor film block will feature films made in the state.

Talent also comes from around the world with films from Australia, United Kingdom, Canada, Spain, India, Syria, Germany, and Taiwan.

The festival also features two films from young talent this year.  “My License” is a short animation created by 6th grader, Elizabeth Herrick, and “Anti-Tobacco PSA” was directed by 3rd grader, Jay Nibhanupudy.  Both of these films will screen in the festival’s new “E” for Everyone category which is family-friendly.

LYSFF looks forward to sharing all of their selections with you!

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Our Programming Committee Hard at Work

During the month of December our screeners and programmers are hard at work – finishing up a stack of films to be watched and forming their opinion of who’s in and who’s out.

It is quite a challenge.  With over 215 films from 15 countries, our screeners have seen everything from heart-wrenching dramas, light-hearted comedies, wacky animations, and terrifying horror films.  Admittedly there are some stinkers in the lot, but the committee is continually amazed at the creativity, story lines, and wonderful cinematography that has landed on their doorstep.

One thing they can all agree on is they appreciate the hard work that went into each and every film they have seen.

Look for our official selections to be announced January 1, 2012!

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