Each year Brevard County plays host to the Melbourne Independent Filmmakers Festival (MIFF). It’s a booming scene of ‘who’s who’ in the realm of Florida Filmmaking but it also opens its doors to filmmakers from around the world. The theme ‘Get Inspired!’ is what’s driving this year’s festival aura.
Founder Terry Cronin started the MIFF, as it is lovingly called, back in 1999 at the Henegar Center for the Arts. It has since outgrown the venue and moved over to the beautiful Premiere Oaks theater where it now screens films all weekend long.
Terry being a filmmaker, author, and comic book publisher himself, revels in the artistry, comedies, and tragedies that make up the festival each year. With an even bigger festival planned for this year, I wanted to know a little more from the man himself
Why did you decide to start the MIFF?
“My friends Pat Martin and Bob Lizek had taken our horror movie ‘Under the Bridge’ to several film festivals and we didn’t find them to be as glamorous as we hoped. So we decided to try to do it better and as a fundraiser for good causes.”
Have you seen it grow over the years?
“Absolutely! Mostly thanks to the great work of Premiere Theaters, the technical support of Bill Williams from A Cut Above Video and the online expansion by Jeff Hall and Chris Kridler.”
Why do you think it is important to have a film festival in the community here?
“I love the quote that “The earth without art is just Eh!” Film is truly one of the most powerful artistic expressions in the modern world. Inspiring local artists to create is a large part of our mission, and exposing larger audiences from our community to visual storytelling is what we strive to do.”
This year’s MIFF will be held October 6th, 7th, and 8th at the Premiere Theater Oaks 10 in Melbourne. For more information on programming and tickets please visit Oaks10.com, Melbournefilmfest.com, or 3boysproductions.com
FILMMAKERS SPEAK OUT ABOUT THE MIFF
“MIFF is an opportunity for local filmmakers like myself to showcase our talents. This encouragement motivates us to strive to do and accomplish greater achievements. Without a local venue, we would not experience the enthusiasm of a live audience enjoying our “creations.”
– PAULETTE KING, Director of this year’s short film ‘The Shardai Cousineau Story’
“The MIFF is the only locally organized Florida focused film festival in Brevard. We seek out and show submissions from around the world, but we make a special effort to support filmmakers who live in or produce their productions in Florida. That makes us unique in that we try to showcase Florida films and our Florida community. Other festivals may get international sizzle, but we have Florida flair.”
– BILL WILLIAMS owner of A Cut Above Video Production
“Unlike many festivals that cater to bigger budget films, the MIFF gives the small, no/low budget independent filmmaker the opportunity to be recognized. The most exciting part of the MIFF is the camaraderie of other filmmakers.”
– SUE DONTELL, Director of this years short film ‘Never More’
“The MIFF is a great community event. Terry Cronin does a wonderful job of creating a theme for each year and shows us all that there is a bounty of culture and sub-culture right here in Melbourne worth exploring and celebrating.”
– ERIC EMERICK, writer and film edit, ‘Victimless’,
‘Not Today’ and ‘The Final Kick’
“Making films is very hard work. It’s tiring, stressful, expensive, complicated, and the end product is rarely what you envisioned. Seeing your work, and the work of your friends, finally up on the big screen is empowering. Every year we walk away from the MIFF with big plans and new projects in mind. In many ways the MIFF keeps us going from year to year.”
– DARREN HOULE, Director of this year’s short film ‘Fortune’
“Each year the MIFF embraces my series Real Food Real Kitchens which is an awesome feeling. It’s exciting to bring the series to the big screen and see the audiences mouths water as they see food being made in a larger than life format. It also brings the series to life because we have a reception afterwards where guests get to try the food they saw being made on screen and they get to interact with the home cooks and more. It’s a really unique and exciting event each year for people of all ages.”
– CRAIG CHAPMAN, Producer of Real Food Real Kitchens
‘Paying Mr. McGetty’
VINNIE TARANTO, Producer of the short film
‘Monty and the Runaway Furnace’