Festival Archive


General Information:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2003

The Inaugural of Jacksonville Film Festival.

Through the four-day  the festival took Jacksonville in a unforgettable place and time.
Festival Dates: May 15 - May 18, 2003

Festival Director: Patti Hendrix Joyce

Opening Night Film: The Flying Ace (1926) - Directed by: Richard E. Norman


Special Guests:

Mark Bailey, Distributor, Manhattan Pictures International

Robin Cowie, Producer, Blair Witch Project

Todd Greene, Distributor, IFC Films

Mitchell Harrison, Producer, Alloy Entertainment Group



General Information:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2004

2nd Annual Festival

Lights! Camera! Downtown!

Festival Dates: May 13 - May 16, 2004

Festival Director: Lisa K. Rowe


Bill Murray - 2004 Tortuga Verde Lifetime Achievement Award


Honorable Films:

Napoleon Dynamite (Directed by: Jared Hess)




2005 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2005
3rd Annual Festival
Celebrating Four Daze of Freedom from Ordinary

Festival Dates: May 19 - May 22, 2005

Festival Director: Jean Tait

Opening Night Films:
The Zit (2005) - Directed by: Mike Blum
Phil the Alien (2004) - Directed by: Rob Stefaniuk


2006 Description:


Jacksonville Film Festival 2006

4th Annual Festival

Something for Everyone.


In four years the Jacksonville Film Festival now is widely recognized in the Southeast as an important destination for the independent film community and is hugely popular among local cinema enthusiasts.


Facts: Lonely Hearts (2006) Directed by: Todd Robinson, Starring: John Travolta & James Gandolfini. Filming began on March 21, 2005, with the majority of shooting taking place on location in and around historic venues in Jacksonville, Florida. Portions were filmed in the historic Riverside district west of Downtown, while additional shooting occurred in nearby Fernandina and Amelia Island.

Festival Dates: May 18 - May 21, 2006

Festival Director: Jean Tait



2007 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2007

You’ll never see things the same.

5th Annual Festival

4 Days of life-Altering Independent Films, Parties, Workshops and Shorts to restore even the most impaired cultural vision.

Facts: In 2007 according to the Daily Record Newspaper, the festival is "an anticipated event among the international independent film community and an economic development driver for North Florida


Festival Dates: May 17 - 20, 2007

Festival Director: Marlo Zarka

Opening Night Film: Broken English (2007) Directed by: Zoe Cassavetes



John Waters - 2007 Tortuga Verde Lifetime Achievement Award



Best Documentary: Chops (2007)



2008 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2008

6th Annual Festival

Where the Stars of Today and Tomorrow Come Together.

“Rolling Out the Red”


20 Countries Represented.


Festival Dates: May 15 - 21, 2008

Executive & Program Director: Jesse Rodriguez

Director of Special Projects: Chris Ackerman

Volunteer Directors: Christine Braddock & Jim Mace

Opening Film: Crazy (2008)


- Jury Award -

Best USA Feature Narrative: Skills Like This (2007) - Directed by: Monty Miranda

Vanguard Award: Crazy (2008)


- Audience Choice Winner International Film: Homeland (2008) - Directed By: Michael Eldridge



2009 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2009

7th Annual Festival

Escape to the World of Cinema

Festival Dates: May 14 - 21, 2009

Executive & Program Director: Jesse Rodriguez

Director of Special Projects: Chris Ackerman



- Jury Award -

Best Documentary Feature:  Racing Dreams: Marshall Curry (director)

Best Jacksonville Student Film:The Kid: Tori Dailey

Best USA Student Short: Dudley’s Raft (2008)

Shining Light Award: Crude (2009): Joe Berlinger

- Audience Award -

Best Documentary Feature: The Reluctant Traveler: Marco Orsini



2010 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2010

8th Annual Festival

Everyone’s a Critic

Festival Dates: October 14 - 17, 2010

Co-Festival Directors: Warren Skeels & Brenda Egedy Kolb

Volunteer Directors: Christine Braddock & Jim Mace

Opening Film: Everything Must Go (2010) - Directed by: Dan Rush, Star: Will Ferrell



- Jury Award -     

Best Student Film: Sudden Death! (2010)

Adam Hall

Melanie Hall


2011 Description:


Jacksonville Film Festival 2011

9th Annual Festival

Reel Life


The Jax Film Fest, in its ninth year, has shaved off a few syllables from the old Jacksonville Film Festival name.

Festival Dates: October 13 - 16, 2011

Festival Director: Warren Skeels

Volunteer Directors: Christine Braddock & Jim Mace


Opening Film:  Wild Horses, Wild Ride (2011) - Directed By: Alex Dawson



Best Narrative feature award to: Kinyarwanda (2011) - Directed by: Alrick Brown


Audience Award to : The Love Guide (2011) "Sunny Side Up" (original title) - Directed by: Derek Estlin Purvis - Stars:Christy Scott Cashman and Parker Posey.

Best Documentary Feature: Wild Horses, Wild Ride (2011) - Directed By: Alex Dawson

Best Actor: Parker Croft of "Falling Overnight"

Screenplay Award: Tara Meile for “The Lake Effect”



2012 Description:

Jacksonville Film Festival 2012

10th Annual Jacksonville Film Festival!


Jax Film Fest - Reel Life

Here is to 10 more years in the spotlight.


Festival Dates: November 1 - 4, 2012

Festival Director: Jules Delamar


Highlighted films include:

Thats What She Said -Directed by Carrie Preston

Metropolis (1927) -Directed by Fritz Lang

The Last Flight of Peter Ginz -Directed by Churchill Roberts and Sandra Dickson

This Space Available - Directed by Gwenaelle Gobé

Veer -Directed Patrick Barry



Screenwriting Competition Award:

First Place - Eric Carlson - The Great American Transcontinental Footrace of 1928

Second Place - Neon Aztecs - John Leary

Third Place - Zelda's Ever Blooming Flowers - Lorraine Portman


2018 Description:

2018 Jacksonville Film Festival

It Starts Here

Festival Dates: September 14 - 15, 2018

Festival Director: Niki Logoreci

Program Director: Tim Driscoll

Art & Design: Dane deRiesthal


Award Winners:

Best Documentary Award: My Paintbrush Bites / U.S.A (Director: Joel Pincosy)

Best Short Narrative Award: 8328 / Canada (Director: Marc-Andre Girard)

Best Screenplay: 8328 / Canada (Director: Marc-Andre Girard)

Best Feature Narrative Award: Rehabilitation of the Hill / U.S.A. (Director: Demetrius Wren)

Best Director Award: Great Choice / U.S.A. (Director: Robin Comisar)

Best Actor/Actress Award: Actress Carrie Coon for her performance in Great Choice / U.S.A.

For more info check out the 2018 page.




2019 Jacksonville Film Festival

First Hollywood

Festival Dates: November 15 - 17, 2019

Festival Director: Niki Logoreci

Program Director: Tim Driscoll

Art & Design: Eduardo Rodriguez

For more info check out the 2019 page.


Updated Date: May 2019