Ten days and 160 films make up the 18th annual Florida Film Festival. This year’s event will pair some of the best of independent films with a food and wine indulgence. The highly acclaimed festival is recognized as one of the top in the nation, where a win at this event can qualify the film for Academy Award consideration. The event, beginning March 27 and continuing until April 5, 2009, is sponsored by the Enzian Theater and Full Sail University.

The 2009 Florida Film Festival emphasizes the origins of passion and creativity through the
theme “Original Cinema.” The Food and Wine Weekend, the opening weekend component of the Festival, takes this theme one step further with a gastronomical exploration of “Temptation, Indulgence, and Redemption.” Celebrity chef Cat Cora—Food Network’s first and only female “Iron Chef”—will be among the weekend’s special guests.
“This year’s program continues to reflect all of the exceptional qualities we’ve come to associate with Enzian; pairing the best in independent film with the indulgence of food and wine,” said Sigrid Tiedtke, President & CEO. “It was important to bring special guests – like Iron Chef Cat Cora – who embody the sensual and spiritual edge that defines year’s festivities; masters in the culinary and cinematic world who see no boundaries within their craft.”
Want to mix and mingle with the stars? Four-time Academy Award nominated actress, Glenn Close will attend the 18th Annual Florida Film Festival’s closing weekend event, “An Evening with Glenn Close,” on April 3 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for the special parties, events and movies at Florida Film Festival 09.

Information courtesy of About.com & Florida Film Fest