– A Collaborative Film Group
OIF is an active filmmaker community based in Central Florida. OIF promotes hands-on learning in film production for emerging talent, crew, writers, directors and support personnel.
The group was created in 2016 by Lenny and Tzvia Lorusso, a couple that was looking for a way to break into filmmaking. Initially, there were only 5 members, collected via a local Craigslist post. Since then, OIF has grown to screen hundreds of local films at commercial theaters, with attendees numbering in the thousands.
For early enthusiasts, OIF facilitates entry into the field of filmmaking by facilitating and promoting active engagement in independent productions. OIF offers a platform for film crew and talent to network, collaborate and hone their skills; Members can gain experience and add to their knowledge base. OIF also promotes the growth of the Florida Independent Film community in general.
OIF continues to sponsor or co-sponsor several large screening events during the year. Selected member productions are screened at a commercial theater, followed by an awards ceremony. Screenings and galas have been held at various Central Florida venues, including Universal Studios (at the former AMC Theater), the Orlando Museum of Art, Disney Springs (AMC Theater), the iconic Wayne Densch Theater in Sanford, AMC Altamonte Springs, Full Sail University, and elsewhere.
Whether you are a beginner interested in learning more about making a film or are a veteran wishing to network with crew and cast members in the film industry, you’ll find a place in the OIF family.
If you are located in Florida and would enjoy a chance to participate in local productions, meetings, or events, start now by joining our facebook group! This is also where you can stay current with most of our activities.
If you wish to contact us online, please visit our contact page. We screen our Facebook group applicants, please state the locality you are in when applying. Membership is FREE, active participation is encouraged.