– A Collaborative Film Group

Opening Act to the 2022 OIF Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony

OIF is a large active filmmaker community based in Central Florida.  OIF promotes hands-on learning for emerging talent, crew, writers, directors and support personnel in film production.

The group was founded 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 thousands having attended .

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.
We screen our Facebook group applicants, please state the locality you are in when applying. Membership is FREE, active participation is encouraged.

The Orlando Independent Filmmakers

In the spring of 2016, one of the founders placed a post in the Orlando Craigslist titled “Who Wants to Make a Movie?” A handful of people responded. That was the birth of this highly diverse and inclusive filmmaking group. Today, OIF numbers over 8,000 members and provides opportunities for local independent filmmakers, crew, and talent; to connect, gain hands-on experience, build résumé credits, grow and showcase their productions on the big screen with grandeur!

OIF has become a primary grass-roots catalyst for growing the film industry in Florida.

OIF Studio is the public-facing extension of the Orlando Independent Filmmakers (OIF),  a private group of film industry professionals and enthusiasts based in Central Florida.

Among the programs presented by the group, OIF sponsors several film challenges throughout the year, where selected films are showcased on the big screen at a Red Carpet Premiere Screening and Awards Ceremony.


Part of our mission is to help people learn and advance their expertise in filmmaking and related arts. One of the ways we accomplish this is by producing Film Challenges. This platform has proven to be very effective in the personal growth and advancement of all participants.


Independent production teams are formed to produce a short film. Writers, directors, producers, actors, cinematographers, audio recordists, composers, artists, editors, make-up artists and many others come together to complete a film. The Challenge culminates in a screening at a large commercial theater, which is followed by a grandiose awards ceremony.


The hands-on experience gained by participating in these productions and working with others is invaluable.  Participants learn how to work with multiple sets of crew and talent and are then able to exchange ideas and expertise.  Most of the Challenge Productions will provide film credits to the participants so that they are able to add to their resumés and portfolios. The connections made by participating in these are invaluable to the individuals involved.


At this time, Challenges are limited to participants in the Central Florida area.  Most of our activities and communications related to these challenges take place in our private Facebook group, which is open to people in the same geographic area.  Anyone with any skill level, from none to expert is welcome.