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ORLANDO, Fla. (FNN NEWS) – The 2019 Orlando Film Festival returned to the Cobb Theaters in Downtown Orlando with a magical opening night Thursday. The Orlando Film Festival is a weeklong celebration of films and filmmaking, showing a whopping 342 films this year.

The festival opened with a film that truly represents Orlando and the Central Florida region. Walt Disney – Master of Dreamers: The Road to Epcot, a documentary film about Walt Disney and his dream of building Epcot, shares the journey from his dream to Epcot’s opening in 1982, to what it is today.

The film was written, produced, and directed by Anthony J. Cortese. During the Q&A after the film, Cortese shared that he and his team worked with the Walt Disney Company for three years to make the documentary. The film also features many interviews from Disney Imagineers that worked with Walt Disney on building Walt Disney World and other Disney legends, like Richard M. Sherman, who wrote the music for It’s a Small World and Mary Poppins. Most of the film was shot at many of the interviewees’ homes in California, while some parts were filmed in Celebration, Florida.

Walt Disney – Master of Dreamers will be shown again at the Orlando Film Festival on October 24, 2019. A full list of films, times, and locations can be found on the Orlando Film Festival website.


Leyton Blackwell is a Florida National News contributor. |

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