10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

The Florida Project (2018 Feature Film)

Sean BAKER | USA | 2017 | color | DCP | 115′ | English | d.s.

In six-year-old Moonee’s eyes, Disney World’s poverty-stricken environs provide fun adventures. Shielded by childhood, the problems are beyond her comprehension. Talented amateur actors, gorgeous camera work and an amazing role for Willem Dafoe are this colourful film’s main attractions.


Halley and her 6-year-old daughter Moonee live in a motel just outside Disney World Orlando in Florida. Precocious Moonee views the poverty-stricken strip of motels and fast food outlets as colourful and exciting. The food is sweet, there are few rules and supervision isn’t required. At most, Moonee wants to keep volatile manager Bobby (Willem Dafoe, one of the few professional actors in the film) on her good side even though his frustration amuses her. 

Filmmaker Sean Baker shot his previous feature Tangerine on an iPhone 5s. The Florida Project was shot on 35mm. The camera lovingly races along as Moonee and her friends tear around the motel. The editing is energetic, the tone is loud and funny. However, deep drama underlies this warm film. Moonee’s youthful perspective means she can’t see the financial misery she and her mum are in.

Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Willem Dafoe).

Place: The Cinemas 5

Date: 12 April 2018

Time: 21:45

Duration: 1:25

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 13 April 2018

Time: 18:15

Duration: 1:25

Place: The Cinemas 2

Date: 14 April 2018

Time: 13:45

Duration: 1:25

Year in





Alexis Zabe


Bria Vinaite
Brooklynn Prince
Valeria Cotto
Willem Dafoe
Christopher Rivera
Caleb Landry Jones
Macon Blair




Sean Baker






Lorne Balfe


Darren Dean
Elayne Schniederman Schmidt
Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch
Kevin Chinoy
Andrew Duncan
Alex Saks
Francesca Silvestri
Shih-Ching Tsou

Production Company

Cre Film
Freestyle Picture Company
June Pictures
Sweet Tomato Films

Production Design

Stephonik Youth


Protagonist Pictures


Sean Baker
Chris Bergoch

Sound Design

Mark Weber

Year of Production


Sean BAKER (1971, USA) studeerde af met een BA in Film Studies aan New York University. Als filmmaker brengt hij de kijker dicht bij zijn personages. Hij doet hiervoor intensief veldwerk. Voor de film Tangerine (2015) onderzocht hij acht maanden lang transgender prostituees, samen met zijn coscenarist. Baker gaat respectvol en verantwoordelijk om met zijn personages, maar wel gaan filmregels op de schop. Zo is Tangerine (2015) volledig met een iPhone opgenomen. Voor The Florida Project (2017) filmde hij in en nabij Walt Disney World Resort. De wereldpremière van de film was in Cannes.



Four Letter Words (2000), Greg the Bunny (2002-2006, TV series), Take Out (2004), Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show (2005, TV), Prince of Broadway (2008), Warren The Ape (2010, TV series), Starlet (2012), Tangerine (2015), Snowbird (2016, short), The Florida Project (2017)