Jen Vargas – Getting Into Film Festivals and Using Your Gifts For Good

Today on Film Reverie, we have a conversation with Orlando based, Community Organizer and Film Slam Director Jen Vargas. She is also the host and curator of The Enzian Film Slam in Orlando, Florida. We talked about her social activism, event planning, and her filmmaking passions.

Jen Vargas is a TV, Film and Social Media Producer based in Orlando. A longtime advocate of entertainment production in Florida, Jen serves on several Film Florida committees and hosts a popular indie filmmaker screening series, FilmSlam. She is the founder of Wearables4Good, and the managing editor of


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By trade and education she is a Producer in the film and tv industry. Her heart also lies in volunteering and helping out in her community. While she’s spent much of her life volunteering in Central Florida, Jen began using social media back in 2008 to spread her messages of goodwill and volunteerism in and outside of FL, and often outside of the country. Since then Jen has been nominated for and honored with several awards for her efforts including; Volunteer of the Year at Universal Orlando Resort (Entertainment Division), was named one of Orlando’s Top Twitter Influencers by Orlando Business Journal, dubbed a TechHero by Carpathia Hosting and a Top 10 Tech Hero for her #Glass4good efforts by City of Orlando has called her their “Glassbassador.”

Jen is proof that effort – not money – goes a long way. Jen uses her social media platform to create and share great things happening in and outside of her community, at events large and small. Having lost half of her family to cancer, Jen devotes a lot of her time volunteering for the American Cancer Society, where she heads up the social media committees of two of their signature events, Relay For Life in Hunter’s Creek, Florida (the #5 Relay event in the state!) and Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Orlando (the #1 Strides event in FL). What makes Jen’s use of social media so unique is her embracement of technology. She continues her efforts with #Glass4good a year later thankful and smiling!


Originally a project of University of Central Florida’s Downtown media Arts Center, Enzian became the home of FilmSlam when DMAC closed in 2006. Now in its 13th year at Enzian, FilmSlam continues to be a popular outlet for indie and student filmmakers throughout the State of Florida.

Usually held six times a year, on the second Sunday at 1:00PM, FilmSlam is a bi-monthly indie film showcase and competition open to Florida filmmakers and students.  This series empowers audience members to select each month’s winner, who then advances to participate in Enzian’s Brouhaha Film & Video Showcase.

For more information about FilmSlam and details on how to submit a film for consideration, click here.

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Enzian is Central Florida’s only full-time alternative cinema and home of Eden Bar and the Florida Film Festival. Enzian exists to entertain, inspire, educate, and connect the community through film. It is a member supported, non-profit cultural organization and all proceeds from membership fees, ticket sales, and food and beverage go toward supporting its mission.

Enzian is a single-screen cinema café offering mostly independent & foreign films with two unique dining options and a variety of special programming. At Enzian, you will experience a fusion of food and film.

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