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Come to the Beach and catch the Jazz-Matics on Thursday, March 24 Live at Fish Tale Marina

fmb-friends-artsFORT MYERS BEACH (March 3, 2016) The Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and Fish Tale Marina present the Jazz-Matics, featuring Lynn Richardson, live on stage at the Fish Tale Marina barn, Thursday, March 24 at 7 p.m.

The Jazz-Matics, comprised of Lynn Richardson on vocals, Mickey Basil on Piano, Jay Heaviland on Bass, Joe Bilardo on Drums capture the essence of jazz standards vocally and instrumentally. It will be an evening not to be missed.

MORE: All performances are sponsored by not-for-profit arts organization, Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and hosted by Fish Tale Marina Concerts. All shows are held at Fish Tale Marina’s waterfront staging area on the bay from 7 to 9 p.m. Ticket prices are $25 per concert.

The finale of Fort Myers Beach the Friends of the Arts concert season are local favorites, Jo List and Friends on April 7. Tickets may be purchased online at www.friendsoftheartsfmb.com or in person at Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach. For more information, please call (239) 463-3600 or connect with us on Facebook.


Janeen Paulauskis, executive director
[email protected]
(239) 980-4381

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(757) 618-3655

Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Celebrates 10 years, April 20 – 24

Submissions from all over U.S. compete in this annual event

Fort Myers Beach, FL (February 22, 2016) – Filmmakers from all over the United States have begun submitting their shorts, documentaries, and full-length features for award consideration by judges at the Fort Myers Film Festival, celebrating its 10th year. “The Festival continues to delight audiences of all ages as we celebrate the art of independent filmmaking”, said executive director, Janeen Paulauskis. She added, “Submissions are will be accepted until March 26.

The Festival kicks off on Wednesday, April 20 at 2 p.m. with the opening ceremony at the Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd., Fort Myers Beach, followed by full day screenings at the theater.

Films continue throughout the week with lunch and learn workshops on Friday, April 22 and Saturday, April 23, 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Tickets for these workshops are $30 for Friday and $40 for Saturday and include lunch. These educational workshops give attendees the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in the industry about the nuts and bolts of filmmaking in a panel discussion format.

On Friday, April 22, join us for our fan favorite, Film on the Beach. This event is free and open to the community. Featured is Disney’s award-winning film, “Inside Out”

Sunday closes out the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony the winning films will be rescreened at the Beach Theater.

MORE: Tickets for this jewel of the Fort Myers Beach spring season are $7 per screening or $30 and $40 for the Friday and Saturday workshops, respectively. Or if you want to attend all events, consider the $150 VIP pass which includes the Friday workshop, all screenings, and a festival t-shirt. Both opening and closing ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information, sponsorships […]

FMB Film Festival Honors Local Heroes During Open Ceremonies

Star of Academy Award-Winning Disney Feature Film Coming To Fort Myers Beach

Ryan Potter Fort Myers Beach, FL (April 14, 2015) – The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival announced today that Disney Star, Ryan Potter will be attending festival activities and functions. The 9th annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 22-26 at Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach.

19-year-old Actor Ryan Potter, best known for his leading role as the voice of “Hiro Hamada” in Disney’s Academy Award Winning animated feature Big Hero 6, arrives for a screening of the film, a meet-and-greet and will attend a film workshop.

The 3D animated masterpiece, Big Hero 6, follows brilliant robotics prodigy Hiro Hamada (Potter) who finds himself in the grips of a criminal plot that threatens to destroy the city, San Fransokyo. With the help of his closest companion, a robot named Baymax, Hiro joins forces with a reluctant team of first-time crime fighters on a mission to save their city.

Big Hero 6 will be shown at a free screening at The Pink Shell Beach Resort, 275 Estero Blvd., on Thursday, April 23 at dusk. Potter will be in attendance and will be available for a meet-and-greet and autographs at 6pm before the film begins. Additionally, the young actor will be making an appearance at Fort Myers Beach Elementary School on Friday, April 24 at 1:00pm.

The Disney star will also participate in the “Talk Fest” Workshop on Saturday, April 25 at Beach Theater, as well as the Closing Award Ceremony at Fish Tale Marina on Sunday, April 26. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.fmbfilmfest.com/films-synopsis-and-tickets.

Actor Christopher Atkins joins the festival alongside Potter as another Celebrity Guest. Atkins is best remembered for his role as […]

The 2015 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Welcomes Celebrity Guest Christopher Atkins

Fort Myers Beach, FL (April 13, 2015) – The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival announced today that celebrity Christopher Atkins will be participating in festival activities and functions. The 9th annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be held April 22-26 at Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach.

Actor Christopher Atkins is best remembered for his role as Richard in the 1980 film The Blue Lagoon and for his role on the hit TV series Dallas. He also starred in the cult classic The Pirate Movie and over 50 other film and television projects. He has also written and produced films.

Christopher arrives for the weekend (April 25-26) to promote his role in the film, Waiting in the Wings: The Musical, as well as to accept the festival’s Star Achievement Award. He will be accepting this award on Sunday, April 26, 4pm at the Awards Ceremony at Fish Tale Marina. Christopher will also be on the filmmakers panel of the Talk Fest Workshop on Saturday, April 25 at Beach Theater. Tickets are available for purchase online at www.fmbfilmfest.com/films-synopsis-and-tickets.

The Superhero-themed Fort Myers Beach Film Festival invites independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.

The 2015 event is poised to be the largest film festival ever presented on the beach with a whopping 76 film screenings, 2 movies on the beach at Pink Shell Resort and Marina (Disney’s Big Hero 6) and Outrigger beach Resort (Disney’s The Avengers), as well as multiple workshops and educational opportunities – this year’s festival can’t be missed.

Visit www.fmbfilmfest.com for a complete overview of the week-long event.

Janeen Paulauskis
(239) 980-4381
[email protected]


FMB Film Fest 2015Enjoy a full serving of indie films with sides of sunshine and warm Gulf waters at the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, April 22-26, 2015. Area hoteliers are offering special packages and rates during festival dates and beyond. Relax after watching the latest indie films by watching the waves break on the beach. Accommodations: affordable. Florida sunsets: Priceless!

For further information, please visit www.fmbfilmfest.com

hampton-inn-suitesHampton Inn & Suites Fort Myers Beach

$89 per night (plus tax)

Located at the crossroads entrance to both Fort Myers Beach and Sanibel-Captiva Island, guests are provided easy access to all the islands have to offer. Please call the hotel directly and mention the Film Festival to book this offer.

11281 Summerlin Square Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931
(239) 437-8888

pink-shellPink Shell Beach Resort & Marina

$299 per night (plus applicable fees and tax)

Walk out of your room onto a sugary-sand beach that stretches for miles and let your cares drift away in soothing Gulf waters. The rate includes a one bedroom condo, daily breakfast for two, two welcome drinks, two bottles of Voss water, and a logo tote bag. Free use of beach chairs and umbrellas is also included.

275 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931; (888) 222-7465

Lighthouse Resort Inn & Suites Fort MyersLighthouse Resort Inn & Suites

Stay 2 or more nights, Save 20%

This brightly-colored resort stands out like a ray of sunshine in the heart of Times Square, and the poolside Tiki bar can’t be beat. Arrival must on a Sunday, Monday or […]

“Heroes: Behind the Badge” Set To Open 2015 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

Choosing a “Superhero” theme for its event, festival organizers of the 2015 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival aimed to highlight a range of topics and genres, focusing on “real-life” Superheros, as well as beloved Hollywood Superheroes. Opening the fest on Wednesday, April 22 is documentary “Heroes: Behind the Badge”, a film about real-life heroes in law enforcement. The film begins at 3:00pm at the Beach Theater on Estero Blvd and guests are encouraged to attend the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony beginning at 2:00 pm.

The documentary highlights the brave men and women of law enforcement that walk the thin blue line, putting their lives on the line each day. The stories of these heroic individuals are powerful, emotional, insightful and educational and allows audiences to experience what it is like to commit each day to putting your life on the line in the name of duty.

Attending the Film Fest premiere of Heroes: Behind the Badge is Toni Jorgenson, Honorary Colonel of Pleasant Grove; Bill Erfurth Executive Producer and ex-commander of the TNT Unit of the Miami Dade Police Department; and Brody Young, Utah Park Ranger shot nine times and subject of the film. Interviews will be available prior to the film screening.

Attendees will also get the chance to personally honor our local ‘superheros’. The Lee County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Myers Beach Fire District, the Lover’s Key Park Rangers and coast guard groups, and their families, have been invited to the screening.

In accordance with the film’s ultimate message of sacrifice and dedication to community, the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival will be making a donation to the Lee County Sheriffs Department as well as the Fort Myers Beach Fire Department.

Screenings will […]


FMB Film Fest 2015

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2015)– It’s a bird! It’s a plane! No, it’s the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival coming to the sun, sand and screen with a “Super Heroes” theme.

Organizers of the April 22-26 festival decided to go for a “fun and funky” theme this year, said Janeen Paulauskis, executive director. The 2015 festival aims to offer a balance to the stream of negative news about world strife hitting us daily from TV and computer screens.

Following Hollywood trends, superhero films will be present at the festival, as well as some non-traditional superhero themed screenings. Organizers felt that it was important to place a spotlight on everyday, real-life superheroes such as police officers, firefighters and the Coast Guard. Superhero based activities will also be available. Children will be offered a chance to delve into the arts, while learning how they can be superheroes in their own lives.

After a successful 2014 festival, organizers faced the task of exceeding their success in 2015. During a brainstorming session, organizers noted the immense success of blockbuster superhero films coming out of Hollywood. Several superhero movies had come out recently, including “The Avengers,” Paulauskis said. They realized the theme had a lot of redeeming qualities in both entertainment and education, which led to the official theme selection. With another Avengers film coming out in May, Paulauskis stated she couldn’t have imagined a better theme for 2015.

A super logo carries out the theme. Mike Martin of Martin Graphics won the festival’s logo art contest with a colorful design featuring the silhouette of a man morphing from shirt and tie into superhero mode.

His design will be featured […]


Fort Myers Beach Film FestivalFORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (February 26, 2015)– Event organizers of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival would like to announce sponsorship opportunities to all local and regional individuals, groups, foundations and businesses who are interested in supporting the five-day festival taking place April 22 – 26, 2015.

Featuring events and movies that appeal to audiences of all ages, The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is focused on bringing audiences and independent filmmakers together to celebrate the visual arts, and cultivate the talents of the filmmakers of tomorrow.

Becoming part of this unique opportunity allows sponsors to reach a wide market of people in a number of entertaining settings, events and promotional endeavors.

Opportunities for exposure for your organization’s brand or message include:

  • Inclusion in ads being placed in regional and national publications
  • Inclusion in the official Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Program
  • Logo inclusion on signage/posters at the Beach Theater
  • Exposure through mention and logo inclusion on the festival website fmbfilmfest.com.
  • Mention on future press releases surrounding the event

The festival is open for all levels of sponsorship in exchange for promotion. Patrons can sponsor a specific film or filmmaker, accommodations can get promoted by donating a room for visiting film industry VIP’s, and businesses can donate hard goods for prizes and giveaways. This year the festival will also offer a special way to support the Film Festival by purchasing the Patron Package. Each Patron Package will receive Show Tickets and Merchandise.

If you are interested becoming a sponsor immediately, please complete the form found at www.fmbfilmfest.com/sponsors/

If you have any questions you may have please email [email protected].

Your involvement will not only ensure the success of the ninth year of the […]


Fort Myers Beach Film FestivalFORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (February 25, 2015)– The annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmaking and the visual arts, returns to Fort Myers Beach for the ninth year on April 22-26, 2015.

The event invites independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Attendees travel from all over the world to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes.

Embrace springtime in beautiful Fort Myers Beach, and attend Film Festival related events such as film screenings, workshops, free movies under the stars and of course, award ceremonies. For a full description of events, please visit www.fmbfilmfest.com/events-2015/.

Films and film schedules will be announced in March 2015. Tickets will also be available at this time.

Accommodation specials are available to festival participants and attendees. For more information visit www.fmbfilmfest.com/hotel-deals/.

Sponsorship opportunities are currently available at various tiers. Individuals, groups, foundations or businesses interested in becoming a sponsor can find more information at www.fmbfilmfest.com/sponsors/.

Visit www.fmbfilmfest.com for a complete overview of the week-long event.

Janeen Paulauskis
Tel: (239) 980-4381
Email: [email protected]