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

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 […]

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 […]

FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL SPONSORS OFFERING TRAVEL SPECIALS

Enjoy 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 […]

“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 […]

FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2015 ‘SUPER HERO’ THEME

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 […]

9th ANNUAL FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL SEEKING SPONSORS

FORT 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 – […]

SAVE THE DATE: 9th ANNUAL FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

FORT 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 […]

SAVE THE DATE: 9th ANNUAL FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (February 24, 2015)– The 9th Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmaking and the visual arts, will take place April 21-27, 2015.

We invite independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend five fabulous days and nights on […]

2014 Press Releases

CONTACT: Janeen Paulauskis
Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival
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CALLING ALL ARTISTS: FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HOSTS CONTEST FOR LOGO AND POSTER ART

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (October 24, 2014) – The Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival returns to Southwest Florida April 22-26, 2015 and announces a contest to choose the logo art. The winning design will be used on all Fort Myers Beach Film Festival promotional materials, including commemorative festival posters, advertising flyers, signs, and on the official program, with identification of the artist.

Designs submitted should reflect a theme of “Super Heroes” to support the zeal for independent film that is apparent each year as this beach community celebrates visual arts.
“Filmmakers who visit our festival every year are super heroes as far as we’re concerned,” said Georgia Reinmuth. “The writers, directors and producers work so hard to produce their films, sometimes fulfilling all three of those roles.”

The winning artwork needs to indicate the dates and specify the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. The winning artist receives a complimentary full-page ad in the official program, as well as two VIP passes to all film festival events throughout the weekend.

All entries submitted become property of the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and will not be returned. Deadline for entries is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 15, 2014.
To submit an entry or for more information about the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, send a high resolution JPEG or TIFF file to info@fmbfilmfest.com or contact the film festival staff at For more information about the festival, advance tickets, VIP passes or other questions, visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com .


CONTACT: Janeen Paulauskis
Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival
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FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES CALL FOR ENTRIES

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (October 24, 2014) – The Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival has issued a call for independent film entries to the five-day festival taking place on Florida ’s West Coast April 22-26, 2015. Films may be submitted for consideration through Withoutabox, a division of IMDb until March 1, but filmmakers can save money on entry fees submitting films by the early bird deadline of January 1, 2015.

All genres will be considered for acceptance in the festival and will be judged by ballots from theater audiences. Student films and shorts are welcome and will be presented on screen as a series. Screenings will take place continuously over the festival dates at Beach Theater on Fort Myers Beach. Festival events include a filmmakers’ panel discussion, a film industry luncheon and a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Mexico.

Awards are given in each category of short films, documentaries, and feature films, as well as People’s Choice Award for the Best Film, Best Actor, Best Student Film, and recognition for locally produced films. Winning films will be re-screened on the final day of the film festival following the awards presentation.

Go to https://www.withoutabox.com/ to submit films or send an e-mail to Festival Artistic Director Elizabeth D’Onofrio at Elizabeth@fmbfilmfest.com .
For more information about the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival or to purchase festival passes, contact the event staff at 239-463-3600, ext. 242, via email at Georgia@fmbfilmfest.com or visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com .


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FORT MYERS BEACH SUMMER FILM FEST FUNDRAISING
KICKS OFF WITH COSTUME BEACH BLANKET BINGO

FORT MYERS BEACH, FL (June 27, 2014) – Join Frankie Avalon and Annette Funicello look-alikes at Gull Wing Resort on Thursday, July 10 and win prizes for the best costume. “Beach Blanket Bingo” will raise funds for the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. the event will recall the 1965 musical comedy that made beach parties popular.

Beach Blanket Bingo takes place in the hospitality suite at Gull Wing Resort, located at 6620 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. Tickets are $35 per bingo player if paid in advance or $40 at the door with prizes for players up to $150 in cash. The Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is hosting the event, sponsored by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts, the Town of Fort Myers Beach and the Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel.

For more information, call Georgia Reinmuth 239-463-3600, ext. 242 or e-mail info@fmbfilmfest.com


CONTACT: Georgia Reinmuth
(239) 463-3600

info@fmbfilmfest.com

FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL HOSTS CRUISE
FOR MOVIE TRIVIA FANS

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. – (June 11, 2014) – Challenge yourself and your friends and neighbors to answer movie trivia questions on June 29, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. aboard a Showboat Trivia Cruise from Fish Tale Marina dock, 7225 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach. All guests will be treated to a light brunch complete with Mimosa’s. Prizes will be awarded to the guests who recall the most trivia from well known films.

The cruise is a fundraiser for the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival and sponsored in part by the Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts and Fish Tale Marina. Tickets are available for $25 per person and can be purchased at the website www.fmbfilmfest.com. Limited seating available. For more information, call Georgia Reinmuth at Fish Tale Marina 239-463-3600, ext. 242 or send an e-mail to info@fmbfilmfest.com


CONTACT: Janeen Paulauskis
Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival
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Fort Myers Beach Film Festival

ANNOUNCES 2014 AWARD WINNERS

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (April 27, 2014) –Filmmakers who traveled to Fort Myers Beach from all over the country gathered at Beach Theater to accept awards and share congratulations with colleagues for their work on independent films screened during the Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival committee recognizes local residents who submit films to the festival with the Islander Award going to “I Love You Now Die,” directed and written by Mark Stolzenberg.  The cast included Annette Silva, Chris Cannan, John Diaz, Jon Cross, Mark Stolzenberg, and Suzanne Froix. Accepting the award was Fort Myers Beach resident Judy Copeland, one of the producers.

“No matter where you are in life, no matter how old you are, it’s never too late to follow your dreams,” said Copeland. “It was Elizabeth D’Onofrio who encouraged me to get back in the business after I’d been out of it for more than 20 years, plus encouragement from my husband Mark Schulman, our executive producer.”

The Best Local Film was “Job,” directed by Bryan F. Davis. Writers were Bryan F. Davis and Jennifer Keister.  The cast included Amit Roy, Debbie Jordan, Jennifer Keister, Kaymen Lackey, Martin Lemaire, and Matthew D. Perez. The Best Student Film was “The Violinist,” directed and written by Pablo Nicolas Raganato. The cast members were David Petitone, Ralph Edward, and Sean Pursell. In the category of Best Short Film, the winner is “Posthumous,” directed by Noah DeBonis and written by Luke Fronefield and Margaret Cardillo. The cast included Ike Seamans, Keana Marie, Peter Haig, Richard Haylor, Sarahi Diaz, Sydney Rouviere, and Terrance Murphy.

The winning filmmaker of the Best Documentary was Stanley Isaacs for “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy,” directed by Lee Anthony Smith and Gregory J. Bradley. Isaacs also won this year’s Star Achievement Award. Writing and producing since 1979. In the late ‘80s Isaacs co-created the TV holiday perennial “It Nearly Wasn’t Christmas,” co-wrote Touchstone Pictures “Gross Anatomy” and served as special consultant to the producers on “Beyond The Stars.” After producing and co-writing “Last Gasp” in 1994, Isaacs formed 360 Entertainment in 1995, an independent production company in which Isaacs served as CFO with producing partners, Robert Patrick and Scott McGinnis. The partnership created and produced two films: “Ravager” and “Within the Rock.” Isaacs founded 100% Entertainment, Inc., an independent production company in 1998. Isaacs has initiated, developed and produced numerous film and television projects including “Megalodon” in 2002, which Isaacs co-wrote and produced and “Tough Ain’t Enough: Conversations With Albert S. Ruddy” released in 2013. The company currently has three features and two television pilots in development.

Best Feature Film was awarded to “A Short History of Decay,” directed and written by Michael Maren. Cast members included Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, and Benjamin King.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival also recognizes the best actor among the films screened this year. The award in this category goes to Paul Sorvino, who starred in the festival’s indie screening of “Last I Heard.” The tall, dark and imposing Italian-American actor, Paul Sorvino originally had his heart set on a life as an opera singer, but has made a solid career of portraying authority figures. He is best known for his role in “Goodfellas.”

Actor Tara Cardinal also a filmmaker whose film, Legend of the Red Reaper screened at the festival, was named this year’s Rising Star Award winner. Canadian-born Cardinal led her college’s theater club until she graduated with a degree in Psychology on a full scholarship and knew she would pursue a career in the movie business.  In fact, she landed the female lead in Warner Brother’s “Delivery,” a horror film in 2006 followed by other offers including performing as a man honing her improvisational skills at the Florida Renaissance Festival.

Cardinal says she was inspired by industry greats like Stan Lee, George Lucas, Jackie Chan and Sylvester Stallone, and created her film, “Legend of the Red Reaper,” to share a message about female empowerment.  As she accepted her award, she said, “Fort Myers Beach is so special to me. After encouragement from Elizabeth D’Onofrio, I went to Los Angeles to pursue a career in film. I’ve come full circle by returning here to screen my own film at this wonderful festival.”

Cardinal became one of the first women to write, produce, direct and star in a fantasy action franchise and continues to accept empowering roles in movies of all genres. In her spare time she gathers celebrities for charity events benefiting children, animals and disaster victims.  Cardinal currently resides in Hollywood, California.

The final award for the evening came from audience ballots asking for their favorite film. The winner of the People’s Choice Award is “Pink Gold Rush,” the celebrated local documentary about the shrimp industry in Fort Myers Beach. The documentary was written by Chelle Koster Walton and produced by Barbara Linstrom, Executive Producer of Television and New Media for WGCU Public Media.

“Getting this award is just another sign that this production really resonated with our community,” said Linstrom. “We also had one of the highest ratings ever for the television airing of the film last Thursday. Thanks so much to the film festival for showcasing our film. We appreciate the acceptance and praise for our film, especially in social media. We really wanted to get it right and we are overwhelmed with the response.” She added,

“Pink Shell Beach Resort and Marina called, apparently after the hotel’s management saw the film. They told the staff that they want to start serving local shrimp and to use this to educate tourists about the shrimp industry here and how to compare the products harvested locally.”

For more information, visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com.Dates for the Ninth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival were announced as April 22-26, 2015.


CONTACT: Janeen Paulauskis
Ft. Myers Beach Film Festival
(239) 980-4381 or
Cindy Dobyns/AboveWater PR
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FORT MYERS BEACH FILM FESTIVAL

ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE OF EVENTS FOR APRIL 23-27

FORT MYERS BEACH, Fla. (February 20, 2014) — The Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, a celebration of independent filmmaking and the visual arts, takes place April 23-27, 2014. Festivities begin with a “Fun in Flip Flops” sunset cruise from Fish Tale Marina the night before the festival as a way to welcome the visiting filmmakers who have submitted more than 100 independent films.  An opening ceremony at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23 is followed immediately by the first film screening at 3:00 p.m. at festival headquarters, Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Boulevard on Fort Myers Beach.

The traditional family favorite film on the beach will happen at sunset on Friday, April 25 directly behind The Outrigger Beach Resort, 6200 Estero Blvd. on Fort Myers Beach. This year’s film will be the Disney Channel original production of “Teen Beach Movie.”

Earlier on Friday, the festival will present an informative and educational workshop and luncheon entitled, “Self Propelled: An inside look at low budget filmmaking.” The workshop begins at 11:00 a.m. and will take place inside the Beach Theater.  On Saturday at noon, another luncheon invites film industry professionals for a panel discussion, also held at the theater. Tickets to the workshop and panel discussion are sold separately at $30 for the Friday workshop and $40 for the discussion among the invited filmmaking guests on Saturday.

Independent film screenings continue every day of the festival. Individual movie tickets at $6 or VIP packages for $100 that include the pre-festival sunset cruise party, access to the workshop on Friday and all of the film screenings may be purchased online at www.fmbfilmfest.com.  The festival concludes with an award ceremony on Sunday, April 27 at 5:00 p.m. at Beach Theater.

Tickets for the pre-festival filmmaker welcome cruise, the workshops and luncheon are sold separately.  For more information about the Eighth Annual Fort Myers Beach Film Festival or to purchase festival passes, contact the event staff at 239-314-9234, via email at info@fmbfilmfest.com or visit the website at www.fmbfilmfest.com.


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