On March 19, the Fort Myers Film Festival returns for its fourth annual gala and fete. Whether you’re a serious indie cineaste or just mildly curious, this 5-day film frenzy affords a unique opportunity to meet ascendant filmmakers, aspiring actors and actresses and hundreds of passionately-engaged film fans in a small town atmosphere that boasts temperate climes, sun-kissed palms and more historic buildings than you’ll find in one place just about anywhere outside of London, New York or, say, Telluride or Park City.
The festival concludes on Sunday, March 23 with a champagne and dessert awards ceremony at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Hosted by Chad Oliver, the festival’s world-class swagger and growing international reputation will be put on display as short award-winning films are played and glasses are raised for well-deserved toasts and congratulations.
There will also be an after-party with special performer, Al Holland, at the Edison Restaurant, which is appropriately located just a short distance away from the winter home of inventor Thomas Edison, who pioneered the creation of short, independent films as long ago as 1879 when he set out to create a device that would do “for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear.”
“Many people are unaware of Thomas Edison’s and Henry Ford’s contributions to the motion picture industry,” points out Chris Pendleton, the president and CEO of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. So holding an independent film festival right here in Thomas Edison’s winter playground celebrates the inventors’ filmmaking legacy while simultaneously supporting the innovative spirit of contemporary indie filmmakers.
Tickets for the champagne and dessert awards ceremony are just $15. The Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre is located at 1380 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907. For more information, please telephone 239-278-4422.
The 4th Annual Fort Myers Film Festival takes place March 19-23, 2014 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Lee County Alliance at the Arts and the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, with parties and dinners taking place in such select and magical venues as Twisted Vine Bistro, Ford’s Garage, The Firestone and Bennett’s Fresh Roast. To buy tickets, please visit www.bbmannpah.com/. Tickets for the gala are just $19, or $99 for the VIP experience, with film sessions costing just $6 throughout the rest of the festival. For more information, please visit http://www.facebook.com/events/269050286459230.