On April 27, 2014, the Fort Myers Beach Film Festival (FMBFF) wrapped their eighth festival. This year their full activities, from grand ribbon cutting opening to the closing awards ceremony, were held at Fort Myers Beach areas. Most were held at their theater, Beach Theater, located in Fort Myers Beach, Fla. from April 23-27.
The festival's many films, cast, crew, FMBFF volunteers, sponsors, audience participants, and more, enjoyed the festivities during the annual event. The highlight of their last day was the recognition of award winners.
On Sunday, April 27, a few indie films were shown followed by the FMBFF Awards Ceremony. The ceremony began at 4:45 p.m. Films, and those in the film industry, were recognized and awarded from ten different categories.
Elizabeth D'Onofrio, FMBFF Artistic Director opened the award's ceremony by thanking individuals for helping FMBFF celebrate the art of filming, the esence of entertainment. D'Onofrio introduced two of those who assisted her during the festival, and they were Georgia Reinmuth, Chairman and Janeen Paulauskis, Executive Director.
The categories of the awards included Islander Film, Best Local Film, Best Student Film, Best Short Film, Best Documentary, Best Feature Film, Best Actor, Rising Star, Star Achievement and People's Choice.
Talented D'Onofrio, who is also an actor and filmmaker, introduced others who worked behind-the-scenes of the festival as well, including the event's sponsors. By 5 p.m. she proceeded with the presentation of the awards.
"I Love You Now Die" won Islander Award. "Job" won Friends of the Arts' Best Local Film Award. "The Violinist" won for Best Sudent Film. "posthumous" won Best Short Film. "Tough Ain't Enough" earned Best Documentary. Best Feature Film went to "A Short History of Decay." Paul Sorvino won Best Actor. Tara Cardinal won the Rising Star Award. Stanley Isaacs won the Star Achievement Award, and the People's Choice Award went to "Pink Gold Rush."
After photos were taken by Cassie Conrad, president of A Photo Spot, audience members were invited to the 6:30 p.m. viewing of the People's Choice Award "Pink Gold Rush."
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