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Fort Myers Beach Film Festival's awards ceremony recognizes its winners

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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."

Enjoy FMBFF photos here and on Facebook. More to follow, in photos and news, from the 2014 Festival!

Fort Myers Beach Theater
Fort Myers Beach Theater Photo courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Fort Myers Beach Theater

"Beach Theater is a family owned Movie Theater dedicated to showing only the best first-run movies, in a clean and comfortable environment.

All of our menu items are made fresh to order, using only the finest, fresh ingredients and professionally prepared by our expert staff.

So sit back, and let our friendly waitstaff pamper you while you enjoy the movie!" - Fort Myers Beach Theater

FMBFF Image courtesy FMBFF, used with permission


The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival is back for its eighth year, attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors to spend four fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes.

Fort Myers Beach, Fla.
Fort Myers Beach, Fla. Photo: Wiki

Fort Myers Beach, Fla.

Fort Myers Beach is governed by a five member town council, one of which is the mayor, Anita Cerceda. The town manager, Don Stillwell, works with the town council to implement plans.

The Town of Fort Myers Beach also operates Bay Oaks Recreational Campus(BORC). Located at 2731 Oak Street, on Fort Myers Beach.

A few features of BORC include four full size outdoor tennis courts, an 18 hole disc golf course, two full size indoor basketball courts, weight room, public pool that offers a children's pool along with a large slide.

Stanley Isaacs
Stanley Isaacs Photo couresty FMBFF, used with permission

Stanley Isaacs

Stanley Isaacs won the Star Achievement Award.

Fort Myers Beach Hotels are offering special rates for film festival fans along the beautiful Gulf of Mexico to help support the international celebration of independent filmmaking with special film festival hotel rates at various hotels. Please visit our sponsor page for more information.

2014 FMBFF VIP PASS Image courtesy FMBFF, used with permission


Synopsis of "A Short History of Decay"

A comedy from an original script by Michael Maren, about a failed Brooklyn writer, Nathan Fisher (played by Bryan Greenberg), who visits his ailing parents in Florida. His mother (played by Linda Lavin) has Alzheimer's and his father (played by Harris Yulin) has recently had a stroke.
Florida Premiere. Director: Michael Maren. Writer: Michael Maren.
Cast: Bryan Greenberg, Linda Lavin, Harris Yulin, Benjamin King

Rising Star Award winner Tara Cardinal
Rising Star Award winner Tara Cardinal Photo courtesy Tara Cardinal, used with permission

Rising Star Award winner Tara Cardinal

Many films were screened at the festival. The film, starring Tara Cardinal, "Legend of the Red Reaper,"  was screened Friday, April 25 at 9 p.m. The following is part of the film's synopsis.

It's been 100 years since the Red Reaper, half human, half demon was traded to the demons by the Teller Witch, her own mother.

She was rescued by the Reapers, a sacred clan of human/demon warriors, and they raised her as their own, even though she was more demon than the rest of them...

Cast, crew and fans of "Red Reaper"
Cast, crew and fans of "Red Reaper" Photo courtesy Tara Cardinal, used with permission

Cast, crew and fans of "Red Reaper"

Here is cast, crew and fans of "Legend of the Red Reaper" at Central Florida Film Fest.

Tara Cardinal currently resides in a hobbit house (usually known as a green roofed underground house) in L.A. There she continues to create inspiring stories, progressing tarining in Martial Arts, taking on new roles, and more.

Congratulations Tara Cardinal for your Rising Star Award from the 2014 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival!

Albert S. Ruddy
Albert S. Ruddy Photo courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

Albert S. Ruddy

Sunday, April 27, 2014 FMBFF and guests honored their Star Achievement Award winner, Stanley Isaacs, as they screened his film, "Tough Ain't Enough" conversations with Albert S. Ruddy.

Ruddy was born in Montreal and raised in New York City with his mother. Ruddy attended Brooklyn Technical High School before earning a scholarship to allow him to study chemical engineering at City College of New York.

He graduated from the School of Architecture at the University of Southern California and then he worked in the construction industry on the East Coast.

Fort Myers Beach
Fort Myers Beach Photo: Wiki

Fort Myers Beach

The Chapel by the Sea was the first church on the island of Fort Myers Beach. A congregation of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Chapel by the Sea was started in 1932 as a mission of the Presbyterians.

It was officially founded one year later. The first building was constructed in 1937 with a seating capacity of 47. Today's Sanctuary holds 700.

Although it is Presbyterian, the Chapel is known on the island as the community church. The church hosts "God's Table" feeding the poor and needy of the beach every day, Monday through Friday.

FMBFF volunteer's thank you cake
FMBFF volunteer's thank you cake Photo courtesy FMBFF, used with permission

FMBFF volunteer's thank you cake

The events began on April 23rd and ended on April 27th, 2014 with events to choose from for all ages.

The Fort Myers Beach Film Festival presents abundant and entertaining reasons for families and friends to visit Fort Myers Beach in late Spring for some of the best films and weather anywhere in the country.