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23-Apr-2014 11:01pm PDT  

 

Fort Myers Film Festival

4 Annual March 19, 2014 to March 23, 2014

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2301 First St
Fort Myers FL 33901
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Phone: (239) 810-6323
eric@fortmyersfilmfestival.com
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Full Length Features
Any original work of fiction at least 30 minutes with at least half of the project's financing originating from within the United States.
Documentaries
Any non-fiction film not including entirely scripted or improvised fictionalizations of actual events. If your documentary contains some dramatization of actual events, you may submit in this category, but we will ultimately decide which program is best suited for your project, if accepted.
Shorts
Any narrative film of U.S. origin with a running time of 30 minutes or less, OR any documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of 30 minutes or less.
Short Shorts
Any narrative film of U.S. origin with a running time 5 minutes or less, OR any documentary film of U.S. origin with a running time of 5 minutes or less.
Strictly Local
Any professional or student work of fiction or documentary shot locally in Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties.
Student
Any student film in the Lee, Collier, Charlotte or Hendry counties, Florida

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
To showcase the finest, funniest and most creative cinematic works of art in the world. To create a connection between filmmakers and an audience, to produce and support an environment conducive to the constant creation of the finest films in the world. To create the premiere venues for the most cutting edge and exciting films in Southwest Florida. To create an international forum for indie film judging and consideration. To honor outstanding contributions to the industry with future productions.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Fort Myers Film Festival is an Intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. For submission, volunteer and sponsorship opportunities contact eric@fortmyersfilmfestival.com

The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 4th annual festival will be held March 19-23, 2014 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, Ford's Garage, Firestone and other select venues.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style March 19, 2014 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Tickets are $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, who will enjoy a star studded backstage afterparty with the stars of the opening night's films, with music, dancing, open bar and chance to meet with the stars of the evening’s film, filmmakers and event VIP. The event will provide the delicious foods from Lush Bakery. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150579767950565.
To buy tickets go to www.bbmannpah.com/ for more information go to http://www.facebook.com/events/269050286459230/

Then come back for all of the programming from Thursday, March 20-Sunday, March 23, 2014. Films are $6 the rest of the festival.

Then finish off the weeklong celebration Sunday, March 23, 2014 with champagne & dessert awards ceremony hosted by Chad Oliver which will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers with an afterparty at the Edison Restaurant with special performer Al Holland. Tickets are only $15.

Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, short award winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.’ The event has featured over four dozen local filmmakers is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That’s right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement!

In 2013 over a dozen local filmmakers shared the spotlight with independent films playing in the inaugural Fort Myers Film Festival that spanned the globe from nearly two dozen countries. “We all need to support local film, local business and local filmmakers in today’s economy. Knowing our area has something viable to offer in the realms of moviemaking will contribute towards economic growth and stability.” Eric Raddatz, founder of the festival said. “I am so thankful to all of the support we have received from the city and county as well as the local businesses. We need to come together in these difficult economic times and show the world we have something strong to offer here in Southwest Florida.”

Come join an edgy, professional crowd with a fine appreciation for the art of film in the quaint and newly refurbished downtown area, also known as the River District. Along with feature, documentary and shorts divisions, special categories spanning faith, diversity and strictly local will enrich the festival with vibrant intellectualism.

Mix, mingle, grab a drink & intellectualize with local film host and curator Eric Raddatz during live independent film screenings every Monday night at at 6:30 p.m. for happy hour with show starting at 7 p.m. through March 2014 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, where you will get a chance to interact with celebrity judges, local filmmakers, artists, musicians and comedians. Get a transparent view of how we judge films in consideration for the Fort Myers Film Festival and other local films, with special celebrity judges — then stay for the fun and join in public discussions after. Special guests, musical acts and interviews will be announced prior to each Monday night.

TGIM EVERY MONDAY
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“I am honored to have such support from the city of Fort Myers and many art and business moguls in the community,” Eric Raddatz, the founder and Executive Director offered respectfully. “Watching artistic visions come to fruition proves my greatest and most sincerest satisfaction to the ultimate benefit of the artistic community in which we live. Cineasts, filmmakers and all who appreciate the art of film will be happy to know we have an outlet for the creation, promulgation and public consideration of international and locally produced pieces.”

Eric has been an active an active player in the Southwest Florida arts community for many years, birthing the Naples International Film Festival and serving as Executive Director its inaugural year in 2009. The festival featured award-winning international films, including The Cove, which afterwards went on to win an Oscar. The festival earned awards from local media as 'best festival in town,' unifying the artistic film community and securing itself as a must festival to watch and attend.

A block or two from Thomas Edison's home, the Fort Myers Film Festival is surrounded by some of the frequently-voted best beaches in the world including Captiva, Sanibel, Fort Myers and Boca Grande in the downtown district that went from a frontier cow outpost to a bustling town in the early 1900s. Now a modern day, recently restored artistic city nestled with a community of cineasts who, alongside community leaders and local filmmakers, support the Fort Myers Film Festival with inspirational awe and keen appreciation, excited to enjoy world-rated culinary dining, festive afterparties, galas and award-ceremonies. Our event will be held at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, located in the historic federal building in downtown Fort Myers, which not only embodies art in our community, but the triumph of artistic creativity in the art of film. Join us this season for the excitement.

The edge has come to Fort Myers. Join us in celebrating in this sunny, fun and vibrant city.

ORGANIZERS
Amy Skehan ; Eric Raddatz (Executive Director) ; Eric Raddatz (Executive Director) ; Eric Raddatz (Executive Director)

GENERAL RULES
TERMS AND CONDITIONS for filmmakers submitting to FMFF

1. I, the representative of the film being submitted (the "Film"),
acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the film submitted for consideration for the Fort Myers Film Festival (the "Festival"):
2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly
authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or
entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this
Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or
any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not
subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge,
the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe
any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark,
service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or
entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person
or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance
fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition
of the Film in connection with the Festival.
4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the exploitation of the Film does
not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the
Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation
for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include
cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or any opinion expressed therein.
5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival with any affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisers and
agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims,
losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may
be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the
foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use
thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any
representation made by me to FMFF.
6. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am
younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have
provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree
that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and
the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of
Florida and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of
Fort Myers in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration
Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties.
I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise
have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including
without limitation a trial by jury.
7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles or the film in its entirety and information from the Film for
promotional, public prescreening, network television or online broadcasting and or postscreening purposes without recourse to the owner, producer,director, or any other party asserting ownership rights of the submitted film and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.
8. If and when accepted I will not withdraw my submission for any purposes.
9. By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete
acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral
representations of any kind have been made by the Festival.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

1. I, the representative of the film being submitted (the "Film"), acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the film submitted for consideration for the Fort Myers Film Festival (the "Festival"): 2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation. 3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge, the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark, service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition of the Film in connection with the Festival. 4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the exploitation of the Film does not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or any opinion expressed therein. 5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival with any affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisers and agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims, losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any representation made by me to FMFF. 6. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of Florida and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of Fort Myers in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties. I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including without limitation a trial by jury. 7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles or the film in its entirety and information from the Film for promotional, public prescreening, broadcasting and or postscreening purposes without recourse to the owner, producer,director, or any other party asserting ownership rights of the submitted film and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion. 8. By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Festival.