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Lights, Camera -- 10th annual FMB Film Fest rolls through this weekend

April 21, 2016
Fort Myers Beach Bulletin, Fort Myers Beach Observer

The time has come to celebrate 10 years of independent filmmaking at the 2016 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival, taking place April 20 to 24. "This year is special as not only are we screening new features and film shorts, but we're doing a retrospective with fan favorites from the previous nine years," said executive director Janeen Paulauskis.

The Festival kicks off Wednesday at 2 p.m. with the public invited to the opening ceremony at Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd., followed by full-day screenings.

Throughout the festival, feature films, documentaries and shorts by domestic and international filmmakers will be rolling, which delve into the Holocaust, the streets of Miami, circus families and filmmaking genius' to cover a few of the subjects.

Other components one should not miss are lunch-and-learn workshops with Red Flight Pictures Friday, at 11 a.m.; and the FMB Film Festival Talkfest workshop

Q-&-A with filmmakers, with focus on taking a short to get optioned as a feature, Saturday, at 11 a.m.

These educational workshops give attendees the opportunity to learn from seasoned professionals in the industry about the nuts and bolts of filmmaking in a panel discussion format. Tickets for these workshops are $30 Friday and $40 Saturday; both include lunch.

Fact Box

2016 Fort Myers Beach Film Festival Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 20

2 p.m.: Opening Ceremony at Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd.

3 to 11 p.m.: Independent Film Screenings at Beach Theater.

Thursday, April 21

3 to 11 p.m.: Independent Film Screenings at Beach Theater.

Friday, April 22

11 a.m.: Workshop presented

by Red Flight Pictures, Beach Theater.

3 to 11 p.m.: Independent Film Screenings at Beach Theater

7 p.m.: Free outdoor screening of Disney PIXAR's "Inside Out," at the Outrigger.

Film will begin at sunset.

Saturday, April 23

11 a.m.: Workshop: FMB Talk Fest

at Beach Theater, 6425 Estero Blvd.

3 to 11 p.m.: Independent Film Screenings at Beach Theater.

Sunday, April 24

2 p.m.: Closing Awards Ceremony

at Fish Tale Marina, 7225 Estero Blvd.

3 to 9 p.m.: Independent Film Screenings at Beach Theater.

On Friday, come out for fan favorite, Film on the Beach at Outrigger Beach Resort, 6200 Estero Blvd. This event is free and open to the community. Featured is Disney PIXAR's Academy award-winning film, "Inside Out."

Sunday closes out the Film Festival with the awards ceremony at 2 p.m. Immediately following the ceremony the winning films will be rescreened at the Beach Theater.

"Thanks to our sponsors, Beach Theater, The Beaches of Fort Myers and Sanibel, Town of Fort Myers Beach and Greater Fort Myers Beach Friends of the Arts," said Tanya Kaish Keller of Janes of All Trades PR.

If you'd like to attend all events, consider the $150 VIP pass, which includes the Friday workshop, all screenings and a festival T-shirt. Both opening and closing ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information, sponsorships and tickets, visit or connect socially on Facebook.



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