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Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival scheduled for September

Organizers planning for event to be in-person this year

By Nathan Mayberg - Editor | Mar 26, 2021

The big screen will be up again at the Beach Theater in September showcasing films in-person at the Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival.

Janeen Paulauskis, organizer of the festival, said submissions for the festival have been arriving from around the globe for the festival scheduled for Sept. 14-19. The deadline for submittals is the end of this month.

This will be the 15th annual festival. Usually held in April, last year’s festival was forced to stream virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are looking forward to seeing our filmmakers back in the community and all of our volunteers, and also our patrons.”

Paulauskis said there are some interesting documentaries and a few surprise films that will include the names of some familiar actors.

Leading up to the event, there will be virtual live interviews with the filmmakers via the festival’s social media channels.

The festival schedule will include filmmaker meet-ups, morning coffee talks, screenings and a closing awards reception. Paulauskis said the festival is working on plans to show a free movie at the Mound House site for the community, and hold a workshop there.

There will also be virtual screening options.

The movie genres range from shorts, documentaries and features produced by local, national, and international independent filmmakers.

More information about the festival will be released as the event draws near.

“We have a few surprises up our sleeves,” Paulauskis said.

For more information about the festival, screenings, sponsorship opportunities and movie submittal information, visit FMBFilmFest.com, call (239) 980-4381 or connect on the festival’s social media pages on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.