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Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival to be streamed

By NATHAN MAYBERG / nmayberg@breezenewspapers.com - | Sep 3, 2020

This year’s Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival will be virtual.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 14th annual event will be streamed online from Sept. 22-26, according to the festival Executive Director Janeen Paulauskis.

“While we are disappointed not to see our filmmakers, patrons and volunteers this year in person, we are grateful to make the 2020 Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival accessible in a way it has never been before,” she said in a statement.

“Patrons will have the opportunity to live stream our selections and take part in discussions, workshops and special events online via a brand-new platform,” Paulauskis said. “We look forward to connecting to filmmakers with audiences as their work shines in a way that keeps everyone safe during the pandemic.”

Rather than an array of independent films from across the globe being shown at the Beach Theater on Estero Boulevard, this year’s films will be streamed online. Workshops led by independent filmmakers will also be online rather than in person.

The movies shown will include local shorts, international shorts, short documentaries and student films.

Among the movie highlights are the film “Two Ways Home,” which features Tom Bower. Bower’s credits include “Beverly Hills Cop II,” “Die Hard 2,” “Georgia” and more recently Casey Affleck’s “Light of My Life.”

Opening night this year will start at 6 p.m. as a Zoom networking event with award nomination announcements.

More information about the festival will be updated on the festival’s website at FMBFilmFest.com.

Next year’s film festival is scheduled to run from April 13-18.