Artis-Naples, the premier center for the arts in Southwest Florida, officially opened submissions for the 2017 Naples International Film Festival on Wednesday, April 12 – the ninth annual festival and first as part of Artis – which will take place from October 26-29.
The festival will provide a place for film lovers to connect, exchange ideas and celebrate the art of film in a friendly, welcoming environment, according to Artis-Naples.
“We are excited for the first year of the festival as part of the Artis-Naples family,” said Kathleen van Bergen, CEO and President.
“As a partner from the inaugural festival, we know the power of film and the joy that comes from seeing work that might not otherwise be screened in our community,” she added.
For the early-bird crowd entering the narrative and documentary features competition, the deadline to submit entrees is Friday, April 28, while the regular deadline is Friday, May 26, the late deadline June 27, and the final deadline July 7. The short films and Florida films early-bird deadline, regular deadline, late deadline and the extended deadline are the same.
New this year, a special category will be implemented that will allow local elementary through high school filmmakers from Lee and Collier counties to submit films of up to 10 minutes long.
“The 2017 film festival promises to be another great weekend of film in Southwest Florida, said Shannon Franklin, festival producer. “I encourage filmmakers to submit their work for the chance to be a part of this special celebration of cinema.”
Each of the opening-night film, party, closing film and wrap party will take place on the Artis-Naples cultural campus, with competition films screened at Silverspot Cinema in Naples. The following awards will be presented to the winning selections: Audience Award – narrative feature; Audience Award – documentary feature; Audience Award – short film; Indie Spirit Award; Rising Star Award; Neapolitan Award; and also special projects.
For more information on submitting a film, visit naplesfilmfest.com/call-for-entries-2017.
Narrative and Documentary features deadlines and fees:
Early-bird Deadline: April 28, 2017, Standard – $35, Student – $25
Regular Deadline: May 26, 2017, Standard – $50, Student – $40
Late Deadline: June 27, 2017, Standard – $60, Student – $50
Extended Deadline: July 7, 2017, Standard – $70, Student – $60
Short Films and Florida Films deadlines and fees:
Early-bird Deadline: April 28, 2017, Standard – $25, Student – $15
Regular Deadline: May 26, 2017, Standard – $30, Student – $20
Late Deadline: June 27, 2017, Standard – $40, Student – $30
Extended Deadline: July 7, 2017, Standard – $50, Student – $40
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