Movie connoisseurs, take note. Instead of being held in November as in previous years, the eighth annual Naples International Film Festival will take place in October this year. The opening-night film and party will be at Artis—Naples October 27, with film screenings and panels running October 28-30 at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato, as will the wrap party on the closing night.
Festival Director Jon Fitzgerald expects opening and closing nights to be this year’s biggest draw. “We’re opening and closing the festival with music-themed movies, and I believe they’ll be well-received,” explains Fitzgerald. “Closing night is nearly sold out and opening is doing well. Alive and Kicking is an exciting movie on the subject of swing dancing, and we’ll have a spectacular reception with music and decor designed around this theme.”
Filmmakers and fans alike are invited to attend this year’s festival, which will present 12 documentaries, 11 narratives, and 14 short films as well as some new events including a Halloween showcase and a special performance by Colin Hay from the 80s band Men at Work during the closing night gala.
“I was a big fan of Men at Work, and am obviously a film lover,” says Fitzgerald. “We’re creating quite the experience around the Closing Night Gala that will be a night to remember.”
Thursday, October 27: Opening Night Film & VIP Party
Festivities will kick off with a red-carpet arrival and pre-party beginning at 5:30 p.m., with a screening of Alive and Kicking, a documentary that explores the culture of swing dancing, at 7 p.m. Following the film, the party will commence on the Hayes Hall stage with a playlist of swing favorites. Academy Award-winning filmmaker Susan Glatzer, who directed, produced, and wrote Alive and Kicking, will be in attendance along with talent from the film.
General admission tickets cost $29, while VIP tickets cost $169 and include pre-film drinks and heavy hors d’oeuvres, premium seating, and opening night party with music and desserts. To purchase tickets, click here.
Friday, October 28-Sunday, October 30: Film Screenings
Film screenings and Q&As will be held at Silverspot Cinema at Mercato. For a complete lineup of films and schedule of showtimes, click here.
Individual film tickets cost $14. To purchase an All-Star Party Pack, which includes 12 film vouchers for the price of 10, visit the Silverspot Cinema box office.
Saturday, October 29: Halloween Tribute
This year, the Film Festival will present a special Halloween tribute: The NIFF Halloween Movie Marathon, which will feature family-friendly fare and seven films including The Addams Family, Young Frankenstein, Psycho, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and a late-night screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will also be a lounge across from the movie theatre with arts and crafts activities for kids and an adult happy hour from 5-8 p.m.
Sunday, October 30: Closing Night Film & Wrap Party
To close the eighth annual Film Festival, red-carpet arrival will begin at 5:30 p.m. with the awards presentation following at 6:30 p.m. The closing night film will be Colin Hay – Waiting for My Real Life, which begins at 7 p.m. and tells the inspiring story of Colin Hay’s personal and artistic journey from the heights of rock superstardom to the depths of obscurity and addiction, to finding salvation through song as an acclaimed solo artist. After the movie, Hay will perform at the post-film wrap party at Blue Martini.
Tickets cost $100 and can be purchased here. For VIP bottle service reservations, call Ryan at (941) 779-8093.
For more event details and information, click here.