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Opening Night Film and Party

The Art of the Short


NIFF 11 Year Anniversary

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Image of attendees of the Naples International Film Festival posing for the camera in celebration
Image of attendees of the Naples International Film Festival posing for the camera in celebration
Image of attendees of the Naples International Film Festival posing for the camera in celebration
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Image of attendees of the Naples International Film Festival dancing in after-party celebration

Hayes Hall
October 21 at 7pm

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Opening Night Film and Party

2021 Naples International Film Festival

Experience the best of independent film with the Naples International Film Festival’s Opening Night Film and Party. The evening begins with free soft drinks, popcorn and candy for all guests as they sit back and watch the opening night film in Hayes Hall. After the film, Party ticket holders will enjoy heavy hors d'oeuvres from a variety of local eateries, free house wine, beer and a signature cocktail as they party the evening away in Norris Garden. VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive access to the Baird Terrace on the third floor of The Baker Museum where they will interact with NIFF filmmakers and enjoy premium hors d’oeuvres, wine, beer and cocktails.

Red Carpet Arrival — 6pm
Film Presentation — 7pm

Film Only $39
Film and Party $99
Film and VIP Party $200


The Art of the Short

Opening Night Presentation

 
Boxbalet

Boxbalet

2020, NR, Russia, Animation, 16 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  No dialogue

Director: Anton Dyakov
Producers: Aleksandr Boyarskiy, Sergey Selyanov
Writers: Anton Dyakov, Andrey Vasilyev

One day, a delicate ballerina named Olya meets the rough, surly boxer Evgeny. The contrast between their worlds and their philosophies is so sharp that even the possibility of their paths crossing seems incredible.

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Roy

Roy

2021, NR, UK, Dramedy, 16 minutes
  Florida Premiere

Directors: Tom Berkeley, Ross White
Producer: Bryony Pulizzi
Writers: Tom Berkeley, Ross White
Cast: David Bradley, Rachel Shenton

Trapped in a lonely existence, reclusive widower Roy passes his days searching for brief moments of companionship by cold-calling strangers from the phone book. But when he accidentally calls adult hotline worker Cara, an unlikely friendship is born that will help them both rediscover the joy of life. From the Academy Award-winning team behind The Silent Child, Roy is a funny, heartwarming tale of two lost souls who find companionship just when they need it most.

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Like the Ones I Used To Know

Like the Ones I Used to Know

2021, G, Canada, Drama, 18 minutes
  Filmmakers in Attendance
  French with English Subtitles

Director: Annie St-Pierre
Producers: Sarah Mannering, Fanny Drew
Writer: Annie St-Pierre
Cast: Steve Laplante, Lilou Roy-Lanouette, Larissa Corriveau, Amélie Grenier, Jérémie Jacob, Laurent Lemaire

December 24, 1983, 10:50pm: Julie and her cousins ate too much sugar, Santa Claus is running late… and Denis, alone in his car, is anxious at the idea of setting foot in his ex-in-laws’ house to pick up his children. Les Grandes Claques is an early coming-of-age story that is as squeaky as it is poetic.

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Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color

Miss Alma Thomas: A Life in Color

2021, NR, US, Documentary, 20 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Cheri Gaulke
Producer: Jonathan Gann
Writers: Cheri Gaulke, Sue Maberry
Cast: Alfre Woodard

Miss Alma Thomas is the first documentary film to explore Alma W. Thomas’ incredible life through the lens of curators, art specialists, scholars and her family. Featuring award-winning actress Alfre Woodard as the voice of Thomas and released in conjunction with a major four-city museum retrospective, thousands will have the opportunity to learn of her life, work and continuing influence.

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Photo Op

2020, NR, US, Comedy, 3 minutes
  Florida Premiere
  Filmmakers in Attendance

Director: Dava Whisenant
Producers: Dava Whisenant, Steve Young, Dave Spalding
Writer: Steve Young
Cast: Erin Eagleton, Steve Young

People often say, “My life is in my phone.” Photo Op is a comedic take on the modern-day nightmare of losing control of your life by losing control of your phone. Filmed in Taos, New Mexico, this unsettlingly funny short film was written by Steve Young, directed by Dava Whisenant and was itself shot on an iPhone.

 

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