Bonita Springs International Film Festival

January 25 - 28, 2018

Schedule of Events

THURSDAY, JANUARY 25, 2018

Hinman Auditorium
6:00pm VIP Red Carpet Arrival

Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
6:30pm General Admission Red Carpet Arrival

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:00pm Opening Night Film: Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past

2016 / USA / NR / 90 min / Documentary / Musical
Bandleader Vince Giordano keeps the Jazz Age alive with his 11-member band The Nighthawks, vintage musical instruments, and a collection of more than 60,000 original arrangements from the 1920s and '30s.
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Opening Night Party – Following “Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past”

With live music by The Paramount Swing Orchestra, professional swing dancers there to entertain and share the dance floor, inspired cuisine, craft beer, creative cocktails, desserts and the opportunity to mingle with friends and film lovers, the Opening Night Party is the perfect beginning to four days of conversation, cinema and celebration!

FRIDAY, JANUARY 26, 2018

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
12:00pm
Shorts Package I
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Piper

2016 / USA / G / 6 min / Animation / Short
A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.

Joe's Violin
2016 / USA / NR / 24 min / Documentary / History / Short
A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.

Limit
2017 / Iran / NR / 7 min / Short
Limit depicts a mute, palsied man attempting (and failing) several times to get strangers to follow him through a maze of alleyways. Tension builds as the main character, unable to speak, pulls people along and urgently tries to convince them to come with him without being able to explain why he wants them.

The Blue Umbrella
2013 / USA / G / 7 min / Animation / Short
Amidst the rain in a singing city, two umbrellas- one blue, one not- fall eternally in love.

Talk to Me
2017 / USA / NR / 19 min / Comedy / Short
A comedy/drama about a burned out psychotherapist of a certain age who decides she doesn't want to be around crazy people anymore. In her quest for a new career, she discovers that the bosses who interview her are crazier than her patients. And she rediscovers her true calling in life.

Ghost Light
2017 / USA / NR / 17 min / Documentary / Short
Ghost Light is a documentary that explores theatre traditions and superstitions and how they have evolved over time, as it dives into the history and ghost stories of the historic Savannah Theatre, Cedartown Performing Arts Center, and Longstreet Theatre.

Q & A with Filmmakers after the films

Hinman Auditorium
1:30pm
I Dream in Another Language

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2017 / Mexico / NR / 103 min / Drama / Fantasy / Spanish/ English
A young linquist travels to the jungle of Mexico to research and save a mysterious indigenous language. A language, as he discovers, at the point of disappearing since the last two speakers had a fight fifty years ago and refuse to speak a word with each other. Trying to bring the two old friends back together, he discovers that hidden in the past, in the heart of the jungle, lies a secret concealed by the language that makes it difficult to believe that the heart of Zikril will beat once again.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
2:30pm
Before the Flood

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2016 / USA / PG / 96 min / Documentary / News
This epic documentary follows Leonardo DiCaprio as he travels the world to examine firsthand the effects of climate change, and to learn more about possible ways to prevent catastrophic damage that could make the Earth unsustainable for human life. During his journey, he speaks with such influential figures as President Barack Obama, Pope Francis and tech innovator Elon Musk, and makes a speech before the United Nations calling for greater action on this issue.

Hinman Auditorium
4:00pm
I, Daniel Blake

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2016 / UK / R / 100 min / Drama
Gruff but goodhearted, Daniel Blake is a man out of time: a widowed woodworker who's never owned a computer, he lives according to his own common sense moral code. But after a heart attack leaves him unable to work and the state welfare system fails him, the stubbornly self-reliant Daniel must stand up and fight for his dignity, leading a one-man crusade for compassion that will transform the lives of a struggling single mother and her two children.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
5:30pm
Afterimage

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2016 / Poland / PG-13 / 97 min / Biography / Drama / History / Polish
The story of charismatic painter Wladyslaw Strzeminski, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political obstacles.

Hinman Auditorium
7:30pm
Lipstick Under my Burkha

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2016 / India / NR / 117 min / Drama / Hindi
Set in the crowded by-lanes of small town India, Lipstick Under My Burkha chronicles the secret lives of four women in search of a little freedom. Though stifled and trapped in their worlds, these four women claim their desires through small acts of courage and stealthy rebellion.

SATURDAY, JANUARY 27, 2018

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:30am
Family Entertainment Shorts Package
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Castaway 2

2017 / USA / NR / 2 min / Youth / Short
A girl is stranded on an island, or is she?

Static
2017 / USA / NR / 3 min / Suspense / Youth / Short
A rebellious group of teens get more than they asked for.

My Octopus Boy
2017 / South Korea / NR / 19 min / Youth / Short / Korean
This comedy is about Hyoeun, an adolescent who discovers she has feelings for a boy in her class. Struggling to describe how she feels, she tells her friend that he makes her feel like she has octopuses in her stomach. (Makes as much sense as butterflies, right?) In her attempts to get “octopus boy” to notice her, Hyoeun tries to fit in with the “in” crowd, because she thinks “octopus boy” fancies one of those girls. Once Hyoeun really lets her own personality shine, she and octopus boy find they have something in common.

Critic
2017 / UK / NR / 2 min / Youth / Short
After writing her latest scathing review, a young food critic decides to try her hand at baking...

The Search for the Lost Family
2017 / Germany / NR / 7 min / Animation / Short
This film shows us the story of a young elephant that gets separated from his family. As the young elephant searches for his parents, he comes across a troll. At first the two do not see eye to eye, but as they come to understand each other’s stories, they find that even though we might look different and come from different backgrounds, the result is always better when we work together.

Just a Scenario
2017 / USA / NR / 3 min / Drama / Youth / Short
An experimental film about a girl who gets robbed from again and again, this is an open letter to her abusers.

Barry the Blobfish
2017 / USA / NR / 3 min / Animation / Short
Barry the Blobfish is about a fat, ugly fish that can't swim. He lives at the bottom of the ocean and wants to live on a beautiful, sunny coral reef on top of a tall, tall cliff.

Aftershock
2017 / USA / NR / 10 min / Drama / Youth / Short
This film tells the story of a policeman making what seems to be a fairly routine arrest. However, he soon learns that this criminal has information on a mistake he made early in his career with the police and is prepared to use that to get revenge.

Hinman Auditorium
11:30am
My Life as a Zucchini

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2016 / Switzerland/France / PG-13 / 70 min / Animation / Comedy / Drama / French
After his mother's sudden death, Zucchini is befriended by a police officer, Raymond, who accompanies him to his new foster home, filled with other orphans his age. At first he struggles to find his place in this at times strange and hostile environment. But with Raymond's help and his newfound friends, Zucchini eventually learns to trust and love, as he searches for a new family of his own.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:00pm
Served Like a Girl

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2017 / USA / NR / 103 min / Documentary / Military
Having served their country in Iraq and Afghanistan, Nichole, Hope, Rachel and Andrea know that, for many, the war isn't over. They are concerned and want to do something for the 55,000 homeless women veterans, whose stories mirror their own. While struggling with PTSD, divorce, serious illness, and military sexual abuse, competing in Ms. Veteran America ignites an emotional roller coaster for the women. Their stories build through riveting drama to the grand finale of the Ms. Veteran America event itself as they transform before our eyes and recover lost parts of self and identity. Leaving us with a deepened understanding of the diverse women who join the military and what happens to them when they return from war.

Q & A with Women's Military Representatives following the film.

Hinman Auditorium
2:30pm
The Zookeeper’s Wife

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2017 / Czech Republic / UK / USA / PG-13 / 109 min / Biography / Drama / History
The real-life story of one working wife and mother who became a hero to hundreds during World War II. In 1939 Poland, Antonina Żabińska and her husband, Dr. Jan Żabiński, have the Warsaw Zoo flourishing under his stewardship and her care. When their country is invaded by the Germans, Jan and Antonina are stunned - and forced to report to the Reich's newly appointed chief zoologist, Lutz Heck. To fight back on their own terms, Antonina and Jan covertly begin working with the Resistance - and put into action plans to save lives out of what has become the Warsaw Ghetto, with Antonina putting herself and even her children at great risk.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
4:00pm
Neruda

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2016 / R / 107 min / Chile / Biography / Drama / Crime / Spanish/French
An investigator launches a search for Pablo Neruda, a Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, who became a fugitive in his own country for his Communist leanings during the 1940s.

Hinman Auditorium
6:00pm
Shorts Package II
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Presto

2008 / USA / G / 5 min / Animation / Short
A stage magician's rabbit gets into a magical onstage brawl against his neglectful guardian with two magic hats.

The Present
2014 / Germany / NR / 4 min / Animation / Short / English
Jake spends most of his time playing video games indoors until his mother decides to give him a present.

The Courthouse Dog
2016 / USA / NR / 15 min / Documentary / Short
The Courthouse Dog: The Story of Tibet, Florida's First Courthouse Facility Dog. Created by Voices for Children of Tampa Bay and Guardian ad Litem.

Marc Chung Protects His Address
2016 / USA / NR / 10 min / Comedy / Short
Marc Chung recounts a story to his friends Stan and Kyle about the events that led up to purchasing a pellet gun to protect his address. He suspects a man name Robert is committing fraud under his address. Contains Strong Language.

The Catcher
2017 / USA / NR / 3 min / Animation / Short
A Soldier suffering with PTSD seeks the aid of a Dreamcatcher Weaver to save him from his nightmares.

Lifted
2006 / USA / NR / 5 min / Animation / Short
Ghost Light is a documentary that explores theatre traditions and superstitions and how they have evolved over time, as it dives into the history and ghost stories of the historic Savannah Theatre, Cedartown Performing Arts Center, and Longstreet Theatre.

Kids News
2017 / USA / NR / 14 min / Documentary / Short
The true story of a small town newspaper written by kids and the remarkable woman who touched their lives.

Talk to Me
2017 / USA / NR / 19 min / Comedy / Short
A comedy/drama about a burned out psychotherapist of a certain age who decides she doesn't want to be around crazy people anymore. In her quest for a new career, she discovers that the bosses who interview her are crazier than her patients. And she rediscovers her true calling in life.

Day & Night
2010 / USA / NR / 6 min / Animation / Short
The personifications of daytime and nighttime learn to get along.

Q & A with Filmmakers after the films

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
7:30pm
Under the Shadow

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2016 / Jordan/Iran / PG-13 / 84 min / Drama / Thriller / Persian
Shideh and her family live amid the chaos of the Iran-Iraq war. Accused of subversion by the post-Revolution government and blacklisted from medical college, she falls into a state of malaise. With Tehran under the constant threat of aerial bombardment, her husband is drafted and sent to the frontlines by the army, leaving Shideh all alone to protect their young daughter, Dorsa. Shideh finds herself slowly drawn into the ensuing turmoil, struggling to cling onto what is real and what is not. Convinced that a supernatural force within the building is attempting to possess Dorsa, Shideh has no choice but to confront these forces if she is to save her daughter and herself.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 28, 2018

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
10:00am
The Red Turtle

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2016 / France / Belgium / PG / 80 min / Animation / Fantasy
Through the story of a man shipwrecked on a tropical island inhabited by turtles, crabs and birds, The Red Turtle recounts the milestones in the life of a human being.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
11:30am
One Week And A Day

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2016 / Israel / PG / 80 min / Comedy / Drama / Hebrew
When Eyal finishes the week of mourning for his late son, his wife urges him to return to their routine but instead he gets high with a young neighbor and sets out to discover that there are still things in his life worth living for.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
1:30pm
The Man Who Saw Too Much

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2016 / Mexico / PG-13 / 89 min / Documentary / Documentary / Spanish
What drives someone to pursue scenes of death and suffering? From the age of nine, avid cinephile Enrique Metinides was photographing corpses in the street. Despite his age, this passion soon landed him a job in the tabloids, where he was given license to follow his morbid obsession. Through his work we explore Mexico City, as seen through the prism of its crime scenes, and delve into the human fascination with the macabre.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
3:30pm
Their Finest

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2016 / UK/Sweden / 117 min / Comedy / Drama / Romance / War
The year is 1940, London. With the nation bowed down by war, the British ministry turns to propaganda films to boost morale at home. Realizing their films could use "a woman's touch," the ministry hires Catrin Cole as a scriptwriter in charge of writing the female dialogue. Although her artist husband looks down on her job, Catrin's natural flair quickly gets her noticed by cynical, witty lead scriptwriter Buckley. Catrin and Buckley set out to make an epic feature film based on the Dunkirk rescue starring the gloriously vain, former matinee idol Ambrose Hilliard. As bombs are dropping all around them, Catrin, Buckley and their colorful cast and crew work furiously to make a film that will warm the hearts of the nation.

Moe Auditorium & Film Center
6:00pm
The Gateway Bug

2017 / NR / USA / 84 min / Documentary
Over 2 billion people on earth eat insects for protein. The Gateway Bug explores how changing daily eating habits can feed humanity in an uncertain age, one meal at a time.

Q & A With Kevin Bachhuber after the film
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Awards & Filmmaker Party – Following “The Gateway Bug" Q & A

With cuisine for everyone and a few options for those adventurous enough to explore “buggy” goodies inspired by The Gateway Bug, live music, craft beer, creative cocktails, desserts and the opportunity to mingle with friends and film lovers, the Award Ceremony and Filmmaker Party is the perfect finale to four days of conversation, cinema and celebration!

Filmmakers Focus Workshops

Join Elizabeth D’Onofrio, a professional Off-Broadway theater and film actor, director, and producer. She has Instructed classes and workshops around the U.S. based on her studies at the American Stanislavski Theater and with Sharon Chatten of The Actors Studio. She is one of the founders of the River Run Film Festival in North Carolina along with her brother, Vincent, and their father Gene D’Onofrio. Elizabeth volunteered as the Artistic Director of the FMB Film Festival for 4 years, and judged films in the early years of the FMFF and NIFF. Sign up for one or both of these exciting BIFF Film Focus Workshops. Fee per workshop is $25. This workshop is, of course, complimentary for 2018 BIFF Film accepted filmmakers, directors, actors, etc. Each workshop includes light refreshments compliments of BIFF.

Audition for Film Workshop - Noon to 2pm Saturday, January 27
We can start out with a 2 hour Audition for Film workshop. A 1/2 hour of Script Analysis, and Cold Readings from film sides with critique and suggestions on how to perfect your audition.

Building a Character from the inside out Workshop - 2:30pm to 4:30pm, January 27
2 hour workshop on Character Development. Starting with yourself and how you compare to the character. Introduction to using your senses to bring on emotions, Research, speaking in your own voice and adding dialect to it, adding layers of Character such as a physicality that may be different than your own (walk, posture, physical disabilities, etc.).