“We are so delighted that Merrill Lynch will be the Opening Night Film & Party Sponsor,” said NIFF Executive Director, Shannon Franklin. “We will be celebrating the art of independent film. Every year the film festival gets better and better, and with Merrill Lynch as the Opening Night Film & Party sponsor, we can bring the event to a whole new level.”
The Opening Night Film & Party will kick off the fourth Annual Naples International Film Festival on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at the Philharmonic Center for the Arts in Naples. The festival runs from Nov. 1-4, 2012. Over 1,000 people are expected to attend the Opening Night screening.
“Merrill Lynch has been serving the wealth management needs of Naples’ residents for nearly 40 years,” said Complex Director Chris Seebeck. “We are proud to partner with NIFF in supporting this significant cultural event in our city.”
The highly anticipated Opening Night will begin with the Red Carpet Arrival at 5:30 p.m., followed by the film presentation at 7 p.m., then a lively filmmaker presentation and a high-energy party from 9:30 p.m. to midnight.
VIP Film & Party guests will enjoy the complete experience including walking the red carpet, attending an exclusive pre-film welcome reception with VIPs and visiting filmmakers, enjoying premium seating in Hayes Hall for the film presentation, and attending the opening night party. The cost for the VIP Film & Party is $159, per person.
Guests can walk the red carpet, mix and mingle before the film and enjoy standard seating in Hayes Hall for the film presentation. General admission tickets are $29 per person.
Tickets for the Opening Night Film & Party are available now exclusively through the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts website, http://www.thephil.org, or by calling their box office directly, (239) 597-1900.
Approximately 40 films, including domestic and international feature-length and short films in the drama, comedy, and documentary genres, will be screened during the four-day film festival. The festival will also celebrate independent films with filmmaker question and answer sessions, elegant parties, and an awards ceremony.
The mission of the Naples International Film Festival is to celebrate independent film and filmmakers in an intimate festival setting that enhances the cultural and artistic life of the community.
For additional information, membership and sponsorship opportunities, call (239) 775-3456 or visit http:www.naplesfilmfest.com.