Film Festival drawing crowds in SWFL

Posted at 11:08 PM, Mar 09, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-10 08:46:18-05

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Movie buffs are getting a special treat this week.  The 7th annual Fort Myers Film Festival is in full swing. The event gives Southwest Floridians V.I.P. access to special screenings.

"You can't find them on Netflix, can't find them on YouTube, can't find them in all the usual places," said Eric Raddatz, one of the event coordinators.

The festival has over fifty movies to choose from, there's plenty of binge worthy options.

"There is something for everybody at the Fort Myers Film Festival," said Raddatz.

The film festival showcases films from all over the world. One of those filmmakers made the trip from D.C. to visit the city of palms.

"Fort Myers Film Festival it's an amazing place to come and check the films and listen to the buzz about what everyone is talking about and to have fun," said Olha Onyshko, a Ukrainian filmmaker.

People who go get the chance to meet the filmmakers after the screenings say it beats director commentaries.

"I like to hear a little background about the film," said George Grasser, who has been to several other film festival from across the country.

The filmmakers get a sense of accomplishment seeing a room full of people sitting down to admire their hard work.

"It's difficult, it's tough, but if you love it and you have passion for it, nothing will stop you," said Onyshko.
Saturday is the night to binge films made by fellow Southwest Floridians about Southwest Florida.