Naples International Film Festival

October 26—29, 2017




Artis—Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen and Naples International Film Festival Board President Bill Hoffman announced the merger of the two nonprofit arts organizations. The merger was completed in late 2016, when it was approved by both the NIFF and Artis—Naples’ boards.

“After eight years, the time is right for the Naples International Film Festival to begin its next stage,” Hoffman said. “We approached Kathleen and Artis—Naples last year because we believe the organization is the most logical home for this beloved festival to continue. We are pleased our festival could join such an artistically and financially strong organization.”

Added van Bergen: “We have been the home to the festival’s opening film and party each year, and we are eager to help the festival grow and thrive. Film fits Artis—Naples and our interdisciplinary mission well. We see bright days ahead for community members interested in film and its many intersections with music, the visual arts and the modern digital landscape.”

Hoffman, NIFF’s attorney Lisa Lipman and NIFF treasurer Preston Came spearheaded the merger for the festival, which was subsequently unanimously approved by its full board. During the next few months, Artis—Naples will work with NIFF board members to fully integrate the organizations. A transition effort with people from both organizations will shepherd the process.
NIFF will considerably expand Artis—Naples’ present exploration of cinema. Film is already an important part of the organization’s Lifelong Learning curriculum, including Elaine Newton’s Four O’clock at the Movies lecture series and the Reel Stories film series. 

The planning is fully underway for the ninth annual festival, which will kick off on October 26. Silverspot Cinema will continue to host the majority of film screenings during the festival weekend, a partnership van Bergen said she is happy to continue.

To help steer NIFF going forward, Shannon Franklin, the festival’s former executive and artistic director, will work closely with the Artis—Naples Artistic Operations department. Separately, Franklin will continue to run her film production company, Ten21 Productions, with her husband, Zach.

“We are excited to work with someone of Shannon’s skills and knowledge of the film industry,” said David Filner, Vice President, Artistic Operations. “Having her help will ensure a successful transition as NIFF becomes part of the Artis—Naples family.”

Franklin is already hard at work, attending the Sundance Film Festival this week to scout out potential works for the Naples festival.

“Bringing Artis—Naples and NIFF together is the perfect partnership,” Franklin said. “The resources and reach of Artis—Naples will allow NIFF to meet its growing potential. I’m thrilled to be a part of this next chapter.”

Tickets for the 2017 festival’s opening night and party will go on sale through Artis—Naples’ box office and online in July. Films for the festival will be announced in September.