Lights, Camera, Action! Calling all wannabe Steven Speilbergs! The search is on for Bonita Springs’ hottest new filmmaking talent. As part of this year’s Bonita Springs Film Festival, a competition will be held to find a filmmaker who can best capture the unique and beautiful environment of Southwest Florida. This area, known as the paradise coast, is a wonderful place to live, with stunning landscapes right on your doorstep. With a warm blue sea, lakes, rivers and mangroves, it is gloriously diverse and individual. It is this essence of Southwest Florida that the competition organizers want you to show in your entry. The competition is free to enter, and is open to anyone who has an ambition to capture the soul of this special place.
You don’t need to be a professional filmmaker, and the competition is open to all ages and abilities. The only rules are that the film should be rated G, suitable for all audiences, be a maximum of fifteen minutes long, and should be shot on location at the Bonita Springs Nature Place.
“We are very excited to announce our partnership and support of the Film Festival,” says Janet Martin, a Bonita Springs Council member and a liaison to the Bonita Nature Place: “This is an exciting time and opportunity to feature the Bonita Nature Place, which provides a local place for learning experiences, volunteerism, and outdoor family activities that strengthen the environmental stewardship commitment with the community, while fostering an awareness of old Southwest Florida in its unique and natural setting.” A days filming in Bonita Nature Place will be a day to remember.
It’s a wonderful place to meet with nature and get in touch with the roots of this beautiful city. The Nature Place sits on the banks of the coastal Imperial River with habitats of oak hammocks, pine flat woods, riverine forests and aquatic areas. It is home to 24 Gopher tortoises, who are currently under threat due to the loss of their habitats, and plants, flowers and bat boxes have been carefully placed in order to attract all kinds of insect, bird and mammal life.
It’s a great place for all the family to enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the area. Would be contestants for the filmmaking competition should get in touch with the Bonita Springs Nature Place to organize a time when they can come and film their masterpiece. A committee member will then be available to answer any queries you may have.
The winning filmmaker will be awarded a $1,000 cash prize, and their winning film will be shown as part of the Awards Gala on Thursday November 6 at Prado Stadium 12 in Bonita Springs. There will be two additional awards of $250 each for best young filmmaker and best depiction of the Bonita Nature Place.
Applications can be picked up at Bonita Nature Place, Bonita Springs City Hall or the Bonita Springs Parks and Recreational Center. So, grab your video camera, pack a picnic, and focus your sights on what a sensational place Bonita is to live in.