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12th Annual Naples International Film Festival

Naples International Film Festival Runs Oct. 22-25

The 12th annual Naples International Film Festival kicks off Thursday evening with an opening night gala and outdoor film screening of the multi-award winning documentary “The Donut King” by filmmaker Alice Gu. The film tells the story of a Cambodian refugee who came to the U.S. in 1975 amid the genocide of more than two million people under Marxist leader Pol Pot, and managed to become a millionaire in three years. We’ll talk with the filmmaker.

We’ll also get a broader preview of this year’s somewhat modified film festival due to the ongoing pandemic from producer Shannon Franklin and Artis Naples’ David Filner. This year some 800 film submissions have been narrowed down to 66 films in categories including narrative feature, documentary feature, and short films from 16 different countries.