Warm Reception at Rendezvous Festival Ribbon CuttingAmelia Island Fernandina Beach Yulee Chamber of Commerce hosted a Ribbon Cutting for the Rendezvous Festival on the lawn of the Ritz Carlton Amelia Island August 7, 2014.

This warm, oceanfront reception brought scores of people out to welcome the Festival to Amelia Island. Formerly the Amelia Island Film Festival, Rendezvous will become the 1st film, music and gaming festival in NE Florida and SE Georgia.

The evening began with a retiring of the Amelia Island Film Festival name and logo, followed by an exciting ribbon cutting with Chamber Ambassadors, and an introduction of the Festival’s Board of Directors who were present for the ribbon cutting:
-VP, and VP Marketing Travis Cloyd
-Sponsorship Coordinator David Garland
-Volunteer Coordinator Margo Story
-Film Selection Committee Coordinator Julia Ferreira
-Event Coordinator Michael Smith
-Advisory Board Team Members Mark Sutcliffe and Mr. Kim Dawson
-Chairman and CEO for Rendezvous Festival Randy Bowman (and Emcee for the evening)

Why the Name Rendezvous? It is an homage to the Evan’s Rendezvous, located in American Beach, a music club that once hosted famed musicians such as Louis Armstrong, James Brown, Billie Daniels, and Ray Charles in the 1930’s, 40’s, & 50’s in a special beach community that was created for inclusion. It is a goal of the Festival to recognize the proud history that the Rendezvous represents and its contribution to the entertainment industry.

Here is a brief video of the evening’s events:

sponsors of the evening included the Chamber of Commerce, Fast Signs, Amelia Island Museum of History, and the Ritz Carton. Jazz music was provided by blue muse.

Rendezvous Festival 2015 will be held June 5 – 13, 2015, with nine days of festive events being held throughout Amelia Island.

Planned evenings include themes like International, Bollywood, and James Bond Casino Royale.

There will be an American Beach Tribute, and presentations on topics like animation, and interactive media (Gaming, Digital, and Social Media).

Included in the events is a three day interactive film expo with exhibitors from throughout the film industry.

You can expect midnight screenings, multiple concerts, after hours social events, red carpet events, a golf tournament, and an exciting Closing Award Program with dinner and live music at the Ritz Carlton, Amelia Island.

For more information visit the website: http://www.rendezvousfestival.com/

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