Eric Raddatz, born in Joliet, Il., wet his feet in the silver screen while working on the set of “Stir of Echoes” as an extra alongside the well known actor. After working in movies such as “Rookie of the Year,’ “Just Visiting,” “Stuck on You,” and television shows such as ER he decided to start writing, producing and directing films of his own. “A Day to Love and Die,” his first short scenic conspiracy thriller, premiered in Fort Myers in 2003 and screened at the New York Film and Video Festival. His second film “Barely a Chance,” premiered in Fort Myers in 2008 and screened at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival the same year.
Raddatz, who has had a lifelong love affair with the arts has spent much of his career in visual journalism. “My career has seen so many different outlets and tasted so many flavors in the last two decades, from my early years taking an apprenticeship right out of high school to master the skills necessary to produce a Chicago newspaper to designing online, multimedia, film, music, web, print packages and full cinematic productions, to founding the Naples International Film Festival and bringing it to successful fruition as Executive Director in 2009, and then the Fort Myers Film Festival in 2010. My passion is the arts. My favorite medium is still film, though.”
Eric Raddatz is one of the most renowned faces in the Southwest Florida arts community for many years, producing independent short films, appearing in other larger feature motion pictures. He is the founder of the Fort Myers and Naples International Film Festivals, currently serving as the Executive Director of the former. Eric is host of T.G.I.M. and curator at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, the Presentation Editor at Florida Weekly and has previously worked at Gulfshore Life and The News-Press winning numerous awards for all three in the realms of design & presentation. He is a regular contributor on NBC News in Fort Myers, the Creative Director at Florida Southwestern State College and the Presentation Editor at the Babcock Ranch Telegraph.
Eric birthed the Naples International Film Festival, serving as Executive Director its inaugural year in 2009, then the Fort Myers Film Festival the following year, also serving as the Executive Director.
The inaugural Naples International Film Festival took place at the Silverspot Luxury Cinemas in Mercato, the Naples Philharmonic Center for the Arts, the Von Leibig and Norris Center in November, 2009 unified the Collier artistic community.
Raddatz then decided to start The Fort Myers Film Festival, established in 2010 to cater to the artistically inclined population living in Lee County. Raddatz was persuaded after many saw what gift Naples was given. The Fort Myers Film Festival was an overwhelming success uniting Lee’s artistic community and taking place at the luxurious Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Imaginarium, Alliance for the Arts and Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre in Fort Myers. He hosts T.G.I.M. an indie film show in Fort Myers.
Raddatz is a multi award-winning presentation editor for Florida Weekly, the largest circulating newsweekly in Southwest Florida, and regular contributor for NBC in Fort Myers. He is the host of Fort Myers Film Festival’s indie film show “T.G.I.M.”
Eric resides in Cape Coral, Florida with his wife and children.