Next-Mark to Serve as Premiere Sponsor of the Sarasota Film Festival

Sarasota, Fl, February 14, 2012 – Southwest Florida marketing, communications and business strategy firm, Next-Mark, LLC, will be a premiere sponsor of this year’s Sarasota Film Festival. Next-Mark will provide expertise in the design and visual brand identity of advertising, communications materials, merchandising, signage and other collateral. Next-Mark Director of Creative Strategy Rob Welling, a Ringling graduate and award-winning graphic designer, will head the design team.

“The Sarasota Film Festival is a visionary organization, and we are truly honored to participate in one of Sarasota’s most spectacular events,” said Next-Mark founder and President Joseph Grano. “The creative energy generated by the Sarasota Film Festival is something that Next-Mark thrives upon,” he explained. “It’s such a great fit,” Grano added, “with our creative talent helping to showcase others’ creativity.”

“We are looking forward to this partnership,” said Kathy Jordan, Managing Director for the Sarasota Film Festival, “and we are very excited to have Next-Mark involved.”

The 14th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place April 13-22, 2012.  Events will be held throughout the Festival at some of the most beautiful and exclusive locations in the

Sarasota area, inviting celebrities, filmmakers, film enthusiasts, media and even student filmmakers to experience what happens when Hollywood hits the beach.

About Next-Mark, LLC

Next-Mark was founded in 2005 to help client organizations reach their full potential through marketing success. Breaking away from the constraints of traditional marketing service organizations, the Next-Mark team takes an intuitive marketing approach, integrating our experience, analytics and innovation in developing strategic marketing solutions to meet client individual needs. Next-Mark focuses on internationally and nationally recognized brands along with growing companies across a broad spectrum of categories, including healthcare, technology, retail, environmental, marine products and tourism, among others. With clients from Alaska to The Netherlands, its roster includes industry leaders such as LexisNexis, Elsevier Health Sciences and Indyme Solutions, among many others.

About the Sarasota Film Festival

For the 14th year, the annual Sarasota Film Festival will bring the best new and veteran independent filmmakers to the Gulf Coast. The Festival showcases superlative cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year, including features, documentaries, shorts and kid-friendly picks.

Joseph S. Grano, Jr., has a record of success providing vision and strategic direction to organizations experiencing rapid growth and change. He is one of those rare individuals who have made a successful transition from corporate leader to entrepreneur and owner of his own growing company.