About the Fort Myers Film Festival

The edgy and fresh programming for the Fort Myers Film Festival has gotten the attention of a global independent film community. Last year’s opening night films include "Black Tide," “Marcus Jansen: Examine and Report,” “Most Likely to Succeed,” “When I Walk” and “Alive Inside,” each receiving standing ovations, warm commendations from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community as well as a future in distribution after being featured here. "Most Likely to Succeed" provided the edge in a community that embraced the award-winning film that had only played at Sundance prior to our screening to a packed house at Barbara B. Mann. The year before that "Alive Inside," a story about how music can significantly and most positively impact those suffering with dementia and Alzheimer's was attended by filmmaker Michael Rossato-Bennett and Dan Cohen, founder of Musicandmemory.org, both from the film. The year before "When I Walk" had, like "Alive Inside," only played at one or two venues, including Sundance Film Festival, making the Fort Myers Film Festival heading the pack of festivals playing new and fresh films not in distribution. It too was later picked up for major distribution with stories in Time, New York Times, CNN and others picking up on the movie months after it played here in Southwest Florida.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works, celebrating 8 years of the finest indie films on the planet. The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 8th annual festival will be held in the sunny, beautiful SWFL region March 21-25, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall, Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Library and IMAG with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, LYNQ, Firestone and other select venues.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style March 21, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at 7 p.m. The event will begin with the red carpet rolling out, paparazzi clicking and doors opening at 5 p.m. for drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie. Tickets are $10 for movie only or $49 for movie and afterparty, who will enjoy a star studded backstage afterparty with the stars of the opening night's films, with music, dancing, fully-stocked bar and chance to meet with the stars of the evening’s film, filmmakers and event VIP. The event will provide the delicious foods from LYNQ, , Norman Love Confections, Aux Delices, with drinks from List Distillery and will feature a silent auction to benefit The Raddatz Foundation, supporting independent and intellectual endeavors in the arts. Watch some red carpet fun from previous years here: To buy tickets head here. If you are looking for photos head to our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival

Then come back for all of the programming from March 22-25, 2018 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center. Films are $10 the rest of the festival. Then finish off the weeklong celebration Sunday, March 25, 2018 with champagne & dessert awards ceremony which will take place at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre. Tickets are only $15. Join all of the local and international filmmakers as the celebrate the winners of the Fort Myers Film Festival. Champagne and dessert will be shared, short award winning films will be played and toasts will be deservedly pronounced.

The Fort Myers Film Festival is an intelligent independent filmmaker's preferred event to create, unite and showcase the finest artistic cinematic works. The Fort Myers Film Festival is known for world-class swagger and support of local filmmakers. The festival event offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County in decades.’ The event has featured hundreds of local filmmakers and is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season to see everything head here:

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by Florida Weekly, Bennett’s Fresh Roast Coffee, Twisted Vine Bistro, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, La trattoria Cafe Napole, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn Suites, Twisted Vine Bistro, Best Western, Riverside Realty, Blu Sushi, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., Capone’s Pizza, UBS Wealth Management, Kearns Restaurant Group, Mr. Tom’s Spirits, LYNQ and BLANC.

The Fort Myers Film Festival was awarded the prestigious 2015 Chrysalis Award for Cultural Achievement by the Lee County Visitor & Convention Bureau and the Greater Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce Inc. at their annual Celebration of Business & Tourism Awards Luncheon and Trade Show at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.

More events this year include:
PARTY & GALA AT SIDNEY & BERNE DAVIS ART CENTER March 23, 2018: Friday the celebration continues as you attend the Sidney & Berne Davis Friday night gala with drinks, mingling & musical entertainment with local and international filmmakers prior to the featured movie.

LOCAL PROGRAMMING at the Alliance for the Arts March 24, 2018 and IMAG March 23-25: Enjoy local programming from some of the top filmmakers in town as Fort Myers Film Festival keeps it local. Enjoy screenings and panel discussion at the Alliance for the Arts at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, Fort Myers, FL and IMAG 2000 Cranford Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33916

CHAMPAGNE & DESSERT AWARDS GALA DINNER March 25, 2018: Then in a climactic champagne and dessert awards gala dinner to be held at the Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre at 1380 Colonial Blvd. Fort Myers, FL, Sunday, March 25, 2018, where the Fort Myers Film Festival will honor the winners to categories in the 8th annual Fort Myers Film Festival with a showing of one award winning film. THEN join us at the official afterparty at Twisted Vine in Fort Myers for song, dance, drinking and the best food in town.

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