The Fort Myers Film Festival concluded with an exciting champagne and dessert celebration of all filmmakers accepted in this year’s programming at the Broadway Palm Theatre Sunday, March 12. It also awarded films, giving away some hardware in seven categories. And the winners are:

Best Documentary:
“Women of Maidan” by Olha Onyshko
Women of Maidan tells the story of the women’s life-supporting force, unity, courage and sacrifice during the 2013-2014 Ukrainian Revolution. Sometimes standing behind a cause takes as much courage as dying for it.

Best Feature:
“Good Bones” by Tim Bohn
Danny O’Brien dedicates one last summer to his family’s Hamptons real estate company, and to his father Joe’s seemingly obsolete values: poetry, integrity and community.

Best Short:
“Horseshoe Theory” by Joe Toronto
A weapons deal between a white supremacist and a member of the Islamic State blossoms into more.

Best Short Short:
“Invisible Point” by Tanin Torabi
Dance is prohibited in Iran. While it is told to be a sin, still there are many dancers dancing with passion and have not been seen, they bear the restrictions and still are dancing.

Best Local Film:
“Paradise Reef” by John Scoular
This documentary film follows a visionary’s quest to secure BP disaster funds, rally community support, and deploy 18,000 tons of concrete to create 36 artificial reefs along Florida’s Paradise Coast.

Best Student Film:
“641 Muriel Court” by Kyle Jones
A documentary film recounting the chilling unsolved triple-murder of the Sims family that has haunted Tallahassee, Florida since 1966.

Audience Favorite:
“Three Wishes” by Curtis Collins
Three friends stranded on an island, discover an artifact that grants them each a wish, but they should be careful what they wish for.

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 offers ‘the most vibrant intellectual and edgy crowd to grace Lee County—ever.’

In their seventh year, they've featured dozens of local filmmakers, while programming the best films from all over the world. It is a must attend for cineasts who love indie film and film festivals living in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties. That’s right, Fort Myers has a very exciting and film festival now, so be sure to come out for the fun. Next year's dates will be determined soon. Keep up with all of our events, films, videos and interactions on our website! Cheers, FMFF

Not too sure which films to go see this year at the Fort Myers Film Festival? Then pick one of our SHORTS blocks. Usually the shorts blocks provide a great sampling of short films from all over the world. You get to see more films this way and sometimes with movies great things come in small packages. Below are a a list of our short film blocks and every film playing in them. Still not sure? Then pick up a guide and just throw a dart at it. Then go see the film set you landed on! Purchase tickets online now or at the door.But be sure to download your complete guide for the 2017 Fort Myers Film Festival to plan out your week!