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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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!