Click HERE for VIP tickets for the evening which include a pre and post party with food and drinks are $99.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style March 8, 2017 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 $19 for general admission or $99 for VIP, 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 La trattoria Cafe Napole, Maria's, Mermaid Cafe, Au Delicious, Norman Love and more.

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We are proud to announce that the opening night film for the 2017 Fort Myers Film Festival, to be held March 8, is "Black Tide," a documentary film by Steven Johnson that explores the challenges those who look to maintain clean SWFL waters contend with from water mismanagement, to the influence of big business and politics. The film will open with a red-carpet rollout at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall March 8, 2017.