Click HERE for VIP tickets for the evening which include a pre and post party with food and drinks are $49.

The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 8th annual festival will be held in the sunny, beautiful SW Florida region March 21, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall.

The Black Tie Red Carpet Gala will be celebrated with excitement and style 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 La trattoria Cafe Napole, Norman Love Confections, Aux Delices, Crave Cuisine and more.

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The Fort Myers Film Festival is proud to announce the opening night film kicking off the 8th annual premiere event March 21, 2018 at the Barbara B. Mann PAH in Lee County is “Melody Makers,” an exciting rock doc that tells the true story of the rise and fall of the world’s most influential music publication in history and uncovers an era of tremendous creative freedom. This will be a Florida premiere for the film, which has screened and won awards at a dozen other festivals. The red carpet party rolls out at 5:30 p.m. The film starts at 7 p.m. with afterparty on the stage to follow with stars and cast attending the Fort Myers Film Festival.

At the heart of the opening night film's story is Barrie Wentzell, Chief Contributing Photographer of Melody Maker Magazine (1965-1975) and his iconic photographic archive featuring prominent legendary musicians and musical groups that emerged during the birth of rock n’ roll including Led Zepplin, Eric Clapton, The Who, The Beatles, Elton John, Ian Anderson, The Animals, Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylon, Pink Floyd and more. Select musicians, and Melody Maker journalists, Chris Welch, Chris Charlesworth, Richard Guardian, Alan Lewis, Mick Watts and Allan Jones infuse the film with stories about a unique period when Melody Maker Magazine, founded in 1926 as a jazz musician’s trade paper boldly became the first publication to cover popular music seriously in the early 1960’s, setting the stage for publications like Rolling Stone.

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