The edge has come to Fort Myers. This limited availability FMff VIP All ACCESS Platinum CINEAST MEMBERSHIP will entitle the holder to attend all Fort Myers Film Festival public and VIP events, with priority seating, schwag bags and first class treatment for our 2017-18 year.
The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 8th annual festival will be held in the sunny, beautiful SW Florida 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 Imaginarium with parties and dinners at Twisted Vine Bistro, 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 La trattoria Cafe Napole, Norman Love Confections, Aux Delices, Crave Cuisine and more. Watch last years video here http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150579767950565. To buy tickets go to www.bbmannpah.com. 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. 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. That’s right, Fort Myers has a film festival now, so come out for the excitement! For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events. TO GET VIP TICKETS for the whole season to see everything head to http://fortmyersfilmfestival.ticketleap.com/
T.G.I.M. starts up July 2018, with indie screenings running first Monday of every month through season
Come watch us judge short indie films EVERY FIRST MONDAY in season (*schedule of judges and musicians TBA) submitted to the Fort Myers Film Festival and have your say as to whether or not it makes the grade for final programming during our festival to be held March 21-25, 2018! Join us for happy hour at 6:30 p.m. and show, which starts at 7 p.m. TGIM takes place at The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center located at 2301 First St., Fort Myers. Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for seniors and students. There will be a 1/2 price off offered to all Facebook members through summer. Check out updates and deals at www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com, on Facebook & Twitter. Join us at the afterbuzz at Twisted Vine every Monday after the show for late night happy hour and appetizers.
"We decided to try doing the show at the Davis center only the first Monday of every month so that we can pay closer attention to the quality of content, of judges and musical performances," Eric Raddatz the festival director for the 6th year said. "Plus, as passionate as our attendees can be, we found that most came out about once a month or so, so we intend on making every first Monday more special, more memorable and more exciting. We can really be excited that we have fresh independent films on tap all season long with the Fort Myers Film Festival and not old played films everyone can see on Netflix or pick up at WalMart. This is something this city can be proud of."
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 film "Black Tide" was a provocative expose of the need to keep SWFL water's clean. Previous year's "Examine and report" was the world premiere for Marcus Jansen's documentary. The year before that "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. It received by standing ovation, warm commendation from the Fort Myers mayor Randy Henderson and attending community. 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 supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by UNIT A, 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, Mermaid Garden Cafe, Black Tie Tuxedos, Hampton Inn Suites, Twisted Vine Bistro, Market Earth, Riverside Realty, Blu Sushi, Riverside Realty, Douglas E. Spiegel. P.A., Crave Culinaire by Brian Roland, Chico’s FAS, Capone’s Pizza, Higginson Tax & Accounting and Florida SouthWestern State College, UBS Wealth Management, Kearns Restaurant Group, Advance Solar Pro and Neuropsychiatric Research Center of SWFL.
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.
For more information go to www.fortmyersfilmfestival.com or join www.facebook.com/fortmyersfilmfestival for updates and events.
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: 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.
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.
MONDAY NIGHTS are always fun with indie show you can see how judges rate films in consideration. Admission is $10, but FREE with your VIP year pass. Doors open every first Monday night of the month at the center starting at 6:30 p.m. with the show starting at 7 p.m. from July 2017-February 2018. The Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center is located in downtown Fort Myers at 2301 First Street. Join us for dinner and drinks at Ford's Garage prior to the event. Then join us at the afterparty, if you wish, at Twisted Vine for late night happy hour on the patio every first Monday of the month.
ALL ACCESS Platinum CINEAST PASSes will be provided opening night at the Barbara B. Mann Performing ARTS HALL or available to be mailed upon request. VIP pass is non-redeemable, non-refundable with no monetary value.