All selected scripts will receive VIP badges to the Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival and have the opportunity to have your script read by industry professionals. In addition

The Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival is proud to present the Annual Fort Myers Baech Screenplay competition.

The Annual Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival is a celebration of independent film that includes a sunset cruise on the Gulf of Mexico, film screenings, filmmakers' panels, and filmmakers' workshops, after‑parties, and an awards ceremony. In addition to all the amazing events, we host live readings of the selected screenplays.

The festival attracting independent film fans, filmmakers, and distributors and invites them to spend five fabulous days and nights on the Gulf beaches of Fort Myers Beach, Florida. Attendees come from all over the world to exchange ideas, make new contacts, and enjoy some compelling and interesting films encompassing a wide range of tastes.

Selected writers receive two VIP passes to the entire 2021 Film Festival.

Each screenplay submitted will be read and reviewed by a committee of judges. Those judges will select screenplays for the film festival.

Upon the completion of the festival and during the awards, the judges will select four winners. The best short screenplay, best feature screenplay, and best Florida screenplay

Best Feature Screenplay
Best Short Screenplay
Best Florida Screenplay


1. The Fort Myers Beach International Film Festival Screenplay competition entry Fees are non-refundable.

2. All scripts must be in English.

3. If you are submitting more than one entry, a separate submission is required for each screenplay.

4. The Festival disavows any responsibility for, and will not be held responsible for, any failure to contact the Applicant using the contact information provided in FilmFreeway. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to ensure that the contact information provided in FilmFreeway is correct through the end of the Festival period.

5. The Festival will attempt, but is under no obligation, to view a submission that arrives after the designated deadline without refund of the submission fee.

6. The Festival reserves the right to disqualify any script for non-payment of the submission fee. The Festival will attempt to contact the applicant with the information on the application form to resolve the non-payment status but is under no obligation to do so.

7. The Festival is under no obligation to, and does not, provide comments or feedback regarding the submitted script to the Applicant or any other representative of the submitted Film. The Festival will not be held responsible or liable for the contents of any internal comments or feedback regarding any submitted Film obtained by the Applicant or any other representative of the submitted film or any third party.

8. It is the sole responsibility of the Applicant to secure clearance from the copyright holders of any copyrighted materials included within the submitted screenplay. The FMBI Film Fest will not be held responsible for the unauthorized inclusion of any copyrighted materials within or relating to the submitted screenplay. The festival reserves the right to disqualify, without refund of any or all submission fees previously collected from the Applicant, any script with any unauthorized inclusion of copyrighted materials.

9. Screenwriters accepted and attending the Festival are responsible for travel, lodging, and all other expenses. However, the festival may provide discount rates for lodging if possible.

10. Selected screenwriters will be invited to join the festival and will receive 2 VIP Badges to the festival.

11. Selected screenplays will have the option to have a scene from the script read in front of a live audience by professional actors.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS for screenwriters submitting to FMIB Film Festival

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By clicking "I Agree" below, I constitute my full and complete acceptance of the terms hereof. I acknowledge that no oral representations of any kind have been made by the Festival.

Overall Rating
  • Submitted in 2020, selected for 2021, and was told I'd be part of the programming in 2022. But now they are accepting submissions (and fees) for 2023, and there was never any update about my script whatsoever. Nothing, despite several attempts to get in touch.

    This is the same team that runs the Red Flight Pictures Screenplay Awards. I was selected for that with something else a few years ago. I resorted to digging up those old emails when trying to get a response for this. Didn’t help. I now have doubts about that one.

    Yes, covid happened, and festivals everywhere had to scramble. But I think two and a half years is plenty of time to respond to emails.

    I hate to leave a bad review, and if you look at my profile, you'll see I almost never do. But communication really has to become a non-negotiable expectation here. If you left a good review below—and you actually attended—then I celebrate that for you and hope it went really, really well and that all sorts of amazing things happen for you. I don’t want them to be a scam, because that wouldn’t be good news for any of us.

    But I honestly have no confidence in them at all—and they’ve selected my stuff twice. If you have to budget your submission fees, stay away from this one for sure. It's so not worth it.

    September 2022
    Response from festival:

    Hi Brian,

    We are so sorry to hear about your experience with us. COVID was definitely a challenge for many festivals. Our programming team responded to your email on March 5th. We were so sorry that if that didn’t make it to you. We are learning that communication sent from filmfreeway sometimes lands in spam folders. Apologies if that was the case for you. As you can see from our previous reviews (and our reviews on the film festival listing) we take communication very seriously.

    As for the Red Flights Pictures screenplay awards, they are two very different teams with very different judges. Although Red Flights Pictures is one of our sponsors and programs the film festival side for us. We encourage you take a look at those reviews as well and hopefully you can understand that we do take everyones experience very seriously and we are so sad to see that we missed the mark here.

    Thank you so much for sharing and we do hope we get another chance in the future.

  • Really fantastic festival! Quality films, truly helpful workshops, and run by great people. I LOVED the whole event and will definitely be back!

    May 2022
  • Sorry I could not be there to enjoy what looked like a really successful festival. Thank you for selecting my short screenplay!

    May 2022
  • Arms open wide for this endearing film festival run by a group of caring and loving filmmakers inside a pink theatre oozing with charm. And with a cherry on top expect a whole lot of extras in the mix of things: Wonderful lunches. Sweet great and meets. Tiki parties. Beach walks.

    May 2022
  • Bryan Huynh

    So thrilled to be part of this terrific festival. Thank you for the selection of the short script "YESTERDAY NEVER ENDED".

    May 2022