The Fort Myers Film Festival’s 13th annual festival will be held in the sunny, beautiful SW Florida region May 17-21, 2023 at the Sidney & Berne Davis Art Center, Alliance for the Arts, Broadway Palm Dinner Theatre, Edison & Ford Winter Estates, and IMAG with parties and dinners at Blu Sushi and other select venues downtown. 

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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 or join for updates and events.

The Fort Myers Film Festival supports Lee County Schools filmmakers, Raddatz Foundation and Golisano’s Children’s Hospital. Sponsored by UNIT A, Florida Weekly, UNIT A, Marcus Jansen Foundation, J. Bert Davis M.D., F.A.C.S, Facial Surgeon, Black Tie Tuxedos, Luminary Hotel, Market Earth, Riverside Realty, Blu Sushi, Starbucks, Capone’s Pizza, and Kearns Restaurant Group.

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.

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TERMS AND CONDITIONS for filmmakers submitting to FMFF

1. I, the representative of the film being submitted (the "Film"),
acknowledge and agree as follows in connection with the film submitted for consideration for the Fort Myers Film Festival (the "Festival"):
2. I hereby represent and warrant to the Festival that (a) I am duly
authorized, on my own behalf and on behalf of all other persons or
entities who have any ownership rights in the Film, to exhibit this
Film at the Festival, (b) this exhibition will not violate any law or
any right or consent of any person or entity and (c) the Film is not
subject to litigation nor is it threatened by any litigation.
3. I further represent and warrant that, to the best of my knowledge,
the exhibition of the Film at the Festival will not violate or infringe
any copyright, patent, privacy right, publicity right, trademark,
service mark or any other personal or property right of any person or
entity and that my Film does not constitute a defamation of any person
or entity. I have paid and will pay in full all license fees, clearance
fees, and other obligations, of any kind, arising from the exhibition
of the Film in connection with the Festival.
4. If accepted, I acknowledge that the exploitation of the Film does
not create any confidential or fiduciary relationship between the
Festival and I. I understand that I will not receive any compensation
for such exploitation, although some prizes at the Festival may include
cash awards. I acknowledge that no obligation of any kind is assumed by or may be implied against the Festival because of the Festival's selection of the Film. I understand and acknowledge that the selection of my Film by the Festival does not in any way constitute an express or implied endorsement or approval by the Festival or any opinion expressed therein.
5. I agree to indemnify and hold harmless the Festival with any affiliate, subsidiary and parent entities and the officers, directors, employees, attorneys, creative advisers and
agents of each of the foregoing from and against any and all claims,
losses, or liabilities (including reasonable attorneys' fees) that may
be asserted against any of the foregoing or incurred by any of the
foregoing at any time in connection with the Film or the Festival's use
thereof, and/or arising from any breach or alleged breach of any
representation made by me to FMFF.
6. I represent that I am 18 years of age or older, or that if I am
younger than the legal age to enter into contracts in my state, I have
provided a written consent from my parent or legal guardian. I agree
that any controversy arising out of or in connection with my Film and
the Festival will be governed by the internal laws of the State of
Florida and conclusively determined by arbitration in the City of
Fort Myers in accordance with the rules of the American Arbitration
Association before a single arbitrator mutually agreed by the parties.
I hereby waive any and all rights and benefits which I might otherwise
have or be entitled to litigate any such dispute in court, including
without limitation a trial by jury.
7. If accepted, I hereby grant without reservations, to the Festival, and their related entities (a) the right to use footage, stills and/or titles or the film in its entirety and information from the Film for
promotional, public prescreening, without recourse to the owner, producer,director, or any other party asserting ownership rights of the submitted film and (b) the right to issue and authorize publicity concerning the filmmakers and the Film and to use all associated names, likenesses and biographical information. I also agree to provide contact information for the director and producer(s) of the Film and grant the Festival the right to provide this information to film industry organizations sponsoring Festival events at its discretion.
8. If and when accepted I will not withdraw my submission for any purposes.
9. 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
  • Marchelle Thurman

    Absolutely loved this festival! We had the honor of attending and our film Black White and the Greys ended up winning Best Feature, which was just icing on the cake.

    From the very beginning you could tell that this festival really cares about filmmakers. There were events every night and it was wonderful to meet so many talented filmmakers. It was also wonderful to meet the creative community in Fort Myers. It made us feel like we were part of a family and that was really amazing.

    We loved seeing the variety of films every day and were impressed with the level of talent. This is a festival we would love to attend in the future, and we would definitely recommend to other filmmakers.

    May 2023
  • Thank you very much for everything

    May 2023
  • I had such an amazing time. Amazing films and the Film Festival makes you feel like family. Was so excited to see my film play there and see the community come out and support the Film Festival.

    May 2023
  • We are sill smiling from our great festival experience at Fort Myers Film Festival. From beginning to end, it was so warm, inviting and filmmaker centered. Eric and his entire staff (especially Leslie) were just amazing - welcoming us all, introducing all the filmmakers and encouraging lots of synergy and interactions leading to real friendships. The setting was gorgeous - with parties on rooftops and over looking the water - filmmaker panels, great films, and late nights talking about film. What could be better? I am so grateful .

    May 2023
  • Eric and Leslie run a fantastic fest. Fort Myers is a fun place for a visit. Great programming, fun parties and I met some really cool people! Thumbs up!

    May 2023