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For nearly two decades, the Sarasota Film Festival has maintained its position as one of the leading tastemakers and trailblazers of the global film community, while advancing Sarasota’s own legacy of excellence in the arts and education. Each year, we welcome an unprecedented volume and diversity of cinema (over 250 films last year), as well as some of the most acclaimed and burgeoning actors, directors, screenwriters, and musicians of our time.


Moonlight Movies

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Join us for FREE family-friendly movies under the stars on our beautiful Sarasota County beaches and parks. Bring your beach chairs and blankets, and we’ll bring the fun. Who needs a red carpet when you have the best beaches in the world!

The Sarasota Film Festival's Moonlight Movies have returned for the 2016-17 season. All of these gatherings are free and open to the public, thanks to our generous sponsors. Films begin at sunset, unless specific time is indicated. Don't forget to bring your own chairs! Be sure to follow our Facebook page for any important changes or updates.

Volunteer Spotlight: Tommy Vu

tommy vuOur Volunteer coordinator Marlene Baldeweg-Rau writes a special feature on Volunteers every other week. This week, our Volunteer Spotlight is on Tommy Vu! Find out more about him in the article here. Volunteers like him are an essential part of SFF of what makes our festival so great, and we are proud to have them on our team!

Veterans Filmmaking Academy

vfa banner     SFF is continuing its community outreach by joining forces with Project Rebirth to bring a unique filmmaking project to Sarasota. One of Project Rebirth’s programs, Project Cohort, works with post-9/11 veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq. SFF and Project Cohort will work together to teach six to 10 local veterans about documentary filmmaking. Working with industry professionals, the course instructor and veteran students will create, direct and produce a short documentary that will world premiere at the 2017 film festival.  Find out more about this project here.
SFF to present Sophia Loren with Legend Award

SFF to present Sophia Loren with Legend Award

In the eighteen-year history of the Sarasota Film Festival, we have been fortunate to welcome some of the greatest actors and directors in film history to our beautiful city.
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On The Reel


Sponseller 2016 Festival Wrap-Up

Here is What's Up recap of the 2016 Sarasota Film Festival MySFF. It's short, sweet, to the point and a tease to make you want more! If you didn't see any films, celebrities or attend any of the conversations, parties or even karaoke don't let that happen ever again. You should have been there!! What's Up would like to thank The Sarasota Film Festival board members, the staff, volunteers and the film makers that took time to come to our fabulous city! We love you Sarasota!

The 2016 Volunteer Video

This Video was made to honor the many dedicated and generous volunteers that we are so lucky to have here at SFF. This film features a lot of the action at last year's 2016 Festival. There is no way to understate the effort and passion we continue to see in of all the people who graciously donate their time to our cause. Volunteers, We hope you enjoy this video which can only partially highlight all the fun we captured in 2016. We hope there are many great festivals to come! Thank you so much!

Thank You Volunteers!

This video is a tribute to the dedicated volunteers of Sarasota Film Festival. We couldn't do it without you! Every year, hundreds of Volunteers help SFF achieve their mission, which is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international Film Festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community. We are so grateful to the volunteers who have given of their time to help make the Sarasota Film Festival happens every single year. We extend the warmest thanks for your incredible service!

SFF Preview on Suncoast View!

Sarasota Film Festival President Mark Familigio and Creative Producer Michael Dunaway discuss the upcoming festival on Suncoast View. 

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