In The News


The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices. Although we are one of nearly 850 film festivals in North America, we continually rank in the top ten percent. Your membership with SFF is an easy, affordable way to help us stay at the forefront and support independent filmmaking year-round. Your support will help us celebrate international artists, storytellers and enrich Sarasota's cultural landscape.


SFF named in 'Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World'

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"Having just wrapped its 20th year, Sarasota Film Festival is a standout in the regional festival game, luring celebrities and locals alike to its home turf south of Tampa. With panels covering topics as diverse as “Sports in Cinema,” “Women’s Comedic Voices,” and “Redefining Manhood,” SFF takes on the issues facing moviemakers today, unafraid to dive into the nitty gritty and hyper-specific. And if “wisdom is with the aged”—as some ancient proverb surely must go—then moviemakers should delight that “older audiences turn out in droves,” notes a panelist."

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SFF 2018

Our 2018 festival was successful because of our wonderful community. Thanks to SCF students who put together this lovely recap of our 2018 festival season! See if you can find yourself!

SFF One of "5 Festivals You Must See This Year"

top 5 film festivalsTravelPulse named Sarasota Film Festival one of the "5 Festivals You Must See This Year"! We are honored to make this list along with our friends at the Tribeca and Austin Film Festivals. Our staff is hard at work preparing for another ten-day celebration of independent cinema in the beachy paradise that is Sarasota, Florida. Join us! March 31 - April 9, 2017. 

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On The Reel

SFF "In Conversation With Rosanna Arquette 2017

The 19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival presents a conversation with actor Rosanna Arquette.

SFF - At Lunch With Rory Kennedy 2017

This community conversation with film legend Rory Kennedy took place at the Sarasota Yacht Club on Friday, March 31st. The event was a part of the 19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival.

SFF "In Conversation with" Rosie Perez

The 2016 Volunteer Video

This video was made to honor our dedicated and generous volunteers, and capture the action that goes into producing our Festival. There is no way to overstate the passion and efforts of the people who bring SFF to life each year. Volunteers - THANK YOU! We are humbled each year by the time you donate to our mission! We hope you enjoy this video which can only partially highlight all the fun we had in 2016.

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