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2017 SFF Audience Award Winners

You came, you saw, you voted - and the results are in! Congratulations to the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival Audience Award winners.

 

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Best Documentary Feature

Winner - ABACUS: SMALL ENOUGH TO JAIL

2. CITY OF GHOSTS (Finalist)

3. THE UNIVERSITY (Finalist)   //   DEALT (Finalist)

 

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Best in World Cinema

Winner - LAST MEN IN ALEPPO

2. MISSION CONTROL: THE UNSUNG HEROES OF APOLLO (Finalist)

3. THE WOUND (Finalist)

 

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Best Narrative Feature

Winner - LIKE CRAZY

2. WALKING OUT (Finalist)

3. I, DANIEL BLAKE (Finalist)

 

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Best Short Film

Winner - BON VOYAGE

2. ELIAS' STAND (Finalist)

3. HEADS TOGETHER (Finalist)

 


'Directors To Watch' At SFF

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The Sarasota Film Festival is proud to be showing three films from the New York Times' & New Directors New Films list of "The Top 9 Directors You Need To Watch." Make to catch Elizabeth Hittman's "Beach Rats," which will be playing in our Narrative Competition. Also, Yuri Ancarani's "The Challenge" will be shown in our Documentary Competition. And Deepak Rauniyar's "White Sun" will be shown in the main slate.

Tickets are available now to these films online and at the Box Office in Hollywood 20.

To view the full New York Times article, click here.


Volunteer Spotlight: John Mitsch

john mitsch(SFF Volunteer, John Mitsch, on his way to pick up talent.)

Every filmmaker, talent, jury member, director or producer will be picked up from the airport by one of our Transportation Volunteers. For over 10 years, John Mitsch has shown up to the airport wearing his black Sarasota Film Festival polo and his long hair in a ponytail, ready to greet SFF guests with his huge grin and his blue, warm eyes. Thank you John for your many years of commitment.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Barry Kwartnik

barry screenshot(SFF Volunteers, Michael Mayers and Barry Kwartnik, preparing to set up an SFF event.)

During the Sarasota Film Festival, you might catch Barry Kwartnik wearing his SFF Volunteer shirt and Smiths sunglasses, riding through downtown Sarasota on his Orbea bike. Depending on his mood, Black Tongue, Infant Annihilator, Meshuggah or Tony Danza Tapdance Extravaganza music will be blaring out of his speakers. Volunteering with us since 2013, Barry is one of the key players in setting up and executing our well known events. We are grateful for Barry’s dedication, muscle and excellent taste in music.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Gibby Free

Screen Shot 2017 02 14 at 4.33.26 PMLast year, Gibby Free and her little brother Renton came into the SFF offices to volunteer. They volunteered in the Hollywood 20 in the Theater department and were amazing. I recently received an email from Gibby.

Hi Marlene,

Long time no talk! I was just emailing to let you know that I was just accepted into my dream school: Northeastern University, with a Dean's Scholarship. I'm going to be moving up to Boston during the fall of 2017, and I'm beyond excited. The reason why I'm telling you this is because...I actually wrote my essay about the Sarasota Film Festival...

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