• Education Update

    Education Update

    The Education Department at the festival has taken leaps forward in making sure that film education is growing in the county.

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    Become a Member!

    Our annual memberships are the building blocks of all of these great programs, and we invite you to take a look at our special offerings for this coming festival year.

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    2016 CAMPAIGN IMAGE UNVEILED

    SFF partners with Ringling College of Art and Design students for 2016 campaign poster.

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SFF Membership

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.

Education Update

Education Update

Art is everywhere. At the Sarasota Film Festival we are dedicated to shedding light on art from across the globe with the local community through movies and events that celebrate entertainment through film

Get Involved! Volunteer!

Get Involved! Volunteer!

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.

Become a Member!

Become a Member!

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.

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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!

Phantom Halo SFF 2015 Interview

Brothers Samuel and Beckett Emerson are barely scraping by. Their father, Warren, continues to gamble and drink away any money they bring home. With all the havoc that is constantly going on in their lives, the family members each find solace in his own way, through Shakespeare, comic books and impossible love affairs. Beckett seizes the opportunity to make some easy money by counterfeiting in hopes of repaying his father’s debts. When Beckett’s plan goes awry, the family must decide to change their ways or pay the ultimate price. Don’t miss the scene-stealing supporting role by Rebecca Romijn.

Paradise Garden SFF 2015 Interview

Howard Finster, the grandfather of the Southern Folk Art movement, was a pioneer that showed the world that Art can thrive outside of museums and galleries, in ordinary places and in everyday objects. He took what others might deem trash and turned it into something contemplative. He opened Paradise Garden for the world to enjoy, a true testament that Art comes to life when people are able to interact with it.

Car Dogs SFF Interview

Malcolm is a brilliant, callous businessman who is a vicious, overbearing father. His son Mark is the sales manager at Chamberlain Auto, the dealership that promises to do “Whatever It Takes” to put you in a new car. But on a scorching hot Saturday in the middle of the Phoenix summer, Mark has a chance to get his own dealership – and out form under the thumb of his father. At turn hilarious, gripping, and moving, it’s a film with something for everyone

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