The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging indepedent voices. Although we are one of nearly 850 film festivals in North America, we continually rank in the top ten. 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 artist and storytellers and enrich Sarsota's cultural landscape.
MovieMaker Magazine named SFF one of the Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals in the World. Here's what they had to say about us:
"One of a couple "regional" exemplars on our list, SFF pairs a sharp selection of new indies with throwbacks to classic Hollywood, like this spring's guests Olympia Dukakis and Sophia Loren (and if it's cool enough for Sophia, it's cool enough for us). Programs also feature partnerships with non-profit Through Women's Eyes, wihch presents female-driven films at SFF, as well as the LGBT-centered Harvey Milk Festival. Overall, SFF is "extremely accomodating," says a panelist, who fondly remembers "a massive luncheon focusing on women filmmakers - we shared our experiences with one another and talked about our 'secrets.'"
SFF has collaborated 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. The Veterans Filmmaking Academy is an opportunity for 6-10 local veterans to learn about documentary filmmaking and work with industry professionals. The course instructor and veteran students will create, direct and produce a short documentary to world premiere at the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival. Find out more about this project here.
Our 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!