tropicaleThe Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 16th year of celebrating the art of filmmaking while providing engaging community programs. We invite you to join us to experience the best of independent film from new and veteran filmmakers on the No. 1 beach in the world.



We emphasize the best in new cinema alongside exciting repertory work with more than 180 choices each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. During the Festival, films run from 10 a.m. to midnight daily at Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20 on Main Street in downtown Sarasota.

Our 2014 Film Guide will be available online and in print in March 2014! You can sign up for our newsletter or become a member today for discounts and priority ticketing access.



Make time in your busy viewing schedule for events the Sarasota Film Festival is known for, including red carpet soirees like the Opening Night Film and Party or the bayfront Cinema Tropicale Celebration. We welcome celebrity guests, film lovers, and local filmmakers alike with the best in dining, entertainment and spectacular settings. Our Conversation Series features intimate discussions throughout the week with accomplished stars, writers and directors, offering a considered look inside their art while our annual Closing Night Film with Filmmaker Tribute Awards closes out the Festival in grand style at the Sarasota Opera House. Which to choose? Click here to learn more about the events, or pick up a Cinephile Pass and enjoy them all!



In addition to providing stellar films and events, we are also committed to giving area kids access to the art of filmmaking at no cost to them or their families. Our Education Department works with local students year round, teaching them how to write, direct, shoot, and evaluate films, empowering them with critical thinking skills and the tools to express themselves. Click here to learn more about these programs including free kid-friendly “youthFEST” screenings during the Festival. We also partner with numerous community organizations on special events each year. Click here to meet our 2013 community partners.  


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Sarasota Film Festival
April 4-13, 2014

Box Office: 941.366.6200
Main Office: 941.364.9514
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, FL 34236

Our Mission

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.


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