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Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BLACKFISH will open the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival with a screening at The Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on Friday, April 5th.

Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA will screen as the Closing Night film on April 13th at The Sarasota Opera House.

James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW and Barbara Kopple’s RUNNING FROM CRAZY serve as the festival's Centerpiece Films.

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The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) also announced their new Spotlight series, featuring Carlos Puga’s BURMA starring Christopher Abbott and Gaby Hoffman, Justin Schwarz’s THE DISCOVERERS starring Griffin Dunne, and the World Premiere of Will Slocombe’s PASADENA, starring Peter Bogdanovich and Cheryl Hines.

The SFF will be hosting their annual Tribute Luncheon at the Sarasota Yacht Club on Friday, April 12th at 11:00 AM, with Mariel Hemingway set to receive the festival’s third annual Impact Award, honoring women in the film industry for their off-screen impact. Ms. Hemingway will receive the award for her advocacy on the issue of suicide prevention. This award is co-presented by the Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women.

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Actress Lili Taylor will be receiving the festival’s Career Achievement in Acting Award, and will attend the festival with the North American Premiere of Tom Gilroy's THE COLD LANDS, playing in the festival’s Narrative Feature Competition. Two-time Academy Award winning filmmaker Barbara Kopple will be receiving the festival’s Director’s Award, and the festival’s Achievement in Acting Award will go to Griffin Dunne for his performance in THE DISCOVERERS. The festival’s World Cinema Award will be given to the Canadian actress Suzanne Clément for her performance in Xavier Dolan’s film LAURENCE ANYWAYS, which will also be playing in festival’s the Narrative Feature Competition.

The SFF also announced the participants in their annual Conversation Series, one of the festival’s most popular programs. Each Conversation, presented live on stage, is a unique opportunity to hear the brightest names in cinema discuss their careers and their craft. This year’s lineup features RUNNING FROM CRAZY star Mariel Hemingway on Thursday, April 11th, THE COLD LANDS star Lili Taylor on April 12th, THE DISCOVERERS star Griffin Dunne on April 13th, with PASADENA star Peter Bogdanovich closing out the series on April 14th. 


In addition to announcing their 2013 tentpole films and attending talent, The Sarasota Film Festival today announced that its Independent Visions Award will be presented by Factory 25, heralding a new partnership with Brooklyn-based film distributor. The winner of this prestigious award will also be presented with an unprecedented distribution offer from Factory 25.

The 2013 Independent Visions Competition lineup will be announced on March 13th, along with the remainder of the SFF program.

Past films from the Sarasota lineup that have gone on to find a home at Factory 25 include Onur Tukel's RICHARD'S WEDDING (World Premiere, 2012), Amy Seimetz's SUN DON'T SHINE (2012), Brian M. Cassidy & Melanie Shatzsky's FRANCINE (2012), Alex Ross Perry's THE COLOR WHEEL (World Premiere, 2011), Robert Greene's FAKE IT SO REAL (World Premiere, 2011), Calvin Lee Reeder's THE OREGONIAN (2011), Rick Alverson's NEW JERUSALEM (2011), Kevin Barker's FAMILY JAMS (2010), Jody Lee Lipes and Henry Joost's NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ (2010), Jody Lee Lipes BROCK ENRIGHT: GOOD TIMES WILL NEVER BE THE SAME (2010) and Ry Russo-Young's YOU WON'T MISS ME (2009).

"I've considered Sarasota Film Festival one of the top U.S. festivals for years," said Factory 25 founder Matt Grady. "They consistently curate some of the most progressive, engaging, and polarizing indie films for their audience. Partnering with the SFF to give out this award just makes sense."

"Once again, the generosity of our filmmakers and the film community has allowed us to assemble a program of which we are very proud," said Sarasota Film Festival Director Tom Hall. "I am particularly excited to be welcoming Factory 25 as a partner. Their commitment to presenting the work of adventurous, independent artists in a compelling way is a true example for our industry."

“As a leader in the cultural life of our community, The Sarasota Film Festival once again looks forward to introducing Sarasota to a new group of superlative films and artists,” says Sarasota Film Festival Board President Mark Famiglio. “Our festival continues to thrive in no small part because of the support of our patrons and sponsors, and I know they share our excitement for this year’s event. ”

Factory 25 is an independent film distribution company launched in 2009. Factory 25 is a home for conceptually provocative narratives and documentaries. Founder Matt Grady’s mission is to deliver specialized film and music titles in an aesthetically captivating way while exposing the indie world to under-the-radar films, music, and other curiosities theatrically, digitally, on TV, VOD, via subscription, limited edition DVDs with vinyl LPs and books. Recent titles include FROWNLAND, THE COLOR WHEEL, SUN DON'T SHINE and FAKE IT SO REAL. Factory 25 headquarters are in Brooklyn, New York. CLICK HERE TO VISIT THEIR WEBSITE.

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 180 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 15th year, we're proud to bring the best new and veteran independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community.



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