The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is recognized as a world-class platform for thought-provoking films from some of the best known and emerging independent voices. Although we are one of nearly 850 film festivals in North America, we continually rank in the top ten percent. 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 artists, storytellers and enrich Sarasota'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.'"
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 how Tommy found out Festival, here. Volunteers are essential to the success of SFF and part of what makes our Festival so much fun. We are proud to have Tommy on our team!
TravelPulse named Sarasota Film Festival one of the "5 Festivals You Must See This Year"! We are honored to make this list along with our friends at the Tribeca and Austin Film Festivals. Our staff is hard at work preparing for another ten-day celebration of independent cinema in the beachy paradise that is Sarasota, Florida. Join us! March 31 - April 9, 2017.