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When is the 2017 Sarasota Film Festival?

The 19th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will run March 31st - April 9th, 2017.

How do I find out about the films, events, and parties?

It's all in the Guide!! Our Film Guide is available online, at various businesses around town, and at our Box Office. If you don't want to download a digital version, and haven't yet stumbled upon one at one of our partner businesses, then you can grab one at our pop-up Box Office in the lobby of the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater, 1993 Main St. in downtown Sarasota. VIEW THE DIGITAL VERSION HERE.

How much do film tickets cost?

Some of our special screenings have special prices, but in general:
$15 - General public
$11 - SFF Members Click here to learn more about becoming a member. 
$10 - Students, Educators, and School Administrators (with valid ID)

Children 12 and under may attend all SFF youthFEST films for FREE. However, tickets are required and may be obtained at the SFF Box Office. 

Where are film screenings and events held?

Films are shown at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater (1993 Main St., Sarasota). Opening Night and Closing Night films are shown at the Sarasota Opera House. Our panels and "In Conversation With" series take place at the Florida Studio Theater, unless an exception is noted. Events are held at a variety of venues, such as the the Sarasota Yacht Club, Beulah Restaurant, J.D. Hamel Park, and other locations to be listed alongside each event in the 2017 Film Guide. 

How do I purchase tickets to films and events?

The Sarasota Film Festival Box Office will open to the public on March 17, 2017. SFF Members will be able to purchase tickets in advance during Member Days. After March 17, you may purchase tickets online by CLICKING HERE or visit our Box Office, located in the lobby of the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater (1993 Main St., Sarasota). You may also call (941) 366-6200 or toll free at 1-866-575-FILM. Gift Certficates are available for purchase year-round, by CLICKING HERE. Memberships are available for purchase year-round, by CLICKING HERE.

What are the Box Office hours?

After March 17, the Sarasota Film Festival Box Office will be open 12 p.m. to  7 p.m. daily. The Box Office will be closed Easter Sunday. During the festival, the Box Office will open 1 hour prior to the first screening of the day and will close 30 minutes after the last screening of the day begins.

What if there's a film I want to see and tickets are not available?

For films with limited space, we have a cash-only STANDBY line. On a first-in-line basis, patrons in the STANDBY line may be able to purchase seats that are open moments before the film begins.

Where should I stay when visiting The Sarasota Film Festival?

Visit our Plan Your Visit section for special offers from our partner airport and hotels.

How do I submit my film to the next Sarasota Film Festival?

2017 Sarasota Film Festival submissions are now closed. Submissions for the 2018 Festival will open on September 1, 2017. Please check back with us then for more details! 

Does SFF offer any education programs? For adults, too?

The SFF Education department offers a variety of in-classroom and out-of-classroom education programs, for students from elementary school through adulthood, at no cost. To learn more about our year-round education and outreach initiatives, visit the "Community" section of our website. 

Can I volunteer at the Sarasota Film Festival? Can I earn service hours?

Absolutely! Our volunteer work force is key to the success of our festival, and since we are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, you can earn service hours for your school. Find out more information about volunteering by CLICKING HERE.

I want to help SFF, but I don't have time to volunteer. What can I do?

You can help SFF continue and expand its programming year-round by becoming an SFF Member, or make a tax-deductable donation to The Sarasota Film Festival, Inc. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information about donating to our mission.

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