Special Events

Opening Night Film: CLASS RANK

Academia, suburbia, romance, and politics face off in this wry, smart, and warm comedy directed by Eric Stoltz (Mask, Pulp Fiction). Faced with unexpected road blocks en route to their next steps in life, two New Jersey high school outsiders, Veronica Krauss (Olivia Holt) and Bernard Flannigan (Skyler Gisondo), team up to fight the system from within – and scheme their way to their dreams. Veronica is a straight-A, Type-A personality, like her affectionate TV producer mom (Kristin Chenoweth), and is aiming to go to Yale; Bernard is running for a seat on the local board of education and fighting minor neighborhood offenses, all while caring for his young-at-heart widowed grandfather (Bruce Dern) and balancing social awkwardness with social responsibility. Together, Veronica and Bernard have the right stuff to achieve their goals. But as college, and Bernard’s grass-roots campaign, come into focus, will the kids be blinded by love and ambition? Produced by Sandy Stern and Shaun Sanghani.

All project participants will receive an invitation and a free ticket to the red carpet premiere. Discussion to follow the screening with Project leader Carrie Seidman and participants of the project.


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Opening Night Block Party

SFFXX Opening Night Block Party: Come and celebrate the inaugural party of our 20th Anniversary Season! We invite you to celebrate with us alongside old friends and Hollywood’s finest in the picturesque Selby Five Points Park. Behold live art being created in front of your eyes, boogie down next to the stage, or relax in your private VIP cabana complete with bottle service and seating for up to six! Sip on signature cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Stella or Stella Cidre and let the sleek yet intense grooves of Tangina Stone and DJ Whitney pull you into the party to finish it off with a soulful punch right in the ole Deltas from Seratones. Party starts at 9:00 PM



Out of This World 20th Anniversary Celebration

The 20th Anniversary Out of this World Celebration: an interdimensional party through the ages! Full Moon Promotions and Sarasota Film Festival join forces to bring you classic, modern and futuristic all in one party you will need to see to believe. Start your evening with the VIP Sunset Soiree on Art Ovation Hotel’s rooftop pool lounge. Topping it off with a satisfying “clink” of the signature cocktail toast as the sun bids Sarasota farwell and a wondrous night. Find old friends on the dance floor and transport back to the creative force inspiring many fellow Athens legends, Pylon Reenactment Society. VIP Sunset Soiree starts at 6:00 PM Party starts at 8:00 PM



Closing Day Film: LOVE MEANS ZERO

Nick Bollettieri may be the Machiavellian prince of tennis coaching, but you can’t argue with the man’s proven results. Having sculpted the techniques and launched the careers of tennis greats such as Venus and Serena Williams, Mary Pierce, Anna Kournikova, Jim Courier, Monica Seles, and André Agassi; Bollettieri has attracted equal parts fame and infamy over the last four decades of his unparalleled career. Featuring extensive primary-source footage, LOVE MEANS ZERO presents an intimate look at Bollettieri’s legacy, and fearlessly pursues the honest truth of the man behind the myth.




As NASA celebrates its 60th anniversary, Discovery shines a spotlight on the historic institution taking us to the moon, to the surface of Mars, to the outer edge of our solar system, and beyond. Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Rory Kennedy, ABOVE AND BEYOND: NASA’S JOURNEY TO TOMORROW examines the extraordinary ways NASA has changed not only our vision of the universe but also our planet and ourselves. But more than a moving portrait of NASA’s many accomplishments in space, the film also sheds light on the agency’s lesser-known area of focus: the vital role NASA has played in measuring the health of our home planet. However far NASA may travel, its gaze has always returned to Earth—monitoring our seas and skies, our ice and sands—in an ongoing struggle to meet today’s great challenge—protecting our planet. Director Rory Kennedy and Producer Mark Bailey in attendance.



Chill Under the Stars

SFF Partners with Chillounge Night to bring you the "Chill Under the Stars" Closing Night Party. Selby Five Points Park will transform into the ultimate outdoor lounge. Brazilian Samba Parade - a unique fashion show - live bands and more! Chillounge will create "A Night to Remember" for all attendees. The combination of great entertainment, subtle lighting, 2 semi-trucks of chic outdoor furniture, and outstanding service staff creates the “Ultimate cool outdoor lounge experience". A variety of food and beverage options ensures the full conversion into a relaxed environment and sets this annual event night apart from other social gathering entertainment events.

Call Rainer Scheer to arrange reserved seating: (941) 448-0995

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