Sarasota Film Festival

NAME OF FESTIVAL: Sarasota Film Festival
SINCE: 1999
WHERE: Sarasota, FL
WEBSITE: www.sarasotafilmfestival.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: 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.

WHITE GOD and WALKING UNDER WATER Win Top Awards at 2015 Sarasota Film Festival

WHITE GOD and WALKING UNDER WATER Win Top Awards at 2015 Sarasota Film Festival

Kornel Mundruczo’s Cannes award-winning White God (pictured above) took home the Narrative Feature Jury prize at the 2015 Sarasota Film Festival. Walking Under Water, directed by Eliza Kubarska, was the Documentary Jury Prize winner, with  Actors Blythe Danner, Jane Seymour and Rachel Weisz among this year’s festival attendees. Four special jury prizes were awarded; in the Narrative Feature Competition category, Radiator directed by Tom Browne took home two Special Jury Prizes, one for Excellence in Acting to Gemma Jones and one for Excellence in […]

Director Brett Haley’s I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott

TIME OUT OF MIND to Open and I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS to Close Sarasota Film Festival

Director Oren Moverman’s TIME OUT OF MIND, starring Richard Gere, Jena Malone, and Ben Vereen, will open the 17th Sarasota Film Festival on Friday, April 10th at 6:30PM at the Sarasota Opera House. Moverman will attend the festival and receive the Hearts and Minds of Independent Film Award. Director Brett Haley’s I’LL SEE YOU IN MY DREAMS, starring Blythe Danner, Martin Starr and Sam Elliott, will screen as the Closing Night film on Saturday, April 18th at 7:00PM at the […]

Narrative Centerpiece, his Sundance hit THE END OF THE TOUR starring Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel

Complete Film Lineup Announced for 2015 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival announced its full line-up, including its Narrative Feature Competition, Independent Visions Competition, Documentary Feature Competition, its Sundance/Gate Foundation Shorts, its Centerpiece and Spotlight films, and its Best of the Web Program for the 2015 Festival taking place  April 10th Through April 19th, 2015. Emmy Award and two-time Golden Globe Award-Winning British-American actress Jane Seymour (LIVE AND LET DIE,  “Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman”) will be in attendance to showcase Evangelos Giovanis and […]

“Ida,” “Happy Valley,” “Ping Pong Summer” Among Winners of 2014 Sarasota Film Festival

“Ida,” “Happy Valley,” “Ping Pong Summer” Among Winners of 2014 Sarasota Film Festival

 Thou Wast Mild and Lovely Thou Wast Mild and Lovely

The Polish drama Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, took the top narrative feature prize at the 2014 Sarasota Film Festival. Shot stunningly in black and white, IDA finds a novice nun coming face-to-face with her family’s past in 1960s Poland. In the documentary category, Happy Valley directed by Amir Bar-Lev won the documentary feature award.  In Hapy Valley, director Amir Bar-Lev explores the Jerry Sandusky controversy as it unfolded on the ground, as students, alumni and fans of the program rallied around legendary football coach Joe Paterno, who denied any role in the affair but who lost his job in the wake of the controversy.  The thriller Thou Wast Mild and Lovely directed by Josephine Decker won the Independent Vision Prize. Thou Wast Mild and Lovely follows a hired hand whose interactions with the father and daughter who hired him become awful in the most lovely of ways.

Director Rory Kennedy, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Radio Birds, Among Lineup of Stars and Guests Attending 2014 Sarasota Film Festival

Director Rory Kennedy, Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Radio Birds, Among Lineup of Stars and Guests Attending 2014 Sarasota Film Festival

 Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe, Rory Kennedy, RADIO BIRDS, 2014 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival, taking place April 4-13, 2014, announced today Richard Jenkins, star of John Slattery’s GOD’S POCKET, will attend the festival screening of the film at The Sarasota Opera House and participate in a Conversation with New York Magazine critic David Edelstein on Friday, April 11 at 3:00 PM at The Florida Studio Theatre’s Bowne’s Lab.

Richard Jenkins has appeared in over 100 films and television series, including his memorable role as Nathaniel Fischer on HBO’s beloved series SIX FEET UNDER and the 2008 SFF film THE VISITOR, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award® For Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.

Sarasota Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Opens With Rory Kennedy’s LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

Sarasota Film Festival Unveils 2014 Film Lineup; Opens With Rory Kennedy’s LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM

LAST DAYS IN VIETNAMLAST DAYS IN VIETNAM 

The Sarasota Film Festival, taking place April 4-13, 2014, announced today that Rory Kennedy’s new film LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM will open the 2014 Festival on Friday, April 4th, 2014. Charlie McDowell’s THE ONE I LOVE will screen as the Closing Night film on Saturday, April 12th, while John Slattery’s GOD’S POCKET and Andrew Rossi’s IVORY TOWER will serve as the festival’s Centerpiece Films. The Opening Night Film LAST DAYS IN VIETNAM will launch the festival’s ACTS OF VALOR program, examining the experience of American veterans from WW I to today. 

NOR’EASTER to Screen at the 2013 Sarasota International Film Festival

NOR’EASTER to Screen at the 2013 Sarasota International Film Festival

NOR’EASTER is screening this upcoming weekend at the 2013 Sarasota International Film Festival in Sarasota, Florida. NOR’EASTER was written and directed by Andrew Brotzman.

A young priest, Erik (David Call, TINY FURNITURE, Gossip Girl) serves as the lone Catholic authority on a small island off the coast of Maine. After a poorly attended mass, Erik is visited by Ellen Greene, the mother of Joshua, a child who has been missing for five years. Josh’s absence has pushed Ellen’s marriage to the breaking point, and though her husband strenuously objects, she and the priest decide to hold a symbolic funeral in an effort to move on.

Mickey Sumner, Cheryl Hines Among Stars Attending 2013 Sarasota Film Festival

Mickey Sumner, Cheryl Hines Among Stars Attending 2013 Sarasota Film Festival

Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner in Frances Ha

Sarasota, FL – Mickey Sumner will receive the Breakthrough Performer Award at the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival for her performance in the closing night film FRANCES HA.  The award will be presented at the annual Tribute Luncheon, Sarasota Yacht Club on Friday, April 12th. Ms. Sumner was seen most recently on stage in New York City opposite Carol Kane in the Atlantic Theater Company’s production of THE LYING LESSON. Ms. Sumner joins previously announced guests Suzanne Clément, Griffin Dunne, Mariel Hemingway, Barbara Kopple and Lili Taylor in receiving honors at the Tribute. Ms. Sumner will also introduce the festival’s screening of FRANCES HA on Saturday, April 13th at The Sarasota Opera House.

2013 Sarasota Film Festival to Honor Computer Chess and Screen Over 222 Films

2013 Sarasota Film Festival to Honor Computer Chess and Screen Over 222 Films

THE COLD LANDS

The 2013 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) announced their film lineup featuring over 222 films, including Tom Gilroy’s THE COLD LANDS (US Premiere), Jeremy Xido’s DEATH METAL ANGOLA (US Premiere), Nathan Silver’s SOFT IN THE HEAD (World Premiere), C&Y’s THE OXBOW CURE (World Premiere), and Gregory Collins’ A SONG STILL INSIDE (World Premiere). 

COMPUTER CHESS

The Festival will also award the 2013 Terry Porter Visionary Award, named in honor of longtime festival friend Terry Porter, to Andrew Bujalski’s COMPUTER CHESS. Previous winners include V/H/S (2012) and Todd Rohal’s THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM (2011).

As previously announced, the 2013 opens on April 5th with Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BLACKFISH, while Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA is the festival’s Closing Night film. James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW and Barbara Kopple’s RUNNING FROM CRAZY are the Centerpiece Films, with Carols Puga’s BURMA, Justin Schwarz’s THE DISCOVERERS and the World Premiere of Will Slocombe’s PASADENA are the SFF’s Spotlight Films.

The lineup

Sarasota Film Festival Announces Opening, Closing, Centerpiece And Spotlight Films

Sarasota Film Festival Announces Opening, Closing, Centerpiece And Spotlight Films

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BLACKFISH

Gabriela Cowperthwaite’s BLACKFISH will open the 2013 Sarasota Film Festival, taking place April 5-14.  Noah Baumbach’s FRANCES HA will screen as the Closing Night film, and James Ponsoldt’s THE SPECTACULAR NOW and Barbara Kopple’s RUNNING FROM CRAZY serve as the festival’s Centerpiece Films.

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) 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.

Elena and Big Boys Gone Bananas Among Wiinners of 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

Elena and Big Boys Gone Bananas Among Wiinners of 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

Elena directed by Andrei Zvyagintsev took home this year’s Narrative Feature Jury prize, and Big Boys Gone Bananas!* by director Fredrik Gertten was the Documentary Jury Prize winner at the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival.  Two special jury prizes were awarded; in the Narrative category Alps directed by Giorgos Lanthimos took home a Special Jury Prize and for documentary Feature Competition special jury prize for Radio Unnameable directed by Paul Lovelace.

WWE Superstars Kelly Kelly and Rey Mysterio Among Sports Related Programming and Guests at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

WWE Superstars Kelly Kelly and Rey Mysterio Among Sports Related Programming and Guests at 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival announced sports related programming and guests for the upcoming 2012 festival. Tino Wallenda and the Flying Wallenda family will attend the World Premiere screening of THE SHOW MUST GO ON on Friday, April 20th. THE SHOW MUST GO ON explores the unique familial bond that exists within the high flying Wallenda clan who, despite the true risks of their dangerous high wire act and the economic reality that threatens their livelihood, […]

Sarasota Film Festival to Honor Penelope Ann Miller and Women Make Movies

Sarasota Film Festival to Honor Penelope Ann Miller and Women Make Movies

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) will honor Penelope Ann Miller, star of the 2012 Academy Award® Best Picture winner The Artist and 2012 Sarasota Film Festival film Think Of Me with this year’s 2012 Career Tribute. The SFF will also honor Women Make Movies, the non-profit media arts organization that facilitates the production, promotion, distribution and exhibition of independent films by and about women, with the second annual Impact Award, presented in partnership with the […]

Sarasota Film Festival Releases the Full Lineup of Films for 2012

Sarasota Film Festival Releases the Full Lineup of Films for 2012

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) officially announced their complete 2012 Festival program today, featuring over 230 films from 30 nations. The Sarasota Film Festival kicks off on April 13th with the previously announced ROBOT & FRANK on Opening Night, with Todd Solondz’s DARK HORSE serving as the Festival Centerpiece and Joe Berlinger’s UNDER AFRICAN SKIES serving as the festival’s closer. The Narrative Feature Competition 11 FLOWERS, Director: Wang XiaoshuaiALPS, Director: Giorgos Lanthimos ARCADIA, Director: Olivia […]

ROBOT & FRANK to open 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

ROBOT & FRANK to open 2012 Sarasota Film Festival

Jake Schreier’s ROBOT & FRANK will open the 2012 Sarasota Film Festival on Friday, April 13th.  Frank Langella and Mr. Schreier will attend the festival’s Opening Night. Set in the near future, ROBOT & FRANK is the story of Frank (Frank Langella), a retired thief living alone and resigned to longing for the local librarian (Susan Sarandon). Concerned about his father’s health, Frank’s son brings him a new caretaker; a state of the art robot […]

New Director and Staff for Sarasota Film Festival

New Director and Staff for Sarasota Film Festival

Tom Hall, who has served the festival as Director of Programming (2004-2009) and Artistic Director (2009-2011), has been named Director of The Sarasota Film Festival. In addition, Magida Diouri will be the new Programmer and Veronica Pastore the new Associate Director of Marketing for the 2012 Festival.   Former SFF Director of Programming Holly Herrick will remain with the SFF as Director of SFF Women, a program designed to promote independent filmmaking, collaboration, awareness and film […]

Sarasota Film Festival Complete 2011 Festival line-up

Sarasota Film Festival Complete 2011 Festival line-up

The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) officially announced their complete 2011 Festival line-up today. The festival kicks off on April 7 at Sarasota’s Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall with a performance by music and film star, Harry Connick Jr. and his Orchestra. On Friday, April 8, 2011, The SFF will present PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES, a Magnolia Pictures release, as the 2011 Opening Night Film with director Andrew Rossi and New […]