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.