Sarasota Film Festival Press Kick-Off Party

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The Sarasota Film Festival held its Annual Press Kick-Off Party at Selby Gardens on Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  The festival runs from April 10th thru 18th. For a film guide and events happening throughout the festival visit


The Sarasota Film Festival is held annually in Sarasota, FL., The 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. Entering our 17th year, we’re proud to bring the best new and veteran independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community.

OUR MISSION: To celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.

HISTORY: In 1999, Sarasota civic and business leaders banded together to produce the first Sarasota Film Festival. This “mini-festival,” featuring eight independent films, six actors (Jon Favreau, Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Samantha Mathis) and a gala fundraiser, and has since grown to an annual ten day event with over 200 hundred films, more than 250 filmmakers in attendance, multiple special events, symposiums, panels and conversations featuring leaders in the film industry.

Through the years, many of cinema’s leading actors, directors and filmmakers have been honored at the SFF, including Alan Alda, Robert Altman, Kevin Bacon, Lawrence Blume, Steve Buscemi, Leslie Caron, Chevy Chase, Patricia Clarkson, Billy Crystal, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Falk, Marcia Gay Harden, Woody Harrelson, Rutger Hauer, Tippi Hedren, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Norman Jewison, Shirley Jones, Kevin Kline, John Landis, Frank Langella, William H Macy, Rita Moreno, Oren Moverman, Edward Norton, Christopher Plummer, Sidney Pollack, Jeremy Renner, Gena Rowlands, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Patrick Stewart, Charlize Theron, Robert Towne, Stanley Tucci, Liv Ullman, Jon Voight, Paula Wagner and many others.

In addition, we’ve developed nationwide, award-winning education programs involving over 10,000 students and offering the community free year-round events and workshops


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