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Sunscreen Film Festival


Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, which is dedicated to educating the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public's awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset. 

History: The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to an internationally recognized event with an attendance of over 11,000 people. The SSFF has screened over 600 independent films since its inception. The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters. The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around beautiful downtown St. Petersburg and its internationally famous waterfront.

Sunscreen was named one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country" by MovieMaker Magazine in 2009.  Best Film Festival in Tampa Bay by Tampa Bay magazine for 2012 and is one of only 23 fests in the USA to be sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the Oscars) for 2013.

Sunscreen places a great emphasis on supporting and encouraging filmmakers and Florida based talent. A grant has been established and given to the past two Best Florida Film winners at Sunscreen. Additionally SSFF has film acquisition execs in attendance every year. Over a dozen films have been picked up for distribution in the last 3 years at Sunscreen.

Sunscreen Film Festival - St. Petersburg, FL - 9th Annual May 1-4, 2014


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Winter the Dolphin Hosts Sunscreen Film Fest Screenings

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Winter the Dolphin Hosts Sunscreen Film Fest Screenings Short documentaries created as part of the Marine Science Film Camp to screen at aquarium.   (TAMPA BAY, FL,) December 12, 2013- Kids, dolphins, sea turtles, otters, marine science and movies.  The Sunscreen Film Festival, the Clearwater Marine Aquarium partnered to bring all these elements together in a 6 week film camp.  A reception and public screening of the two short documentaries produced at the camp will be held at...

Upcoming Screenplay Contest Winner will be Made into Film

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Upcoming Screenplay Contest Winner will be Made into Film Sunscreen Film Festival partners with Hollywood Production and Distribution companies to produce winning screenplay into film. Click this link to submit http://sunscreen.ticketmob.com/show.cfm?id=7617&cart Submissions Accepted: Oct. 22 to January 31, 2014 Regular Deadline Feb. 1st to Feb. 15, 2014 Late Deadline Finalists Announced: April 1, 2014 Winner Announced: May 3, 2014 (at Sunscreen Film Festival) Questions: ...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 22, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, the Batmobile and more.

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Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 22, Pacific Rim, Godzilla, the Batmobile and more. Click Here to Watch http://youtu.be/o5L76nMbTPQ Contact Sunscreen at podcast@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com Music by Kevin MacCloud The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 21, Hobbit discussion and review.

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Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 21, Hobbit discussion and review. Plus festival news. Click Here to watch http://youtu.be/q0C_wXoV3-o Contact Sunscreen at podcast@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com Music by Kevin MacCloud The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ...

Sunscreen film fest podcast 20, with special guest; Chris Wyatt (continued from podcast 19)

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Sunscreen film fest podcast 20, with special guest; Chris Wyatt (Chris is best known for Producing Napoleon Dynamite and being a writer on the Avenger's Animated Series and the Ultimate Spider-man animated Series on Disney XD).  Discussion includes, Avenger's, X-men, Spider-man, Superman, David Hasselhof, Captain America, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, the Rocketeer, and more nerd discussion than you can possibly imagine. Click Here to Watch http://youtu.be/Dp4kZldMnmM Contact...

Sunscreen film fest podcast 19, with special guest; Chris Wyatt

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Sunscreen film fest podcast 19, with special guest; Chris Wyatt (Chris is best known for Producing Napoleon Dynamite and being a writer on the Avenger's Animated Series and the Ultimate Spider-man animated Series on Disney XD).     Click here to watch http://youtu.be/k1J0m5vVLZU Discussion includes, Avenger's, X-men, Spider-man, Superman, David Hasselhof, Captain America, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, the Rocketeer, and more nerd discussion than you can possibly imagine. ...

Sunscreen film fest podcast 18, Film news, Godzilla, Donald Bellisario and more!

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Sunscreen film fest podcast 18, Film news, Godzilla, Donald Bellisario and more! Click here to watch http://youtu.be/kzsdscYJ-gE Contact Sunscreen at podcast@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com Music by Kevin MacCloud The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ...

Sunscreen Film Festival Video podcast 17, Skyfall review and discussion, Bond through the Years

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The 17th Sunscreen Film Festival Video podcast.  Announcing the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences sponsorship of Sunscreen, Skyfall, James Bond through the years and Quentin Tarrantino. Click here to watch http://youtu.be/b5-rDTcDf9c   Contact Sunscreen at podcast@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com Music by Kevin MacCloud The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 16, Bruce Lee, Film News and more!

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Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 16,  Bruce Lee, Film News and more!   Click here to watch  http://youtu.be/OzBCrv52lnM   Contact Sunscreen at info@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com   Music by Kevin MacCloud   The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. ...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 15, Exclusive Interview with Star Wars Author Matthew Stover

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  Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 15, Star Wars sold to Disney, plus an exclusive interview with Star wars Author Matthew Stover, The Hobbit movie, Dexter, Game of Thrones and more!    Watch here http://youtu.be/Sl2oZFP_1nA   Read Matthew Stover's latest book http://www.amazon.com/Caines-Law-Acts-Caine-Atonement/dp/0345455894/ref=la_B000APO1ZK_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1352056460&sr=1-3   Contact Sunscreen at info@sunscr...

Sunscreen Film Festival Podcast 14, the Halloween Episode

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 Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 14, Halloween Episode.  Discussion includes, Universal Horror Films; Wolfman, The Mummy, Coffin Joe, Zombie Smurfs, Charlie Brown and More! watch here http://youtu.be/rNUpS_4NhDo    Contact Sunscreen at info@sunscreenfilmfestival.com www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com   Music by Kevin MacCloud   The Sunscreen Film Festival is presented by the St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society a 501(c)3 non-profit organization....

Sunscreen Film Festival to be Distributed in Over 180 Countries

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 Sunscreen Film Festival to be Distributed in Over 180 Countries   Sunscreen signs distribution deal that enables it to distribute films all over the world.   (TAMPA BAY, Fla.,) October 10, 2012- The Sunscreen Film Festival has made another step in further establishing itself as an internationally renowned event. Sunscreen has signed a deal to distribute films on Viaway; an on demand Video, TV and Radio platform.   Viaway http://www.viaway.com/ Video, TV and Radio ente...

Sunscreen Film Fest Video Podcast 10, Revolution, Bravestar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Tremors, Western and more!

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Click link to watch! http://youtu.be/SdqM9HGnG2s   The Sunscreen Film Festival's live video podcast. Broadcast live at 10:30AM on Sunday September 23, 2012.   Festival Director Tony Armer, Superhero, RLSH Artiseroi and writer Brad Sibbersen discuss upcoming events, festival news, tips for filmmakers. Topics include, review of NBC's Revolution, Bravestar, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, Tremors, Western mixed genre films, Remo Williams, Flash Gordo...

Sunscreen Video Podcast 1, with Special Guests from the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary "Superheroes", News and More!

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Sunscreen Film Festival Video Podcast 1.  Discussions about the film and TV business.  This episode features interviews with special guests Superhero and Artiseroi from the Emmy Nominated HBO Documentary "Superheroes". watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57jj6DJiMBU&feature=share&list=UU0tP1gHLS9-e55BKY2RRatQ Discussion includes the Superheroes Documentary, Spider-man movie, Batman, Godzilla and more nerd dialogue than you can imagine! ...

Call for Entries for 8th Annual Festival!

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Send us Your Film or Screenplay! Call for Entries Now Open! Submit your film or screenplay to the 2013 Sunscreen Film Festival, taking place April 18-21, 2013. Named "One of the Top 25 Coolest Film Fests in the Country" (MovieMaker Magazine 2009) & Best Film Fest in Tampa Bay 2012 (Tampa Bay Magazine) https://www.withoutabox.com/login/4947  Categories: Narrative Shorts Narrative Features Documentary Shorts Documentary Features Animated Shorts Music Videos ...

Sunscreen Film Festival Live Video Podcast 9

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The Sunscreen Film Festival's live video podcast. Broadcast live at 10:30AM on Sunday September 16, 2012.   watch here  http://youtu.be/zoh8tTXOeME   Festival Director Tony Armer, Programming Director Tyler Martinolich, Superhero and writer Brad Sibbersen discuss upcoming events, festival news, tips for filmmakers. Plus more ridiculous, obscure film discussions.   Buy tickets for Producer/Writer Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite, Avenger's Anim...

Sunscreen Film Festival Video Podcast, Special Guest Paul Guzzo

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The Sunscreen Film Festival's live video podcast. Broadcast live every Sunday at 10:30AM. To watch http://youtu.be/bm8uDqfhInU   Festival Director Tony Armer, Programming Director Tyler Martinolich, Superhero and writer Brad Sibbersen discuss upcoming events, festival news, tips for filmmakers. Plus more ridiculous, obscure film discussions.   Buy tickets for Producer/Writer Chris Wyatt (Napoleon Dynamite, Avenger's Animated Series, Ultimate Spider-Man ...

Gary Sinise & Lt. Dan Band to Perform at Sunscreen Film Festival

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Gary Sinise & the Lt. Dan Band                       Downtown St. Petersburg will host the CSI:NY's Lt. Dan Band for a free performance open to the public   (TAMPA BAY, Fla.,) February 7, 2012- Downtown St. Petersburg is set to be the location for 7th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival, including a live performance by CSI:NY's Gary Sinise and the L...

New Sunscreen Podcast, Interview with Producer Chris "Doc" Wyatt and More!

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Listen to the New Podcast! Find it in iTunes! On our third episode, Tony & Derek wonder why Warner Brothers is still trying to remake Logan's Run and talk about watching the Oscars without Eddie Murphy; Tony chats with Producer/Writer Christopher "Doc" Wyatt; Tyler Martinolich returns with more commentary and advice on tax incentives To subscribe to the podcast and receive new episodes as soon as they are available, use the following address in iTunes or your favorit...

New Sunscreen Podcast, Interview with The Descendants Casting Director John Jackson and More!

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Listen to the New Podcast! Click here to listen http://feeds.feedburner.com/sunscreenpodcast On the inaugural episode of the show: Festival co-founders Tony Armer and Derek Miner talk Netflix and 3-D movie fatigue; Tony talks with casting director John Jackson about Alexander Payne and "The Descendants"; Tips for filmmakers who are submitting to film festivals; The latest news from Sunscreen   To subscribe to the podcast, use the following ...

New Sunscreen Podcast, Interview with Literary Manager Mike Goldberg and More!

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Listen to the New Podcast! Find it in iTunes! This week on the podcast, Tony and Derek consider the ultra-low budget success of "For Lovers Only"; Tony talks with literary manager Mike Goldberg; Thanksgiving thanks to Sunscreen friends, family and guests. To subscribe to the podcast and receive new episodes as soon as they are available, use the following address in iTunes or your favorite pod-catching program: http://feeds.feedburner.com/sunscree...

2011 Fest Starts the 13th of April!

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The fest this year is April 13th-17th! http://sunscreenfilmfestival.com/ Buy tickets http://sunscreen-filmfestival.ticketleap.com/ ...

Sunscreen Film School Presents Acting for the Screen and Film Making Fundamentals

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Sunscreen Film Festival One of the nation's 25 coolest film festivals                                     MovieMaker Magazine   News release December 16 For immediate release     Sunscreen Film School Presents Acting for the Screen and Film Making Fundamentals   Lights….camera…ACTING!   The Sunscreen Film School, education wing of the Sunscreen Film Festival, is p...

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About Sunscreen Film Festival

Armer Tony
(Sunscreen Film Festival)

Mission:

Sunscreen Film Festival is organized and presented by the St. Petersburg-Clearwater Film Society, a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) organization, which is dedicated to educating the public about the art of visual storytelling, enhancing opportunities for local filmmakers to develop their craft and art, and increasing the public’s awareness and support of local filmmaking as a cultural and economic asset.

History: The Sunscreen Film Festival has grown from its first festival in a local art gallery with 600 attendees in 2006 to an internationally recognized event with an attendance of over 11,000 people. The SSFF has screened over 600 independent films since its inception. The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters. The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around beautiful downtown St. Petersburg and its internationally famous waterfront.

Sunscreen places a great emphasis on supporting and encouraging filmmakers and Florida based talent. A grant has been established and given to the past two Best Florida Film winners at Sunscreen. Additionally SSFF has film acquisition execs in attendance every year. Over a dozen films have been picked up for distribution in the last 3 years at Sunscreen.

Filmmakers consistently rave about Sunscreen’s hospitality and atmosphere. The SSFF was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” by MovieMaker Magazine and was Voted Best Film Festival in the Tampa Bay area for 2012 by Tampa Bay magazine.

Sunscreen is different from other festivals in that the festival guests are expected to take part in workshops, classes or some other manner that supports the mission of the festival. Guests are asked to participate in educational programming as a part of their attendance at the festival. Past guests over the first 7 festivals have included;

Just a few of our past guests have included: • actor John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction) • actor Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire) • actor Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song) • actor Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Phantom of the Opera) • actor Jeff Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling) • actor Ethan Supplee (My Name is Earl, Butterfly Effect) • actor Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, over 100 credits) • actor Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1,2,3, Broken Hill) • actor Ayanna Berkshire (Twilight, Leverage) • actor Solomon Trimble (Twilight)

• Ralph Winter (Producer, X-men 1-3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Star Trek 2-4) • Phil Cooke (Author, Filmmaker, Media Consultant) • Dean Batali (Producer, Head Writer, That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) • Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite) • Doc Wyatt (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite) • Leo Partible (Comic Author, Producer) • Agetn Michael Greenwald (VP of Talent at Buchwald Fortitude)

• screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominee for Children of Men) • screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours) • screenwriter David Paterson (Bridge to Terrabithia) • casting director Lana Veenker (Twilight, Leverage) • casting director John Jackson (The Descendants, Sideways) • composer, musician Michael Tolcher, (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, ESPN) • producer Dave Anderson (Prince of Egypt) • distribution, finance, acquisitions Jamie Fleming • distribution, finance, acquisitions John Flynn • distribution, finance, acquisitions Marty Poole

Description: The Sunscreen Film Festival which is put on by The non-profit St. Petersburg Clearwater Film Society not only screens great films and brings in top notch Hollywood talent but it also provides excellent year round programming. The festival’s year round programming includes; special film screenings in partnership with and screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, free outdoor film screenings, a Film School Summer Camp, and educational “Film Schools” for adults and kids throughout the year. As well as actor’s workshops and community support programs. Sunscreen additionally screens local independent films throughout the year in a theater environment to support local and Florida filmmakers.

The Sunscreen Film Festival is steadily growing into one of the top film festivals in the country. By programming great films, and bringing in top notch industry talent Sunscreen has established itself as one of the best film festivals around.

Sunscreen continues to receive community support from the following entities in the form of resources and in-kind donations. The City of St. Petersburg, The Pinellas County Film Commission, The St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts, The University of Tampa, Southeastern University Lakeland, The Dali Museum, Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico Theaters, and The Renaissance Vinoy Resort.


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