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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.

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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 proud to introduce a brand new course for screen actors this
winter/spring.

 

In addition to the new acting class, Sunscreen will once
again offer its very successful Fundamentals of Film Making course for aspiring
film-makers.

 

Automatic entrance into one of MovieMaker Magazine's 25
“coolest film festivals”

Both courses will produce cinematic works that will be
presented to the public at a special sesson during the 2010 Sunscreen Film
Festival in St. Petersburg April 14-18. The fundamentals class will have films
that are completely original works from concept to screen and the acting class
will have a multi-camera, acting piece 
shot like a scene from a movie and edited professionally. They will be
able to showcase their talent for the Hollywood producers who will be in
attendance. This special "home grown" presentation has become a big
crowd pleaser.

 

"We are delighted to add this new course for
actors," said Tony Armer, Executive Director of the Festival. "We
have a strong commitment to education at Sunscreen and this will make our
mission richer."

 

For Actors

“Acting for the screen has a similar internal process to
theatre, but the delivery method is quantifiably different and we will work on
both processes in depth." said Dave DeBorde, the course's instructor.

 

Accomplishing that will require four all-day immersion
sessions beginning in January. Students will learn to improvise as well as work
from scripts. All the while video cameras will whirr away, producing tape that
show progress and areas of concern. In the end, each actor will star in a video
filmed in high-definition which they can use as part of their resume. The video
will also be shown at the Festival.

 

The schedule for actors is:

January 30th

Feb 20th

March 14th

April 10th

April 14-18 Sunscreen Film Festival - One evening we screen
both the films and the scenes from the final screen acting class. 

 

The classes meet all day.

 

The cost is $250.00 and includes a Sunscreen Film Festival
Membership.   Also included is a VIP Pass for the Sunscreen
Film Festival.  For more information and
to register visit https://www.ticketleap.com/member/event.aspx?event_id=A22BE5BE-8A78-426C-952B-A131C877B19

 

Or http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com

 

For Film Makers

In this popular course, students learn the basics required
to shoot and produce a short film. During the course, the students will
actually produce films from scripts created in the class. The course is
designed to accommodate a complete span of film makers from veterans looking to
re-sharpen their own skills to novices who’ve never held a camera. The class
always produces surprising results both in the class films and in the lessons,
experiences and relationships that the students keep with them.

 

Fundamentals of Film Making Schedule Recap

January 23rd - 1st class - screenwriting.

Feb. 13th - 2nd class - line producing.

March 27th - 3rd class - directing and shooting.

April 3rd - 4th class - editing and post production.

April 14-18 Sunscreen Film Festival - One evening we screen
both the films and the scenes from the final screen acting class. 

 

The cost is $250.00 and includes a Sunscreen Film Festival
Membership.   Also included is a VIP Pass
for the Sunscreen Film Festival. .  For
more information and to register visit https://www.ticketleap.com/member/event.aspx?event_id=A22BE5BE-8A78-426C-952B-A131C877B19

 

Or http://www.sunscreenfilmfestival.com

 

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For further information contact:

Harry Chittenden

Director of Education

harry@sunscreenfilmfestival.com

727-420-0566

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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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