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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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Upcoming Screenplay Contest Winner will be Made into Film

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: screenplay@sunscreenfilmfestival.com or 727-259-8417

Sunscreen is a 9 year old 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization as recognized by the IRS,  Sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (the Academy Awards).  Sunscreen focuses on the art of film, education, economic development and providing opportunities to filmmakers.

FAQ's

Who's involved? 
LA Based Distribution Company Indican Pictures, Production Company Red Baron FIlms and Consulting Producer David Brookwell (Soul Surfer).
 

Do I retain the rights to my script? Yes all rights remain with the writer.  The winning screenplay will need to sign a contract with the production company allowing the use of the screenplay in order to be produced.

What's the budget?  The selected screenplay will be for a film budgeted at around $500,000.

What happens with the rest of the scripts? 5 scripts will be selected as finalists.  All scripts are read by professional readers and if there are scripts they like in addition to the winning script those can be passed along to producers and production companies for consideration with the writer's permission.

Does ordering coverage help or hurt my chances? The coverage is for the writer's benefit it has no effect on the outcome of the contest.

Why the fee to submit?  Two reasons; one we have to pay the readers to read and evaluate the scripts, this is their profession and what they do for a living.  Two, without a fee we would get thousands of scripts and there would be no possible way to read them all. 
 
What compensation would the writer receive?  Compensation would be 100% negotiable but would fall in line with what a writer would typically be paid for a film of that budget.
 
Is there a right of refusal to move forward if selected as the winner or upon entering the competition does it mean the winner must accept the terms/conditions? The writer does not have to have their screenplay made into a film if they do not want to, it’s 100% their choice to accept the prize offered or not.
 
Who will direct the produced feature?  No director has been selected but a director will be chosen based on a number of factors including;  genre and style of script, availability of successful directors within that genre or style, directors of films that have screened at the Sunscreen Film Festival will be considered as potential directors as well.


 


After Payment Submit Screenplays to screenplay@sunscreenfilmfestival.com Please include Name of Screenplay, your full name, email address, and phone number.  Screenplays submitted without payment will be deleted.

Coverage Service:
 The Coverage Service includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Coverage Service also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work. A notice will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in your screenplay application form when your Coverage is available.

Coverage Readers are Hollywood professionals who read and provide coverage for major Studios, Agents, Producers and production companies.

Industry-standard coverage is two pages of synopsis and one page of comments. This all varies depending on the story -- more intricate plots usually have a longer synopsis.


 
(Los Angeles, CA. St. Petersburg, FL) October 21, 2013- The Sunscreen Film Festival is holding a screenplay competition where the winning script selected will be produced into a film.  Manhattan Beach, CA based Production and Management Company Red Baron Films http://www.redbaronfilms.com/ and Los Angeles based Distribution Company Indican Pictures http://www.indicanpictures.com/ will select the winning screenplay to be produced.
 
“This is an amazing opportunity for screenwriters everywhere.  The one thing every writer wants is their script to get into the hands of someone who can get their screenplay made.  No matter where you live this is that opportunity” commented Festival Director Tony Armer.
 
Red Baron Films will develop and produce the winning script.  Indican Pictures will have first right of refusal to acquire and distribute the film.  Indican distributes domestically and internationally to all media platforms (Theatrical, Video, TV, VOD, Streaming, Ancillary, Internet).
 
Red Baron Films President Robert Enriquez had this to say “We’re excited for the opportunity to select a great script to turn into a great film”.  Red Baron Films produces independent films and represents actors in Film, TV, Video Games, and more.
 
All genres are welcome, including but not limited to:
Christmas (holiday themed {Thanksgiving, Halloween, New Year’s})
-live action family with a solid uplifting message (that includes dogs, cats – any cute animal works)
-faith based
-horror
-westerns
-sci fi (streamlined/designed for low budget)
-rom/coms
-war
-action
Screenplays will be accepted from October 23rd – February 15th, 2014.  The finalists will be announced on April 1st, 2014. 

Winner announced May 3rd at the Sunscreen Film Festival.



Rules:
Rules:

1. Screenplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.
2. Screenplay coverage is only furnished to those screenplays requesting coverage.
3. Screenwriters who have had previous feature screenplays produced and distributed by non-independent means are ineligible.
4. Screenplays must be in English, formatted in 12-point courier font.
5. Don't cheat in an effort to keep the page count to 120 or less. We will notice and ask that the extra fee be paid for screenplays in excess of 120 pages.
6. To enter the Sunscreen Film Festival Screenplay Competition you must agree to its Terms and Conditions.
7. The Sunscreen Film Festival Screenplay Competition Readers' decisions are final.
8. Teleplays must not have been previously optioned, purchased or produced.

Guidelines:

1. In the event of multiple writers, list all additional co-writers. Please note Sunscreen divides awards equally among co-writers.
2. Sunscreen is not responsible for screenplays or coverage stolen or lost in transit
3. Cover pages are optional. If you decide to use one, it would ideally include just a title, author name, WGA registration number and Copyright information.

SCRIPT REGISTRY: To protect your script, we strongly suggest you register your work with the Writers Guild of America, (www.wga.org or call 323 782 4500) and the US Copyright Office (http://www.copyright.gov/).

For those who have selected "Submission with Return Coverage"

EXPLANATION OF SERVICES:

Feedback:
Coverage Service: The object of Sunscreen’s Online Coverage Service is to provide you with extensive constructive criticism about your work. The Coverage Service includes a brief plot synopsis and then offers an in-depth analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of your screenplay. The Coverage Service also offers the screenwriter some recommendation as to what "the next step" could be with their screenplay and writing. This may address media, films and screenplays, production companies and agencies the writer should be aware of, as well as any words of wisdom from one of our Readers. Sunscreen’s Coverage provides you with an insight into the mind of a Reader who reads hundreds of independent screenplays each year. Our Readers' goal is to assist you in crafting your submission into something that can advance in competition and impress agents, managers and producers. Standard Coverage will be available within two months from the time you submit your work. A notice will be sent to the e-mail address you provided in your screenplay application form when your Coverage is available.

About our Coverage Reader

The readers have read for Intellectual Property Group co-president Joel Gotler, as well as the manager of a two-time Oscar-winning writer/producer. Additionally a couple of the readers do read for After Dark Films, the production company known for HorrorFest: 8 Films To Die For, an annual nationwide theatrical event. After Dark recently released its first 8 After Dark Originals and, through a partnership with Silver Pictures, began producing original action films starring, among others, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Cung Le, and Jim Caviezel.

Industry-standard coverage is two pages of synopsis and one page of comments. This all varies depending on the story -- more intricate plots usually have a longer synopsis.

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About Sunscreen Film Festival

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(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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