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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London's Inner Temple this evening.  Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini, the six awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.   BEST FILM In recognition of original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the new award for Best Film was judged by an international jury chaired by Anjelica Huston and fellow jurors J...

London Film Festival announced its winners

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The Times BFI 53rd London Film Festival announced its winners at the high profile awards ceremony held at London’s Inner Temple this evening. Hosted by journalist and broadcaster, Paul Gambaccini, the six awards were presented by some of the most respected figures in the film world.BEST FILMIn recognition of original, intelligent and distinctive filmmaking, the new award for Best Film was judged by an international jury chaired by Anjelica Huston and fellow jurors John Akomfrah, Jarvis Cocker...

Rio de Janerio International Film Festival announces 2009 Line Up

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FESTIVAL DO RIO 2009 : 24 September to 8 October, 2009 Across 15 days, commencing September 24, the city of Rio de Janeiro once again becomes the official capital of cinema. Festival do Rio, the Rio de Janeiro Film Festival, will present more than 300 films from more than 60 countries, shown in around 40 locations, distributed between cinemas and sites around Rio.  This year's programme will include for the first time public events staged in 10 of the city's squares. Festival do...

Star Wars Fan Film Set For Big Screen Debut

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The Fright Night Film Festival has announced their official selections for the fifth annual celebration of Horror and Science Fiction films in Louisville, KY. Among them is the newest short film “EZ-CHEWIE” from Nashville based director Cameron McCasland. This will be the big screen premiere of the movie which has been gaining momentum on the web for the past few months.The Star Wars fan film was written and directed by film maker Cameron McCasland who last year was nominated for an Emmy and...

The Global Film Village: The WGA Just Add Pictures by Marla Lewin

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 During the WGA strike last year there was an expansion of discussion among members and a desire to enhance the earning potential of the membership through greater ongoing communication. This is one of the first of the series of panel discussions which will explore various genres with writers and industry executives at the top of their game. The Saturday July 11, 2009 panel was about the huge comic book to film genre. The topic was turning screenplays into comic books to enhance their salabilit...

Sarasota Film Festival Twittersssss

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The Southwest Florida Gulf coast community of Sarasota sparkles a little brighter each year when the Sarasota Film Festival hosts 10 days of films and star-studded parties. Utilizing innovative social media to report all that makes the 11th Annual Sarasota Film Festival shine, Twitterers will provide real-time updates in 140 characters or less (called ‘live tweeting’) during the event March 27 through April 5, 2009. Although the film festival has Facebook and Twitter accounts, three Twitter ...

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 a nationally recognized event with an attendance of over 11,000 people in 2011.  The SSFF has screened over 600 independent films in its first 6 years.  The festival is based at the Baywalk Entertainment Complex and Muvico 20 Theaters.  The festival additionally utilizes multiple locations around downtown St. Petersburg.

Sunscreen places a great emphasis on supporting and encouraging 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 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 6 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)

  • screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominee for Children of Men)
  • screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours)
  • casting director Lana Veenker (Twilight, Leverage)
  • casting director John Jackson (About Schmidt, 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

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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 young 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.

Slamdance rejoices in independent music

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While best known for its annual film festival, Slamdance will now also serve as a year-round showcase for the discovery of new and emerging musical talent. To launch its celebratory 15th year anniversary, Slamdance is excited to bring the new element of independent music into the fold. The Slamdance Underground Music vs. Film Tour presented by OurStage and Dr. Martens kicks off in Brooklyn on New Year’s Eve and will continue cross-country representing the annual film festival and its commitme...

Winners at the 19th edition of the 2008 Stockholm International Film Festival

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Winners at the 19th edition of the 2008 Stockholm International Film FestivalThe jury now presents its selection for the 19th Stockholm International Film Festival. The film that leaves Stockholm with the 16 lb Bronze Horse 2008 comes from the USA, and tells a gripping story of border smuggling across the frozen waters of the St. Lawrence River.The Bronze Horse for best feature 2008 goes to “Frozen River” by Courtney Hunt. Hunt’s story takes place in the days before Christmas near a little...

Art Directors Guild's Cinematic Imagery Award to Lucas

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Revolutionary director/producer, George Lucas has been selected to receive the Art Directors Guild's (ADG's) coveted honorary Outstanding Contribution to Cinematic Imagery Award, it was announced today by Thomas A. Walsh, ADG President, and Awards co-producers John Sabato and John Janavs. Known for pushing the limits of design and cinematography, Lucas has been the creator, storywriter and executive producer of a series of visually groundbreaking feature films, most notably the Star Wars Saga, w...

Atlantic Film Festival shaping up

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Atlantic Canadian Films Shine Bright Alongside International Blockbusters as the 28th Atlantic Film Festival Announces Its Full Program The world is going blind. It’s summer camp and you are an awkward 10-year-old. Werewolves from Dartmouth are invading Dover. And you are about to spend two hours with the most revered punk poetess in the world. The 28th Atlantic Film Festival, happening September 11-20, 2008, announced today the array of 254 films that will be bringing the diverse and eclectic...

Create Chaos 2008 announces its daily keynote speakers.

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Create Chaos 2008 announces its daily keynote speakers. The event will include expert speakers, plus a panel on the final day addressing the changing landscape of the creative industries. The "create-a-palooza," taking place in Orlando, FL on Oct. 13-17, 2008, serves to connect, inform, inspire and educate creative professionals on the eve of a new Renaissance.The star-studded line-up of creative industry veterans at this inaugural conference includes:Bob Kodzis, creative catalyst and the Presid...

BERLIN JURY SHOOK BY DESERTIONS AS BIER AND BONNAIRE GO A.W.O.L - Part 1

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The star-studded eight member international panel under the baton of celebrated Greco-French director Constantine Costa-Gavras was reduced to a Sextet when ace Danish director, Susan Bier, and top drawer French actress, Sandrine Bonnaire, both announced their enforced withdrawal from jury duty due to inescapable commitments elsewhere. In Bier's case it was a sudden need to visit the location of the next movie she’s shooting, while Bonnaire submitted her regrets due to "personal family re...

Hayden Panettiere to join will join Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Hopper at Ischia

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Hayden Panettiere, star of the television phenomenon Heroes and Freddie Highmore, the brilliant 15 year old lead in such critically acclaimed films as The Spiderwick Chronicles, August Rush and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will join legendary actors Vanessa Redgrave and Dennis Hopper at the 6th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The star-studded addition to an already remarkable line-up of directors, producers and financiers is certain to make this year’s international gathering ...

Hayden Panettiere to join will join Vanessa Redgrave, Dennis Hopper at Ischia

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Hayden Panettiere, star of the television phenomenon Heroes and Freddie Highmore, the brilliant 15 year old lead in such critically acclaimed films as The Spiderwick Chronicles, August Rush and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory will join legendary actors Vanessa Redgrave and Dennis Hopper at the 6th Annual Ischia Global Film & Music Fest. The star-studded addition to an already remarkable line-up of directors, producers and financiers is certain to make this year’s international gathering an i...

19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney highlights

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19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney from 4th – 11th June 2008 20 Feature Films in Competition at the Film Festival on the North Sea Coast The competition nominations for the 19th International Film Festival Emden-Norderney have been finalised. A total of 20 feature films from 13 countries will be competing for the three full-length film awards - the Bernhard Wicki Award, the DGB Film Award and the NDR Young Directors Award. 40 percent of the nominees are women. A further 9 films ...

“ORTHODOX STANCE” BOXER DMITRIY SALITA DEFEATS FABIAN LUQUE

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By Maria Esteves - March 2, 2008 ORTHODOX STANCE Welterweight boxer Dmitriy Salita "Star of David" (28-0-1, 16 KOs) defeated his opponent Welterweight Fabian Luque "El Lobo" (21-7-4, 12 KOs) by a Technical Knock Out (TKO) in the fifth of ten rounds at the Roseland Ballroom, New York, Thursday, February 28, 10:00 PM. The Russians are coming boxing matches presented by Gotham Boxing in association with Bash Boxing, sponsored by Nemiroff, EVERLAST, Proactive Boxing and Automoti...

Lineup and practical info for the Thessaloniki Documentary Festival

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The 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival - Images of the 21st Century, part of the Thessaloniki International Film Festival, is celebrating its tenth anniversary by presenting approximately 160 films by directors from all over the world, as well as a full parallel events program.   A record number of 35.000 viewers and 450 guests attended last year’s Festival, demonstrating the increasing interest of the public and industry professionals in documentaries and the TDF’s success in attracti...

10th TDF: Tributes to directing-producing duo Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and that of Finnish director and DocPoint founder

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The work of the directing-producing duo Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky and that of Finnish director and DocPoint founder Arto Halonen constitute the main tributes of the 10th Thessaloniki Documentary Festival. The three filmmakers will attend the Festival and a representative selection of their work will be screened. JOE BERLINGER – BRUCE SINOFSKY  Americans Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky have become staple names of the international documentary scene by jointly producing and direc...

Berlin jury shook by desertions

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The star-studded international competition judgment panel under the baton of celebrated Greco-French director Constantine Costa-Gavras was reduced to a Sextet when Danish ace director, Susan Bier, and top drawer French actress, Sandrine Bonnaire, both announced their enforced withdrawal from jury duty due to inescapable commitments elsewhere. In Bier's case it was a sudden need to visit the location of the next movie she's shooting, while Bonnaire submitted her regrets due to "personal fami...

Berlin Jury shook by desertions as Bier and Bonnaire go awol

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The star-studded international competition judgment panel under the baton of celebrated Greco-French director Constantine Costa-Gavras was reduced to a Sextet when Danish ace director, Susan Bier, and top drawer French actress, Sandrine Bonnaire, both announced their enforced withdrawal from jury duty due to inescapable commitments elsewhere. In Bier's case it was a sudden need to visit the location of the next movie she’s shooting, while Bonnaire submitted her regrets due to "personal family ...

AMPAS Unveils 80th Academy Awards Poster

 Thursday, January 17---------AMPAS, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences,  has unveiled the poster for the 80th edition of the Academy Awards. The poster, designed by veteran illustrator Drew Struzan, brings to mind the STAR WARS films. This is no surprise, considering that Struzan created the one-sheets for all of the STAR WARS films, the most successful film franchise of all time. The poster will be available for purchase via the AMPAS website at: www.oscars.org. The Academy ...

A Message from Christen McArdle from Ann Arbor Film Festival

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This is Christen McArdle, Executive Director of the AAFF. It’s the new year and I’m feeling edgy… because now I’m on the “hot seat”! It’s my turn to perform an Act of Audacity for our Endangered fundraising campaign. The past 6 weeks have been a landmark in the history of the AAFF: we scored a victory for free speech with our federal lawsuit, Variety magazine named us one of their “Ten Favorite Festivals” in the world, and our Endangered campaign has generated unprecedented su...

Sundance will rock u with heavy musical line-up for the 2008 Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the musical line-up for the 2008 Film Festival. The festival will feature staples such as Music on Main and Music Café, complemented by distinctive live performances, panel discussions, and multimedia presentations. The 2008 Festival line-up will feature numerous films that showcase music and musicians such as CSNY DÉJÀ VU, featuring Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, U23D, and PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, in P...

Heavy musical line-up for the Sundance Film Festival

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Sundance Institute announced today the musical line-up for the 2008 Film Festival. The festival will feature staples such as Music on Main and Music Café, complemented by distinctive live performances, panel discussions, and multimedia presentations. The 2008 Festival line-up will feature numerous films that showcase music and musicians such as CSNY DÉJÀ VU, featuring Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young, U23D, and PATTI SMITH: DREAM OF LIFE. The 2008 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, in P...

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