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Sarasota Film Festival

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SFF 2011Immerse yourself in 11 days of fantastic films and extraordinary events. With over 150 cinema screenings, celebrity guests, scintillating soirees and family fun, The Sarasota Film Festival returns for its 13th year of celebrating the finest in contemporary international and independent cinema.  From the Opening Night Extravaganza to our signature “Conversations With…” series to a celebration of women filmmakers and much more, plunge into the best of the fest that Variety Magazine called “The acme of regional film festivals.”

Sarasota Film Festival Brings Gems to the Gold Coast

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Sarasota, Florida is considered ground zero for the recent real estate crash. But any darkness that prevails during April 9-18, 2010 will envelope the inky cinemas where the 12th annual Sarasota Film Festival will unfold. Bookended by Robert Pulcini and Shari Springer Berman’s The Extra Man and James Franco’s Saturday Night, the Gold Coast cotillion spans 168 films. Thirty countries are represented, yielding what director of programming Holly Herrick tallies as the Festival's most diverse li...

Sarasota Film Festival | Deadline For Submission FAST Approaching

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DEADLINEFAST APPROACHINGCALLFOR SUBMISSIONSTHE12th ANNUAL SARASOTA FILM FESTIVALAPRIL 9th - 18thDEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION:JANUARY 15, 2010Late Submissions Deadline:January 30, 2010 
The Sarasota Film Festival continues to celebrate the art of filmmaking and thecontribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival anddeveloping year-long programs for the economic, educational and culturalbenefit of our community
 
We are currently accepting films in the followingcategories:...

7 interviews with Sarasota Film Festival filmmakers

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Actor Joe Pantoliano discusses his new documentary effort ‘No Kidding, Me Too’, which will celebrate a premiere at this year’s Sarasota Film Festival (SFF)…PLUS…a conversation with several filmmakers whose new works are featured in this year’s SFF program including Robert Kenner (Food Inc), Darius Marder (Loot), Tze Chun (Children of Invention), Ramin Bahrani (Goodbye Solo), Jim Granato (D-Tour), and Jody Lee Lipes (Brock Enright). only at http://www.blogtalkradio.com/moviegee...

Sarasota Film Festival awards

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The 11th Sarasota Film Festival presented its awards at the Filmmaker Tribute event held at the Sarasota Opera House on Saturday evening, April 4. Actor Stanley Tucci served as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening and introduced the presentations. SFF Board President, Mark P. Famiglio, made introductory remarks before Tucci introduced the competition winners.The Sarasota Film Festival, in partnership with the companies Film Movement and First Run Features, presented our very first feature ...

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 ...

Sarasota Film Festival highlights

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The 11th Annual Regal Entertainment Group SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will get underway on Friday evening March 27, 2009 and run through Sunday, April 5, 2009. The Festival will be presented at Sarasota’s Hollywood 20 Cinemas with Opening Night at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Center, Closing Night Tribute at the Sarasota Opera House, screenings and conversations at the Historic Asolo, and other area venues. This year’s Festival will present over 160 narrative, documentary and short films from t...

Sarasota Film Festival

10 Days of Narrative Films, Documentaries and Shorts in an idyllic Gulf Coast destination. The Fest features over 200 studio and independent films from over 20 countries as well as juried competitions and audience awards.

Jennifer Maizel steps in Newport International Film Festival

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The highly regarded Newport International Film Festival (a local Cannes, according to one travel magazine) has announced that Jennifer Maizel has become the new Executive Director of the Newport International Film Festival. Maizel had a prior stint with NIFF in 2006 as the Director of Guest Services. Most recently, she has served, for the past three years, as Managing Director of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Jen is a superb addition to the NIFF, just the kind of person to take us to the nex...

Sarasota Film Festival Executive Director leaves

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Jody Kielbasa, who joined the Sarasota Film Festival in its infancy, is leaving his post as Executive Director. Kielbasa, during his tenure, expanded the scope and depth of the festival each year, culminating in this year’s tenth anniversary extravaganza which included Academy Award Winner Charlize Theron, Liv Ullmann, Stanley Tucci, and more than 200 films. Kielbasa is leaving the festival to pursue other artistic ventures according to the Festival’s Executive Board of Directors. Mark...

Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards

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The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by the Longboat Key Club and Resort, on Saturday afternoon, April 12th, 2008. The awards were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick and were presented by each of the competition category jurors. The Audience Awards were presented by Hall and Herrick. The 2008 Sarasota Film Festival presented three competitions, Best Narrative Feature, Best ...

Highlights of the Sarasota Film Festival 10th Anniversary

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The Sarasota Film Festival kicks-off its 10th Anniversary with a sneak-peak at some of the highlights of this years films, honorees and special programs; Among them is the announcement of the three major competitions, Best Narrative Feature, Best Documentary Feature, and Independent Visions - each showcasing a selection of the finest films at the festival. Special programs include Face To Face: The Films of Liv Ullmann and Ingmar Bergman; and Israel@60: The Nation, The Diaspora and Beyond. For ...

Sarasota Film Festival Kicks Off the 2008 Season in a Big Way

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Tune into to SNN6 this Friday February 22nd at 7pm for a special Broadcast "10 Years of the Sarasota Film Festival" airing again at 11:30pm. A fantastic look-back over what began as a 3 day festival, with 8 films and 3 events, which has grown into one of the leading film festivals in North America. The Sarasota Film Festival now boasts a 10 day program, with over 160 films, countless events and an attendance of over 50,000 people in 2007. The retrospective includes highlights and stars from ...

Sarasota Fest set to celebrate 10th in april

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There is magic in the air! The 10th Anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival is upon us and it promises to be one of the best years yet! Take a leap to the West Coast of Florida April 4th – April 13nd, 2008 and dive into the films, symposiums and of course, the parties. SFF draws filmmakers and celebrities from near and far. Familiar faces who have walked the red carpet include Robert Altman, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Norman Jewison, Werner Herzog, Marcia Gay Harden, Joe Pantolian...

10th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival

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Please note that April 2008 marks the 10th anniversary of the Sarasota Film Festival. What began as a 3 day festival with 8 films and 3 events has grown into one of the leading film festivals in North America. The Sarasota Film Festival now boasts a 10 day program, with over 200 films, countless events and an attendance of over 50,000 people in 2007. The rolling white-sand beaches and crystalline waters of Sarasota combine with world-class cinema, star-studded parties and high-profile events ...

Sarasota moonlight movies fall series

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The SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL will present the 4th annual edition of MOONLIGHT MOVIES, the area’s premiere outdoor – always free of charge – film series. The series redefines movie watching by presenting these films in beautiful outdoor settings on a giant, two story inflatable movie screen with digital projection and surround sound. Attendees (and last year there were over 15,000) are encouraged to bring blankets and to enjoy picnic’s and outdoor fun before screenings. This year, the MOO...

Ian Black new Sarasota Fest president

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At the final SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Board meeting for fiscal 2007, Ian Black was sworn in and inducted as the fourth President of the Festival’s august Board. Black promised to continue the festival’s growth, advancement and programs initiated by his predecessors while indicating that he has plans for solidifying the festival’s fiscal and artistic well-being in this tenth anniversary year and beyond. During the last three years of outgoing President Neil McCurry’s term in office, the fe...

Ian Black fourth President of Sarasota

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At the final SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL Board meeting for fiscal 2007, Ian Black was sworn in and inducted as the fourth President of the Festival’s august Board. Black promised to continue the festival’s growth, advancement and programs initiated by his predecessors while indicating that he has plans for solidifying the festival’s fiscal and artistic well-being in this tenth anniversary year and beyond. During the last three years of outgoing President Neil McCurry’s term in office, the fe...

Interviews with Aaron Katz (Quiet City) and Marcia Gay Harden (Canvas) at the Sarasota Film Festival

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Tune in to MOVIE GEEKS UNITED! tonight at 6pm eastern/5pm central for exclusive scoops on upcoming releases, interviews with filmmakers from the Sarasota Film Festival, and the first part of our Summer Movie Madness series!  It's movie talk radio on the internet!  Call in and share your thoughts during the show!  Just click the link below and get your geek on! You can also access the show at any time using the archives!...

The Sarasota Film Festival Awards

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The Sarasota Film Festival Competition and Audience Awards were announced at a reception hosted by Metro Coffee & Wine, on Saturday afternoon, April 22nd, 2007. The awards were introduced by Festival Director of Programming, Tom Hall and Festival Programmer, Holly Herrick and were presented by each of the competition category jurors. The Audience Awards were presented by Hall and Herrick. Among this year’s Competition Jury members were: Narrative Feature Competition: including film critic/...

Night Of 1000 Stars

Friday, April 20-----The Sarasota Film Festival reaches its climax this evening with its legendary Night of 1000 Stars Tribute, which will begin at 9:30pm tonight at Michael's On East (a venue change from the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall). The Festival will be paying tribute to a stellar group of film industry luminaries, including  an Excellence in Producing Award for IFC Entertainment president Jonathan Sehring (BOYS DON'T CRY, MEN WITH GUNS, WAKING LIFE, GRAY'S ANATOMY), a Lif...

Joey Pants and Marcia Gay Come To Sarasota

Thursday, April 19-----Character actor "Joey Pants" Pantoliano and Oscar-winning actress Marcia Gay Harden arrive in Sarasota today to promote their latest film together, CANVAS, and to participate in the A Conversation With.....series at Sarasota's historic Asolo Theater. CANVAS is the directorial debut of director Joseph Greco, which was shot on location in the state of Florida. In this searing drama, Pantoliano and Harden play John and Mary Marino, a working class Florida cou...

Honoring Steve Buscemi In Sarasota

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FARGOWednesday, April 18----Actor/director Steve Buscemi, one of indie film's luminaries, will be honored with the World Cinema Award at the Sarasota Film Festival  this evening at a special World Cinema Celebration block party in downtown Sarasota.  Buscemi, best known for his turns in FARGO and RESERVOIR DOGS, is in town for a series of special event appearnaces. Last night, Buscemi displayed his considerable charisma at the sold-out  A Conversation With....At The Historic Asolo T...

Sarasota Fest will salute Edward Norton & Brian Koppelman

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The Sarasota Film Festival, which began its 9th edition last night, will salute Academy Award nominated actor Edward Norton and writer/producer Brian Koppelman (who recently teamed as actor and producer of the critically acclaimed THE ILLUSIONIST) at The Reel Experience at The Lake Club Gala this evening. Mr. Norton will be honored with the Festival’s Humanitarian Award, with Koppelman receiving an Excellence in Screenwriting honor for his work (which includes the upcoming OCEAN'S THIRTEEN,...
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