April 10-19, 2015
Held annually in Sarasota, Florida, The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) emphasises the best in cinema alongside exciting programmes and events, with more than 180 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts and child-friendly picks. Entering its 17th year, the fest brings the best of new and veteran independent filmmakers together with local and child-friendly programmes that showcase the idyllic Gulf Coast community.
The SFF hosts a Narrative Feature Competition for international and domestic narrative films; an Independent Vision Competition specifically for low-budget American films and emerging US artists; and a Documentary Feature Competition that has earned the festival recognition as one of the ‘Top 20 Festivals for Documentaries’ by All These Wonderful Things. The mission of the festival is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programmes for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of the filmmaking community.
This year’s festival will include a total of 278 films. There are several features, documentaries, shorts and child-friendly picks. The festival attracts new and veteran independent filmmakers, actresses and actors and many others in the filmmaking business to the Suncoast.
Watch Out For!
Time Out Of Mind
The opening night film is Time Out Of Mind, which stars Richard Gere as a homeless man. Actor Ben Vereen, who also features in the movie, may attend the festival.
Following are a few of the centerpiece, spotlight narrative and documentary films of this year’s movie extravaganza:
The End Of The Tour
Brand: A Second Coming
Clouds Of Sils Maria
Love And Mercy
British-American actress Jane Seymour will be in attendance to showcase Evangelos Giovanis and George Giovanis’ Bereave, which will be screened under this year’s Narrative Spotlight films category.
Academy Award-winning actress Cloris Leachman will also be attending the fest this year to honour Ryan Jaffe’s This Is Happening.
Seymour and Leachman will both be honoured at this year’s Tribute Luncheon in support of SFF Women.
Actress Rachel Weisz will be in attendance at the festival to honour up-and-coming writer/director Tom Browne with the Emerging World Cinema Auteur Award for their collaboration on Radiator. This film will be a part of the festival’s Narrative Feature Competition section.
I’ll See You In My Dreams
The closing night film is I’ll See You In My Dreams starring Blythe Danner and Sam Elliott. Danner is likely to take part in several festival events.