Annual Sarasota Film Festival

The Sarasota Film Festival  returns year after year.  It is on it’s 17th year so it’s a staple for film enthusiasts in the Sarasota area as well as Anna Maria Island. Usually the annual Sarasota film festival runs early April but check their website for exact dates and venues.  The Annual Sarasota film festival takes place at the Regal Hollywood 20 Theater.  The film festival features independent work of new and veteran filmmakers from all around the world.

annual sarasota film festival

Check out the Sarasota Film Festival website for when Tickets go on sale.  Various events are held throughout the festival, such as the red carpet Cinema Tropicale Celebration and free kid-friendly “youthFEST”shows. Prices for individual shows vary from an $8 matinee up to a $20 ticket for the Spotlight or Centerpiece Films. There are also Student Passport, Film Buff, and Film Fanatic packages available to purchase which can offer you up to twenty tickets at a discounted price.  For more information you can call (941) 366-6200.

This is one of the area’s favorite events, due in no small part to it featuring something for everyone including documentaries, shorts, and children’s movies.  A film guide with synopsis of the movies being shown this year can normally be found on the Sarasota Film Festival Website.

Celebrity guests are usually expected to attend Sarasota Film Festival as part of the “In-Conversation With…” Series, which gives audience members a chance to learn about the film making process from actors and directors that were involved in the movie they have just watched.  Past year’s lineups have included Mariel Hemingway, Lili Taylor, Griffin Dunne and Peter Bogdanovich.  Past famous faces among the popcorn include Cheryl Hines and Christopher Abbott.

See you at the movies!

Regal Hollywood 20
1993 Main Street
Sarasota, FL 34236
(941) 365-2000

If you are a film enthusiast and want to stay on Anna Maria Island and take the short commute to the film festival we strongly suggest you reserve your vacation rental by the end of the Summer each year.  Early April is a very popular time to stay on Anna Maria Island and to have a good pick of available vacation rentals we suggest late Summer to choose your perfect “peace” of paradise.

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