21st Annual

Sarasota Film Festival

April 05, 2019 to April 14, 2019



Deadlines & Entry Fees

All fees will be charged in U.S. Dollar

Online Services Offered
Entry Form
Fee Payment
Press Kit
Submission Copy
Earlybird Deadline
December 12, 2014
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 30.00
Student Fee 25.00 *
Regular Deadline
January 2, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 40.00 35.00
Student Fee 25.00 *
Late Deadline
January 9, 2015
Regular Discounted
Standard Fee 60.00 55.00
Student Fee 35.00 30.00

Discounted fees apply to projects with pre-purchased Discount Packs, on entry fees greater than 30.00.

Category Details

Approximately March 13, 2015

Features: minimum 41 minutes

Projects completed after May 1, 2012

Projects must originate from Film must have been produced and filmed OUTSIDE OF THE USA.

No premiere requirement

Projects may have distribution

Submission & Exhibition Format Requirements

  Secure Online Screener
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Media Files
  Other - Digital

Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List


Subtitled Dubbed Dialog List

Press Kit Requirements

A press kit is required, but only after acceptance.

Prizes & Awards

This category is a competition.

Audience Award For Best In World Cinema
Audience Award
Sponsor:No Sponsor

Category Rules

Call For Entries 2015

17th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

Entry Rules and Regulations
1. Objectives: Our Mission is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing year-long programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.

2. Dates: The 17th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will be April April 10-19, 2015.

Programs: Films will be considered for inclusion in the following programmatic categories

World Cinema (International)
Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature

4. Competitions:

Audience Awards

Audience Award for Best Narrative Feature
Audience Award for Best Documentary
Audience Award for Best In World Cinema
Audience Award for Best Short

Jury Prizes
Best Narrative Feature Competition
Best Documentary Feature Competition
Independent Visions Prize

5. Submission Guidelines
A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WOAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. The Festival will not consider trailers or rough edits for selection purposes.
Eligibility Requirements: To be eligible for consideration, all films must meet the following requirements:

i. be available to screen by April 9, 2015 Filmmakers must provide the Sarasota Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP or HDCam at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening locations, we are unable to show film or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to April 7, 2015.

iii. be in their original language with English subtitles when applicable.

iv. have been completed production within the last year.

v. films previously submitted to the Festival and not programmed will only be considered for the 2015 Festival if they meet all the other eligibility requirements as outlined here, and only if it has changed significantly from the previous version submitted.

vi. Entries must be received at our Cocoanut office address (NOT postmarked), by January 9, 2015.

Deadlines: Early submission is strongly encouraged with reduced entry fees until December 12, 2014. Final submission deadline is January 9, 2015. The Festival is not obliged to view late entries.

D. Entry Fee Schedule:
All entry fees must accompany your submission for consideration in the Festival.

Feature Films (41 minutes and above, fiction or non-fiction)
Deadline for all Entries Before December 12, 2014
Deadline for all Entries From December 13, 2014-January 2, 2015
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 9, 2014

Short Films (40 minutes or less)
Deadline for all Entries Before December 12, 2014
Deadline for all Entries From December 13, 2014-January 2, 2015
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 9, 2015

Student Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries Before December 12, 2014
Deadline for all Entries From December 13, 2014-January 2, 2015
Late Deadline for all Entries, January 9, 2015

Submission Materials:

Mail all submissions to:
Sarasota Film Festival
ATTN: Submissions
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436

Send a printed copy of your completed Entry Form.

ii. A clearly marked DVD (NTSC) or Blu Ray Region (0 or 1) of your completed film, labeled with title, running time and screening format. We also accept Without A Box online screeners and e-mailed Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with Without A Box and a submission number attached to all DVDs/ links submitted. We cannot return submitted copies of films.

iii. Applicable entry fee submitted

Electronic Press Kits only. Hard copy materials submitted with the films will be discarded.

Selections: Films will be selected and entrants will be notified prior to March 13, 2015

H. Requirements for Selected Films:
Once an entry has been reviewed and selected for the festival, a preliminary notification letter will be issued by email. All selected applicants will be notified by March 13, 2015. Upon notification, the Sarasota Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screening cassettes for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with Electronic Press Kits and any additional promotional and marketing items needed.

Any unused press materials may be picked up at the press office at the conclusion of the Festival. Posters must remain displayed through the end of the day Sunday, April 19, 2015. All unclaimed materials will be disposed of immediately upon conclusion of the Festival.

Promotional Usage: Participants agree that all materials related to their film may be published in the Festival Preview Guide, Commemorative Program Book, Website, Ticketing system, and other promotional materials or property and in all media. Posters and images of the film may be used independently as well as in combination with images from other films to promote the film and the Sarasota Film Festival.

J. Clearances: If selected for screening, all commercial/private property including trademark and/or copyrighted materials shown and recorded in the project must come with authorized permission for screening. The filmmaker remains entirely liable for any claims that may occur in result of screening the film.

K Print Liability: The Sarasota Film Festival holds no responsibility for prints damaged upon arrival and may reject or replace the film in the Festival if this requirement is not met. The Festival will insure the safety of film prints only from the time of delivery to the Festival through the time the print is delivered to a shipping agent for return. In case of loss or damage to a print, the Festival must receive notification and independent verification immediately. The Festival’s obligation is limited to compensating the producer only for the cost of replacing the damaged reel(s).

Print Shipping:

Selected film prints must be received by PREPAID courier no later than 10 days prior to first screening date unless pre-approved by the Sarasota Film Festival.

Prints must be clearly marked with the film’s title, the sender’s return address and the Festival projection address exactly as listed below.

C/O Regal Cinemas Hollywood 20
ATTN: Projection
1993 Main Street
Sarasota, Florida 34236

Prints will be returned to the Submission Contact within 10 days after the close of the Festival unless pre-arranged with the Sarasota Film Festival prior to March 23, 2015.

Please clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges will be billed to the sender. For custom’s purposes please indicate under declaration “Goods on loan for cultural and educational purposes only. No Commercial Value.” And indicate fair market value not to exceed U.S. $20 for video cassettes and U.S. $500 for feature length film prints.

Please request/obtain confirmation of delivery through the courier tracking service.

For more information please refer to the Festival website at www.sarasotafilmfestival.com or contact the Programmer at:
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436
Phone: (941) 364-9514
Fax (941) 364-8411