18th Annual

Sarasota Film Festival

April 01, 2016 to April 10, 2016

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332 Cocoanut Avenue
Sarasota FL 34236
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Phone: 941-364-9514
Fax: 941-364-8411
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Shorts
Sarasota Film Festival programs short films in themed packages. We may also pair a short to run before a feature, depending on content.
Documentary
Non-Fiction Feature Length Film.
Narrative Feature
Feature Length Fiction Film.
Young Filmmakers Showcase
In Competition - Lights, Camera, Local
Student filmmakers (age 18 and under) from the state of Florida are invited to submit a short film completed any time within the past two years. Limit 2 entries per director. Selected films will be screened and juried during the festival. Select prizes will be awarded to the winning films at the Hollywood Nights youth event.

Out of Competition - International Showcase
Student filmmakers (age 18 and under) from around the world are invited to submit a short film completed any time within the past two years. Limit 2 entries per director. Selected films will be screened during the festival. Recognition at the Hollywood Nights youth event.
Sarasota and Florida Filmmakers
This category is for local filmmakers from Sarasota and Manatee Counties and throughout the state of Florida. We are looking for outstanding, professional new works from local filmmakers.

If your film qualifies in another category and is a Sarasota or Florida Film, PLEASE SUBMIT YOUR FILM IN THE SARASOTA AND FLORIDA FILMMAKERS CATEGORY ONLY for proper consideration.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE

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.

SFF creates an environment that supports and encourages the filmmaker by providing essential networking opportunities and open dialogue with intelligent, creative and inquisitive consumers of film.

The Festival attracts audiences from local, national and international markets while promoting Sarasota/Manatee and surrounding Gulf Coast communities as creative centers.

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL

The 18th Annual Sarasota Film Festival

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Independent and International narratives, docs and shorts are programmed into a schedule of over 110 features, themed shorts packages and additional programming sidebars that change each year to reflect the strengths of submitted films.

Festival events include socially-driven parties and private receptions to honor guest filmmakers, community-wide street festivals and the black-tie Filmmakers Tribute Dinner. SFF patrons have enjoyed intimate performances from Aerosmith and The B52's as well as a host of special appearances from local and international musicians.

A host of guests and filmmakers attend to promote their films and celebrate the accomplishments of their peers. Prior guests and honorees include Jane Seymour, Rachel Weisz, Blythe Danner, Rory Kennedy, Jason Momoa, Richard Jenkins, Elisabeth Moss, Peter Bogdnaovich, Griffin Dunne, Lili Taylor, Cheryl Hines, Mariel Hemingway, Barbara Kopple, Christopher Plummer, Charlize Theron, Frank Langella, Ben Foster, Kevin Kline, Patricia Clarkson, Vincent D'Onofrio, Steve Buscemi, Stanley Tucci, Werner Herzog, Edward Norton, Marcia Gay Harden, Sydney Pollack, Robert Altman, Robert Towne, Paula Wagner, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, William H. Macy, Gena Rowlands, Todd Haynes, Olympia Dukakis, Leslie Caron, Paul Reiser, Connie Nielsen, Sam Elliott, Alan Alda, Christian Slater, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Woody Harrleson, Robert Benton, Rita Moreno, Richard Dreyfuss, Tippi Hedren, Tom Selleck, Michael Stipe and Jon Voight.

SFF presents Audience Awards for Best Narrative Feature, Documentary,World Cinema and Short. Juried awards are presented for Best Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature, Independent Visions, Narrative Short, Documentary Short, and Animated Short. The Festival also acknowledges special projects through select awards.

ORGANIZERS

Caley Fagerstrom (Programmer); Jedediah Shoemaker; Jedediah Shoemaker

GENERAL RULES

Call For Entries 2016

18th 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 18th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will be April April 1-10, 2016.

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

Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature
Sarasota and Florida Filmmakers

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 Competition
Best Narrative Short Competition
Best Documentary Short Competition
Best Animated Short Competition

5. Submission Guidelines

A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. Vimeo links can be sent to programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com. 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 1, 2016. Filmmakers must provide the Sarasota Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening locations, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to April 1, 2016.

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 2016 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 8, 2016.

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 By November 20, 2015
$40.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$75

Short Films (40 minutes or less)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$30.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$50.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$65

Student Feature Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55

Student Short Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55


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, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept Withoutabox online screeners and e-mailed Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. 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 4, 2016.

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 4, 2016. Upon notification, the Sarasota Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with 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 10, 2016. 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 Guide, 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 drive(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.

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
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 28, 2016.

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. $50 for drives.

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:

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436
Phone: (941) 364-9514
Fax (941) 364-8411
programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com


TERMS AND CONDITIONS

I agree to the following rules;

Entry Rules and Regulations

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 18th Annual Sarasota Film Festival will be April April 1-10, 2016.

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

Short (40 min or under)
Documentary Feature
Narrative Feature
Sarasota and Florida Filmmakers

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 Competition
Best Narrative Short Competition
Best Documentary Short Competition
Best Animated Short Competition

5. Submission Guidelines

A. Submission Formats: For programming consideration, the festival accepts DVD (NTSC only), WAB Online screeners, or Vimeo links for the complete film. Vimeo links can be sent to programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com. 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 1, 2016. Filmmakers must provide the Sarasota Film Festival with a clean, clear print for projection. Filmmakers must provide the film for presentation in DCP (MUST be professionally authored) at the Festival’s sole discretion. PLEASE NOTE: Due to the digital transition of our screening locations, we are unable to show film, HDCAM, or BetaCam formats.

ii. not have been commercially screened in the US, or available for video or internet distribution prior to April 1, 2016.

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 2016 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 8, 2016.

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 By November 20, 2015
$40.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$50.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$60.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$75

Short Films (40 minutes or less)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$30.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$40.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$50.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$65

Student Feature Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55

Student Short Films (with photocopy of current student ID)
Deadline for all Entries By November 20, 2015
$20.00

Deadline for all Entries From November 21, 2015-December 4, 2015
$30.00

Late Deadline for all Entries From December 5, 2015-December 18, 2015
$40.00

Final Deadline for all Entries By January 8, 2016
$55


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, tracking number, running time and screening format. We also accept Withoutabox online screeners and e-mailed Vimeo links, but we require ALL submissions to be registered with one of our submission platforms. 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 4, 2016.

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 4, 2016. Upon notification, the Sarasota Film Festival may request additional press kits and press screeners for each film, sent to the Festival via priority mail, complete with 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 10, 2016. 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 Guide, 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 drive(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.

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
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 28, 2016.

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. $50 for drives.

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:

SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL
332 Cocoanut Ave.
Sarasota, Florida 32436
Phone: (941) 364-9514
Fax (941) 364-8411
programming@sarasotafilmfestival.com