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Sarasota Film Festival (SFF)

SFF Virtual Festival EXTENDED by one more week!

| Suncoast Post Staff |

In response to popular demand from the Sarasota community and audiences around the globe for continued arts and storytelling, the 2020 virtual edition of the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) has now extended its online edition to Sunday, May 10th.

In conjunction with this extension, the festival is excited to announce a new feature film in the lineup ​– one of the festival’s most anticipated titles — 9/11 KIDS​, directed by Elizabeth St. Philip.

Filmmaker panels

With most of the films from Week 1 returning to screen for an additional week, new films may be added as well – watch out for announcements shortly. We also plan a great slate of Q&As and more visionary programming. Here are the great filmmaker panels (recorded) from this weekend.

Overall, we have an outstanding program of 80+ films, selected from the in-theater Sarasota Film Festival 2020. Please check out the full (still updating) program of features, shorts and free educational programming at our site —

Additional Educational Programming

The festival has added 5 additional films to the youth program Hollywood Nights, featuring the work of local filmmakers from Booker High school, Riverview High school and the Sarasota Military Academy, ​available to the public for free​.

The judges for the Hollywood Nights Young Filmmaker Showcase will be Sarasota Judge Charles Williams, MTV’s “Siesta Key” Producer Gary Kompothecras, and SFF Creative Producer and Critic Joe Neumaier, with the winners announced next week.

Next weekend, the premiere of Chapter 1 of the World’s Largest Zombie Movie, the film youth project we helped organize, with over 350 participants from 15 countries, will take place during the closing days of the online SFF. We will also announce the Audience awards.


  • Please note, current Virtual Passes will expire at midnight, May 3rd.
  • We introduced a new Virtual Festival Week 2 pass, which you can purchase now and even get some extra viewing in – it will work through next Sunday (5/10) night.
  • If you bought a new pass recently – on Saturday/Sunday (5/2-5/3), we will add a week 2 pass to your account for free, giving you more time to watch!
  • If you bought a pass earlier in week 1, you will automatically be eligible for a $10 discount on buying a week 2 pass.
  • We also continue to offer the 5-FILM-PACK that allows you to watch 5 films for $15, saving 25%.


How to watch the films

The virtual festival films are available on the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) website or through our app (search for “Sarasota Film Festival”), which is downloadable for IOS (iPhone/iPad), Android, or if you have Apple TV (download Eventive TV app).

Trailer for 9/11 Kids

t’s one of the most memorable moments from 9/11: White House Chief of Staff Andy Card walks up to President George W. Bush and whispers in his ear: “A second plane has hit the second tower. America is under attack.”

The place was Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Sitting in front of the President were sixteen school children, all 6-7 years old. This documentary answers what happened to those kids after they grew up.

This film is about the 9/11 Generation and the American Dream. It shines a light on a unique group of Americans, exploring their personal and professional lives, and giving voice to their hopes and fears. The 9/11 Kids provide a window into some of the most vital themes of the American experience.


Editor’s Note: Check out this story about Mark Famiglio of SFF from 2018.

Photo from Sarasota Film Festival.

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