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The Sarasota Film Festival unveiled their special edition 20th Anniversary poster for the upcoming 2018 festival. Local designer, Kelsey Hunt-Dolan, created the inspiring artwork which reflects the 20 year history of the festival brining together the art world and local Sarasota community, both of which have played influential roles in the festival.

Kelsey Hunt-Dolan, 28, is a graduate from New College of Florida where she received her B.A. in Environmental Science. Her interest in graphic design began during a graphic arts course as an elective in high school and continued through out college, where she continued building skills with small projects for on-campus and peripheral community events. Prominently self taught, she is currently the Creative Services and Web Coordinator for Friendship Centers, a local non-profit operating in five counties, which promotes health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging. Kelsey is orginially from Boca Raton, FL and resides in Sarasota, FL.

This year’s artwork represents the 20th celebration of the Sarasota Film Festival and the lasting impact from various artists. The Roman numerals “XX” on the poster commemorate the historic 20 year anniversary for the festival. John Ringling’s David statue, a replica of Michelangelo Buonarroti’s original masterpiece, is known as the symbol of Sarasota and resides in The Ringling Museum courtyard. John Ringling carved this statue between the mid-19th to early 20th century as a momentum for local artists. He had hoped to open a school of art prior to his demise, but left this statue behind to inspire future artists.

“We are very pleased with this year’s collaborative effort at designing our twentieth anniversary poster containing Michelangelo’s Statue of David, one of the most beautiful pieces of art known to man and a symbol of our great city,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “In these last 20 years, we have watched the festival evolve into a captivating and engaging showcase of diverse films, highlighting the unique and distinct voice from artists nationally and internationally. We look forward to the next 20 years as we salute our community and film lovers from around the world.”

The festival is a local staple in Sarasota and draws in over 50,000 patrons, 70% of whom live in Sarasota year-round, who gather to celebrate the best in cinema. Over the last two decades, the festival has screened groundbreaking films, documentaries and shorts that deliver key messages to audiences, as well as engaging them in conversations with actors, filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Sarasota Film Festival is a favored destination for filmmakers, national press, industry executives and stars. Noteworthy talent from over the years include: Alan Alda, Robert Altman, Kenny Anderson, Rosanna Arquette, Kevin Bacon, Pierce Brosnan, Steve Buscemi, Leslie Caron, Chevy Chase, Patricia Clarkson, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Olympia Dukakis, George Hamilton, Marcia Gay Harden, Woody Harrelson, Mariel Hemingway, Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Kevin Kline, Barbara Kopple, Diane Lane, Frank Langella, Sophia Loren, William H. Macy, Matthew Modine, Jason Momoa, Dominic Monaghan, Rita Moreno, Edward Norton, Rosie Perez, Christopher Plummer, Josh Radnor, Jeremy Renner, Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Patrick Stewart, Lili Taylor, Charlize Theron, Stanley Tucci, Aisha Tyler, Treat Williams, Ben Vereen, Jon Voight, Rachel Weisz, among others.

More details surrounding the Sarasota Film Festival will be announced in the coming weeks. For more detailed information or for tickets please visit:

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 300 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 20th year, we’re proud to bring the best new and established independent filmmakers to our Festival with local and kid-friendly programs that showcase our idyllic Gulf Coast community. This year the festival will take place April 13th – 22nd, 2018.

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