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Sarasota Film Festival Proudly Unveils Its 22nd Anniversary Poster for 2020 Season

Sarasota Film Festival Proudly Unveils Its 22nd Anniversary Poster for 2020 Season

| Laura Bell Adams |

The Sarasota Film Festival today released the poster for the upcoming 22nd anniversary for the festival, March 27th- April 5th, launching the start of the 2020 edition.

The design was designed by artist Najla Abuesba. Najla Abuesba hails from London where she obtained a degree in Fashion Journalism before working in Public Relations for 5 years. During the course of her academic career, she created a political fashion magazine where she honed her skills in graphic design.



This year, the Sarasota Film Festival explores the idea of 2020 vision. The artistic approach of this year’s movie poster comes in the form of an eye chart with key symbols and words that highlight important social movements that need to be visible in today’s cinema including the support for diverse filmmaking, LGBTQ+ representation, and global efforts to reduce the carbon footprint. All of these elements are incorporated in an artistic eye chart that reveals the countless ways for stories to drive change and encourage a deeper look into the perception of society.

Sarasota Film Festival 2020 poster designed by Najla Abuesba“”As the film industry matures over the last many years, it becomes increasingly important that we recognize the vision and spirit of filmmakers who have allowed us to better understand our own lives and the global condition with more clarity,” said Chairman and Co-Founder of the Festival Mark Famiglio. “This year the SFF vision poster represents the simplicity of text and yet underscores the complexity of our social dynamics and communication within the U.S. and around the world, demonstrating various and many dimensions to this poster just has there are many dimensions to a seemingly simple film.”

The festival is a staple in Sarasota and the film community, drawing over 50,000 patrons, 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 22nd Annual Sarasota Film Festival will take place March 27th- April 5th, 2020. More details surrounding this year’s festival will be announced in the coming weeks. For more detailed information or for tickets please visit:

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, Bo Burnham, Steve Buscemi, Leslie Caron, Chevy Chase, Patricia Clarkson, Billy Crystal, Blythe Danner, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Olympia Dukakis, Steve Guttenberg, George Hamilton, Marcia Gay Harden, Woody Harrelson, Anne Heche, Jon Heder,Mariel Hemingway, Werner Herzog, Cheryl Hines, Allison Janney, Richard Jenkins, Ethel Kennedy, Rory Kennedy, Greg Kinnear, Kevin Kline, Barbara Kopple, Diane Lane, Frank Langella, Sophia Loren, William H. Macy, Virginia Madsen, Matthew Modine, Jason Momoa, Dominic Monaghan, Rita Moreno, Edward Norton, Rosie Perez, Christopher Plummer, Josh Radnor, Jeremy Renner, Amy Seimetz, Tom Selleck, Jane Seymour, Brooke Shields, Patrick Stewart, Eric Stoltz, Lili Taylor, Charlize Theron, Stanley Tucci, Aisha Tyler, Treat Williams, Ben Vereen, Jon Voight, Rachel Weisz, among others.

Held annually in Sarasota, FL, The Sarasota Film Festival emphasizes the best in cinema alongside exciting programs and events, with more than 200 films screened each year including features, documentaries, shorts, and kid-friendly picks. Entering our 22nd 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 March 27th – April 5th, 2020.

Artwork created by Artist Najla Abuesba. Top photo from Sarasota Film Festival FB


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