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16th Sunscreen Film Festival • Apr 29 - May 2, 2021

PRESENTED BY
FilmSPC

Welcome to the Sunscreen Film Festival

April 29 - May 2, 2021, in beautiful, sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, join us for another spectacular, live film festival where attendees mix and mingle with filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, and celebrities in an open and relaxed atmosphere! Click here for Sunscreen's Covid-19 Safety Guidelines. Filmmakers and students, from now until January 31st, submit your short and feature length narrative, documentary, or animated films at FilmFreeway!
- The Sunscreen Film Festival shines on!

Sunscreen Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.

Submit film via FilmFreeway

Submissions for the 16th Annual Sunscreen Film Fest in St. Petersburg, Florida (April 29 - May 2, 2021):

Important Deadlines:

August 1, 2020 Opening Date
October 1, 2020 Earlybird Deadline
December 16, 2020 Regular Deadline
January 10, 2021 Late Deadline
January 31, 2021 Extended Deadline
February 22, 2021 Notification Date (Approximate)
April 29 – May 2, 2021 Event Date

Awards

Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Foreign Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Foreign Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Student Short Film (College)
Best Student Short Film (High School)

Special Guests

The 16th annual Sunscreen Film Festival's guest speakers.

  • Joe Belcastro

    Writer, Director & Producer

  • Michael E. Brown

    Writer, Producer, Director

  • Rachel Cameron

    Location Sound Mixer

  • Caree Davis

    Producer, Director

  • Dave DeBorde

    Writer, Director & Producer

  • Eugenie Bondurant

    Actress, Producer & Director

  • Robert Enriquez

    Producer, Talent Manager

  • Antony Francis

    Digital Strategist

  • Deon Gibson

    Writer, Producer

  • Carrie Gibson

    Producer, Production Designer

  • Scott Goldberg

    Attorney

  • Santosh Govindaraju

    Producer, Financier

  • John C. Hall

    Producer

  • Laurie Jessup

    Publicist

  • Sheree Johnson

    Cinematographer, DP

  • Victoria Jorgensen

    Writer, Producer, Director

  • Kelly Paige

    Founder, Level Talent Group

  • Robyn Paris

    Director, Writer

  • Marty Poole

    Producer

  • Mary Rachel Quinn

    Actor

  • Tom Waller

    Director, Producer

  • Julia Ward

    Producer, Writer

  • Paul Wilson

    Producer, Actor

INFO ON 2021 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS COMING SOON...

2021 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS & PANELS

For a more comprehensive workshop and panel's schedule listing, please visit our partner website at: Sched.com. Powered by Sunscreen Education!

workshop

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM, Theater #13

How to build a film campaign, a whiteboard session with media mavens, Laurie Jessup (Jessup Communications), Antony Francis (Head of Lettuce) and Paul Wilson (Wilson Media & Lonesome Pine Pictures).

60 mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Antony Francis, Laurie Jessup, and Paul Wilson. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM, Theater #13

It's the question everyone is asking, how do I land a freelance job, and we're going to give you some advice and tips on how to find one.

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Caree Davis, Rachel Cameron, and Julia Ward. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Theater #13

Hear from and receive expert and sage advice on how to land a role in an audition in 2021.

90 mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Eugenie Bondurant, Kelly Paige, and Mary Rachel Quinn. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Fri, Apr 30, 2021 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM, Theater #13

Learn, in an interactive, workshop environment, how to create a hook for your next screenplay. Be prepared for homework!

60mins

@ AMC Theater 12

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Moderated and Instructed by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sat, May 1, 2021 @ 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM, Theater #13

Work with veteran actors, one-on-one, in a workshop style environment on how to make your scenes better.

75mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Eugenie Bondurant, Mary Rachel Quinn, and Paul Wilson. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sat, May 1, 2021 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Theater #13

An interactive, workshop environment, how to create a hook for your next screenplay. Be prepared to bring your homework! (Part 2 of 2)

60 mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Moderated and Instructed by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sat, May 1, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Theater #13

Learn from successful, local Producers on how to produce a micro-budget feature film and get it distributed.

75mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Deon Gibson & Carrie Gibson. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sat, May 1, 2021 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Theater #13

Forget everything you've read. In this Film Finance panel discussion, you'll hear from two very successful filmmakers, a producer and financier, and a line producer on how to truly get your screenplay made.

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tony Armer, Mike Brown, and Santosh Govindaraju. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sat, May 1, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Theater #13

Work with a local, female director, Victoria Jorgensen, on scene work - actors with directors.

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Introducing Ms. Victoria Jorgensen. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sun, May 2, 2021 @ 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM, Theater #13

Learn about the legal fundamentals needed for your project. Discuss ownership rights, clearing, production/financing/distribution deals, insurance and more! The information covered in this panel is worth thousands. So, bring a notebook! (Note legal discussions will be cursory. For detailed legal advice, the moderator and/or guest speaker(s) reserve the right to either answer in detail or suggest a consultation.)

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Scott Goldberg, Esq. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sun, May 2, 2021 @ 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM, Theater #13

This is your opportunity to pitch movers and shakers in the industry! There will be sign up slips, and you will be given one minute to pitch and when your slip is pulled out, then receive two minutes of feedback from our panel of big industry experts. It will be 1st come, 1st serve and once the sheet fills up, there won’t be an opportunity to pitch your big idea to the panel. Do you have what it takes to be the next big thing? We’ll find out!

90mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tony Armer, Joe Belcastro, Robert Enriquez, and Dave DeBorde. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sun, May 2, 2021 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM, Theater #13

Chat with a former Hollywood Film Executive. Here's your chance to peek inside the boardroom and learn the tricks to get your project noticed.

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

John C. Hall. Moderated by Ben Daniele

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sun, May 2, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM, Theater #13

Hear from one of our best action writers, director, and producer Joe Belcastro, and learn from his many years producing content for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE).

60mins

@ AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Joe Belcastro. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Download a digital copy of Sunscreen's Program Guides

In case you did not get the opportunity to attend Sunscreen this year and grab a program guide, or you simply prefer a digital copy, click the "Download PDF" button below to view or obtain a digital copy of the program guide. And if you're feeling a little nostalgic, you can go way, way back and view or download years 1 through 14!

festival venue

The Sunscreen Film Festival is held at the Sundial AMC 12 Theaters located in the beautiful Mall at Sundial nestled in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.

sundial AMC Theaters

address

153 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
727-800-3201
21.0 mi / 33.8 km from Tampa International Airport (TPA)

more information

Recommended Accommodations

Accommodations, located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, within walking distance or a short ride to venue.

our sponsors

The 16th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival would like to thank Visit St. Pete Clearwater and the Film Commission office.