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15th Sunscreen Film Festival • Sept 24-27, 2020

PRESENTED BY
FilmSPC

Welcome to the Sunscreen Film Festival

In 2020, the Sunscreen Film Festival will be in its 15th year!
Sunscreen is broadly known for being an accessible festival where attendees mix and mingle with filmmakers, actors, writers, producers and celebrities in an open and relaxed atmosphere.

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 Short Film
Best Documentary Feature
Best Documentary Short
Best Web series Short
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Foreign Language Feature Film
Best Foreign Film Short
Best Animated Film Short
Best Student Short
Best Emerging Filmmaker Short
Best Director
Best Actor
Best Actress
Best Cinematography
Sunshine Award (presented by community leaders to the film most reflective of our community)

INFO ON 2020 FESTIVAL WORKSHOPS COMING SOON...

2020 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!

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

An in-depth look at how to strategically and economically use social media and other platforms to get your movie out there.

50 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Antony Franics, Ash Greyson, and Laurie Jessup

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM

Hear from one of the most respected screenwriting gurus in Hollywood, Tim Albaugh (Pixar, Disney Animation) as he gives his famous lecture on the basics of storytelling for Sunscreen pass holders.

50mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tim Albaugh and insights from moderator, Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

Both talent and talent representation Professional Managers and publicists discuss the ever-changing landscape of talent representation. If you’re interested in how talent representation works, this is a must attend event!

50 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Robert Enriquez, Lisa Lindo, and Wyatt Olef

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

This is an in-depth look at documentaries from the mechanics of their creation to the search for “truth” or answering an important question.

50mins

AMC Theater 12

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Elizabeth Coffman (Flannery) and Johnathan Gray (American Factory)

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

This is an in-depth look at how to get a film or TV project made with a variety of panelists, representing different aspects of the industry. Take lots of notes and come with your own questions. If you’re a filmmaker, you cannot afford to miss this panel!

50mins

AMC Theater 12

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Ramfis Myrthil, Benjamin Wiessner, Avril Speaks, and Milan Chakrobarty

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

The mental game, habits and emotional management that it takes to be effective in the business.

50mins

AMC Theater 12

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Henry Jones with insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde.

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 9:30 AM - 10:50 AM

Join agents and casting directors for a panel discussion about the business of being an actor.

80mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Traci Danielle (Brevard Talent), Kelly Paige (Level Talent Group), Susan Fronsoe (22 Talent), Jackie Levine (Central Florida Talent), Jennifer Conrader (Mullen Casting & Crowdshot Casting), and Lori Wyman

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 11:00 AM - 11:50 PM

The need has never been greater for the film community to embrace the wide tent of humanity, as our panelists discuss issues of diversity, inclusion and intentionality in media.

50 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Amber Albaugh (BOSE, Samsung), Milan Chakrobarty (My Dear Friend Dahmer), Ramfis Myrthil (Cicada), Avril Speaks (Jinn), and Viviana Zarragoitia (3 Point Capital)

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 12:50 PM

There are two ways you can acquire this top tier, up-to-date, and very expensive data regarding the Film and TV industry: #1. Hire Ash Greyson at great expense, fly him to your headquaters and listen to every word he says, or #2. Attend this panel. Those are your two options. Ash Greyson is the industry's best numbers cruncher and if you'd like to know the state of the industry, you literally cannot afford to miss this panel.

50mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Ash Greyson (Ribbow Media) with insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 1:50 PM

Some refer to the 3rd Act of your script as "The Writer's Problem." Learn from our veteran screenwriters, how to craft an effective end to your feature/pilot.

50mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tim Albaugh, Henry Jones and insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 2:50 PM

We’re not going to mince words here – if you are an independent film producer, this could be one of the most important workshops you will EVER take on film financing and how it all works. Seriously, buckle your seat belt and take notes like a maniac!

50mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Jonathan Gray (American Factor) and Viviana Zarragotia (3 Point Capital)

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 3:50 PM

Learn from a pro how to pitch your production and actually land the deal. Learn the guidelines of pitching your project and yourself.

50 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tim Albaugh, Henry Jones, and insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

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 machers. 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!

60mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Tim Albaugh (Royal Viking Entertainment), Ramfis Myrthil, Henry Jones and insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 27, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM

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.)

50mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Johathan Gray with insights from Prof. Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

COMING SOON!  Download a digital copy of Sunscreen's 2020 Program Guide

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 Accomodations

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

our sponsors

The 15th Annual Sunscreen Film Festival would like to thank Visit St. Pete Clearwater and the Film Commission office.