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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)

Special Guests

The 15th annual Sunscreen Film Festival's guest speakers.

  • Ramfis Myrthil

    Producer

  • Ash Greyson

    Digital & Social Media Maven

  • Avril Z. Speaks

    Creative Producer

  • Milan Chakraborty

    Producer

  • Marty Poole

    Writer, Producer

  • Dave DeBorde

    Writer, Producer

  • Robert Enriquez

    Producer, Talent Manager

  • Lucius Baston

    Actor, Producer

  • Liz Cardenas

    Writer, Producer, Director

  • Paul Wilson

    Producer, Actor

  • Santosh Govindaraju

    Producer

  • Jason Brown

    Producer, Entrepreneur

  • Antony Francis

    Digital Strategist, Consultant

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 @ 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

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

60 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Ash Greyson, Paul Wilson, and Antony Francis. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM

2020 demands flexibility from everyone in the industry. Listen to some key panelists who discuss the art and not-so-exact science of surviving as a multi-hyphenate (being more than one thing in the industry; writer, director, actor, producer) in an industry that likes to paint you in a corner.

90mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Avril Z. Speaks, Liz Cardenas, Lucius Baston, Robert Enriquez, and Ash Greyson. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 2:00 PM - 3:30 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:

Keith Schwabinger, Lucius Baston, Paul Wilson, and Robert Enriquez. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Friday, Sept 25, 2020 @ 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM

This is an in-depth look at how to get a film/TV project made with a variety of panellists 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!

60mins

AMC Theater 12

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Marty Poole, Avril Z. Speaks (Jinn), Ramfis Myrthil, Liz Cardenas, and Milan Chakraborty. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:15 AM

This is the second of two interactive panel discussions that go in depth on the ins and outs of trying to carve out a career as an actor, while working collaboratively with your talent manager. This session will pick up where the previous day’s session left off. How do you effectively build a career? What does the process look like when you take an actor out to meet with producers, networks and studios? How does an actor create a sustainable career?

75mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Paul Wilson, Keith Schwabinger, Lucius Baston, and Robert Enriquez. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Seasoned screenwriter, script doctor and Film professor, Dave DeBorde, will take you through his screenwriting structure and basics lecture that he’s given in classrooms and festivals all over the world.

60 mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Presented by Writer & Director, Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM

This is the 2nd part of our in-depth look at how to get a film/TV project made with a variety of panelists representing different aspects of the industry. Part 2 will focus on dealing with the new Covid landscape, revisiting Me Too as a producer, creating helpful industry relationships in the modern era, landing the plane (pushing a production across the finish line), racial and sexual identity representation and other topics. NOTE: we might touch on finance and distribution, but we will focus on those in the following panel. If you’re a filmmaker, you CANNOT afford to miss this panel!

75mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Marty Poole, Ramfis Myrthil, Milan Chakraborty, Avril Z. Speaks, and Liz Cardenas. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Saturday, Sept 26, 2020 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 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!

60mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Marty Poole, Jason Brown, Santosh Govindaraju, and Milan Chakraborty. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

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

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

60mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Ramfis Myrthil, Avril Z. Speaks, Santosh Govindaraju, and Liz Cardenas. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 27, 2020 @ 11:30 AM - 12:30 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.)

60mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Scott Goldberg. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 27, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 2:30 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 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:

Marty Poole, Ramfis Myrthil, Robert Enriquez, Jason Brown, Avril Z. Speaks, Milan Chakraborty, and Liz Cardenas. Moderated by Dave DeBorde

See Sched.com for more info.

Moderated by Dave DeBorde

Sunday, Sept 27, 2020 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

You can write the script you want, and you can write the scripts that the market wants and that sell. Learn the difference and learn what the industry is looking for right now.

60mins

AMC 12 Theaters

For Filmmaker, Day or VIP pass holders

Guest Speakers:

Marty Poole, Ramfis Mrythil, Avirl Z. Speaks, Milan Chakraborty, and Liz Cardenas. Moderated by 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 Accommodations

Accommodations, 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.