Sunscreen Film Festival

Screening top notch films, providing outstanding educational workshops, parties and events. St. Petersburg, Clearwater & Tampa, Florida & South Bay, CA.

Filmmakers consistently rave about Sunscreen’s hospitality and atmosphere. The SSFF is one of only 23 Fests sponsored by the Academy of Motion Picture arts & Sciences in 2013. SSFF was voted one of the “25 Coolest Film Festivals in the Country” by MovieMaker Magazine and was Voted Best Film Festival in the Tampa Bay area for 2012 by Tampa Bay magazine.

Sunscreen is different from other festivals in that the festival guests are expected to take part in workshops, classes or some other manner that supports the mission of the festival. Guests are asked to participate in educational programming as a part of their attendance at the festival. Past guests since 2006 have included;

Just a few of our past guests have included:
• actor John Travolta (Grease, Pulp Fiction)
• actor Kelly Preston (Jerry Maguire)
• actor Billy Dee Williams (Empire Strikes Back, Brian’s Song)
• actor Patrick Wilson (Watchmen, Phantom of the Opera)
• actor Jeff Donovan (Burn Notice, Changeling)
• actor Ethan Supplee (My Name is Earl, Butterfly Effect)
• actor Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum, over 100 credits)
• actor Alexa Vega (Spy Kids 1,2,3, Broken Hill)
• actor Ayanna Berkshire (Twilight, Leverage)
• actor Solomon Trimble (Twilight)
actor Marty Kove (Karate Kid)
actor Jason Matthew Smith (Star Trek)
actor Matthew Ziff (Treachery)

• Ralph Winter (Producer, X-men 1-3, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, Star Trek 2-4)
• Phil Cooke (Author, Filmmaker, Media Consultant)
• Dean Batali (Producer, Head Writer, That 70’s Show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
• Sean Covel (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
• Doc Wyatt (Producer, Napoleon Dynamite)
• Leo Partible (Comic Author, Producer)
• Agent Michael Greenwald (VP of Talent at Buchwald Fortitude)
Lit Manager Josh Adler

• screenwriter Timothy J. Sexton (Oscar nominee for Children of Men)
• screenwriter Steven de Souza (Die Hard, 48 Hours)
• screenwriter David Paterson (Bridge to Terrabithia)
• casting director Lana Veenker (Twilight, Leverage)
• casting director John Jackson (The Descendants, Sideways)
• composer, musician Michael Tolcher, (Scrubs, One Tree Hill, ESPN)
• producer Dave Anderson (Prince of Egypt)
• distribution, finance, acquisitions Jamie Fleming
• distribution, finance, acquisitions John Flynn
• distribution, finance, acquisitions Marty Poole

The Sunscreen Film Festival not only screens great films and brings in top notch Hollywood talent but it also provides excellent year round programming. The festival’s year round programming includes; special film screenings in partnership with and screened at the Museum of Fine Arts in downtown St. Petersburg, free outdoor film screenings, a Film School Summer Camp, and educational “Film Schools” for adults and kids throughout the year. As well as actor’s workshops and community support programs. Sunscreen additionally screens local independent films throughout the year in a theater environment to support local and Florida filmmakers.