How to Submit Your Film
To be eligible for these categories, films must have been completed sometime in the past two years. Films that are selected will be viewed during the Sarasota Film Festival, and the winners will be recognized at the Hollywood Nights event.
Filmmakers can start submitting their films in October, and the deadline for submissions is the end of January, except for the Young Filmmakers Showcase which will accept submissions through March. Fees range from $35 to $60 depending on whether they are submitted during the early submission deadline or whether they are late submissions.
Films may be submitted in the following formats in VHS (either NTSC or PAL) or DVD, but accepted films must be sent in one of the following video production formats: Digital BetaCam, HDCam or BetaCam SP (NTSC). Only films that have not been released in the United States or that have been available on the Internet or video will be considered.
Films must have been completed within the previous year. They should be in their original language with English subtitles. But, VHS tapes may be dubbed. Besides the entry fee and copy of the film, filmmakers should also send a copy of their press kit in case the film is selected for screening.
Filmmakers can either send fill out an online entry form at WithoutaBox.com, or they may submit a hard copy to the following address: Sarasota Film Festival, 332 Cocoanut Avenue, Sarasota, Florida 32436.