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15 YEARS OF FILM Attendees at the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) Sponsor and Press Kick Off Party on the bayfront grounds of Selby Botanical Gardens on March 13 pose with SFF 2013 sunglasses at the request of festival board President Mark Famiglio. All photos by Arielle Scherr THE SARASOTA FILM FESTIVAL WILL CELEBRATE ITS 15TH ANNIVERSARY WITH LOCAL SHOWCASES, FILMS AND ARTISTS FROM AROUND THE WORLD By Tyler Whitson Staff Writer On Wednesday, March 13, the Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) staff and board of directors announced the official lineup for the 15th annual program to an enthusiastic crowd of sponsors and members of the press at the SFF Sponsor and Press Kick Off Party, a special sunset reception held on the bayfront grounds of the Marie Selby Botanical Gardens. Next, Director Tom Hall made the much-anticipated statements. "This year, we are proud to announce that we'll be showing 223 films at the Sarasota Film Festival over the course of our 10 days," he said. "We're going to be bringing in at least 100 artists to the festival this year, flying them in from all over to present their films to our community." As attendees sipped glasses of Francis Ford Coppola wine and other classy beverages, SFF Board President Mark Famiglio proudly took to the mic to declare his excitement for what he referred to as the "1.5 decade anniversary" of the program. He also thanked those involved in making that happen. Of those films –– which come from more than 30 different countries –– Hall explained that 102 are features, with their numbers split closely between fictional stories and documentaries. The remainder, he noted, are shorts divided into 15 programs for screening throughout the festival.

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