Film festivals can sometimes seem like a black box: submissions come in, a lineup comes out and what happens in between is a mystery. But there are real humans viewing and reviewing every entry. Those people are called programmers, and the Sarasota Film Festival just hired a brand new batch of them.
The Sarasota Film Festival will take place this year in from April 10-19, hosted by a slew of new staff members. Michael Dunaway will serve as Director of Programming along with programmers Maggie MacKay, Derek Horne and Caley Fagerstrom. Nadine Zylberberg will serve as the new social media manager. All have experience in the independent/festival world, and SFF President Mark Famiglio called the group an “outstanding creative team.”
Their collective past experience includes Sundance, AFI Fest and the Independent Spirit Awards. These people know their stuff, and it will all makes for a better festival.
Actress Lilli Taylor said, “I love the Sarasota Film Festival…It’s one of the few places left that really seems to celebrate film, champion the independent filmmaker, and provide a relaxing atmosphere to get geeky with fellow film comrades.”
Submissions for SFF’s Young Filmmaker Showcase are open until February 27, 2015. For more information, visit Sarasota’s webpage here.