Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 07/15/14
  • SPIRIT VOICES FROM OLD MANATEE-Audition dates & notes

    Manatee County - Audition dates for this outdoor drama under the ARTS OPPORTUNITIES or AUDITIONS section of the  website and add our Face Book address: or website:  or phone number: (941) 741-4076 for more information.





  • 07/15/14
  • Production Community Notice- Kickstarter

  • 07/10/14
  • Costume Assistant Needed

    If you are interested in getting some experience working with a talented Costume Desginer on a local Indie Film Project. A volunteer is needed. Please contact Shaun Greenspan, Tri Force Pictures at

  • 07/09/14
  • Production Community Notice- Among Ravens

    ·         Local ConnectionActor Castille Landon was born in Sarasota and raised in Bradenton.  Local Producer Dori Sperko brought the writer/director of Among Ravens to Bradenton and Sarasota to film his next feature, the thriller Wind Walkers, coming Spring 2015.

     AMONG RAVENS is sort of The Big Chill meets Little Miss Sunshine.  The film explores the lives of a privileged cast of characters who seem to “have it all”, but are living behind facades of perfection and happiness.  Into this idyllic world comes Chad, a strange and beautifully odd character,  in whose presence their dark secrets begin to surface.  Naturally, they blame Chad and turn on him.  All of this is seen through the eyes of a 10 year old girl who befriends Chad.  But is he as innocent as he seems?


    • Friday July 18 –  AMC Veterans in Tampa.  Starts around 7 pm (check for local show times, week of).  Tix not yet on sale.  Showing all week, but Dori & Castille will do meet and greet on July 18 evening show.


    ·       Thurs July 31Carmike Royal Palm 20 for Bradenton/Sarasotatix available NOW at   Dori & Castille will do meet & greet.

     OUT OF TOWN?  It’s available NOW as a pre-order on iTunes, but I think it’s a little cheaper if you wait until the July 18 release date.  Should also be on Premium VOD on July 18. 


  • 07/09/14
  • Casting Call - "Joshua"

    Production Community Notice:

    Casting Call "Joshua"

    Triple Knot Productions is looking for special talent in our new production of "Joshua". We are looking for unique individuals to help carry the role of a few supporting characters.

    "Joshua" is being produced with the intent to be submitted with two goals in mind. Our first goal is to submit it to "Project Greenlight" that has a deadline of August 8th, 2014. The second goal is to distribute the project nationally to be part of our "Think Twice" campaign that has thought -provoking messages.

    Female: Age 35-45, white, attractive, must be willing to show deep emotion, anger, and frustration.

    Male: Age 35-60, white, bald, goatee, beard, tattoos preferred. This actor will be playing the stereotypical prisoner that is the terror on his cell block.

    Female: Age 13-18, mixed-race, attractive, must be willing to portray herself, cold, but hurt and yet angry.

    Male: Age 1-3, mixed-race, cute baby

    Submit All Headshots and demo links to

    Shooting locations will be in Tampa and Orlando.

  • 07/03/14
  • Annual Improv Festival

    Next Weekend July 11th & 12th -Please see link for details.

  • 07/03/14
  • Production Community Notice

    FYI, to our countywide production community, all filmmaking professionals and those that want to become professionals:  Please see this article and remember the terrible cost of human life that this “Guerilla Filmmaking” decision caused.    This legal consequence may potentially be a precedent setting situation that impacts projects across the nation:  .  Rules, regulations and permits serve an important purpose and our film commission will always try to help with information about those processes in Sarasota County, so please don’t hesitate to call us.  (941) 309-1200 ext. 104

  • 07/02/14
  • Independant Film Festival in August


    Media Contact:

    Magida Diouri


    Burns Court Cinemas, Friday, August 22, Saturday, August 23 and Sunday, August 24, 2014.

    Scheduled to be held at Burns Court Cinemas in downtown Sarasota, the fourth annual Fabulous Independent Film Festival is celebrating diversity with 3 days of the best of LGBT cinema, with feature length films as well as short films.  In association with and benefitting the Harvey Milk Festival, a non-profit organization, the festival is organized by broken rules productions.

    The Fabulous IFF makes its film selections from the greatest LGBT film festivals in the US, Canada and Europe.

    Tickets will be available at on Monday, July 28, 2014. Tickets will also be available at the Burns Court Cinemas each day of the festival.  

    The Sarasota Film Society’s Burns Court Cinemas is the venue sponsor.  Watermark Media, Janice & John Shelton, RC Moore Construction, Embracing Our Differences, and the Huisking Family Advised Fund are among our wonderful sponsors helping make this event a reality.  The opening night party will be hosted by M.A.D.E, on Friday, August 22, 2014.

    The Fabulous IFF is welcoming sponsors at all levels. 

    Burns Court Cinemas - 506 Burns Lane, Sarasota, 34236 – Venue Sponsor

    M.A.D.E. - 1990 Main Street, Sarasota, FL 34236 – Opening Night Party Sponsor

    For press and sponsorship info, please contact Magida Diouri at 941.284.3059 or

  • 06/19/14
  • Young Filmmaker-Editor Needed ASAP

    An individual is looking for a young person w/moxie & own equipment to put a reel together. Need to shoot & edit some existing footage & looking for a web designer.  Ideal candidate is probably a film student on summer break or Ringling student.  Needed ASAP

    Resumes to:

  • 06/10/14
  • Venice Theatre Presents

    THE DESTINATION - aactWorldfest

    - Monday June 16 - Saturday June 21.

    aactWorld Fest2014

    A world-wide week-long community threatre festival happening June 16-21, 2014 in Venice.

    Performances, Workshops, Fellowship

    Who can attend? Anyone with a love of theatre! You'll have the time of your life at this festival.

    To register or for more information 941-488-1115



  • 06/04/14
  • Film Florida Elects 2014-2015 Officers: Jeanne Corcoran named Vice Chair.



    For Immediate Release
    Tuesday, June 3, 2014  


    June 3, 2014 - Michelle Hillery, the Deputy Film Commissioner for the Palm Beach County Film and Television Commission (FTC), has been named President of Film Florida. It was announced at the annual Film Florida meeting at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, FL.

    "Michelle has built an outstanding reputation as a business executive with a proven track record for teamwork and collaboration," said Palm Beach County Film Commissioner Chuck Elderd. "Her passion for the entertainment business, combined with her creativity and vision, will be a tremendous asset to Film Florida, and I'm very pleased she was elected."

    Said Hillery: "It is a great honor to be named as the next President of Film Florida. I am hugely excited by the opportunities that lie ahead and look forward to working with the incoming leadership such as Sen. Andy Gardiner and Rep. Steve Crisafulli in the Florida Senate and House on creating more jobs for Floridians."

    As Deputy Film Commissioner for the FTC, Hillery is responsible for the development and implementation of the FTC's contracts, marketing program, budget analysis, audit, public relation efforts, website coordination, and the Internship Program. Hillery is also responsible for the oversight of an annual Office of Economic Sustainability contract and programs relating to education including the Palm Beach International Film Festival's Student Showcase of Films.

    Additionally, she has worked with feature films such as Bad Boys II, starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence; HeartBreakers, starring Sigourney Weaver, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Gene Hackman and Ray Liotta; In Her Shoes, starring Cameron Diaz, Toni Collette and  Shirley MacLaine; Parker starring Jennifer Lopez and Jason Statham; independent films such as Hitters Anonymous staring Linda Blair, Clint Howard and Steven Bauer; Boynton Beach Bereavement Club, starring Joseph Bologna, Dyan Cannon and Sally Kellerman; music videos Its 5 Five O'Clock Somewhere, staring Alan Jackson as well as Celine Dion's A New Day Has Come with Jimmy Buffett.

    Under Hillery's leadership, the FTC has been recognized with some of the industry's most prestigious awards including a gold Addy Award and a Telly Award. She also sits as an advisor on several boards including the Film & Television Institute and Palm Beach Gardens Five Star Magnet Program.

    The other Executive Board officers elected are:

    1st Vice President - Judson C. French, Jr., Florida State University College of Motion Picture Arts (Education Council)
    2nd Vice President - Kelly Paige, Level Talent Agency (Industry Council)
    Secretary - Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA (Labor Council)
    Treasurer - John Lux, IDEAS (Industry Council)
    At Large - Sheena Fowler, Women in Film and Television - Florida (Associations Council)
    Immediate Past President - Leah Sokolowsky, Teamsters Local 769 (Labor Council)

    Additional board members include the Film Commission Council: Dale Gordon, Tampa/Hillsborough County Film & Digital Media Commission - Chair; Jeanne Corcoran, Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office - Vice Chair; Bonnie King, Space Coast Film Commission - Secretary; and Alternates: Debbie Miehls, Bradenton Area Film Commission; and Jerry Jones, Charlotte Harbor Florida Film Office.

    The Association Council elected Richard Seres, AICP Florida - Chair; and Thomas Mitchell, FMPTA - Vice-Chair.

    The Education Council elected Lucia Fishburne, Florida State University College of Communication & Information - Chair; David Jaffe, Lynn University - Vice Chair; and Ralph Clemente, Valencia College - Secretary.

    The Industry Council elected Dawson Peden, Cineverse Miami - Chair; and James Stamatis, Telemundo - Vice-Chair.

    Herta Suarez, SAG-AFTRA; and Leah Sokolowsky, representing Teamsters Local 769 will continue to represent Labor Council on the Film Florida Executive Board as Secretary and Immediate Past President respectively.

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    Michelle Hillery,,  561.233.1000
    Christy Tricoli,, 407.947.3086 


    © 2014 Film Florida - All rights reserved.

  • 06/04/14
  • "The Last Five Years" Theatrical Production this weekend.

    Little Grey Hat Productions Presents "The Last Five Years" by Jason Robert Brown is a beautiful, intensely personal musical about the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship.

    A successful writer named Jamie meets an ambitious actress named Cathy, and through songs and scenes they unravel the story of their life together. What makes this show so unique is the way it is told: Jamie is travelling forwards in time, from their first date to the day of their separation, but Cathy is travelling backwards within the same time frame. The award-winning musical was made into a movie this year starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

    Little Grey Hat Productions LLC is proud to make this our first show, and will be presenting it in numerous locations in the Sarasota-Bradenton area, throughout Summer 2014.
    For Tickets and Information go to:

    To reserve tickets, call:
    Home Resource

    The Broadway Bar
    1001 Cocoanut Ave, Sarasota, FL 34236
    June 6th, 7th, 8th - 8pm
    June 7th - 2pm
    $15.00 each
    (941) 953-4343

    The South Florida Museum
    201 10th St W, Bradenton, FL 34205
    June 21st - 9pm
    $15.00 each
    (941) 746-4131, ext. 31

    Backstage at The Players Theater
    838 N Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34236
    July 26th - 8pm
    July 27th - 2pm
    $20.00 each
    (941) 365-2494

  • 06/03/14
  • Are you a singer? Try out for Country Idol at The White Buffalo Saloon

    Qualifications Begin June 18th 8:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Register on Site

    *Must have quality Back Track Music (cd or flash drive MP3)

    *16 years of age and up (All participating under 18 must have parental consent and signature)


  • 05/29/14
  • Attn: Film Lovers - Newly Established SRQ Independent Films Presents

    "SRQ Independent Films was established to give Sarasota film lovers the thrill of watching locally produced movies in the comfort of their homes. What could be more exciting than to see nail biting drama or outrageous comedy taking place in locations that we all know so well?  Chances are you'll even see someone you recognize.  "It's no surprise that in a community like Sarasota we have some world-class artists, and that includes film makers" says Mark Troy, SRQ's founder.  "Isn't it great to discover jewels right in your own back yard?"

    To watch the best of locally produced films for free, simply "Like" the SRQ Films Facebook page, here:



  • 05/28/14
  • Auditions! - provides great audition links -- Be sure to check the audition pages of local theaters so you don't miss anything (click the theater name): Florida Studio TheatreThe Players Theatre of SarasotaManatee PlayersThe Golden AppleIsland Players
    source thanks: Anything

  • 05/27/14


    Ryan Justice posted in Ringling College of Art + Design - Digital Filmmaking

    Campus MovieFest has launched an amazing new opportunity to find the best Animation, Special Effects, Character Illustration and Music Composition students out there!

    One lucky student in each of the 4 categories will win a weeklong animation experience shadowing at FOX Animation Domination High-Def Studios in Hollywood to learn from their top animators! And thanks to Adobe, one winner will even win the grand prize of $5,000 USD to bring their own creations to life! Your entry could even get featured by FOX Animation Domination High-Def, Adobe, the ShortsHD TV channel, and/or in-flight on Virgin America!

    But first, our judges will have to deem your portfolio piece worthy – including David Silverman, known for directing The Simpsons Movie and Monsters, Inc. Additional judges include Adobe’s Dan Cowles, FOX Animation Domination High-Def execs Nick Weidenfeld, Hend Baghdady, and Ben Jones.

    Submit your original work online at before June 2, 2014!


  • 05/20/14
  • Grant Opportunity

    The Film Grant Where You Win Even If You Lose

    The deadline for the Roy W. Dean Summer Grant is June 30th, 2014. If you win, you get $2,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film goods and services to help complete your project. Donors include many major industry companies like Edgewise Media, Lightning Dubs and many talented editors, colorists, etc.

    But, if you don' t win, you still end up ahead. Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation from Carole Dean, founder of the grant, head of the non-profit film fiscal sponsor From The Heart Productions, and author of the Second Edition of the bestselling- book, ' The Art of Film Funding' . She has 20 years experience judging films, mentoring filmmakers, and is also a fiscal sponsor for many other films.

    Application and guidelines are on "We want films that are unique and make a contribution to society, docs, shorts and features are accepted."


    Thank you for your time,

    Kris Blackburn

    From the Heart Productions

  • 05/15/14
  • Casting Call - From the Producers of Tobacco Wars- Reality TV Show Opportunity

    In Trouble Zone Productions:
    The producers of "Tobacco Wars" (CMT) are casting for their new reality TV Shows Now! They are looking for family owned and operated businesses.

    Is your business a Realuty TV Show?
    Do you have a cast of Characters?
    Do you have the drama?


    "We sold 719 cars in one month and broke the world record for most used cars sold. ITZ is the most creative marketing team in the country."
    John Marazzi, owner, Brandon Honda, Florida

    "I received 25 calls a day every day my TV show ran."
    Jerry Webster, owner, Source One Credit Repair, Naples, Florida

    "Our place was packed, I had a line out the door. Reality TV is the future of advertising.""

    For more information contact



    Chuck Ardezzone


    (917) 375-6527

    Chuck Ortino, owner, Pete-zza, Bonita Springs, Florida

  • 04/15/14





    11th Annual Ringling College Digital Film  Seminar

    June 16-27
    For more information:



  • 04/11/14
  • NBC Comedy Needs Your Ideas!


    NBC Comedy- Your Next Big Idea could be the NEXT BIG COMEDY- For more information go to











  • 01/09/14
  • "Free Ride" that shot throughout Sarasota County

    SEE THE FILM!  JAN 10th -  The Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office is proud to announce the release of Free Ride by Director Shana Betz starring Academy Award Winner Anna Paquin (trailer:, which rolls out in theaters in LA and NYC and on every major VOD/cable system outlet this coming Friday January 10th! Based on Shana Betz's true life story, this retro roller coaster indie was shot entirely in Sarasota County! Please support this film's release by watching on VOD on Friday or
    at a theatre near you.

    Festival Opening Night Film ~
    Ft. Lauderdale International
    Film Festival
    Award Winner ~ Tangerine Entertainment Award - Hamptons Int'l. Film Festival

    Praise for "FREE RIDE":

    "...neatly re-creates the casual, copacetic sexuality and drug use of the '70s with enough authenticity that ... it never feels like simplistic moral retribution." Variety 10/20/13
    "...montages of hedonistic good times (including some druggy, gropey parties that are witnessed by the kids) leading to menacing turns of events and inevitable encounters with the Feds. Betz and her cast have a firm grip on the domestic side of things..." Hollywood Reporter 10/30/13
    "The opening moment of "Free Ride," Friday night's gripping curtain-raiser for the 28th annual Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, is quick to introduce the carefully calibrated tension to follow for the next 83 minutes." The Go Guide 10/17/13

  • 12/18/13
  • Local Movie Released on Netflix!

    Demon- Ocean Productions 


    Press release article:

    Distributor Direct Link: 



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