Sarasota County Film & Entertainment Office

Production Calls

  • 09/01/15
  • Help the Film Office help the communtiy!

    It is MAGICAL when $25.00 turns into $50.00? No! It's MATCHICAL! It's the Patterson Foundation matching donors' giving amounts to 100% up to $250.00 each.

    Just a short time remaining until the 2015 GIVING CHALLENGE, and your $25.00 or more could make a real difference! Could you spare just a few minutes of your time and a few dollars of your generosity, to help our Sarasota County film commission help our community? ON YOUR MARK: Mark Your Calendar, GET SET: Set Your Alarm on Your Computer, GO! Go Online & Meet the Challenge during the 24 hours between Noon September 1st and Noon September 2nd. WHY? We seek to help open new doors of opportunity and relationships in television, film, webcasts, and many other forms of media (jobs that equal high tech, high wage, high skill) for both students and adults through workshops, training, and educational panels, as well as expand research into incubating local content on a larger scale, and innovating a competitive opportunity to craft television content through small development grants! Whew! We realize those are strenuous goals, and we hope you can help us help others by taking a few minutes to go online and donate a few dollars, in the 24-hour period between noon September 1st and 2nd! HOW? Our film commission, through the Economic Development Foundation, is -- for the first time ever -- participating in the 2015 Giving Challenge to help us accomplish these goals. Any donation of any amount will be genuinely, so very appreciated – and because we’ve never participated in this program before, donations of $25 up to $250 will be MATCHED 100% by the Patterson Foundation, doubling your impact toward these goals. And it’s 100% Tax Deductible! It’s going to be QUICK, QUICK, QUICK – and easy to help: 1. You’ll just log-on to the Giving Challenge ( between noon and noon, September1st-2nd, and 2. Type in Sarasota County Film and Entertainment Office (which is under the Economic Development Foundation), and 3. Make a donation with your credit card. We believe the initiatives / programs we have listed as expanded goals for these funds are essential to growing the quality and quantity of our production community and its assets, to expand their opportunities to learn more, do more, succeed more! Please feel free to SHARE this request with anyone else you think would see the merit and importance of helping our film commission help our community, to make these efforts come to pass. For more information or if you have any questions, please let me know: (941) 309-1200 ext. 111, email: My sincere thanks in advance for any donation you’re able to make – You will make a difference – With gratitude, Jeanne

  • 08/27/15
  • Roy W. Dean Film Grant Deadline 9-30

    Applications are now being accepted for the fall Roy W. Dean Film Grant.   The grant seeks films that are unique and make a contribution to society.  The winner receives $3,000 cash and close to $30,000 in film products and services to use to complete their film.  Films can be documentaries, short films, features, or webisodes.  Deadline for submission is September 30th, 2015.


    The grant includes some very unique and exceptional prizes.  Award winning composer David Raiklen will give the grant recipient $15,000 in theme music and score for their project.  David recently provided music for the Emmy award and Roy W. Dean Grant award winning documentary “Mia: A Dancer’s Journey”.  Emmy award winner Charlie Canfield will donate $6,000 in animation services to the winner.


    Other prizes awarded the grant winner a 4TB G-Raid from G-Technology, a 25% discount on Artbeat’s royalty-free stock footage, 35% off post production services from Solvent Dreams, and 50% Discount for linking services, cells, walkie-talkies from Linking Systems and more from many heartfelt donors


    Even if you don’t win the grant, you win something valuable.  Each applicant for the grant receives a consultation on their project from Carole Dean or a board member of  From The Heart Productions which sponsors the grant. 


    You can apply for the grant at  


    For more information, please email or call 805-984-0098


  • 08/25/15

    UNLEASH YOUR MONSTROSITY CREATURE FEATURE CONTEST Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network is celebrating the deadly, disgusting monsters of the silver screen, and wants to see your ultimate creature creation. Submit for the chance to have your creation professionally modeled, printed, painted and featured on El Rey, brought to you by Skittles.

  • 08/20/15
  • Casting Call -Student Film Shoot

    Casting - Looking for two men in their fifties or sixties as well as two high-school aged boys. For more information or to submit resume and headshot please send to this email address. 

    More details 

  • 07/31/15

    BEWARE!!! Per REPORTER TINA JENSEN OF FOX 13 news: A RECENT AD RUN IN TAMPA AREA says ""Guys, girls, do you love the Disney Channel? How about TV shows like Crash and Bernstein or Jesse? Well, how would you like to be on the Disney Channel?" the ad says, announcing an exclusive upcoming event for the “first 200 callers.”" This is NOT a casting call, but a company trying to sell "memberships" and thousands of dollars worth of photo packages etc. They do NOT get talent jobs, do not cast productions. See article here: Disney Weighs In: A spokesperson for the Disney Channel says producers hold open casting calls a few times a year that are promoted as “official” casting calls and advertised on their website and social media pages. “There is no affiliation between Disney Channel and any advance-fee acting school or acting workshop, and Disney Channel has not authorized talent searches or casting through any advance-fee event organizers,” said Patti McTeague, adding there’s no fee or contract associated with official Disney Channel auditions.

  • 07/10/15
  • Casting Call

    Venice Theatre Seeks Performers for Rock Musical Hair Directed by Ben Vereen


    Ben Vereen is seeking more local performers to audition for Venice Theatre's MainStage production of Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical. Vereen will be directing the production. Michelle Kasanofsky is the music director. They are holding a second round of auditions for the roles of Berger, Claude, Hud and child singers. Auditions will be held at the theatre located at 140 W. Tampa Ave. in Venice on July 19 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and July 20 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Auditioners must make an appointment with stage manager Lisa Million by calling 941-258-0704 or emailing



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