Sarasota Film Festival reveals lineup

From The Orlando Weekly, March 9, 2020

UPDATE: As of March 13, the festival has been postponed indefinitely.

The Sarasota Film Festival, which runs from March 27 through April 5 in downtown Sarasota, Florida, will open with director Euros Lyn’s Dream Horse (starring Toni Collette) and close with director Andrew Cohn’s The Last Shift (starring Richard Jenkins, who will attend), it was announced Monday.

The 22nd annual festival’s “centerpiece film” will be The Artist’s Wife, directed by Tom Dolby and starring Lena Olin and Bruce Dern.

In addition to Jenkins, celebrity guests will include actresses Wendie Malick (TV’s Just Shoot Me and Frasier) and Connie Nielsen (Gladiator, Wonder Woman). All three will participate in the festival’s “In Conversation With” series, while Malick will receive the TV Comedy Icon Award and Nielsen will get the Impact Award.

Shane Paul McGhie and Richard Jenkins star in The Last Shift. (image copyright Park Pictures / Bona Fide Productions / Front Row)

Often considered one of the top three film festivals in the state – along with the Florida Film Festival and the Miami Film Festival – the Sarasota Film Festival will screen more than 200 movies at Regal Hollywood Cinema, the Sarasota Opera House and Municipal Auditorium. And, in a rare occurrence, this year’s festival will not overlap the Florida Film Festival, meaning Central Florida cinephiles can attend both events.

Tickets go on sale Tuesday. For more information, visit

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