The first pre-festival event has already occurred, but perhaps the largest is yet to come. The Sarasota Film Festival has invited members of the broader public to a town hall-style event at the Marie Selby library in Sarasota. Scheduled for Feb. 8 from 5:30-7pm, the event will include a brief presentation on upcoming programs and changes to the 2012 festival. SFF Director Tom Hall said the event will include a dialogue with the audience, and he hopes everybody gains from the back-and-forth.
“The tagline is: Everything you wanted to know about the Sarasota Film Festival but were afraid to ask,” Hall says. “We want to be as transparent to the community as possible.”
Of course, many of the finer details, such as the films included in this year’s event and the stars invited to the SFF this year, may not be disclosed until a March event closer to the event itself. The Film Festival this year is scheduled from April 13-22.