The Sarasota Film Festival this year will kick off with a visit by Sophia Loren, who will be presented with the 2016 Legend Award at a special event at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall on March 31. Loren won an Academy Award for her performance in La Ciociara an an honorary Oscar in 1991 recognizing her entire body of work.
“What an honor it is for the Sarasota Film Festival to bestow our Legend Award to the incredible, world -renowned talent, Sophia Loren,” said Mark Famiglio, President of the Sarasota Film Festival. “Sophia’s legacy and work is a true representation of the arts and culture that we strive to bring to this community year after year. As we enter our 18th festival, there is no better way to celebrate than to recognize the iconic Ms. Loren.”
Mary Bensel, executive director of the Van Wezel, said the move to hold the event on the eve of the 10-day festival’s kickoff showed the strong relationship between the venue and the festival. “We are delighted that the SFF will be honoring one of the film world’s greatest living legends, Ms. Sophia Loren. In the past we have collaborated on bringing some of the screen world’s biggest legends to the Hall.”
The Sarasota Film Festival official runs April 1-10.