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Eat Drink Film

Do you want to know how the films for this year’s festival were selected. Tom Hall sat down for an exclusive interview with SRQ’s Sara Stovall and shared the scoop. An excerpt of Stovall’s article appears below. Read the rest in the newest issue of SRQ magazine.

Tom Hall, 1,500 Films Later. Photo by Evan Sigmund

Between the months of September and February, Director Tom Hall and the modest staff of the Sarasota Film Festival watched well over 1,500 movies. They scoured the autumn festival circuit from Toronto to Sundance and sifted through more than 1,000 independent submissions, piecing together a program of the finest new films of the year despite the ever-pressing issue of the calendar.

“You have to be right in the sweet spot time-wise for all the films that you’re going to be showing,” Hall explains. “It’s even more difficult because you fall in love with movies you can’t have; you think the audience can really respond to work that’s being held for Oscar season later in the year—things like that. It becomes a real tightrope walk of getting people to make a decision about April.”

Mid-April isn’t a particularly cushy slot for throwing a film festival as filmmakers vie for high-profile premieres at South by Southwest in March, the illustrious Cannes Festival in May and the Tribeca Film Festival, which takes off right on the SFF’s tail. Despite staunch competition, the SFF dedicates itself to serving the community audience, which Hall praises as “a culture of risk-taking and artistic understanding.” Combined with an equal dedication to artistic rigor in all genres of film, the SFF staff creates a yearly celebration of cinematic art that’s noticed among the top regional festivals in the nation

If we can suggest a good April decision for you to make, it would be picking up the April issue of SRQ, which hits stands today, so you can read the full piece.

SRQ Takes You Behind The Scenes

SRQ Magazine for years has been the most reliable source of in-depth coverage of the Sarasota Film Festival each year. But for the first time this year, we are providing information on the lavish event in real time. On this new blog, SRQ Mag Backlot, we take you behind the scenes with the stars, filmmakers and dignitaries that will turn Sarasota into Sundance from April 7 through April 17.

Bookmark this page and come back frequently so you can learn where to see Geena Davis walk the red carpet, Christopher Plummer’s body of work get celebrated and Harry Connick, Jr., dazzle festival-goers. You will read interviews with the directors behind the many great documentary and narrative features screening at this year’s event.

And best of all, you get to see the festival from SRQ Magazine‘s point of view, from the backlot of the event looking out upon a world of wonder.

Thank you for joining us in this great experiment, and in the excitement of the Sarasota Film Festival.