April 27 - 30, 2023, in beautiful, sunny St. Petersburg, Florida, join us for another spectacular film festival where attendees mix and mingle with filmmakers, actors, writers, producers, and celebrities in an open and relaxed atmosphere right in the middle of downtown St. Petersburg!
Sunscreen Film Festival proudly accepts entries on FilmFreeway, the world’s #1 way to enter film festivals and creative contests.
Submissions for the 18th Annual Sunscreen Film Fest in St. Petersburg, Florida (April 27 - 30, 2023):
July 1, 2022 Opening Date
September 30, 2022 Earlybird Deadline
December 16, 2022 Regular Deadline
January 6, 2023 Late Deadline
January 27, 2023 Extended Deadline
March 3, 2023 Notification Date (Approximate)
April 27 – 30, 2023 Event Date
Best Narrative Feature Film
Best Documentary Feature Film
Best Foreign Feature Film
Best Narrative Short Film
Best Documentary Short Film
Best Foreign Short Film
Best Animated Short Film
Best Student Short Film (College)
Best Student Short Film (High School)
The Sunscreen Film Festival is held at the Sundial AMC 12 Theatres located in the beautiful Mall at Sundial nestled in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida.
153 2nd Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701
21.0 mi / 33.8 km from Tampa International Airport (TPA)
Accommodations, located in the heart of downtown St. Pete, within walking distance or a short ride to venue.
Movies - Workshops - Parties: With a DAY or VIP pass gain access to film screenings, workshops and parties and the Awards Ceremony!
This really was an incredible festival: packed screenings, elegant events, GREAT workshops and panels, excellent communication, and WHAT A TOWN! Tony and the team at Sunscreen made us feel like the most important film at the fest...while also making other filmmakers feel just a special. Quite a trick!
Chris White - "Electric Jesus"
Thank you so much Sunscreen for having my film "Jackals" at your festival. I enjoyed bouncing around to the different screenings and the panels. Can't wait to submit my next film! Keep rocking Sunscreen!
Sean Menendez - "Jackal"
Wow. This festival was amazing. Even during Covid they managed to have an in person event with panels, workshops, parties and lots of networking. Oh and of course wonderful films! Every email and question i had got answered in a timely fashion and I really felt welcome at this event. Great job Sunscreen!!
Jennifer Msumba - "The Fish Don't Care if it Rains"
Sunscreen is a very hospitable, warm and inviting festival. Communication was prompt, courteous and personable. Members were eager to network and help filmmakers find next steps. I highly recommend this festival!
Sunscreen was a diamond in the rough. I hadn’t heard of it prior to this festival season when I came across it on FF and I can’t tell you how happy I am that I decided to apply. They did an incredible job through the difficult situation of COVID remaining “open” yet safe. The value that I got in applying to this festival can not be overestimated. Do yourselves a favor and get on it for 2022. I’ll be the first in line.
Dave Siegel - "Would Have"
What a festival! After the throes of 2020, this FF picked itself up and put an in-person 2021 event that rallied the best of spirit. Great energy, workshops, and leadership behind making the filmmakers feel welcomed and informed. If you are thinking of submitted to Sunscreen, don't think twice! It was an honor to have "Silent Notes" be part of the selected short films. Thank you, SFF!
Kiki Tsakalakis - "Silent Notes"