Sarasota Film Festival, Inc.
332 Cocoanut Ave
Sarasota FL 34236
The mission of the Sarasota Film Festival is to celebrate the art of filmmaking and the contribution of filmmakers by hosting an international film festival and developing yearlong programs for the economic, educational and cultural benefit of our community.
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Famiglio
Board Chair Mr. Mark Famiglio
Board Chair Company Affiliation Industrialist
History and Background
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1998
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
SFF IRS Letter
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Feb 2015
State Registration Yes Feb 2016
The 2014 Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) once again led the way nationally  in recognizing and supporting the best in cinema and in delivering significant economic, educational and cultural benefits to the greater Sarasota community.  The Festival featured over 250 films, the largest number of  artistic offerings in our history, and our audience grew to over 55,000, the largest in our history.  And, because we  expanded our community outreach  and  partnership efforts, we saw the most diverse audience ever. Further, our Education Department provided free access to films and programs to over 6,000 students grades K - 12. We are  particularly proud of our summer partnership with Booker High School where SFF instructors led students in the creation of  their own film celebrating the Newtown centennial anniversary.  Finally,  the SFF website and social media campaigns created a more accessible festival for locals and tourists alike ,and in doing so, we experienced major growth in our online marketing and ticket sales.  
Moving forward, SFF now looks to strengthening our infrastructure, thus, enabling us to continue to provide the best possible festival as well as the best possible service to patrons, community partners, sponsors and artists with the best possible service.   We are committed to technology upgrades in both our box office and administrative office, including the acquisition of new computers and systems, including a donor and volunteer management system.  We also plan to implement improved volunteer and staff training and retention programs to ensure the highest level of service to our community. Finally, after the success of our 2014 pilot summer camp at Booker High School, we are committed to launching our  full summer camp program in 2015.

In 1999, Sarasota civic and business leaders banded together to produce the first Sarasota Film Festival. This “mini-festival,” featured eight independent films, six actors (Jon Favreau, Marlee Matlin, Jonathan Silverman, Penelope Ann Miller, Peter Sarsgaard, Samantha Mathis) and a gala fundraiser.  SFF has since grown to an annual ten day event with over 200 hundred films, more than 250 filmmakers in attendance, multiple special events, symposiums, panels and conversations featuring leaders in the film industry.

Through the years, many of cinema’s leading actors, directors and filmmakers have been honored at the Festival, including Alan Alda, Robert Altman, Kevin Bacon, Lawrence Blume, Steve Buscemi, Leslie Caron, Chevy Chase, Billy Crystal, Geena Davis, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Falk, Marcia Gay Harden, Woody Harrelson, Rutger Hauer, Tippi Hedren, Werner Herzog, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Felicity Huffman, Allison Janney, Norman Jewison, Shirley Jones, Kevin Kline, John Landis, William H Macy, Rita Moreno, Edward Norton, Christopher Plummer, Sidney Pollack, Gena Rowlands, Tom Selleck, Brooke Shields, Patrick Stewart, Charlize Theron, Robert Towne, Stanley Tucci, Liv Ullman, Jon Voight, Paula Wagner and many others.

In addition, the Sarasota Film Festival has developed nationwide, award-winning education programs which involves over 10,000 students and offering the community free year-round events and workshops.


1.  Technology:  Total $20,457.00.  Our outdated computers have compromised our performance at every level.  This upgrade will enable SFF to  provide unrivaled service and easy access to our patrons. 

a. 13" MacBook Airs (Box Office/Outreach Terminals): need 2
b.  Mac Mini (Main Office,Development, Marketing, Volunteer, ED, Accounting, Events): need 6
c. Apple Thunderbolt Display (Education Editing Suite): need 3
d. MacPro (Education Editing Suite Computer): need 1
e. iPad Pro (deliverables survey and CSR terminals): need 2
Software Licenses
a. Adobe Creative Suite: need 3
b File Maker Pro: need 3 
2.   Education - Summer Project:  $24,360.00 for our proposed 2015 summer filmmaking camp scholarship fund.  Because we are committed to enrolling all eligible students regardless of ability to pay, we must be able to provide tuition assistance to those in need.  Funding will also support student snacks and materials.  
3.   Donor/Volunteer Management System: $4,700 for the acquisition of a  cloud based donor  system. We have no reliable or efficient way of tracking donors or our 350 volunteers who fill 80 time slots each day during the Festival. This has  severely handicapped every aspect of fundraising and development and volunteer coordination and management. 
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Charlotte
FL- Manatee
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Arts,Culture & Humanities
Secondary Org Type Education
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
SFF PROGRAMMING - ADULTS & YOUTHFEST:  Each year SFF welcomes over 55,000 patrons to Sarasota for our 10 day world class festival of film and events. Our expert programming team selects only the best in independent film to provide the viewer with an experience as colorful and diverse as our community itself.  Many of our films have gone on to great commercial and industry success.
In addition to having an enviable industry reputation for presenting the best in new  films for adults,  SFF also presents the latest and greatest in kid friendly independent films each year.   In 2014, we presented 40  films to over 2,000 students free of charge.  Through our  partnership with Embracing Our Differences, students are brought to the theatre for film and interaction with visiting filmmakers. They then visit EOD's diversity focused art exhibit.  We also offer a free Special Sensory Screening of selected youthFest films to those children with cognitive and development disabilities and their families.  During these screenings, the sound is low & the lights are turned up.  
Budget $87,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served General/Unspecified Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) Families
Short Term Success

The economic impact of the Sarasota Film Festival on the local community grows each year. With roughly 45% of the SFF patrons coming from outside Sarasota County, hotels, restaurants, local stores and businesses benefit from the visiting filmmakers, cultural tourists and international press. The Festival continues to grow as the press spreads the word. Many of these tourists and talent return to Sarasota outside of the Film Festival to enjoy the beautiful beaches and other attractions.

Within Sarasota, the partnerships developed by the Festival foster the economy by encouraging expansion into new programs and activities. In 2012, SFF generated funds for the FSU College of Medicine Scholarship Program to help students pay for college at the Sarasota regional campus. Other ongoing partnerships include Gulf Coast Chapter of UN Women which shows films of and about women and The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee program designed to showcase new and engaging films from around the world focused on the Jewish experience. In addition, SFF produced a Public Service Announcement for Manatee Children's Services and screened it before each film to encourage donations and volunteering for their programs that help abused and neglected children.

Long Term Success

The success of SFF enhances the cultural landscape of Sarasota, grows our economy, promotes creativity and collaboration and provides many opportunities for the future for our younger working demographic and our student population. For many students who participate in our YouthFest programs, it is their first trip to the theatre and first exposure to film.  We believe that exposure to films with both entertaining and educational value will ultimately result greater self expression and creativity. 

Program Success Monitored By
Each year, SFF evaluates film ticket sales and event participation; audience feedback and survey data; number of films submitted; festival accessibility through various media; engagement with the local cultural community; filmmaker and industry feedback; and the success of films screened by SFF in the post-festival marketplace. Positive data or a positive trend in each of these factors defines a "successful" film festival.
Examples of Program Success
SFF is one of the top rated U.S. film festivals. For the past two years, roughly 55,000 tickets have been sold, for both the films and the events. Venue capacity by tickets sold averages 96%; many films and events are sold out and with waiting lists/lines.

EDUCATION: Our Education Department offers multiple evidence based programs  to students of all ages. Each program is designed to inspire self expression, confidence, respect and collaboration while teaching the fundamentals of filmmaking.  A few of our programs are highlighted below:

Youth Screenwriters Circle:  High School students hone their writing skills as as they create personal & compelling screenplays that are later presented by students in our Youth Screenwriters Live! class  at a free live staged reading.  
Reel Life Studio: Students learn the art of  narrative and documentary filmmaking through classroom lectures and hands-on-training that includes  cinematography, directing, production, and post production. The program culminates with students collaborating  to make their own  films which are then judged by students in our Junior Jury class. Finally, we celebrate our young filmmakers with public screenings, an award ceremony, & live entertainment at our Hollywood Nights.
Budget $35,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) Families At-Risk Populations
Short Term Success

Short term successes will be measured by:


  1. Improved writing and self expression skills of each child
  2. An expanded  student understanding of the power of film to not only entertain but, to educate and advocate about subjects relevant to their world. This will be evidenced by the content of the student created films.  about subjects relevant to their world.  For example, local students filmed an emotional documentary about a food program that provided weekend meals for needy children which raised $15,000 for a local non-profit.
  3. Increased student collaboration and interaction.
Long Term Success
SFF Education Program is second to none with its unique and no cost approach to exposing youth minority groups to cinema with a special emphasis on topics germane to those groups. Because filmmaking is the ultimate collaborative experience, students learn teamwork and respect for others. We hope that this will ultimately translate into greater inclusiveness and the end to bullying on school campuses and


  • An incredible accomplishment for the Sarasota Film Festival would be to see one of the participants of the SFF Education Programs go on to win an Academy Award for their work in Film. 
  • SFF aspires to provide scholarships for the talented youth of Sarasota to follow their dreams in entertainment. 
Program Success Monitored By For the SFF Education Programs, we have found that the best feedback is the number of requests to participate by educators in our community and the retention of past participants year after year.  SFF also receives enormous positive parent testimonials, thank you gifts, notes and words of encouragement to the managers of the Festival.   Finally, SFF instructors compare written projects at the beginning and end of our programs.
Examples of Program Success One of the best examples is in the Screenwriter's Circle Program that is delivered to a local at-risk school.  Many of the students have increased their self esteem, and now realize they have the ability to pursue writing as a career.
The Sarasota Film Festival (SFF) is committed to promoting and recognizing the accomplishments of women in the film industry and as subjects of films. We have strong partnerships with The Gulf Coast Chapter of U.N. WTHE Romen, The Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media, and Women Make Movies.  We also created Side By Side: A Mentoring Program For Women In Film.  Each year we invite women filmmakers to gather in Sarasota to learn  from one another and we  promote independent films by women filmmakers who seek to expand awareness of the lives of women around the world. In 2013 we introduced local schools to the See Jane Project which raises awareness  of gender stereotypes especially in film.
Although they make up over 50% of the movie going audience, women remain significantly underrepresented in all areas of the film industry. The need for change is clear:
  • Women directed 5% of the top 250 grossing films of 2011, down 2% from 2010
  • Women wrote 14% of the top 250 grossing films of 2011, up 4% from 2010.
  • Women comprised 18% of all executive producers, down 3% from 2010.
  • Women comprised 25% of all producers, up 1% from 2010.
  • Women comprised 20% of all editors, the same as 2010.
  • Women comprised 4% of all cinematographers, up 2% from 2010.
It is a priority for SFF to recognize the importance of female equality and representation. 
Budget $87,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Females US& International Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success
In 2014, SFF featured over 60 films directed by women, roughly 30% of our program, nearly six times the Hollywood average.  These women filmmakers use the prestige and honor of having their film shown at the Sarasota Film Festival to advance their careers.  While at the Festival, women network and collaborate with other filmmakers while sharing their upcoming ideas and projects.
SFF provided offices and logistical support for the independent feature, Free Ride, with female director Shana Sosin,  which was filmed in Sarasota in the summer of 2011.
Long Term Success
SFF believes that by creating an industry leading program in the Sarasota and Manatee County area, SFF can provide an international spotlight for women in film that leads to the direct economic and cultural benefit of our community. 
A wonderful accomplishment would be to see the percentages of women working within the entertainment industry increase. 
Program Success Monitored By Ticket sales for the women's programs, surveys of filmmakers and final testimonials from the youth involved in the programs are carefully analyzed by SFF staff and consultants to accurately measure the impact of SFF's progress.
Examples of Program Success Students who participated in the "See Jane Studio" commented that the project challenged middle school students to be responsible, conscious content creators as they learned about gender representation in media while writing and producing their own short films. They wrote that it was "an eye opening experience."
Description MOONLIGHT MOVIES:  Each year SFF offers a free outdoor film series throughout the Sarasota area.  Our seasoned Programming Department selects  family friendly films for all to enjoy, as well as safe & welcoming venues and supportive community partners for each film.  The films are projected on our two story high inflatable screens and SFF staff and volunteers manage the entire event.  While some films are chosen for their important message; others, are selected purely for their entertainment value.  In 2014, over 200 students & parents screened THE HOLDING CELL about teenage prescription on the ODA campus.  The film, followed by a discussion and Q & A, allowed students to learn an important life lesson through film.  In contrast, SFF also showed THE LITTLE MERMAID to over 1,000 people on Siesta Key Beach, combining both entertainment and a showcase for Sarasota's most beautiful landmark.  SFF plans to host more screenings on our public beaches & other popular local & tourist sites.    
Budget $8,405
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Families Children and Youth (0 - 19 years) K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success The short term success of the program is determined by the number of attendees for each attendee.
Long Term Success The long term success of the popular Moonlight Movies series will be seen in the growth of the economic and cultural benefit to our community.  Each screening provides an opportunity to showcase a Sarasota landmark, school or other cultural venue while providing free family friendly entertainment. 
Program Success Monitored By Attendance is carefully monitored for each screening and surveys are distributed among the attendees and later analyzed.
Examples of Program Success In 2014, SFF presented THE LITTLE of over 1,000 families and children on Siesta Key Beach.  Both locals and tourists enjoyed beautiful weather, a world famous beach and priceless family time together while enjoying film.  This was our largest Moonlight Movie screening to date. Another example of our program success was seen in the more serious screening of  HOLDING CELL. This compelling locally made film addressed the prescription drug epidemic.  Over 200 students and teachers attended the outdoor screening and remained for the powerful discussion and Q & A with the filmmaker and mother who lost her child to drug abuse.  Both screenings  demonstrated the value of our program and film - to entertain, to educate, to enlighten, to inspire.

Firmly committed to the power of film to educate & enlighten, we designed a program that allows students to study a relevant community social issue while learning filmmaking. They then create their own documentary film on their subject.  During our 2014 pilot program at Booker HS, students are creating  a film celebrating the Newtown Centennial Anniversary.  Because the essence of filmmaking is collaboration, by participating in this project students learn and experience teamwork, respect for others and the collaborative process as they script, shoot, edit and produce their film as a group.  Students work with industry experts and guest speakers include local historians, writers & leaders.  Future projects to be considered include Sarasota's fight against hunger and the homeless challenge.  The filmmaking project begins with two 3 week summer sessions and continues throughout the Fall until the completion of the film. All eligible students are admitted regardless of inability to pay. 

Budget $24,000
Category Arts, Culture & Humanities, General/Other Film & Video
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Adolescents Only (13-19 years) Children Only (5 - 14 years) Blacks, African Heritage
Short Term Success

By the end of the 2 summer sessions, students will have:

a.  created a compelling documentary film.
b.  Demonstrated team work and respect for one another throughout the creative process; 
c. understanding of the chosen subject matter of their film;
d. Improved their communication skills;
e. Demonstrated enhanced social skills and confidence. 
Long Term Success

Students will produce award winning films that will have significant audience impact.

Students will raise awareness and promote positive solutions to relevant social challenges highlighted in their films. 

Program Success Monitored By Success will be monitored by classroom attendance and participation records and the quality of the film produced.
Examples of Program Success We launched the pilot program July 7, 2014, and it is still in session. Thus, a final analysis has yet to be conducted.  However, initial feedback of the program has been overwhelming.  Students traveled to City Hall, the County Commissioner's Office and local businesses to interview local African American leaders and Newtown natives. Their improved confidence and enthusiasm for the project is palpable.
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Mark Famiglio
CEO Term Start July 2008
Experience Mark P. Famiglio, a native of Philadelphia and a graduate of New College, has lived in Sarasota for over thirty-five years.  He is engaged in a triumvirate of business enterprises within the fields of real estate, information technology and aviation.  Mark has built, owns and manages several million cubic feet of commercial buildings along the West Coast of Florida.  He has made significant contributions towards the preservation of environmentally sensitive lands and has been instrumental in saving numerous historically significant properties, including the Crosley Estate, of which he was the former owner.  Mark is the co-founder, owner and managing member of CopyTalk, a company that provides voice-to-text message delivery through proprietary technology of which he is credited as being co-inventor.  CopyTalk was recently named Manatee County’s Industry of the Year.  Mark has owned and operated numerous jet aircraft throughout North America and Europe.  He serves on numerous non-profit boards including the Board of Trustees of the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and United Cerebral Palsy, of which he is the President.  He is the Chair of the Van Wezel Foundation and the President and Co-Founding Producer of the Sarasota Film Festival.  Additionally, he had served on the St. Martha’s Church Parish Council and the Partners Board Of WUSF.  Other charitable involvements include the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, where a gallery and the Museum Store are named in his honor.  In 2004, Mark established the Mark P. Famiglio Fund for Excellence at the Florida State University College of Medicine to support the presence of the medical school within the Sarasota community. In 2004, Mark was inducted into the Frances Eppes Society of the Florida State University in recognition of his dedication and support of florida education. One of his principal passions has been for the protection of children and he has been a major supporter of Manatee Childrens’ services. 
Full Time Staff 1
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 350
Contractors 50
Staff Retention Rate % 74%
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 1
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Former CEOs
Mr. Jody Kielbasa Sept 1998 - May 2008
Senior Staff
Mr. Jedediah Shoemaker Associate Director
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation Yes
The Sarasota Film Festival's collaborative efforts have been extremely productive.  A number of community organizations join SFF as grants providers, sponsors and/or working partners, such as various non-profit foundations, including The Gulf Coast Chapter of the U.S. National Committee for UN Women, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, NYU Tisch School of the Arts, Sarasota Ballet, Manatee Education Television, Booker High School, New College, The Ringling College of Art and Design, The Florida State University College of Medicine, The Roskamp Institute, State College of Florida, the Greater Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, the Sarasota County Visitors' Bureau, the Sarasota Farmers' Market, Towles Court Art Walk, the Phillippi Market, and others.  SFF works with a number of local institutions, both educational (local public schools and colleges/universities) and cultural (the Sarasota Opera, Sarasota Ballet, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, Selby Gardens,Florida Studio Theater) in presenting various festival events and providing festival venues. The film festival also partners with local restaurants and hotels in providing food and lodging for our industry guests and festival attendees. Other partners include: FSU/Asolo Acting Conservatory, Film School of Florida State University, Ringling College of Art and Design,  Florida Film Commission, Florida West Coast Symphony, Girls, Inc., John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art, State College of Florida, Manatee County Arts Council, Rowlett Magnet School for the Performing Arts, Sarasota County Arts Council, School Board of Sarasota County, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, United Nations Development Fund for Women, Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall, YMCA Community Coalition for Children, Young Professionals Group of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Mark Famiglio
Company Affiliation Industrialist
Board Term July 2008 to June 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. George Argyros Philanthropist
Mark Famiglio Entrepreneur
Ann Logan Selby Gardens
Ms. Kelly Martella Boar's Head
Wanda Rayle-Libby Retired
Wes Roberts SRQ Media Group
David Shapiro Shapiro, Goldman, Babboni & Walsh
Helen Sosso Prudential Preferred
Alan Wallack retired attorney
Robert Warren Community Volunteer
Sharyn Weiner Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 6
Female 5
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 3
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 60
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 80
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 54
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $950,000.00
Projected Expenses $950,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$72,685$0$0
Individual Contributions$404,435$427,660$643,963
Investment Income, Net of Losses$0$0$0
Membership Dues$16,055$0$0
Special Events$100,190$106,355$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,293,575$1,287,922$1,206,513
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$538,793$553,315$734,089
Administration Expense$156,139$172,154$45,996
Fundraising Expense$60,130$42,191$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.111.031.32
Program Expense/Total Expenses71%72%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue10%8%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$100,717$42,527$48,863
Current Assets$90,227$26,783$36,005
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$84,605$112,300$129,244
Total Net Assets$16,112($69,773)($80,381)
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $404,435Contributions, gifts, grants $427,660Contributions, gifts, grants $643,963
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountTicket sales $246,588Ticket Sales $258,753Program service revenue $381,772
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $100,190Fundraising $106,355Net income from sale of inventory $140
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.070.240.28
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990.  Financial figures were taken from IRS Form 990s.
Nonprofit Sarasota Film Festival, Inc.
Address 332 Cocoanut Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 364-9514 108
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Mark Famiglio
Board Chair Mr. Mark Famiglio
Board Chair Company Affiliation Industrialist
Year of Incorporation 1998